Date of Degree Completion
Master of Arts (MA)
Wes Van Tassel
Seussical is a compilation of many of Dr. Seuss' beloved story books. The Cat in the Hat serves as the emcee for the evening, taking the audience through the stories of Horton Hears a Who, The Better Butter Battle Book, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Oh! The Places You'll Go, and many others. All of these stories are given an intertwining story line, with Horton serving as the protagonist. Horton has to overcome two main obstacles in the play; first, he needs to save the planet of Who, and secondly, he needs to save the egg abandoned by Mayzie LaBird. The theme of standing up for what you believe in, and doing what is right, is shown through Horton's actions. No one else believes in him, but as he says many times during the play, he needs to save Who and the egg because "A person's a person no matter how small." After going through many challenges, including being put on trial for "hearing voices," Horton helps the other characters come to the realization that Horton is doing what is right and good.
Mertens, Elicia, "Direction of the Play: Suessical" (2008). Graduate Student Projects. 42.