Seussical Jr. at Children’s Playhouse of Maryland

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With all of the shows round the town running loose,

Who’d ever have guessed there’d be one about Seuss?

Oh the things you must think when you this wild musical

Which one, you ask? Why the musical called Seussical!

And not just Seussical, it’s Seussical Jr. you know

Minus one butter-battle, it’s still a really great show!

Where should you go to see it, you ask? Well ready a little further down the page!

The Children’s Playhouse of Maryland, in Essex! That’s where it’s being staged.

Seussical Jr. at Children's Playhouse of Maryland
Seussical Jr. at Children’s Playhouse of Maryland CPM

Directed by Liz Boyer Hunnicutt with several dozen kids all with musical gifts

This is one fabulous show that definitely should not be missed!

And the singing is great, why it’s musical perfection

Charlotte Evans takes point on her musical direction! 

I implore you, dear reader, to head my advice

Hurry and get your tickets, don’t think twice!

Because this show will sell out! This show is amazing!

Just think what you’ll see from your audience seat gazing!

You’ll see the wondrous artistry and I swear there’s none finer

Of Laura Miller, she’s the scenic designer

Oh the things she has thought, turned her imagination quite loose

When dotting Truffula trees on this set— set for Seuss.

And let’s not forget Diane M. Smith with her set

That wonderful rainbow nest is the best yet!

Seussical Jr. at Children's Playhouse of Maryland
Seussical Jr. at Children’s Playhouse of Maryland CPM

Adding to the aesthetic of this Seusstastical show

Is the illuminating tactics of Tyrell Stanley, don’t you know?

He’s the lighting designer and he gives the stage bright light!

And thanks to his design you can see everything in sight!

I think I’m forgetting something…something with looks…

Wait just a second while I check my notebooks…

Aha! How could I overlook such wonder? It’s absurd!

I’m talking about the costumes coordinated by Sharon Byrd!

She’s got feathers on bird girls (quite too many to name!)

And excellent jungle colors for the Nool-ians (quite the same!)

They match up with the set and the whole fantasy theme

Byrd’s costumes come in all colors— even green!

But moving on with the show, because the show must go on!

There’s so much happening, I promise you won’t yawn!

Seussical Jr. at Children's Playhouse of Maryland
Seussical Jr. at Children’s Playhouse of Maryland Amanda N. Gunther

How could you? What with Lisa Wood on percussion and Amanda Poxon covering dance

There’s an amazing party happening in this show, I’m warning you in advance!

Poxon’s dancing is exuberant, energetic and exciting!

I’m smiling just thinking about it as I’m writing.

She’s got attitude and flare, she’s got pizazz and punch

And she imports it all to this very talented bunch

A bunch of young performers all doing their thing

Whether it be as jungle beasts or birds on the wing.

There’s fishes and Whos and all kinds of jungle creatures

Why there are so many fabulous kids, just too many to feature!

The solution at hand is really quite small

You’ll just have to buy a ticket, to be sure you see them all.

But there are definitely some principal performers who stand out

About nine individuals who get a personal shout

Gracie Roberts (left) as Young Kangaroo and Anderson Gray (right) as Sour Kangaroo
Gracie Roberts (left) as Young Kangaroo and Anderson Gray (right) as Sour Kangaroo CPM

There’s Anderson Gray as Sour Kangaroo

She’s got a fierce voice and ferocious attitude too.

Dressed for success, Miss Gray plays her part

She’s sassy and soulful and gives the role some real heart.

And let’s not forget little Gracie Roberts; for her I will vouch.

Because she’s playing Young Kangaroo, though not in a pouch!

Cute and adorable, she matches up with Anderson Gray just fine

Her little added humphs will quite toe the line.

And the kangaroos are amazing, they’re a pair to be heard

Though that word amazing gets used for a very different bird

Abby Koncurat (center) as Mayzie LaBird
Abby Koncurat (center) as Mayzie LaBird CPM

Amazing Mayzie, that’s the bird I’m getting at

And she’s played by the talented Abby Koncurat.

With panache and pluck and a larger than life spirit

When she belts out her solos you’ll be sure to hear it.

Speaking of hearing, do you know what I just—

I remembered just now that there’s this small speck of dust

A dust speck so tiny, I can’t see it nor you

And residing on the speck? Why, it’s Who!

The planet of who, which includes a species quite rare

A planet of Whos led right by their Mayor

And the Mayor, Ethan Holler, does a fine job in this life

Accompanied by Sophia Possidente, playing the mayor’s wife

They’re full of good spirit, they’re full of bright cheer

They only have a few sung lines but they make sure you hear.

You’ll hear— like you hear Jojo’s incredible Yawp—

Wait a minute! Back up here! Hold on now! STOP!

Karah Campbell (left) as The Cat in the Hat and Bella Comotto (right) as Jojo
Karah Campbell (left) as The Cat in the Hat and Bella Comotto (right) as Jojo CPM

Did I just mention the Yawp and it’s creator, dear Jojo?

Without mentioning the character’s played by Bella Comotto?

Well there, now it’s mentioned! Miss Comotto is superb

And a great many other awesome nouns, adjectives, and verbs.

She plays up dear Jojo with spunk and pride

Bursting out into song with great feelings from inside.

When Miss Comotto gets paired off in a duet

It’s one of the most moving songs you’ve heard yet.

And that duet pairing is symbolic and relevant

Tiny Jojo gets paired up with Horton the Elephant.

Played by none other than Jules Einhorn, what a voice!

Mr. Einhorn, for this role, was the absolutely perfect choice.

Sincere and sweet and emotionally present

Mr. Einhorn makes Horton a character most pleasant.

Even if Horton’s a little clueless you see, when it comes to creatures in the air

Like poor little Gertrude McFuzz, who doesn’t think he notices she’s there.

Ana Lane (left) as Gertrude McFuzz and Jules Einhorn (right) as Horton the Elephant
Ana Lane (left) as Gertrude McFuzz and Jules Einhorn (right) as Horton the Elephant CPM

Now Gertrude McFuzz is a unique character, quite hard to explain

Played by the exceptionally talented Ana Lane.

She’s got vocal affectation and a delivery spectacular

You couldn’t expect anything more miracular.

Yes, I know that last word was a pretty big think

But it’s hard to describe all this talent and not sink

Into the whole imaginary concept of Seuss

And just turn my fingers and words on the loose!

Back to Miss Lane and her sensational woes

She really makes Gertrude a star in this show.

Like so many others, with brilliant voices aloud

They all blend together like a musical cloud.

Well that just wraps up this review, and that’s that!

Excuse me? I forgot who? OH! The cat in the hat!

Karah Campbell (center) as The Cat in the Hat
Karah Campbell (center) as The Cat in the Hat CPM

Karah Campbell plays that hat-wearing feline

And just does a comic job that’s sublime

Her timing is perfect, her singing’s on point

You’ll feel that she’s in touch and not out of joint.

Miss Campbell is great in her role like the rest

She really gives that cat lots of zest.

So that’s all the principals and all the great rest

But I really do think it would really be best

If you stop reading right now and go, go, Go, GO!

Get yourself a ticket to this show!

See all the wonders Children’s Playhouse of Maryland has in this musical!

Go! GO GO GO! Go and see Seussical! (Jr.)

Running Time: 1 hour and 35 minutes with one intermission

Seussical Jr. plays through March 18, 2018 at the Children’s Playhouse of Maryland in the Lecture Hall of the Administration Building at the Community College of Baltimore County Essex Campus— 7201 Rossville Boulevard in Baltimore, MD. For tickets call the box office at (443) 840-2426 or purchase them online.

3 thoughts on “Seussical Jr. at Children’s Playhouse of Maryland”

    1. Good grief and gravy, well that just isn’t right!
      Missing out an MD, a slight oversight!
      We’re terribly sorry, please don’t cry and be sad
      We’ll make a correction, we’re sorry- our bad!

      It’ll just take a moment, or two or three
      To figure out where your rhyming couplet should be
      After all this show called Seussical
      Is very much indeed a musical!

      And how you’d do a musical show
      Without an MD, why we just don’t know
      So pardon our oversight, we’re so sorry, good heavens
      We sure didn’t mean to skip over Miss Evans!

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