MAPS musical opens Friday evening

MANISTEE — Anyone planning on attending Manistee High School’s presentation of “Seussical” are going to be amazed at the bright colors they will see on stage for this performance.

Horton played by Nadine Underwood (center) is confronted by the Wickershams and Bird Girls in this scene from the Manistee High School play Seussical that plays at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings and again at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Manistee Middle/High School auditorium.

The amazing thing about that is it will be the incredible costumes that will feature plenty of that color in this popular musical. The show is based on the tales of the children’s stories of Dr. Seuss, with most of its plot being based on “Horton Hears a Who!” while incorporating many other stories. The musical’s name is a combination of “Seuss” and musical.

Show times are at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Manistee Middle/High School auditorium. There is an admission fee with special rates for students and senior citizens and family rates.

MAPS vocal musical and drama teacher Amanda Feyen couldn’t be happier with the way the show is coming together. She also is thrilled with the number of students taking part in the show.

“It is very exciting as the cast is almost double of what it was last year,” said Feyen. “So we have a lot of kids from sixth grade through 12th grade involved this year.”

What she also is pleased with is the large number of students who have now been in all of the shows since she took over heading up the drama program.

“We have a lot of kids that this is our third musical since I have been here,” said said. “It is very encouraging to see them keep coming back. They are just enjoying it  and having a good time. But we also have lots of new faces as well.”

Manistee High School principal Andy Huber said school officials like the increased interest they see in the drama program.

“We’re really excited about this year’s spring production,” said Huber. “Our theater program continues to grow under the guidance of Amanda Feyen, with 35 middle and high school students participating in ‘Seussical.’ Her presence in the elementary with music has been a real enhancement to our district; I expect that our theater numbers will continue to flourish.”

Feyen said that anything involved with Dr. Seuss allows for a lot of fun and a lot of bright color schemes in the costumes and sets.

“With Seuss you get all kinds of colorful costumes and feathers, so you get to have fun with that element of costumes just being silly,” she said.

Feyen said last week’s spring break put a little challenge into the rehearsal schedule, but that the students have been real troupers.

“We had a week off, but it is nice for them to get a break and do some other things,” she said. “It was also a little extra time for me to get some things done which is nice. Sometimes it is just so hard to schedule with other things going on at the school with sports and other activities.”

Feyen said people are going to enjoy the music from this show, with numbers like “Horton Hears a Who,” “Oh the Thinks You Can Think,” “A Day for the Cat in the Hat,” and many more.

“This show doesn’t stop with the music and it is Seuss, so it all rhymes,” said Feyen. “So whether they are singing or saying their lines everything rhymes. There is very little down time which makes it great for kids because it keeps your attention. Hopefully it is the kind of music that people will be walking out singing some of it.”

 

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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