About Centre Stage


SEUSSICAL, a musical for the whole family, is an exuberant theatrical experience with upbeat music and exciting staging. Based on the model of “Into the Woods,” which combines several fairy-tale characters, SEUSSICAL creates the witty, wild and whimsical world of Dr. Seuss and combines many of the author’s characters and stories into one musical tale. It reveals a world where anything's possible from an elephant in a tree, to a person too tiny to see, to a heroic child and dreams running wild. The show is a magical, musical world where helping a friend, never giving up and keeping a promise come true. The Tony Award winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty ("Ragtime" and "Once on this Island") created the book and the score that includes pop, gospel and R&B numbers. The story centres around Horton the Elephant who becomes the laughing stock of the jungle because he believes in something that no one can see and because he is dedicated to protecting people smaller than himself. It will take Horton, the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz and a gaggle of characters to bring harmony back to their world. Many of these characters have never met one another before, but they meet in SEUSSICAL. By the end of the show, some will fall in love, some will have desperate adventures, and some will save the world. Dr. Seuss believes in helping a friend, in not giving up, in keeping a promise. He believes in the value and dignity of others, in working to preserve the natural world, and he believes that peace is the ultimate ideal, among nations and in every heart. He also believes in the pure power of the imagination. You will find all these serious concerns at the heart of SEUSSICAL.  High energy staging and special effects make this a contemporary fantasy for all ages that is really fantastic and exciting. Its story illustrates that imagination can take you anywhere, and that the “thinks” that we think can determine the paths that we follow. It is the story of adventure, friendship, family and self-discovery, and its story certainly resonates today. A contemporary theatrical form of high energy and great dramatic power, SEUSSICAL will touch your heart, tickle your funny bone, thrill your senses and keep your toes tapping.