Muddy review: Seussical The Musical, South Hill Park
You often wonder with a classic like Seussical whether it is a nostalgic trip down memory lane for the parents and the kids are just tagging along. But Seussical the Musical – a complex mash up of the Dr Seuss stories (mainly Horton Hears A Who, Horton Hatches The Egg and Miss Gertrude McFuzz), has you at hello.
Regardless of whether you’re familiar with the stories or not, the bold and bonkers set design and brilliant costumes bring an explosion of colour and anticipation to the Wilde Theatre stage at South Hill Park.
This is an in-house community company (something South Hill Park is renowned for) with the added punch of including kids from the Easter theatre camp in the Junior Chorus. Don’t think for second you’re getting a lame local am-dram production; the show’s outstanding, the singing is strong with stunning harmonies and there are stand-out performances.
Bradley Clapson as Horton The Elephant was utterly charming. He has a lovely tone to his voice when he sings (I’d happily let him sing me to sleep, if it wasn’t weird) and his tap dancing skills are something to behold. Michael Ayiotis as Cat In the Hat showed a swagger and mischievousness to his character that captivated every wild-eyed child in the theatre (and there were a lot). But by far my favourite was Laura Hartley as Mayzie Le Bird. She looked like she had stepped straight out of Barry Manilow’s Copacabana video – all feathers, sequins and sass. Mayzie’s a good time gal, who loves to party and a drink. As I said, my kinda bird.
But it would be remiss not to also mention the kids. They were absolutely amazing. Leo Burke as JoJo did a cracking job playing one of the major characters. But for the rest to learn the songs, steps and choreography is no small feat. The parents must beaming with pride. What an amazing production to be a part of.
It’s on until Monday 17 April. get a ticket, go and see it. It’s an absolute blast. Plus the neon, feathers and palm trees are providing endless inspiration for my interiors and my wardrobe.