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Jojo (Grant Sikes) and the Cat in the Hat (Maggie Inman) in Darlington's performance of "Seussical Jr."

Dr. Seuss brought to life by students in grades 4-8

4/25/2015 9:00:00 PM, 242 views

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Darlington students in grades 4-8 and their families packed the Black Box Theatre over the weekend with the fine arts department's presentation of "Seussical Jr." Fine arts students performed in two evening shows and one matinee on Friday and Saturday. 

"Dr. Seuss really came alive in the show, and our patrons got to hear a little from every story," said Kim Tunnell, director of fine arts. "We have a lot of great kids who were spotlighted for the first time on stage in the production, and they truly nailed it this weekend."

This year's Thatcher Hall Spring Musical highlighted classic children's storybook characters like the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie LaBird, Yertle the Turtle, the Wickersham Brothers, the residents of Whoville and the Grinch.

"We were so excited to be able to showcase just a fraction of all of the talent that our students have to offer in our spring musical," said Kimberly Human, ELA-8 music teacher. "Our students are growing in their enthusiasm for theater and learning that even though they are young, the theater is a place where they can thrive and express themselves."   

Beloved author and cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel lived from 1904 until 1991, penning 46 different children's books. A firm believer in the importance of literacy, Dr. Seuss first published "The Cat in the Hat" in 1957 as a way to encourage young children to read. 

Every March, Darlington's ELA-8 students celebrate Read Across America Day in honor of the author and his birthday.

Click here to see more photos from the musical.

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