2009-03-04 / Front Page

'Seussical' will appeal to audiences of all ages


FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP — The Freehold Township High School Drama Club is ready to entertain all those who attend its whimsical production of "Seussical, the Musical" on March 11, 13 and 14.

The curtain will rise at 7 p.m. on March 11, 13 and 14. A matinee performance is planned for 1 p.m. March 14. The matinee will be sign-interpreted for the hearing impaired.

"Seussical, the Musical" is based on the beloved tales of Dr. Seuss and will be a "real treat for the entire family," according to Patrick Giblin, director of the drama club.

"Seussical, the Musical" follows the adventures of Horton, (played by senior Justin Moore, of Freehold Township). Horton is an elephant who one day hears voices coming from a speck of dust. He soon discovers that within this tiny speck of dust exists the smallest planet in the universe where a tiny race of creatures known as the Whos make their home.

Believing in something even though you can't see it is the theme of "Seussical," according to Giblin.

During the story, the Cat in the Hat, played by senior Frank Falisi, of Freehold Township, pops in and out of scenes, narrating and playing numerous characters, and helping the younger members of the audience keep track of what is going on.

In fact, Giblin said the production opens with the Cat in the Hat inviting the audience members to explore their imaginations with the type of "Thinks you Can Think," based on one of the songs in the musical.

The cast comprises 43 students, including junior Emily DeLuca-Daly, of Manalapan, who plays Gertrude McFuzz, junior Paige Edelman, of Freehold Township, who plays Jojo, junior Gina Marie Soffian, of Manalapan, who plays Sour Kangaroo, and senior Elyssa Bucceri of Freehold Borough, and freshman Samantha Mancino, of Freehold Township, who alternate playing the role of Mazie La Bird.

When asked why he chose the whimsical music geared for a children's audience, Giblin said the main reason was last year's turnout for the play "Peter Pan."

"There were so many kids from all of the Freehold Regional High School District sending districts who came out for the show," he said. "We usually do something a little more edgy, but last year's show went over so well I thought we would do something kid-oriented again."

Tickets for "Seussical" are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and may be purchased in advance. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

The musical is choreographed by Fran Skiba, owner of Dance Den in Howell, and freshman Tori-Marie Gigante.Amy Fredericks serves as vocal director and Edward Gattsek serves as musical director and conductor of the band. Whitney Pearson, an English teacher at the high school, serves as assistant director and assistant choreographer.


iblin is encouraging all attendees to

bring nonperishable foods that will be donated to the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. He is also asking people for children books for the Bridge of Books program.

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