Thomasville Times Enterprise

February 1, 2014

Brookwood set for ‘Seussical’

Staff report

THOMASVILLE — Area residents are invited to one of the Brookwood Drama Guild’s performances of “Seussical,” a production based on three of Dr. Seuss’s classic children’s books.

“Seussical” will debut on Friday at 8 p.m., with other performances slated for Saturday at 8 p.m. and Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Thomasville Municipal Auditorium.

Brookwood School will continue its tradition of theatre under the direction of Constance Clineman, who has been bringing leadership to Brookwood since 1996.

The legacy of Dr. Seuss lives through the operetta style musical. The lyrics and music are brought to life by Brookwood students from all grade levels. 

Tryouts took place in September and the successfun candidates began preparing soon after for main roles. Many have been rehearsing since December, including after school and on weekends. The set pieces and costuming were hand painted and selected in the fall.

Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty co-conceived this magical musical with Eric Idle. They brought many of Seuss’ favorite characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination — JoJo. The colorful characters learn the power of friendship, loyalty, family and community.

During rehearsals, Clineman taught the student actors not only the production, but also about the environment. She told them to “wear a scarf, drink plenty of water and take care of yourself.”  When in rehearsal, they are reminded they are part of an ensemble.

“Seussical” is based on the books, Horton Hears a Who!”, Horton Hatches the Egg and “The One Feather Tail of Gertrude McFuzz. It debuted on Broadway in 2000.

After a Broadway run, the production went on as two U.S. national tours and a United Kingdom tour. It has become a favorite for school, community and regional theatres.

Brookwood looks forward to this time each year when the student body comes together through many hours of rehearsal. The bond of the students is exemplified through the production.

Before students leave a rehearsal, the traditional circle song is sung, where students pledge to reach, teach and spread their gifts along the way.

The students have made appearances on the local CNS show and a visit to the Boys and Girls Club.

Clineman and a host of talented costuming, props, stage builders and countless other volunteers have made the show possible. Barbara Lee also lends her musical gift and time to the musical.

The Brookwood Drama Guild is open to all Brookwood students. The interaction among students form all grade levels in the musical is a must see for all, according to Assistant Headmaster David L. Grooms Jr. Even with students who do not want to be on stage— there are ways for them to be involved in the guild. They can help with parts of the production, which include the set, costumes, props, etc.

Tickets for “Seussical” can be purchased at Brookwood School, Jan’s Hallmark, Center Drugs in Cairo and at the door before the production. Reserved seating can be purchased at Brookwood School.

Call Brookwood School for more information at (229) 226-8070.