Jojo (Shane Beers) follows his hunch “home” with the help of the hunches. Left to right is Taytum Akers, Meagan Flores, Maria Varas, Maggie Slocum & Timothy Stidham
Oh the Thinks you can Think (Shown front to back: Kylie Marsh, baby Kangaroo, Summer Lighthall, Mrs. Mayor, Maggie Slocum, Who Citizen, Khyra Oldham, Sour Kangaroo)
Cappies critics review Cooper High School's performance of 'Seussical.'
There's more to the story when you become an Insider. WCPO Insider's membership is an additional benefit on top of everything you can get for free on WCPO.com. We created an entire digital organization dedicated to bringing you exclusive access to in-depth stories that you can’t get anywhere else, handpicked events, and incredible savings on things you love to do. To find out more click here.
Purcell Marian High School
Cooper High School’s set for “Seussical” was brightly colored and definitely captured the look of the Dr. Seuss world. The costumes for the show also had the ideal look and were neatly done. Another task Cooper overcame was not being able to use gel lighting. They worked well with what they had and also did a good job using spotlighting to capture intense scenes such as “Havin’ a Hunch” or playful scenes such as “It’s Possible.”
Highlands High School
The show's main antagonist, the Sour Kangaroo played by Khyra Oldham, is a role that requires a great vocal talent and a large amount of sass. Oldham definitely brought both elements to the character, and did so with style and grace that was entertaining to watch. Although the ensemble was not very strong vocally, they made up for it through strong dance abilities, especially demonstrated by the Bird Girls, all of whom were wonderful dancers with fabulous stage presence.
Many of the small roles in the performance stood out, such as Yertle the Turtle slowly hobbling onto stage, to an injured blind Who stumbling out during a song, the cast really showed that "a person's a person no matter how small." Some characters were too quiet or weren't very expressive, and some jokes fell flat, but the colorful dancing and interesting characters made up for these minor setbacks.
Harmonies are not easy to learn and the bird girls, who have lots of harmonies, were spot on. Not only were they sensational vocalists they were also great dancers and actresses. Like other characters the bird girls would react to everything happening on stage even if they were not the main focus. Horton, the Cat in the hat, and Gertrude were also very good at staying in character the whole time they were on stage.
Larry A. Ryle High School
Cooper High School's production used all the resources they had, and pulled together to create a lovely premier “Seussical” show. Using interesting lighting effects and overcoming sound problems, the cast and crew deliver a musical favorite with comic timing, a Cat in the Hat breaking the fourth wall and many animal antics in the forms of coordinated dance ensembles and funny stage business.
Taylor High School
The Cat in the Hat, played by Austin Kevin Moore, was the central comedic character in the show. His silly dances and amusing attitude had some audience members laughing out loud. Although there were a few awkward scene changes in the show, Austin did a good job of keeping the audience laughing and giving the stage crew some room for error.
Elder and Seton High Schools
The entire cast did a great job of conveying energy from the stories represented. The Whovian citizens appropriately displayed cheerfulness during the good times and fright or despair during the feeling of threat. Horton’s neighbors accurately portrayed the mob mentality that occurs during Horton’s trial. Overall the cast sang well and triumphantly danced to seal in a wonderful performance.