Seussical at Imagination Stage: Fun For the Entire Family

Photo Credit: Margot Schulman

Theodore Geisel aka Dr. Seuss has been a theme in our home recently. First we watched Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas on PBS Kids. Then we followed it up with the musical Seussical at Imagination Stage.

Our family are huge fans of Imagination Stage, and Seussical did not disappoint. While the musical loosely follows the story of Horton Hears a Who!, you’ll see characters from other Dr. Seuss stories. There’s pinkalicious Gertrude McFuzz from Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, Mayzie LaBird from Horton Hatches the Egg, and of course, the famous Cat in the Hat. (Note: Imagination Stage’s version of Seussical is slightly shorter than the original Broadway version, in order to accommodate for its young audiences. Little kids can only sit still for so long, you know.)

As soon as the house lights went down, both Sophia and Jaxson were mesmerized by the lone white and red striped hat on stage. Jaxson couldn’t stay in his seat because he was dancing to the songs. I was not familiar with Seussical’s storyline, so it became a game to figure out which story the characters were from. It was also a challenge because sadly I haven’t read very many of Dr. Seuss books.
One thing I love about children’s theatre is there’s usually some sort of audience participation. Imagination Stage takes audience participation to the next level. Besides asking the audience to chime in during the show, some lucky audience members became residents of Whoville and watch the show from their special seats on stage. There’s also some really cute and fun ways the actors interact directly with the audience, but I won’t ruin the surprises. (Make sure you get seats on the first level so you don’t miss out on any of the audience participation.)

I absolutely loved the costumes by designer Frank Labovitz. Each character’s costume embodied their animal’s traits but without hitting us on the head about it. Horton’s trunk was his necktie, with a hint of pink when we got a peek underneath. Mayzie, our pink bird, sported a poodle skirt with ruffles of tulle underneath to represent her tail feathers (or lack thereof). The costumes were so clever.

Take your family to see Seussical. It’s a fun and entertaining way to introduce your children to Dr. Seuss stories (if they haven’t already) and see his characters come alive.

Seussical at Imagination Stage runs until January 6, 2013. They have weekday performances for school groups as well as during winter break. Tickets start at $12 and you can even purchase the special Whoville seats! You can purchase tickets online or by calling the box office at 301-280-1660.

Breaking: Imagination Stage just announced a sensory friendly performance of Seussical on December 9 at 11AM.

Our family attended a press night performance of Seussical. Opinions are our own.