What do you do with a group of ninety-six keen young people who want to be on stage? The Adelaide Youth Theatre solved this problem by producing two versions of the same play and also splitting the leads in both. Each production was excellent and they deserve individual reviews.
Seussical opened with a guide of what the show was about by the Cat played by Ryan Vandermyle who has a very distinct and readily understandable voice. He was supported by Jo Jo played by Jack Keukenmeester who showed his singing talent throughout the show.
The story revolved around Horton the elephant very ably portrayed by Kristian Latella who discovers and protects a speck of dust containing tiny people called Whos. This is the major role of the play and allowed Kristian to show his very capable singing and acting
Montana Vincent as Gertrude McFuzz showed her willingness to protect Horton at any length with her easy to listen to solos and duets with Horton. This protective attitude was reversed by Mayzie Le Bird played by Lily Horton-Stewart who gave a creditable performance of the irresponsible bird who would rather be anywhere than sitting on her egg.
Ella Waters as Sour Kangaroo, Nick Mitchell as Mr Mayor, Holly Fennel as Mrs Mayor and Liam Tomlin as Schmitz were all able to display their on-stage talents with great effect.
The ensemble entertained with their singing and the choreography which was enhanced by the costumes particularly in the fish and skeleton scenes. The circus scene allowed many on stage to showcase their particular area of expertise.
The production team lead by Serina Martino-Williams and Jesse Budel enhanced the production with the sets and lighting plus the orchestra which all added up to a most enjoyable show.