The cast has been set, and soon the stage at the Sampson Community Theater will come to life as it presents “Seussical,” a musical directed by Sampson County’s Angela Martin.
“Seussical” is based on the writings of Theodore Seuss Geisel, an American author, poet, political cartoonist, publisher, animator and artist, but best known for his pen name of Dr. Seuss. Seuss wrote several of the most popular children’s stories of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages.
Auditions for the production were held mid July, with a large number turning out to be a part of the cast. In the end, there were 115 kids and adults who showed up for auditions, presenting something of a dilemma for Martin. After sorting through auditions, Martin named the final lists, which made up for three casting groups.
Seussical the Musical Cast A will perform the following shows: Friday, Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 20 at 2:30 p.m.
Seussical the Musical Cast B will perform the following shows: Friday, Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 26 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 27 at 2:30 p.m.
Seussical the Musical Cast C will perform the following shows: Friday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 2 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 3 at 2:30 p.m.
Playing the part of “The Cat in the Hat” in all three productions will be Coleman Simpson, who also played the same part at Hobbton High School in 2014. The other cast member who will be in all three casts is Simon Ussery, playing the part of “Jojo.”
Tickets can be purchased at Matthews Gifts and at the ticket box office.