Seussical The Musical, Live at the Middle School

Seussical The Musical, Live at the Middle School
Posted on 05/24/2018
Seussical logoBoeckman Middle and Dodge Middle School students will soon be performing their school musicals for all to see. Students in grades 6-8 have auditioned, memorized, and rehearsed to create their own unique versions of the Broadway production Seussical The Musical.

In Seussical The Musical, the Cat in the Hat takes the viewer on a trip to the jungle where Horton the Elephant struggles to prove the existence of tiny Whos. Follow one little boy as he, whether voluntarily or by the Cat in the Hat’s mischievous hand, attempts to escape this story and save Horton and the Whos lives. With a large cast of characters and familiar story, the musical is fun for all ages!

Students at the middle schools are given the chance to take a class that focuses on musical theater. They improve their singing, acting, and dancing skills while learning the ins and outs of a production such as the audition process, singing and dancing in formations, and moving set on and off stage. At the end of the year, the students work together to put on their very own show. This past year, students also got the chance to go see a professional show and talk with the actors.

As a part of the class, Boeckman students took a trip to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre to see a performance of Disney’s Newsies. After the show, the group got to meet with one of the actors and ask him questions. Students found out that one of the actors had been stuck in traffic, causing certain scenes to be altered from what was originally planned. This helped students understand how actors must adapt to unexpected challenges, preparing them for their own upcoming show.

The students have been preparing their performance for the past 3 months and are super excited. Ms. O’Banion, Boeckman Middle School Co-director with Mr. Prigge and Ms. Cieminski, says the class is “a really cool opportunity because there are some middle schools that do musicals, but it’s usually an extracurricular activity. For us, having it as a class, makes it open to anybody.” This unique experience has been “so specialized” for students and allows their inner thespian to grow.

Be sure to catch both performances from these talented students! Dodge Middle School’s performance premieres Thursday, May 24th at 7 p.m. and Boeckman Middle School’s performance premieres Tuesday, May 29th at 7 p.m., both at the Boeckman Middle School Theatre. Good luck students! Break a leg!

Article by Student Reporter Ryan Huling 
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