Dr. Seuss takes over the theater

Submitted Photo Kamryn Morrison and Eric Clemons pose as their characters JoJo and Horton in Seussical the Musical opening at Minot State Summer Theater tonight and running through Sunday night.

With the Minot State University Summer Theatre’s Season 53 coming to an end, they plan to go out in a creative, Seussical way. Seussical the Musical will take the stage tonight and run all the way through Sunday, July 22.

Seussical the Musical is a family friendly with fun music, eye-catching costumes and set, and a story that is described as appealing to all. The musical follows the story of Horton the Elephant as he works to convince the Jungle Creatures of Nool that they need to be saved.

At the same time, a Who named JoJo faces punishment for being free thinking, facing the struggle of being unique or conforming to the ways of the Who. Narrarating it all is the Cat in the Hat making the musical one big Seuss character mash.

“We put together a group of plays this summer that focus on family and community, and this play has a whole bunch of communities coming together, so it seemed like a perfect way to end the summer,” said Chad Gifford, director.

The cast is large, with both adults and kids creating a cast of 50. Many, according to Gifford, play multiple roles and have multiple costumes. With nearly 100 costumes, it is expected to be eyecatching and phenomenal.

Playing Young Kangaroo and Sour Kangaroo, Keely Gifford and Kaylee Capp pose back to back Submitted Photo

For this ending performance, the MSU Summer Theatre is also pairing with the Minot Public Library to bring games and fun for those who want it before the show. For the first performance, the Minot Public Library will be grilling alongside their grass games for those who attend. On following days, it will be games running from 7-8:15 p.m.

“The Minot Public Library has become a much more exciting place in the last few years,” Gifford said, “so hopefully this will remind the public of all the fun and educational experiences it has to offer us.”

Seussical the Musical will begin each day at 8:30 p.m. at the amphitheater behind Minot State University. Tickets can be purchased starting at 7:30 p.m.

Deck seats cost $20. For all other seating, adults cost $15. seniors, military and MSU faculty, staff and students, $10. Anyone under 18 costs $5. Seating is limited but grass space is always available.

Submitted Photo Bethany Springs (Gertrude), Kamryn Morrison (JoJo), Eric Clemons (Horton), Keely Gifford (Young Kangaroo), and Kaylee Capp (Sour Kangaroo) are characters who will take the stage to tell the story of Seussical the Musical.