Seussical Actors Take a Break to Talk Everything Seuss

Photo Credit/Julia Rottman.

Photo Credit/Julia Rottman.

On Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19, Regina Dominican held its production of “Seussical the Musical”. The play featured many actors in roles such as the Cat in the Hat and Gertrude McFuzz. Here are some of the girls who were in it and some of their thoughts regarding the play.

Kate Revord

Kate Revord is a Senior at Regina Dominican High school. She played the character of the Cat in the Hat.

What character do you play, and what do you like about this character?
I am the Cat in the Hat, and I like it because I feel like it fits a lot with my personality. I feel like the Cat is very loud, and obnoxious, and goofy, and doesn’t take anything seriously. Maybe it’s a problem with my personality, but I totally do that. I don’t take anything seriously.”

What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
Horton Sits on the Egg.” It might be the least well-known Dr. Seuss book in the history of the world, but I love it. It is so cute, and part of it is represented in the musical.”

What was it like performing in the new auditorium?
“It was so nice. I never did perform in the old auditorium, but, I mean, obviously I sat in the wooden seats and everything like that. It’s really cool to look out at how everything’s so clean and new, and how the sound system’s so nice, and how the windows have new shades, and all the fresh, clean curtains. I don’t know, it was just very nice.”

Do you feel like Seussical stayed true to the Dr. Seuss books it’s based off of?
“I do and I don’t. I think it’s super goofy, and all the characters are really fun, and obviously everything rhymes, and it’s super wacky and very out there, which is very Dr. Seuss. At the same time, the story line includes snippets from a bunch of different books, so it doesn’t really follow one specific book, but it definitely portrays a bunch of different Dr. Seuss stories. There’s The Grinch, Horton Sits on the Egg, Horton Hears a Who, The Lorax; there’s just a bunch.”

Would you recommend to your fellow Regina students that they take part in future musicals?
“Yes, yes, yes, yes. I’m such an advocate for musical theater. I think it gets swept under the rug because there’s singing and there’s acting and you kind of do one or the other. I like musical theater because you can do both. And there’s also dancing, not that I’m a dancer- I am not a dancer. However, it’s really fun to get to put all the different stuff together.”


Lisa Spaniak

Lisa Spaniak is a Sophomore at Regina Dominican High School. She plays Jojo in Seussical. She has previously acted in Regina Dominican’s previous fall 2015 musical “Brigadoon.”

What character do you play, and what do you like about that character?
“My character’s name is Jojo, and I like him because he’s very confident and imaginative.”

What is your favorite line from the play?
“I don’t have a favorite line specifically, but I love the song ‘It’s Possible.'”

What is it like performing in the new auditorium?
“The new auditorium looks so much nicer and is so comfortable. It was so great getting to perform there.”

Do you think that the musical is very true to the books Dr. Seuss wrote?
“I do. It had specific songs and stories from his books combined into one show.

Would you recommend that your fellow Regina students get involved in the musical?
“Of course! It’s so much fun and a great experience.”


Claire Beiter

Claire Beiter is a Senior at Regina Dominican High School. In Seussical, she plays the character of Gertrude McFuzz. She has previously acted in the musical “Brigadoon,” which was performed at Regina Dominican High School in Fall 2015.

What character do you play, and what do you like about being that character?
“I play Gertrude McFuzz. My favorite thing about the character is probably the songs. They’re really fun to sing.”

What is your favorite part about performing?
My favorite thing about performing is probably getting to meet a bunch of new people. I really like making new friends. As for actually performing, I don’t know. It’s really fun and I feel like it’s a way to get outside of my comfort zone, so I really like that. It’s made me a lot more confident of a person.”

What is it like performing in the new auditorium?
“Oh it’s awesome! It’s so nice. It looks really nice and it’s fun to perform in it. It feels like you’re performing in almost a professional theater, which is pretty cool.”

Do you think the musical is very true to the book Dr. Seuss wrote?
“Yeah! I think it’s a compilation of all of his stories. That’s what makes it so fun.”

Would you recommend to your fellow Regina students that they get involved in the musical?
“I definitely would because it’s not only a way to improve your self-confidence, and try something really fun, it’s also a great way to make new friends. If you don’t do the musicals, you should.”


Emma Donovan

Emma Donovan is a Sophomore at Regina Dominican High School. She played the Sour Kangaroo in the musical Seussical. She has previously acted in “Brigadoon,” which was performed at Regina Dominican in Fall 2015.

What character do you play, and what do like about that character?
“I play the Sour Kangaroo, and I like it because I’m not usually one to be very sassy, and this character has a lot of sass, so it’s fun to play someone I’m not like.”

Who is your favorite character other than yourself?
“I really like Horton because he is very caring to people. He’s very caring to the Whos’ and what they stand for even though everyone’s against it.”

What is it like performing in the new auditorium?
“It’s really cool to see everything so new. It looks very different when you’re performing than how it was when I was performing last year.”

Do you think the musical is very true to the books Dr. Seuss wrote?
“I think it because it talks about all the same kind of characters like “Yertle the Turtle” and “The Cat in the Hat,” and obviously Horton, and all of the Whos. It has some references such as to “Green Eggs and Ham at the end and to “All the Places You’ll Go.'”

Would you recommend that Regina students get involved in the musical?
“I would recommend it because it’s a great way to get involved with a lot of students who aren’t in your grade level. A lot of my friends in the musical are freshmen, seniors, and juniors. It’s fun to meet people not in your grade-level.”

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