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Fall 2018

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Seussical JR.

Presented by Punahou middle-school students, the fantastical musical extravaganza of “Seussical JR.” embodied a message of perseverance and loyalty.

This April, students brought Dr. Seuss’ beloved characters to life and transported the audience in Dillingham Hall from the Jungle of Nool to Circus McGurkus. Presented by Punahou middle-school students, the fantastical musical extravaganza of “Seussical JR.” embodied a message of perseverance and loyalty.

While the cast was comprised of 36 students in grades 6 – 8, Academy students played a supporting role behind-the-scenes as mentors to the stage crew of eighth-graders, working alongside the costume department, and designing and executing their own concepts for the stage. The assistant to the director as well as assistant to the choreographer were also Academy students, making this production a true collaboration across many grade levels.

From left to right: Blue Bird Girl (Sabina Funasaki ’24), Gertrude McFuzz (Liana Burke ’22), Pink Bird Girl (Sylvia Buck ’24), Jojo (Shane Komeiji ’24), Mayzie (Fay Weldon ’23), Mrs. Mayor (Kiara Reeves ’22), Cat in the Hat (Henry Payne ’23), Jungle: Tiger (Tarin Tabuyo ’22), Horton (Kui Eldredge ’23), Kangaroo Sour (Morgan McKinney ’22), Jungle: Marshall [Lion] (Nathan Lyum ’23), Kangaroo Young (Kylee Hamamoto ’24), Purple Bird Girl (Mia Mansfield ’22) and Yellow Bird Girl (Ashlynne Collado ’22).
Horton (Kui Eldredge ’23) will do anything to keep the Whos safe on their tiny speck of dust on a clover.
Mayzie (Fay Weldon ’23) is delighted that she tricked Horton into “egg-sitting” while she vacations in Palm Beach.
One of the Wickersham Brothers (Kayla Luke Colon ’24) monkeys around while attempting to steal Horton’s clover.
Gertrude McFuzz (Liana Burke ’22), a self-conscious bird with a one-feather tail, finally gets the attention of Horton.