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West Allis Players to present 'Seussical the Musical'

Musical offers humor, life lessons for all ages, director says

July 16, 2013

West Allis — There will be lots of humor youngsters won't get in West Allis Players' upcoming performance of "Seussical the Musical," but their folks will.

The tuneful comedy opening Friday will be entertaining for all ages, West Allis Players director Bill Kaiser said.

While the kids are laughing at the obvious humor, there are double meanings that will tickle grown ups, Kaiser said.

"There are twists in there for adults," he added, some thrown in by co-writer Eric Idle of Monty Python fame.

Audiences will see many of their favorite Dr. Seuss characters in the play, such as the Grinch and Horton the elephant.

The play's humor grows out of the lessons it offers audiences of all ages. Those deeper messages were the main reason the Players chose "Seussical the Musical."

"It has life lessons for all ages," he said.

For example, Whoville represents the town that survives everything. Another Dr. Seuss character, Gertrude McFuzz, is self-conscious and is dealing with being liked and beautiful — two things teenage girls will be able to relate to, Kaiser said.

Another thing Kaiser said he likes about the show is that it has a real community theater feel because of all the teens and even young children in the cast.

"It's a community of actors for a community of people," Kaiser said.

And those who are on stage will be outstanding, Kaiser guaranteed, because 100 people auditioned for parts — far more than usual. So he had the luxury of picking top talent. And it shows, he said, especially in the music.

Appearing as the Cat in the Hat will be Nicholas Haubner, who acts as a sort of master of ceremonies, juggling and morfing chameleon-like into many types of characters — British, German, Scottish, even Southern.

"The Cat can do anything," Haubner said, and he has a sense of humor. He pops up here and there imp-like to play jokes like dumping water, then leaves, then snow on Horton the elephant.

"I bring a sense of light-hearted mischievousness," Haubner said.

"Seussical the Musical" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, July 19, 20, 26 and 27, and at 2 p.m. July 28 in the West Allis Central High School auditorium, 8516 W. Lincoln Ave.

Admission will be $20, general; $18 for seniors 60 and up and students of any age; and $12 for children 12 and under. Coupons for $1 off each admission are available on the West Allis Players' website at waplayers.org

AT A GLANCE

WHAT: "Seussical the Musical" by the West Allis Players

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, July 19, 20, 26 and 27, and at 2 p.m. July 28

WHERE: West Allis Central High School auditorium, 8516 W. Lincoln Ave.

COST: $20, general; $18 for seniors 60 and up and students of any age; $12 for 12 and under. Coupons for $1 off each admission are available on the West Allis Players' website at waplayers.org

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