Eighth-graders Kolten Bauer, Ben Moehn, Eleonore Scroggins and Nathan Joehl play Thing 1, Horton, the Cat in the Hat and Thing 2 in the St. Mary’s Middle School presentation of “Seussical the Musical” Nov. 21-22 at the former St. Matthew Church at 1015 Milton Road in Alton.
ALTON — Thing 1, Thing 2, a water gun and Horton the Elephant are just a few of the characters in an upcoming musical at St. Mary’s Middle School.
“Seussical the Musical” will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22, at St. Mary’s Parish Center in the former St. Matthew Church at 1015 Milton Road in Alton.
Anne Davis is directing her fifth musical for St. Mary’s School. This year more than 60 percent of the St. Mary’s student body is involved on stage in the production. In addition to performers, seven more students are performing critical functions such as student director, dance captain and tech crew members.
Davis engages the students beyond their on-stage performances. They have made vests out of colorful duct tape, transformed pillow cases into skirts and constructed a paper-mâché egg.
Eighth-graders Kolten Bauer, Ben Moehn, Eleonore Scroggins and Nathan Joehl play Thing 1, Horton, the Cat in the Hat and Thing 2. Other eighth-graders with major roles include Grace Kane as Jojo, Emma Sugent as Gertrude, with her insatiable desire for more beautiful tail feathers; and Rachel Holmes, the Kangaroo with an attitude. Nathaniel Wuellner does not disappoint as the Grinch. The mischievous Whickershams will be portrayed by eighth-graders Carson Freeman, Sam Kane and Roman Thomeczek; seventh-graders Luke Atkinson and Michael Cooke; and sixth-grader Jackson Garvey.
St. Mary’s School is blessed with a great pool of young talent and already is looking forward to next year when talented younger students such as Helen Mormino, (Mayzie), Hunter Gonzalez, (Mr. Mayor) and Abby Abromovich (Mrs. Mayor) doubtless will step up to take on even greater roles.
“Seussical” is the third musical the middle school has presented in the former St. Matthew Church. This past summer the church took on a new mission for St. Mary’s. The space recently has gone through extensive renovations. The pews were removed, the carpet was replaced and a kitchen was installed. The facility provides a venue for the parish’s expanding programs.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. both nights and tickets are available at the door. Tickets are $5 for high school-age students and adults; free entry for grade school students and younger. The musical is open to the public.