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Students stage Seuss’s musical

Kyra Vance, top left, and Nasya Moore peer down on Erin Goodman, Morgan Burke and Jane Beuttel during a rehearsal for Seussical The Musical. The students in Arts Alive’s senior musical theatre course stage the play next week. - Photo contributed
Kyra Vance, top left, and Nasya Moore peer down on Erin Goodman, Morgan Burke and Jane Beuttel during a rehearsal for Seussical The Musical. The students in Arts Alive’s senior musical theatre course stage the play next week.
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After a one-year hiatus, a popular children’s theatre program is back with a beloved production.

Nanaimo Arts Alive summer school presents Seussical The Musical July 27-29 at the Bailey Studio on Rosstown Road.

For nearly 20 years, Arts Alive offered its flagship course of senior musical theatre to teens during the summer months.

In this course, 20 to 30 talented teens are led by a professional director through a concentrated three weeks of rehearsal for a musical play, which ends with public performances.

The course was not offered in 2011, disappointing dozens of people, but it is back this year under the direction of Ward Norcutt.

Students in Arts Alive performed in Seussical previously, but the play is so popular that the school decided to resurrect it.

The actors in the previous production are all grown up, leading to a whole new cast of Cat in the Hats, Horton the Elephants and various Whos.

Seussical The Musical incorporates the characters and plots of children’s author Dr. Seuss’s most popular books. The show debuted on Broadway in New York in 2000, with subsequent tours across North America.

The summer children’s theatre show often sells out, leading producers to add another day of performance.

The production runs July 27, at 7 p.m.; July 28-29 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and available at Northridge Fitness, Artzi Stuff and Arts Alive summer school office at Wellington Secondary School.

For more information, please visit www.nanaimoartsalive.com.

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