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Monday February 19, 2018 at 5:05pm Age: 297 days
Category: Middle School


You'll be sure to “tell yourself how lucky you are” when you sit down for a performance of MVMS Drama Club production of Seussical Jr., the musical, next week. Tickets are available for purchase online

Thursday, March 1, 7 p.m. • Friday, Monday, March 5, 7 p.m. (rescheduled)

Under the direction of Laura Martellaro Hulle, students and parents with the construction and house crews, and MVIS art teacher Stefani Caporlingua, created a Jungle of Nool so colorful and enchanting, you can't help to imagine yourself there.

A zany musical spectacular from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Seussical Jr. brings to life all your favorite Dr. Seuss characters with Horton the Elephant at the center of the plot. Narrated by free-and-easy Cat in the Hat, this is a story of friendship, loyalty, family and community.  

The cast’s experience...

Seventh grader Jonah Podgorsky
 plays Horton. For Jonah, the drama club, and being part of a stage production, “It’s family. We share a common passion, interests, and challenges,” Jonah said. He’s been involved in drama since third grade, but this is his first time playing “the good guy.” As an actor, he’s found a lot more freedom in this production than in previous shows, but he’s faced some new challenges developing Horton’s character. “Horton is mostly in his own world, and I miss responding to and interacting with the other actors on stage.”  

Eighth grader Hannah Veety plays Gertrude who will go through any lengths to get Horton’s attention. Also a familiar face to Minisink Valley theater goers, Hannah is have fun with her first lead role, and enjoying the freedom to interpret Gertrude as she sees her. “I’ve had a lot more input into this production,” Hannah said. “I created the notebook myself, and decided on my stage moves.”

Like Jonah, Hannah acknowledges the familiar feel of being around her fellow actors. “We’re very different people outside of drama. Here, we’re just focused on the show, and we’re at home with each other.”

Eighth grader Riley Granger plays the Sour Kangaroo. “My character is confident and mean,” Riley said. “It’s fun to explore her intense emotions and personality, and I get to put my own spin on her, but I find it hard to be mean to my friends on stage.”

All three actors recognize their families’ support of their passion and talent.

A round of thanks...

The MVMS Drama Club and Seussical Jr. Director, Laura Martellaro Hulle, wish to recognize the work and talent of Tina Anderson, assistant director and stage manager; Pasqua Ventre, music director; Patty Martellaro, costume designer; Laura Horner, wardrobe manager; Jessica Grasso and Andrea Ferguson, tech directors; Stefani Caporlingua, backdrop designer; and parents volunteers engaged in the construction and house crews, and show concessions.

Now, imagine a curtain and what lies behind; the kind of a place you might see in your mind…” the Cat in the Hat From the page to the stage, come along and enjoy — this tale of an elephant, a bird, and a boy! — The Cat in the Hat