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April 9, 2008 > Students rescue Horton from Hollywood

Students rescue Horton from Hollywood

Submitted By Kari Martell
Photos By Dan Strauss

Warwick Elementary School is a long way from the Jungle of Nool and big budget Hollywood animated films, but together, 53 students, with the help of 12 student crew members, five teachers and 38 parents, are performing Seussical Jr., homage to Dr. Seuss filled with funny rhymes, outrageous costumes and good old fashioned singing, dancing and acting.

The cast will perform for school assemblies on Thursday, April 17 at 8:40 a.m. and Friday, April 18 at 8:40 a.m. Two community performances will run on Friday, April 18 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 19 at 1 p.m. Fremont families looking for free fun should head to Warwick School in Fremont to watch Horton the Elephant (Dennis Freitag) try to protect Mayzie's egg (Alexa Daniels) and save the Who's with help from his besotted neighbor Gertrude McFuzz, (Devon Crook) against the tyranny of Sour Kangaroo (Kimberly Nelson) and the wild Wickersham Brothers, as imagined by JoJo (Zaw Phyo) and created by the Cat in the Hat (Haley Joly).

Volunteer director April Bishop, who serves as Warwick's Science Teacher by day, says that over 200 volunteer hours went into this production. "We are the only elementary school that uses students on the sound and light boards," she states. The crew gets in the spirit by wearing "Thing 1" and "Thing 2" t-shirts.

Childhood memories will flood back as you hear songs such as "Oh, The Thinks You Can Think," "The One Feather Tail of Miss Gertrude McFuzz," and "Green Eggs and Ham."

The Warwick PTA values the benefit of drama and provides the funding to purchase the rights to the production. Last year students put on "Honk, Jr."

Seussical Jr. music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, co-conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle, based on the works by Dr. Seuss, music supervised, adapted and produced by Bryan Louis.

Seussical Jr
Warwick School
3375 Warwick Road, Fremont
Friday, April 18
7 p.m.
Saturday, April 19
1 p.m.
(510) 793-8660

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