Weston Playhouse Theatre Company presents “Seussical”

Sage Jepson and Nadia Belaouchi in rehearsal for Seussical. Photo by Andy Butterfield
Sage Jepson and Nadia Belaouchi in rehearsal for “Seussical.” Photo by Andy Butterfield

WESTON, Vt. – Weston Playhouse Theatre Company announces its 2021 Young Company production, “Seussical,” running July 22 to Aug. 7 and touring venues throughout central and southern Vermont.

Follow Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and more of your favorite characters into the colorful, zany world of Dr. Seuss! An afternoon of storybook fun and “all the thinks you can think” for the whole family.

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company joined with partners across Vermont to bring “Seussical” to audiences in their own towns, free of charge. This free tour was made possible in part through support from Community Bank, N.A., The Holly Schloerb Endowment Fund, and The Charles R. Wood Foundation. Weston’s presenting partners include The Shelburne Museum, ArtisTree, Next Stage, and Springfield Library, among many others.

“This show is about a community harnessing the power of imagination,” says Director Allison Benko. “We have tried to use our own imaginations to make ‘Seussical’ as community-oriented as possible, while also working tirelessly to make the production safe to attend amidst our ongoing concerns for public health. We hope that the free tickets, the outdoor setting, and the touring nature of the production will allow us to reach as many communities as we can. Please join us to celebrate ‘the smallest of small’ – we’ll be so delighted to see you in the Jungle of Nool.”

Benko is returning to Weston after twice serving as teaching artist for the theatre’s Young Playwrights Program and contributing “The Before” to Weston’s series of Postcard Plays in 2020. Benko was the assistant director for 2017’s Tony Award-winner “Oslo” (Best Play) at Lincoln Center Theater.

“Seussical” features Young Company alums Daelynn Jorif (University of Michigan) and Alexander Tan (Boston Conservatory at Berklee) as the Sour Kangaroo and Mayzie. Weston audiences will recognize them from 2019’s “The Phantom Tollbooth” and “Oklahoma!” Additionally, this production introduces Nadia Belaouchi (CAP21/Molloy College) as the Cat in the Hat; Emma Diner (Pace University) as Gertrude; Sage Jepson (Boston Conservatory at Berklee) as Horton; Gracee Street (Baldwin Wallace University) as The Mayor; Cole Thompson (University of Michigan) as Jojo; and Timmy Thompson (University of Michigan) as The Mayor’s Husband.

The playful and immersive scenic design for this production was brought to life by Dan Daly, who has held positions at Hangar Theatre, Corkscrew Festival, and Winnipesaukee Playhouse. Lily Prentice, a costume and character designer with a special interest in devised work and arts education, designed this production’s vibrant costumes. Selected credits include work with Beau Jest Moving Theater, Phoenix Theater Co, 52nd Street Project, and ongoing endeavors with the North Pacific Gyre Theater.

This Weston Young Company Production is a touring show beginning and ending its run in Weston; tickets are free but reserving in advance is highly recommended. Learn more at www.westonplayhouse.org/seuss.

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