Search

Seuss stories bring music and mayhem to Ilford stage

10:18 18 April 2013

The Cat in the Hat played by Richard Sheepwash.

The Cat in the Hat played by Richard Sheepwash.

Archant

Be transported into the fantastical, magical, musical world of Dr Seuss when one of the most performed and best-loved shows in America takes centre stage in Ilford.

Forest Musical Productions presents Seussical The Musical, bringing some of the writers’ favourite characters to life in one story.

The Cat in the Hat will act as host, and all-round mischief-maker, in this romp through the Seuss classics.

The story follows Horton the elephant, who faces a challenge or two after he hears a cry for help coming from a small speck of dust.

He ends up promising to guard Mayzie La Bird’s egg, despite facing constant ridicule, kidnapping, and a kangaroo court trial.

Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant, in a story that makes you laugh and cry.

Owen Smith, who plays Vlad Vladikov, said: “The show is so colourful and bringing all the characters from a variety of stories together works really well.

“I play a hyena who is a little bit sinister and winds everything up. You can really have fun with a show like this as all characters are larger than life.”

Owen, who has directed a number of shows for Forest, added: “It was nice to dust off my ballet shoes and get back on stage. The show really is two hours of pointless fun.”

Director Alison Buckingham has compiled a study and activities booklet, which the company has sent out to schools, libraries, and youth groups in Redbridge.

The idea is to help teachers plan lessons and fun activities, prompting classroom discussions of some of the common themes in the musical and the Dr Seuss books.

The witty, fast-paced music from the writers of Ragtime engages adults, while the well-loved characters in their colourful costumes will delight children. This will be a hit with the whole family.

n The show is on at the Kenneth More Theatre, Oakfield Road, Ilford from tomorrow (Friday) until Sunday. Call the box office on 020 8553 4466.

0 comments

Latest Ilford News Stories

Yesterday, 19:09
Police cordoned off Ilford station this morning. Picture: Syed Asim Ahmad

A man is fighting for his life after sustaining head injuries in the early hours of this morning.

Yesterday, 15:00
Diana Neslen RRC Former Chair

Friends describe her as a “committed fighter against discrimination” and a “community champion”, yet as I sit in Diana Neslen’s living room, she humbly brushes off these accolades.

Yesterday, 12:00
Members of Smiths Residential in Barkingside, who are donating £100 to Macmillan Cancer Support for every property sold or let in the next year.

A Barkingside estate agent has pledged to donate £100 to charity for every property sold or let in the next year.

Yesterday, 10:00
Families enjoying the outdoor cinema in High Road, Ilford, last year.

If small yellow creatures start to appear around the town centre, do not be alarmed, minions are not taking over.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now