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Red, White, and Who!

Carly Hoover and Anna Podborny

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It all begins with a hat. Just a red and white striped top hat, sitting center stage. For the nostalgic reader, this hat brings up images of talking cats, egg-watching elephants, and strange tiny orange men shouting, “I speak for the trees!” There’s no doubt that most people grew up reading the classic tales of Theodor Seuss Geisel, or simply Dr. Seuss. Now, the same people who read these stories as children are finding themselves acting as the iconic characters. The Marian Central Theater department is taking on Seussical: the classic works of the beloved Dr. Seuss intertwined with jazzy songs and energetic dancing.

Hannah Paulson (11), seen last year as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, faces another big challenge in this musical: representing the renowned Cat in the Hat, a playful and occasionally mischievous character who narrates the story of Seussical. “I’m having a ton of fun. I’m so excited I do get to play an iconic character.” Paulson explains, “ I think the most fun part is being with other people who are playing iconic characters, you know, hanging out with Horton and JoJo is amazing.” Throughout the show, she guides Jojo the Who throughout his adventures, looks on as Horton egg-sits, and is often found messing around with Thing 1 and Thing 2.

Danny Truckenbrod (12) can be seen in this production as Horton the Elephant, a kind-hearted yet misunderstood fellow who makes it his task to save the planet of Whoville from being boiled alive. Preparation for this role could be tough, considering how well known the character is and how large of a part of the show he is. Danny shows no nerves with his abilities as he explains, “I think that my acting skills are strongest in regards to more sentimental roles and so I think this fits my style very well.” As important as the actors in the show are and their preparation, it’s the people backstage who really help the show come to life.

The dynamic is really like a family. You can tease each other and laugh about it later. But there’s also an element of hard work and high effort from each member that shines through. They’re proud of what they do and they’re proud of each other.”

— Marissa Rybinski (12)

Obviously, the actors are putting in an enormous amount of work to make this show as wacky and incredible as it is. But what’s happening behind the scenes? If you attend the show, you’ll see bright, colorful costumes, wild makeup, and incredibly designed sets. All of these elements only add to the magical effect of the musical. Marissa Rybinski (12), student director, states that this whole show is quite different than anything that has been attempted before. “We’re being very adventurous…we usually do more realism and more fairytales. But this, we’re stepping way outside and doing an animated piece.” The fact that this show is cartoonish has become an interesting challenge, Rybinski says, “We had to paint an entire Whoville backdrop with detail, outlining, and colors. We actually made it like a giant paint-by-numbers.” The entire construction of the set has already taken multiple six-hour Saturday rehearsals.  All this hard work has brought the crew closer together throughout the duration of the musical season. As the shows draw nearer, Rybinski remarks on the relationships of the crew, “The dynamic is really like a family. You can tease each other and laugh about it later. But there’s also an element of hard work and high effort from each member that shines through. They’re proud of what they do and they’re proud of each other.” It seems the entire theater company is dedicated to producing an incredible and heartwarming show.

As the performance is coming closer and closer every day, the cast and crew get more excited to be able to show off their talent to an array of people. The preparation and performance of the actors and behind the scenes work of the crew help to create the magical world that Seussical embodies and takes the audience on a journey back to their childhood imaginations.

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Carly Hoover, Crown Writer & Photographer

Hi, my name Carly Hoover and I am a Junior at Marian. I love to play Basketball and Tennis, though I tried to play Soccer for the first time last year...

Anna Podborny, Crown Writer & Photographer

Hello, I'm Anna Podborny. I'm a senior this year at Marian. I participate in Madrigals and Theatre Club, which allow me to connect with my passions of...

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