TLT announces ‘Seussical’ cast

Published 6:52 pm Thursday, June 14, 2012

The cast of “Seussical, the Musical,” the summer youth production of Tryon Little Theather and the Tryon Youth Center. (photo submitted by Kelly Marshall)

Oh, the places you’ll go and the thinks you will think as you follow the adventures of the mischievous Cat in the Hat through Whoville and the Jungle of Nool in “Seussical, the Musical,” the summer youth production of Tryon Little Theater (TLT) and the Tryon Youth Center.

In “Seussical,” the beloved stories of Dr. Seuss come together in unexpected ways, and TLT officials said this summer’s musical has also taken unexpected turns. “Seussical” was to be directed by Anna-Marie Keuther, but she has injured her back and requires surgery this month.

“We are sad to lose her,” TLT officials said, “but we are thrilled to announce that Jenna Tammisiea will be stepping up to direct instead.”

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Tammisiea is the co-founder and artistic director of Greenville Light Opera Works, has directed 15 shows, including opera, adult musical theater and youth musical theater, and has served as a teacher for several theater programs in the area.

Many of the famous Seuss characters meet for the first time through the course of this musical. Some fall in love, some have desperate adventures and some save the world.

The Cat in the Hat, played by Matthew Alexander, stirs up trouble and then sets things right again as he helps JoJo from Whoville, played by Alex Harrelson, discover the power of his imagination.

Horton the Elephant, (Tij D’Oyen) befriends Gertrude McFuzz (Alexa Hughes) and Mayzie La Bird (Katie Shanahan).

He also encounters the Sour Kangaroo (Chelsea McCoyle) and the Young Kangaroo (Alexia Farrell), General Gengus Kahn Schmitz (Eli Jenkins), the Wickersham Brothers (Jerreth Emory, Jonathan Martin and Julien Besnard) and the other Bird Girls (Alyssa Fiorella, Holly Horton, Alivia Swayzie and Sara Seagle).

Yertle the Turtle will be played by Will Costine. JoJo’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mayor of Whoville, will be played by Price Marshall and Sara Seagle, and the Grinch will be played by Jerreth Emory. Reese Alley will play the part of Cindy Lou Who, and the other Who Children will be played by Grace Ingram, Ava Marino, Kate Padgett and Keri Smith.

The Fish from One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish join in the fun along with Citizens of the Jungle and Whoville, Hunters, Hunches, Circus Members, Cadets and Courtroom Men and Women.

These roles are played by the following youth players: Rhian Alley, Maria Baker, Caroline Besnard, Annika Block, Tukki Bounds, Moira Davis, Sonia Dixon, Mary Shannon Eargle, Genevieve Gary, Hayden Gary, Alex Gomez, Eric Harrelson, Dietrich Jackson, James Kennedy, Bella Marino, Grace Marshall, Kasey Marshall, Kiara Miller, Heather Neal, Krista Neal, Lily Nelson, Tommy Perry, Rebecca Price, Greyson Roser, Lane Ruff, Elizabeth Shanahan, Connor Staffelbach, Kelsey Staffelbach, Kate Swope, Hannah Tafoya and Kinslee Wright.

Performances will be July 19-22 at the Tryon Fine Arts Center. Tickets go on sale July 5 at the TLT box office. Call 828-859-2466.