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Seussical the Musical

Seussical the Musical: An amalgamation of several Dr. Seuss books, this 2000 Broadway musical loosely follows Horton the Elephant's attempts to save the citizens of Whoville, who live on a speck of dust. The musical is loosely narrated by the Cat in the Hat, who also occasionally jumps into the action to complicate matters.

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            What do you get when you request a FREE costume plot from The Costumer?  We will send you the listing and costume description for the entire show, organized by act and scene for your convenience. The Costumer is proud to provide quality Children’s and Adult’s rental costumes for productions of Seussical the Musical! Group costume rentals for Seussical cover the entire cast including leads such as The Cat in the Hat, Jojo, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz and Mayzie La Bird, as well as ensemble members including the Hunters, the Whos of Whoville, Cadets, Jungle Creatures, and much more!


            Seussical is a musical comedy based off of the many classic children’s stories by prolific author and cartoonist, Dr. Seuss. Most of the musical’s plot follows the story of Horton Hears a Who! and Horton Hatches the Egg! while incorporating many other timeless Dr. Seuss tales, such as The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Green Eggs and Ham, and many more! Seussical features music, lyrics, and book by the Tony Award-winning duo, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, the team behind Ragtime, Once on This Island, My Favorite Year, and Anastasia. Seussical premiered on Broadway in 2000 and has since two U.S. national tours and a West End production. Seussical is frequently produced by scholastic and community theatre groups, and Musical Theatre International currently offers the licensing rights to the 2002 U.S National Tour Version.


            The story begins as a large red and white striped hat appears on the center of an empty stage. A Boy steps onto the stage noticing the inviting and whimsical hat. He is drawn to it and as he approaches, The Cat in the Hat suddenly materializes. The impish Cat quips, “I can see that you’ve got quite a mind for your age,” and they begin singing about the power of imagination (“Oh the Thinks You Can Think”). Throughout the opening number, various famous characters from Dr. Seuss’ tales are introduced: Horton the Elephant; Gertrude McFuzz, the one-feather tailed bird; the Whos of Whoville, including the Mayor and his wife; General Genghis Khan Schmitz; Mayzie La Bird; the Sour Kangaroo and the Citizens of the Jungle of Nool. At the opening number’s closing, the Boy and The Cat in the Hat use their combined imaginations to transport the audience to the setting for the story’s beginning: The Jungle of Nool.


            As the jungle materializes, Horton is found splashing happily in a pool. Suddenly, he hears a distant cry for help (“Horton Hears a Who”). Horton follows the mysterious cry to a miniscule speck of dust floating on the wind and realizes that there are tiny people living on the speck: the tiny citizens of Whoville who are so small that they can’t be seen. Upon making this discovery, Horton vows to protect the tiny people and places Whoville carefully on a soft clover just as Sour Kangaroo and her baby arrive. Horton explains his discovery and the Sour Kangaroo thinks he is delusional for believing such a thing. She and the rest of the Jungle Citizens, including the bad-boy monkey Wickersham Brothers, mock Horton for talking to a speck of dust (“Biggest Blame Fool”). Being the mischievous narrator that he is, The Cat in the Hat takes on the persona of a talk show host during the number, interviewing everyone in the jungle, including Mayzie La Bird and her Bird Girls providing backing vocals. All the while, Gertrude McFuzz, Horton’s neighbor, is the only one who stands up for Horton, although she is not noticed by anyone, including Horton.


            From the very beginning of this whimsical and musical journey, The Costumer will immediately transport your audience to Dr Seuss’ cartoonish world with the help of our fabulous rental costumes! Costume rentals for Seussical will transform each of your cast members into Dr. Seuss’ classic storybook characters! The Cat in the Hat will take the stage as the story’s narrator in a three-piece black swallowtail suit, complete with white gloves, a large red bowtie, and his iconic red and white striped hat! As the mischief-making cat dawns his various personas throughout the show, The Costumer will provide rental costumes and accessories for each of his disguises! Horton will appear before the audience in a gray three-piece suit complete with an Essex shirt, gray bowtie, and matching derby hat to top it off. Sour Kangaroo will hop onto the scene in a 1950’s style Sunday best dress, complete with crinoline, a pinafore apron with a pouch on the front, and a coordinating hat with kangaroo ears! Mayzie La Bird will take the stage in flamboyant style with an elaborate red gown, red feather tail, matching gloves, and an impressive glitzy red feather headpiece. Her accompanying Bird Girls will be adorned in equally as ostentatious attire and matching elaborate feather headpieces. The aforementioned characters and their outrageous costumes are only a mere sampling of what The Costumer has to offer for your cast members and the rest of the Jungle Citizens! Not to mention the Whos of Whoville as well!


            Horton and the Whos have only just begun, for Horton must try and protect the Whos while Mr. and Mrs. Mayor of Whoville try to get their son Jojo to stop having so many “thinks,” Gertrude longs for Horton to notice her, Mayzie leaves her egg in Horton’s care, and hunters invade the jungle…and that’s just the first act!


            This is only a mere glimpse at what The Costumer has to offer for productions of Seussical the Musical! With the help of our rental costumes, let your artistic vision come to life onstage and transport your audience to Dr. Suess’ incredible and unforgettable world! Request your free plot today!

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