SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL, jointly presented by ABA Productions and Diva Productions, opened today at the Esplanade Theatre following our pre-event post. I did not imagine that a stage musical with young children as target audience would emerge as one of this year end season’s most gloriously entertaining surprises! The kids and I waited with eager anticipation for the show to start the moment we set eyes on the elaborate and colourful stage set up. There’s a slide on stage, by the way!
Seussical the Musical is an eye-popping, high-energy compilation of whimsical stories from the world of Dr Seuss, with a focus on his most famous books – Horton Hears a Who, The Cat in The Hat and Green Eggs & Ham. The musical opened to a sprightly fanfare as The Cat in the Hat and a stage full of familiar characters and creatures in candy-coloured costumes sing to a cherry opening song “All The Things You Can Think” with their power lungs and sleek dance moves.
Somewhere in the jungle, Horton the kind elephant heard a tiny voice in the distance and discovered that the voice(s) came from a tiny speck of dust, which happened to contain a small world that is floating out of control through the universe. This tiny planet (Town Whool) belongs to the home of the Whos, including Jojo – a Who with “thinks” that defy all description. Believing that a person is a person, no matter how small, Horton decided to guard and protect it from destruction. However, his jungle neighbours, in particular Sour Kangaroo (I love her power voice!) and the naysayers, mocked at his insanity. Everyone ridiculed him except Gertrude McFuzz (who happens to be in love with Horton), thought otherwise and opined that his selfless care for the littlest people is noble and laudable.
Meanwhile, inside the speck of dust right at Whoville, young Jojo (son of Whoville Mayor) caused trouble at his school for “thinking” too much and was sent home to face punishment from his parents. To make matters worse, Jojo inadvertently causes heavy flooding while daydreaming in the bath upstairs. Exhausted with their troublesome son, the Mayor and his wife sent Jojo to the military school for discipline.
A week passed and Horton became restless while still watching over the speck of dust. He started speaking with the Whos in Whoville, and to his surprise young Jojo responded. The two became fast friends and bonded over their mutual feelings of loneliness in their respective environments.
In another corner of the jungle, Gertrude was frazzled that Horton who did not notice her. Under the influence and advice of the flamboyantly-feathered Mayzie La Bird, she seeked help from Doctor Dake who gave her a prescription for pills that helped enlarge her apparently pathetic-looking, one-feathered tail.
Elsewhere, the monkey brothers stole the speck of dust from Horton. In his bid to protect the Whos, Horton chased after them as well as the black-bottomed eagle whom the monkeys handed the speck to. He was greatly discouraged when the speck of dust was dropped into a large patch of other specks that spanned a hundred miles. Not giving up, Horton searched through hundreds of thousands of specks. The audience was also encouraged to assist when he finally lost count after a million and six. The children had a good laughter when apparently Horton couldn’t count further anymore. His search eventually came up empty and Horton felt defeated.
Reluctantly, he journeyed home and met Mayzie La Bird who was sitting on an egg. Horton was persuaded to sit on the egg while Mayzie went away for a “short” vacation break, promising to return in a while. Seasons passed but Horton continued to wait for the return of Mayzie patiently, all the while sitting on the egg as he promised, but Mayzie did not return. She was having a good time at the beach! Oh dear, what an irresponsible mother!! I mean, all mothers understandably yearn for some me-time. But this one abandoned her egg and never had planned to take it back!
One fine day, Horton was captured by jungle poachers who auctioned him off to the audience (!). Lots of bids offered from the floor later, Horton was eventually sold to the circus. Gertrude McFuzz tried to save him, but unfortunately, was weighed down by her newly-plump tail which rendered her flightless.
Horton eventually escaped the circus, reunited with Jojo and the Whos with the help of Gertrude who finally expressed her love for Horton. He was however brought to a trial by his neighbours and accused as being a lunatic. Once again, with the help of enthusiastic audience, and his mightiest attempt, Jojo finally shouted loud enough for everyone to notice his presence. Surprisingly, the Sour Kangaroo decided to stand with him now that she also heard Jojo’s voice too.
Later on, the egg that Horton sat on, finally hatched. Guess what it looks like? No prizes for getting it right!
With a surprising amount of enchanting wit and imagination, Seussical the Musical is a wonderful show for the children this year end and is a must-not-be-missed production. My kids and I had thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the cheery songs and delightful choreography. As I am writing this, I’m still humming to the catchy tunes of “All The Things You Can Think“.
Seussical the Musical will only be staged until 8th Nov ’15, Sunday and there are only 4 more shows to go. So let your toes tap, your fingers snap, and fire up your imagination in the world of Dr Seuss. Don’t miss this fantastic musical that’s just right for the entire family with children aged 5 and above.
Get ready for Meet & Greet with the cast after the curtains close, for it is going to be a frenzy of non-stop requests to take photos with the beautiful cast and characters. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Oh my goodness! SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL presented by @abaproductions is SO TOTALLY AMAZING!!! We were completely immersed in all the action right from the first minute. Highly recommended as the HIGHLIGHT for 2015 year end! Tickets available at @sisticsingapore . Happening at @esplanadesingapore right now. #seussicalthemusical #drseuss #catinthehat #seuss #seussical #horton #hortonhearsawho #who #abaproductions #divaproductions #igsg #sgig #instagram #instagood #instadaily #potd #votd #love #fantastic #rave #SaysHappyMums
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About Seussical the Musical
Fri, 6 Nov 5pm| Sat, 7 Nov: 11am & 3pm| Sun, 8 Nov: 11am & 3pm
Where: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive S038981
Who: For children aged 5 and above and their families
Duration: Approximately 75 minutes with no interval
Ticket Price (excludes SISTIC charges)
Standard: S$108, S$98, S$88, S$78, S$68
Esplanade Box: S$108
Premier Box A & B: S$108
Box B-G: S$108
Restricted View: S$58
CHECK OUT THE EXTENDED HALLOWEEN TICKET PROMOTION – $50 FOR CAT 1 & CAT 2 TICKETS, UNTIL 8TH NOV ’15, 3PM!!
Tickets available through: SISTIC Website | SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555 | SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide
For more information, visit www.aba-productions.com.