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High-energy 'Seussical' sports two casts, 130 actors at Three Stages in Folsom

By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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KNOW AND GO
‘Seussical The Musical’
Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre
When: 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 & 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 18
Where: Three Stages, 10 College Parkway, Folsom
Cost: $18-$36, Thursday bargain nights are $14.75 per seat
Info: Threestages.net or edmt.info
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

El Dorado Musical Theatre’s latest production, “Seussical The Musical,” is a high-energy tale with top-notch acting and singing.

Split into two casts – Ham and Eggs – I happened to catch the Ham crew on a Saturday afternoon at Three Stages in Folsom.

The El Dorado Hills-based theatrical group put on one of their best yet.

The tale follows The Cat in the Hat, The Whos in Whoville, Horton the Elephant and a host of other characters familiar to those raised on Dr. Seuss books.

The central characters – JoJo, Horton, Cat, Mayzie and Gertrude McFuzz – bring the tale to life.

Standouts for me are some of the main actors, such as Carly Speno as Gertrude. She played the goofy, love-struck, self-conscious bird to perfection. Speno is 17 and attends Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills. David Bryant as Horton brings emotion, tenderness and compassion to what could have easily been a flat, two-dimensional caricature. Bryant is 15 and also attends Oak Ridge.

Andrew Wilson, nephew of director Debbie Wilson, is superb as The Cat. Doing flips on the stage, interacting with the audience and reciting some crazy Seuss tongue-tying lines seem to come with ease to the 16-year-old.

Russell Anderson, 11, is JoJo, one of the central characters. He deftly portrays the friend to Horton.

Lastly, that brings us to my personal standout pick for the show — Anjie Rose Wilson as flighty Mayzie. Considering this is her 39th show with EDMT, it’s no wonder. From dancing to singing to acting, this 16-year-old really struts her stuff.

My red-striped top hat is off to the entire cast and crew. I highly recommend seeing “Seussical” before it’s gone.