The Cat in the Hat (Lauren Thompson) and Jojo (Abigail Rumpel) in the fantastic VMS production of "Seussical." Photo by Paul J. Seeling
The Cat in the Hat (Lauren Thompson) and Jojo (Abigail Rumpel) in the fantastic VMS production of "Seussical." Photo by Paul J. Seeling

BALDWIN, WI – Try to imagine the unimaginable, that of course is the fun of the play Seussical, Jr that sprang out of the wonderful written works of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel).

You know those stories: The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and many, many delightful more. The play is based on the book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty with the music by Flaherty and the lyrics by Ahrens. It truly is a marvelous creation.

Then further try to imagine the unimaginable of having a cast of over 100 Viking Middle School students and also having the 6th grade choirs playing a supporting role to the cast and crew involved in the production.

Imagine not only an extremely talented cast, with fantastic costumes, but wonderfully “Seussical” sets, with a grand story that takes you with the Cat in the Hat (the marvelous Lauren Thompson) from the big world with an elephant (Horton the Elephant, played splendidly by Ethan Rumpel) and his bird friends; Gertrude McFuzz (Becca Stiller, who sings and acts like a seasoned Broadway veteran-Wow!) and the naughty Mayzie La Bird (Madison Lawrence who can really belt it out!) and the tough Sour Kangaroo (done very well by Claire Finger) to the small world of the Whos. Tiny Whoville is located on a speck of dust that Horton finds and he befriends the Whos: his sprightly friend Jojo (played to perfection by Abigail Rumpel) and her parents the Mayor (a delightful Connor Mathison) and Mrs. Mayor (a talented Maeleea Larson).

The whole production is beyond superlatives with many other important contributions by all of the multi-talented cast and crew. Imagine, I certainly had a hard time, that this is a middle school production, but wait, no this isn’t any young middle school production.

No! This is Viking Middle School where hit musicals seem to grow on a tradition of one amazing hit musical every year!

Kudos and high praise once more to: Directors Mrs. Chandra Lamb and Mr. Eric Becker, Asst. Director Ms. Kirsten Hanson, Music and Sound Director Mr. Robert Skamfer, Set Design Ms. Morgan Trunkel, Costume Designer Mrs. Heather Kittleson, Hair and Makeup Amy Campbell, Stephanie Larson and Susie Willink, Volunteer Director Mr. John Rumpel, Set Volunteer Mr. Ashlin. What a marvelous, fantastic, smash-a-roo!

If you missed this one, well shame on you, don’t you dare miss the next one!