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Rising Star Theatreworks presents Seussical Jr. in Batavia

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  • The cast of Seussical Jr. by Rising Star Theatreworks read Dr. Seuss books and sang songs from the musical during storytime at Barnes & Noble in the Geneva Commons in January. Reading "Green Eggs and Ham" is cast member Jill Danklefsen.

      The cast of Seussical Jr. by Rising Star Theatreworks read Dr. Seuss books and sang songs from the musical during storytime at Barnes & Noble in the Geneva Commons in January. Reading "Green Eggs and Ham" is cast member Jill Danklefsen.
    Vicki Danklefsen

 
Vicki Danklefsen

Let your imagination roam with Seussical Jr. presented by Rising Star Theatreworks on February 8--10, 2013, at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre.

The Cat in the Hat and many of your other Dr. Seuss favorites come back in this magical musical by Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Oh, The Thinks You Can Think captures the show's spirit of imagination, as the colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton the elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing the tiny Whos, including Jojo, a child who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton must not only protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Lazy Mayzie. Although Horton faces danger and ridicule, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. This heartwarming tale of friendship, loyalty, and family reminds us that "a person's a person no matter how small."

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Seussical Jr. is directed by Jen Prise with vocal direction by Jonathan Horn and choreography by Paula Venckus. The musical features cast members in grades 3 through 9 from Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles.

Seussical Jr. will be performed at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1201 Main Street, Batavia, on Friday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, February 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $14 to $19. Group discounts are available. For tickets, visit www.rstix.com. For group ticket sales, call (630) 845-4028 or email tickets@rstix.com. The entrance to the Batavia Fine Arts Center is on the north side of the school on Wilson Street.

The final dress rehearsal--at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 7--will be open to individuals with special needs and their families at no cost. To reserve your tickets for "Special Night for Special Friends," leave a message for Nancy E. Hansen at (630) 845-9165 or HansConsulting@aol.com. There are a limited number of wheelchair spaces available, so please indicate in your message if anyone in your party requires a wheelchair space. Tickets will be distributed at the door the evening of the performance.

A school show is available on Friday, February 8, at 9:30 a.m. Call (630) 845-4028 or email tickets@rstix.com to make reservations for the school show.

Rising Star Theatreworks is a not-for-profit community theatre group known for inspiring young people to become involved in theatre and for providing the community with quality theatre at affordable prices. Seussical Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

For more information about Rising Star Theatreworks, call our hotline at (630) 537-STAR. Find RST on Facebook at Rising Star Theatreworks (Illinois).

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