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    Rebekah Wundke, Nate Curran, Joel Mock and Bethany Arnup in Horsham Arts Council’s Seussical the Musical.
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    Jessica Wilson, Chloe Findlay and Kayla Wilson in Horsham Arts Council’s Seussical the Musical.
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    Kayla Wilson and Ebony Hart in Horsham Arts Council’s Seussical the Musical.

PHOTOS: Horsham Arts Council's Seussical the Musical sparking an arts interest

By Sean O’Connell

Seussical the Musical is poised to allow Wimmera students an opportunity to further their interest in the arts.

 



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Launching tomorrow night, the Horsham Arts Council musical brings together a cast, crew and creative team of more than 60 people to create a Dr Seuss-inspired extravaganza.

Written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, it takes its plot from Seuss stories Horton Hears a Who!, Gertrude McFuzz and Horton Hatches the Egg while referencing many other popular stories. Lead roles include narrator Kayla Wilson as the Cat in the Hat, Mark Deckert as Horton and Jessica Wilson as Amazing Mayzie.

Horsham Arts Council is partnering with Horsham Town Hall and the SPARKS Arts Education Program to bring the show to different audiences. 

Arts council secretary Faye Johns said the collaboration was an opportunity to connect students and the region’s performing artists. 

“Children have missed out on years of foundational arts, educational and performance experiences,” she said.

“We are excited to perform a show that is perfect for the children of our region, to experience local talent creating and performing art.”

The SPARKS program, funded by the Department of Education, looks to immerse students in a broad-ranging curriculum that includes visual arts, drama, literature and music. These traditional subjects are complemented by hands-on workshops informed by different ideas or themes. 

SPARKS education officer Vicki Thomas said the arts council’s production of Seussical the Musical was an ideal fit within the SPARK program, in the way the narrative explored ideas of resilience and social connections. 

She said the SPARKS program had taken measures to ensure Wimmera students would attend and engage with the production. 

“These include subsidised costs for school students and an education resource pack for schools that will make curriculum connections to the performance,” she said. 

Mrs Johns said the council was overwhelmed by the support of local schools.

“Tickets for the SPARKS-sponsored school show sold out in 24 hours,” she said. 

Mrs Johns also referred to a ‘relaxed’ performance of Seussical the Musical on Thursday, May 17. 

She said the adjusted production was aimed at those who needed or preferred a more sensory-friendly experience. 

People can buy tickets via Horsham Town Hall website horshamtownhall.com.au/hthevent/seussical-the-musical-hac/

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