By Audrey Clark, Citizen Chronicle Correspondent
CHARLTON – “Oh, the thinks you can think!” In less than one week, the Pasture Prime Bedtime Players will be presenting “Seussical” – a musical based on the beloved stories by Dr. Seuss. This will be the Players’ first large musical which will be performed at the Bay Path Regional Vocational High School auditorium July 20 – 22. The Citizen Chronicle was invited to rehearsal with the cast and crew to hear firsthand about this exciting step for the theater company.
The cast consists of more than 30 boys and girls ages seven through 19. We asked a few of them about their favorite part of participating in the youth summer theater program.
“I like making new friends as well as keeping up with the old,” said Cady Stevens, age 16, who is featured as a Bird Girl.
“It just builds my confidence and I always have a great experience,” said Erika Brooks, age 13, who plays General Schmitz.
“The whole cast comes together to create (Dr. Seuss’) imagination,” remarks Dylan Carter, age 12, who plays The Cat In The Hat. “I love being ‘director’ of the show. The Cat In The Hat is a combination of mischief and fun.”
As director Joni Metras describes, “It is the perfect kids’ show. It’s got peppy music. It gives the kids a chance to express themselves creatively. As an elementary school teacher for so long, Dr. Seuss is my buddy!”
Pasture Bedtime Players is the youth theater branch of Pasture Prime Players in Charlton. Pasture Prime presents Seussical through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI), with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
“Seussical” will have four performances at Bay Path Regional Vocational High School: Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $10 for youth 10 and under. Tickets can be reserved by contacting Gina Metras at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (774) 230-9275. Tickets will also be available at the door for each performance on a first-come, first-serve basis.