Kanata EMC, 16 December 2010

Magic of Dr. Seuss comes to Kanata


EMC Events - A musical is where it's at with some friends from Cat in the Hat!

The Kanata Theatre is presenting Seussical the musical, which is described as a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza.

The show hits the stage on Dec. 27 at 1 and 4 p.m., Dec. 28 at 7 p.m., Dec. 29 at 1 and 4 p.m. and Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. at the Ron Maslin Playhouse in Kanata.

The musical features 28 actors and actresses includ­ing 15 year-old Jonathan Arnott who plays Horton the elephant. Although this is his first time with Kanata Theatre he is no stranger to the stage as this is his third major production. In Grade 8 he played the lead role in Aladdin at W. O. Mitchell Elementary School, and in Grade 9 he played Anthony in Sweeney Todd at A. Y. Jackson Secondary School.

He says he loves acting because of all the great people he is able to meet and thinks Seussical is a great show for families because there is something in it for everyone.

"The characters are fun, the music is upbeat and cheerful and most importantly; it's a show that kids will be able to understand and they'll have a great time watching it as well," said Arnott. "I love perform­ing, especially in front of young children because to them they can really believe what's going on on stage, and to them this magical world of Dr. Seuss is real. It's a great thing for them to experience live theatre."

The show is based on Seussical the musical show that debuted on Broadway on Nov. 1, 2000 and ran for 198 shows until May 20, 2001.

The one-act musical is filled with favourite
Dr. Seuss characters including Gertrude McFuzz, the Wickersham Brothers, a very sour kangaroo and one very mischievous cat.

Donovan Bosnich is 12 years old and plays Wickersham number five who steals the clover from Horton.


Kyra Weichert as Mayzie la Bird and Nicholas Harrison as Cat in the Hat during rehearsals for Kanata Theatre's Seussical.

"He causes trouble ...I'm sort of wild and rambunctious just like him," said Bosnich.

He was also in the Kanata Theatre Kids production of 101 Dalmatians and thinks that people should come out to see the musical because they are well-known characters.

"It's definitely a nice play and a lot of people are familiar with Dr. Seuss so they should probably go see it. It is very intense and sometimes happy. I think it would be a great play for any age.

Donovan has also been showing his dad Mike the ropes in his first attempt on stage. Although Mike has helped out behind the stage he decided to lend his voice and is one of the Whos in Whoville.

"It's a lot of fun being a part of the rehearsals. The kids are very high energy so I find that carries me along the rehearsals and I enjoy it while they are performing as well."

Tickets for the production are going fast; all seats are reserved and cost $8 per person. The show is directed by Andrew Williams with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.

For more information on the show visit: kanatatheatre.com.

This article, which appeared in the 16 December 2010 issue of EMC,
 is reproduced by the kind permission of the author.