Submitted by Emily Parker
Get ready for a whimsical and heartwarming evening of Seuss! The sixth-grade students at Terrace Park Elementary present “Seussical Kids,” an adaptation of the ever-popular Broadway musical “Seussical,” that features the favorite stories of Dr. Seuss. Their production will take place the evening of Friday, March 9th, at 7 p.m. in the school gym.
Director and TPE music teacher Annie Hobson began preparation for this annual sixth-grade tradition in the fall and rehearsals began in January. Every student in the grade had the opportunity to either audition for a role or work behind the scenes on stage crew.
“The sixth-grade play is a tremendous experience for our students as it provides a fun and welcoming introduction to theatre,” Hobson said. “It is a wonderful collaboration of teachers, students, and parents, culminating in kind of an artistic capstone to finish their time at TPE.”
Now in its 16th year, the sixth-grade play has become a time-honored tradition at the school.
Principal Linda Lee said that the play is a special experience for the students and is often listed by them as one of the highlights of their K-6 educational experience at TPE.
“Our students are able to collaborate with one another in a different way than they do in the classroom,” Lee said. “They are able to see others’ strengths that they may never have seen before (while they are having fun!)”
Hobson said she is looking forward to this particular production because of the overall excitement she has experienced at rehearsals with the students. “Our sixth graders love the characters, stories, and songs in this show,” she said. “It's a catchy, heartwarming, high-energy piece and I’m particularly excited about watching many of our sixth graders really bloom as singers, actors, and dancers.”
Sixth grade student Ben Webster, who plays the role of Horton, said the experience has been enjoyable and different.
“Typically, our whole grade doesn’t have the opportunity to all be together,” Webster said. “It’s been fun and I learned that I’m a better singer than I thought I was.”
The production will run one night only and is free to the Terrace Park community.
“On play night, it is amazing to see the excitement, pride and sense of collective accomplishment on each and every 6th grader's face,” Mrs. Lee added. “It is so much fun and all of the students (and adults) can relate to Dr. Seuss.”