Singing, dancing, this and that, celebrate birth of 'Cat in the Hat'

March 02, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. - Oh, what a joy! Oh what a thing so nifty. That "The Cat in the Hat" continues to delight, even today, when he turns 50!

"He was born March 2," Madeline Stone, 8, said.

She and a handful of other children marked the birthday of America's favorite "host and emcee" early at Thursday's special performance of "Seussical the Musical" at the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library. A story time was held earlier in the day.

Waynesboro Area Senior High School students filled the room with songs of tolerance and friendship, but 6-year-old Logan McIntyre's favorite part remained "when The Cat in the Hat was talking." The Cat in the Hat, portrayed by senior Joey Griffin, will serve as the host and emcee for three high school performances later this month.

Although "Seussical the Musical" ties together favorite childhood tales, the show has "great messages" that reach adults, director Debra Hollen said.


Tickets go on sale Monday at the high school for the performances at 7 p.m. March 16 and 17 and 2 p.m. March 18.

"Seussical the Musical" is "very contemporary and different from plays Waynesboro has done," said junior Gillian Hollen, who plays Gertrude McFuzz.

"The cast is a bit bigger than normal, and this particular show had a lot of draw," Debra Hollen said, estimating 90 people are involved including pit and crew members.

"We have the cast for it; it fits our repertoire of students," said senior Holden Holden, who plays a Wickersham brother.

Several cast members agreed their favorite song is "Biggest Blame Fool."

Project 236, a literary initiative named for the 236 different words in "The Cat in the Hat," asks that readers of all ages read the book aloud at 2:36 p.m. today, which is the National Education Association's Read Across America Day.

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