"Seussical" at Youth Theater

Mr. and Mrs. Mayor, played by Ben Mann, of Hereford, and Kaitlyn Jones, of Baldwin, practice for the upcoming production of "Seussical the Musical" being presented by the Youth Theatre of Northern Baltimore County at Our Lady of Grace church in Parkton, June 21-24. (Photo by Noah Scialom / June 14, 2012)

Horton the Elephant, Cat in the Hat, Yertle the Turtle, the Grinch and even teeny Cindy Lou Who are coming to Parkton when the Youth Theatre of Northern Baltimore County presents "Seussical the Musical" at Our Lady of Grace Church June 21-24.

The story centers around Horton, who guards an egg abandoned by the flighty bird, Mayzie. He also protects a speck of dust on which the entire population of Whoville lives.

"If you ever read aDr. Seussbook, you know they're magical," said Mary Miller, the show's director. "There's singing and dancing and the whole play is really like going back to your childhood."

Miller, who heads up the Youth Theatre of Northern Baltimore County, always tries to pick a play entertains and inspires.


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"InDr. Seuss's moral universe, the dreamers and the good-hearted prevail over the flighty, small-minded, sour people. 'Seussical the Musical' is a parable for all of us, young and old, conveying the deeper truth about life, hope, love and faith," she said.

The play's cast of more than 50 from all over Baltimore County ranges from first-graders to college students.

Robert Harris plays Horton; Jack Owen is the Cat in the Hat; Caroline Dias is Jo Jo, a Who; Celine Schmidt is Mayzie; Kaitlyn Fowler and Adriana Capizzi are Thing 1 and Thing 2; and Ben Mann and Kaitlyn Jones are Mr. and Mrs. Mayor of Whoville.

The show will be held at Our Lady of Grace hall at 7 p.m. on June 21, 22 and 23. The June 24 performance is at 1 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

Audience members are asked to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to local food banks.

For tickets, email Miller at mkaym63@comcast.net.

Our Lady of Grace is located at 18310 Middletown Road, Parkton.