Spring Musical and Shinn Study Abroad Fundraiser

“Seussical: The Musical,” RIC Mainstage Theatre’s spring production, is sure to shake off the winter doldrums!

Directed by Professor of Musical Theatre Bill Wilson, with choreography by Professor of Dance Angelica Vessella, the show runs April 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. and April 22-23 at 2 p.m. in Roberts Hall Auditorium. Immediately following the April 22nd matinee performance will be a reception to celebrate this year’s Shinn Study Abroad scholarship winners.

“Seussical” is a production perfect for the whole family, populated by Dr. Seuss’s most beloved characters. In the opening act, The Cat in the Hat introduces himself as “your host and MC.” He is variously narrator, outside observer and a devil’s advocate throughout the show, briefly leaping into the action on several occasions to create conflict and to keep the story moving.

The Cat in the Hat then guides you into The Jungle of Nool, where you meet Horton, the kind-hearted elephant, who stumbles upon the tiny people of Whoville who live on a speck of dust. He meets a Whoville child named JoJo, son of The Mayor and Mrs. Mayor, and the two bond over the fact that they are both outcasts – excessive thinkers – struggling to find a place in the world. In fact, JoJo’s parents are sending him to military school for thinking too many “thinks.”

Horton commits himself to protect the speck of dust and the Whos who live upon it, but when he tries to convince the other animals in The Jungle of the existence of the Whos, he is ridiculed, arrested and put on trial for insanity. Only his loyal bird-neighbor, Gertrude McFuzz, believes in him, and they eventually fall in love. Through mishaps and adventures, Horton and JoJo discover the power of being unique and eventually find what they seek – their own place in the world.

Don’t miss this seussational Dr. Seuss show! For ticket information, go to www.ric.edu/pfa or call the Box Office at (401) 456-8144. 

The Shinn Study Abroad Fund’s post-performance fundraiser will be held in Alger 110 at 4 p.m. Attendees will meet the 2017-2018 Shinn Study Abroad scholars, view displays created by returning Shinn scholars and enjoy international hors d’oeuvres and desserts. The reception will also feature a silent auction, highlighting a very special book – a copy of Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat,” signed by the author’s great niece and nephew, Sally and Lee Geisel, upon whom Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) modeled the story’s children. This book was generously donated by Holly Shadoian, RIC assistant vice president for academic affairs, and her husband Charlie Shadoian.