Feb 3 – 12 – Bloomfield Gamers Neighborhood Theater Presents Seussical
Bloomfield Township – After a three-year hiatus, Bloomfield Gamers Neighborhood Theater returns with 5 performances of Seussical on the Performing Arts Heart of Bloomfield Hills Excessive Faculty, 4200 Andover Street, Bloomfield Township. Performances are at 7 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 3 and 10, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 4 and 5, and an additional early matinee at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. Seussical is advisable for youngsters ages 4 and up Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for college students and seniors and will be bought on-line at www.bloomfieldplayers.org.
Described as a “fantastical musical extravaganza,” Seussical comprises common and timeless messages in regards to the significance of friendship, loyalty, and neighborhood in a novel fashion that solely Dr. Seuss can obtain. Cat within the Hat narrates the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of mud containing Whos, together with Jojo, a Who youngster that will get into bother for pondering too many “thinks.” Not solely should Horton defend the Whos from a world of naysayers and risks, however he should guard an deserted egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Fowl. Though Horton faces ridicule, hazard, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz by no means loses religion in him.
After working behind the scenes and performing in a number of BP productions, most just lately as The Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz (2020), Jessey Laba makes her directing debut with the assistance of Assistant Director Cyndi Dailey. Valerie Mould, who has labored on dozens of productions at BP and different neighborhood theater corporations, returns as choreographer together with Music Director Kate Philp.
Laba mentioned she was blissful to be taking up the difficult position of director following a three-year halt because of the COVID pandemic. Laba mentioned the forged includes 34 proficient forged members – lots of whom are a part of 5 taking part households – who’ve been desperate to return to the stage or carry out in a musical for the primary time.
“I’m so grateful for the unbelievable workforce behind me,” mentioned Laba. “There’s a number of vitality within the forged. We’re shaking off the mud of the previous few years and are excited to get again on stage.”
Jenn Friedman returns to producing for BP together with Mary Bishop, who’s making her theatrical manufacturing debut. The 2 have had a longtime involvement with BP productions akin to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Manufacturing unit (2018), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (2019), and The Wizard of Oz (2020).
“We proceed to honor the Bloomfield Gamers custom of being one of many solely neighborhood theater corporations in Metro Detroit to encourage households to carry out collectively in family-friendly productions,” mentioned Bishop. “Along with having a number of forged members from 5 totally different native households, the manufacturing has additionally drawn the skills of a number of younger adults. “Seussical, with its colourful units and costumes, energetic and catchy music, is heartwarming and enjoyable and an effective way to lighten issues up after a attempting few years as our first present again after COVID.”
Including these pops of coloration is Kimberly Wallace, who returns as costumer after a number of BP productions and is grateful for the father or mother volunteers who’ve been assembling the colourful costumes with most of the forged members having no less than two costume modifications throughout the manufacturing.
Seussical options Dr. Seuss’ most beloved characters, starring Horton the Elephant (Adam Kosznicki, St. Clair Shores), the Cat within the Hat (Adie Dewey, Royal Oak), and lots of different iconic characters will ignite the creativeness on this family-friendly manufacturing that includes a energetic musical rating by the Tony award-winning duo, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
Loretta Yakima of Bloomfield Hills is performing within the forged along with her son Nathan, a fourth-grader at Conant and are taking up a number of ensemble roles together with Yurtle the Turtle and one of many Wikersham brothers.
“That is the primary time I’ve been in a musical theater manufacturing,” mentioned Loretta. “It has been a studying journey for Nathan and I and we’re amazed on the expertise now we have proper right here on the town.”
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