HORTONVILLE, Wis. (WFRV) – Hortonville High School Players are excited to present Seussical! The show opens on November 7 and runs through November 10.
In the video above, the Hortonville Players take you behind the curtains! From costuming, to makeup, to set design and more, the cast and crew show you that what happens on stage is only part of the experience.
Tickets can be purchased at www.hasd.org or directly through the link here: https://hortonvillehighschool.thundertix.com/events/150369
- November 7-9 at 7:00 p.m. $10 adults $8 students/seniors (62+)
- November 10 at 2:00 p.m. $8 all tickets
From Director Justin Foth, this is what you need to know before entering the theater!
What should audiences know about your production?
Our show is run primarily by students. This means all of the make-up, hair, wardrobe, and properties pieces you see on stage were designed, created, and fitted by students.
They also run our front of house operations, decorate the lobby and manage concessions. Students helped to build and paint everything on stage with the guidance of several incredibly helpful parents.
If you see it on stage it has been influenced by the students you will see throughout the show and at the curtain call.
Why did you select this musical? What goals do you hope to accomplish with this particular show?
I selected “Seussical” because of the story we are telling. This story about allowing yourself to have imagination and think outside the box. This is so meaningful to students who don’t get to have as much of a creative outlet regularly.
Using your mind in new ways is important to brain health and to you as a person. We often ostracize those who think differently than us but the world is made better by people who dare to dream outside of norm and create something new.
The other main theme that made me choose this show is simply “A person’s a person no matter how small.” This simple line comes back again and again. In a world with so many different people and so much conflict, it is important not to forget that every human on this planet is a person. They have inherent value and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Some aren’t seen as easily as others but that doesn’t make their lives any less important.
Are there any unique production elements in your show?
We don’t have fly space in our theater yet we have found ways to creatively fit some scene changes in the limited space available.
We also built extra stage space and basically built a jungle gym on stage. All of this combined with the great work of our wardrobe, make-up, properties, and hair department give the show a fun and exciting look on stage.
How do you engage your school and/or your community in your productions?
We engage our school by having open auditions and allowing anyone to be part of the show. If they want to be on stage or backstage we make sure they have a place to call home and something interesting to do.
We have the community come together to help us advertise, and help with donations of time and supplies to help the show.
What are the benefits of students participating in high school theater and educational programs like Center Stage?
The benefits of students in the arts are well documented but my favorite about theatre is the ability for students to look at other people and their points of view. Where else do you get to pretend to be someone you aren’t and really dive into what makes them a person?
Students do so much character work they can tell you what their favorite foods are, their favorite childhood memory, or what subject they liked in school the best. Students truly get to be someone else and learn what it means to walk in their shoes. This gives them so much more empathy for those around them and makes them better citizens and people.
The benefits of the Center Stage program as amazing as well. We are able to send students to work with professionals in the theatre community. Some of our students just attended a workshop with the cast from “Hamilton”. They got to see what it’s like to live that life.
A couple of years ago my student stage manager had the opportunity to work with the stage manager from “Chicago”. This student went backstage during a live show, saw how things were run, and even got to make a couple of the calls for the show. That is an incredible experience that I doubt many other students get to have.
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