'Seussical Debut for Wantagh Elementary Theater

Seussical Debut for Wantagh Elementary Theater

A musical based on the books of noted children’s author Dr. Seuss was the premier production for Wantagh Elementary School’s Musical Theater Club. The cast of 42 students showcased their talents during four performances of “Seussical Kids” on March 28 and 30.

Each date featured a daytime performance for students and an afterschool show for parents. Rehearsals, which took place after school, began in January as cast members learned the lyrics and choreography for more than a dozen musical numbers. 

Many of Dr. Seuss’ well-known characters could be found on stage including the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant and JoJo. There were 16 musical numbers beginning with “Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!” and ending with “Green Eggs and Ham.”

Assistant Principal Rachel Dender, who served as the director, said that this was the first venture for the school’s new Musical Theater Club. They hope to make it an annual tradition. Ms. Dender was supported by musical director Beth Marinis, choreographer Christina Mealey and set designer Eric Rodrigues, along with parent volunteers who helped with costumes, props and more. 

“The students worked very hard in school and at home to learn their roles, including songs, dances and speaking lines,” Ms. Dender said. “Their dedication was shown through the superb performances that they put together.”