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'Seussical the Musical' now staging

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SHOWTIME: Cast members of “Seussical the Musical” rehearse on Thursday. The play is being put on by The King’s Academy inside the Marion Civic Theatre.
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MAKEUP: Cast members Lila Schuiteman, left, and Elijah Myers have their hair done by Beka Miner, left, and Bizzy Miner.

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com

The King's Academy is putting "Seussical the Musical" on the Marion Civic Theatre stage this weekend.

The performance, which takes place tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m., is a mash-up of Dr. Seuss stories that we've all grown up reciting.

"I love the story and the message in it," said Director Lindsey Jones on why she chose this script. "It has a lot to do with loyalty, faithfulness and dedication. We also have a really talented group of seniors and this show is great because it can showcase a lot of different people at one time."

The two-hour performance is the final show for The King's Academy this season and features 25 student performers and nine student crew members, who range from seventh to 12th grade.

Jones describes the performance as "whimsical" and "fun."

"It's a compilation of a lot of different Dr. Seuss stories put together, but it's mostly 'Horton Hears a Who!' and 'Horton Hatches the Egg,'" Jones said. "It has lots of characters that we all know, but it's a new story with them all put together."

As for the students, they've gained an opportunity to push themselves out of their comfort zones, learned to encourage one another, developed confidence and have discovered skills they never knew they had, Jones said.

"(I've learn to) push myself beyond limits that I initially had for myself," said student performer Elijah Myers, who plays Horton the Elephant. "I was never the type of kid who wanted to do something big and expressive. I was more shy and tried to stay away from the spotlight."

Now, with acting experience under his belt, Myers has discovered its a passion of his.

"I get to be something that I'm not, so I don't (have) to be scared in who I am," he said.

Yet, getting the performance ready for the public's eyes has come with a few challenges for Jones.

The most difficult aspect has been creating the imaginary world on the stage, not to mention to singing.

"There are barely any scenes that have only spoken lines," Jones said.

All of this hard work makes for a performance all the more worthwhile to attend.

"It's good for all ages," Jones said. "It's really encouraging to me as an adult and it's really fun for kids."

Tickets are available by calling The King's Academy or stopping by the school office. Student tickets are $5 and adult tickets are $10.