If you’re looking for a family-friendly show this Christmas but can’t stand the thought of your 36th Cinderella, Seussical at the Arts Theatre is a great choice. Based on the Seuss stories of the cat in the hat and many more, this action packed hour of theatre is full of punchy choreography and sassy singing all wrapped up in a bow of good morals and lessons.
This youthful and energetic cast literally bounce around the stage in their colourful costumes. The choreography is challenging, jam-packed and aids the story-telling essence with pizazz and sparkle. Comedic moments including swimming fish heads and the dance of the ‘Whos’ had people giggling all round.
All performances are strong and bright, some highlights being the sassy comedy of showgirl-esque Jessica Parker and voice of Shekinah McFarlane as the sour Kangaroo, though one would be forgiven for wishing for more diction amongst those wonderful riffs. Tanya Shields and Benjamin Vivian-Jones deserve a special mention as Mr and Mrs Mayor but the star of the show is Gertrude McFuzz played lovingly by Kirsty Marie Ayers. Her beautiful singing voice is just lovely and her honest, open performance is heartbreaking.
A few sound issues were distracting and unfortunate for the cast and in general the all-pre-recorded backing tracks were fine but a little too loud, leaving the actors in competition with the music.
Take your children & grandchildren, grandparents too for a daytime treat that will leave you feeling warm and mcfuzzy.