Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Mostly random photos of the Cat in the Hat, because, why not?

Mayor and Mrs. Mayor discuss issues while Cat snarks behind them:

If you know the musical you sort of know what all of these scenes are, as a matter of fact.

And if you don't know the musical, it's pretty much not going to make much sense regardless of what I say, except that it hits highlights of several books, including Horton Hatches the Egg, as shown below.  A recap of the plot is here

Painting Mayzie's fingernails on Palm Beach.  Cat sounded like a cigarette girl in an old movie, and had the little hat perched on her head.

Dr. Dake by the Lake.  She wanted the doctor to be based on Dr. Hackenbush from the Marx Brothers, but figured few people would get it.

The Cat is often played as rather ditzy.  Annabeth played it as more maniacal, and a rabble rouser who stirs up trouble.  We discussed that this possibility was open to her since she's a relatively small girl -- her facial expressions sometimes bordered on Jack Nicholson in the Shining, but it worked since she's small and had whiskers painted on.  It would've been really disturbing to see a grown man play the part that way.

And we had an actual baby elephant bird, with Mayzie's feathers plus an outfit like Horton's:

Replay of the final bow.  The Things (the stagehands who bring props on and off) all ran out to the middle of the stage carrying her like this:

An absolutely awesome show, and my only complaint is that the place wasn't sold out.

Saturday, May 4, 2013


We have one more performance to go this afternoon, but here are some peeks at what's been going on:

 I made that giant curtain the bubbles are attached to in the photo above.  The Powers That Be had to really search for a stage with enough fly space for this show, by the way.  The sets are amazing -- and, yeah, they're mostly built by kids.
 This was the part that we discovered that Annabeth could imitate Louis Armstrong. 
In the course of the show we also discovered that she can do a one handed cartwheel while holding a military school brochure. 

Amazing show,  and if you're in town you should come see it.  

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Work in Progress Wednesday

Continuing work on Seussical.

A giant hat.

This year's version of Ruby Red Slippers.

More yoyos.  These are becoming hair clips for little Who girls.

Buttons for the Cat's vest.  McCall's 6143, fabric is from Robert Kaufmann's Seuss collection.

Starting to put it all together on stage this week.  You can see a couple of Who girls on the left of this photo.

Aaaaand, one more dress rehearsal, then the show opens!