Taft Elementary’s Seussical
By Eugenia Moskowitz
The arts are alive and well in Washingtonville as evidenced by Taft Elementary School’s performance of its fall play Seussical: The Musical on Nov. 14-15. The approximately 70 drama club students put on a show highlighting the popular works of children’s book author Dr. Seuss (a.k.a. Theodor Geisel) with dialogue done almost entirely in rhyme and songs focusing on his different books. Throughout the performance, the children display the message of what Seuss infused into in all of his stories: “anything’s possible.”
From solos to perfectly executed duets to group numbers featuring the entire cast, the students displayed maturity and professional polish in their performances, while stage sets were moved quickly and seamlessly by the creative stage crew. One particularly nice touch was the illusion of lake water made by billowing “waves” of blue and white cloth around. The illusion was complete, convincing audience-goers that, indeed, anything is possible — if you use your imagination and think outside the box.
As Dr. Seuss would say, the show was a “98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed” good time for the children and their families who came to the two evening performances, as well as the entire student body who watched the daytime dress rehearsal during the school day.
The next major school theatrical performance will be the high school play, Elf, on Dec. 7-8.
CAPTIONS: “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” The Whos from Whoville joined Horton the elephant and other creatures sprung from of the pages of Dr. Seuss’ books at the Taft Elementary School’s production of Seussical. (Photo by Eugenia Moskowitz)