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Vista del Lago High School gets in Seuss mood for new show

By: Laura Newell, Telegraph staff writer
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Dr. Seuss characters will come to life in ?Seussical? the musical, performed by Vista del Lago High School Performing Arts. The musical was penned by Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, culling together characters from many Seuss books. ?This show is all about friendship, trusting each other and coming together,? said actor Arjana Sanfilippo, 17. Sanfilippo said the production mainly focuses on ?Horton Hears a Who,? but it also includes a lot of allusions to Dr. Seuss? other famous books. ?We all had a lot of fun with this show,? Sanfilippo said. ?We were a little on edge at first because it?s so different than a normal high school production, but as soon as it all came together with all the music and choreography, we are having a blast with it. It?s a high energy show.? The opening number, ?Oh, The Thinks You Can Think,? captures the show?s spirit of imagination, as characters transport the audience from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. The story, narrated in part by the Cat in the Hat, performed by Bencent Crump, centers around Horton the Elephant, Patrick Nast, who finds himself faced with a double challenge. ?This is a really fun show. It?s nice and happy,? said actor Patrick Nast, 18. ?The songs are all complex and catchy. It?s a really fun performance to be involved with. Everyone should come out because it?s a fun, whimsical adventure that you don?t get everyday.? Not only must he protect his tiny friend Jojo (Conner Wilson) and all the invisible Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird (Micah Long). Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz (Elisabeth Corley) never loses faith in him. The show of 32 was choreographed by two district alumni, Holly Wilson and Sarah Torrente. Vista is also unveiling its first student orchestra pit, featuring student musicians under the direction of teacher Elicia Spencer. ?I?ve loved Seuss since I was a young child,? said Director Michael Mosier. ?The musical not only captures the innocence and wonder of childhood, but, like the books, the characters and events are allegorical, and the story reveals deeper themes of pathos and compassion.? * * * ?Seussical? When: 7 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, May 3-5; 7 p.m., Friday-Saturday, May 11-12; 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6. Where: Black Box at Vista del Lago, 1970 Broadstone Parkway, Folsom Tickets: $12 for adults, $8 for students ages 11-18, $6 for seniors, and children ages 10 and younger. For tickets, e-mail vdltheatre@yahoo.com.