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Broadway hit brings Dr. Seuss magic to the stage

Mar 28, 2024 08:21AM ● By Becky Ginos
Horton (Dan Call, MWF) and Gertrude McFuzz (Emily Henwood, MWF) fear the worst for the Whos that are in a speck of dust on a flower. Photo by Micah Young

Horton (Dan Call, MWF) and Gertrude McFuzz (Emily Henwood, MWF) fear the worst for the Whos that are in a speck of dust on a flower. Photo by Micah Young

CENTERVILLE—Looking for something fun to do with the whole family? CenterPoint Theatre’s production of “Seussical the Musical” is just the thing. One of the most performed musicals, “Seussical” is filled with a cast of silly characters like The Cat in the Hat and Horton the elephant that only Dr. Seuss could create. 

The story begins when Horton the elephant hears the faintest sound of a voice that appears to be coming from a speck of dust that contains the town of Whoville and the Whos. No one will believe Horton and so he makes it his mission to protect the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child that is sent to military school because he thinks too many “thinks.”

Horton is determined that “a person’s a person no matter how small.” In spite of being ridiculed by Sour Kangaroo and pursued by other jungle creatures, Horton stays resolute in his responsibility to protect the Whos. 

He’s also left in charge of an egg left behind by Mayzie La Bird who wants adventure, not to be tied down sitting on her egg. Horton braves the elements for months protecting the egg while Mayzie sits on a beach someplace warm. 

Meanwhile, the Whos are having their own problems. Mr. and Mrs. Mayor are at their wits end trying to figure out how to keep their son Jojo out of trouble for thinking too many “thinks.” His parents ship him off to military school to set him straight, but it’s not long before he decides to walk away and start thinking for himself. 

When everyone in Horton’s world threatens to drop the speck of dust into a boiling pot of water, it’s up to Jojo to bring the town together to make enough noise that they can hear them before it’s too late. 

Filled with fun music, colorful costumes and sets, including eye catching background projections, “Seussical” brings the Dr. Seuss tale to life. The Cat in the Hat (Meish Roundy, MWF) narrates the story and causes mischief and chaos wherever he goes. Dan Call (MWF) is the perfect Horton, earnestly protecting the Whos and Mayzie’s (Janae Klumpp Gibb, MWF) egg because he made a promise to do it. Lelini “Chubby” longi who plays Jojo (MWF) has a great voice and fits the bill of a child that no one understands because he’s different. 

Throughout the ups and downs of Horton’s adventures, Gertrude McFuzz (Emily Henwood, MWF) sticks by him, hoping one day he’ll notice her. Gertrude is a bird with a one feather tail that makes her so self conscious she sets about trying to make it grow. In the end, she realizes the one she had was just right.

The whole colorful cast creates a magical place where everyone – despite their differences – can come together as one.

“Seussical” runs now through April 13, Monday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday matinees 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $21.50-$39.50 and can be purchased online at or at the box office, 801-298-1302. CenterPoint Theatre is located at 525 N. 400 West, Centerville.