Review of Seussical, the Musical by Kids Coop!

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On Saturday at 1:00 I attended the Kids Coop play, Seussical, put on by Kids Coop Theatre in Derry, NH.  The Theatre is housed in the Adams Memorial Building.  This play was an unforgettable experience!  What a delightful show with plenty of colorful costumes and props and background (made by talented staff and parents) and amusing songs.

There is a tremendous amount of diligent work and effort that goes into putting on a professional level performance with children of all ages from grammar school to high school.  The staff is dedicated and talented and work extremely hard to make each performance top notch.  This is not the first play I have seen by Kids Coop and each time I am amazed at the level of perfection that the staff reaches with these kids.

Here is a picture of the cast that I took from the cast book.  We were not allowed to take pictures during the performance.  The cast was posted on a large board with all their pictures.  The pit band did an impressive rendition of all the songs and even wore their own funny hats to participate in the spirit of the show.

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My grandson, Dan Cain, is a Freshman in Londonderry High School and had one of the leads, Horton, the elephant.  He, along with his fellow actors and singers, is very talented and thoroughly enjoys his craft.  You could see the joy and delight not only on the actors’ faces but on the faces of the audience which included many young children with their parents.  I, as a proud grandparent, was in awe of the talent and found myself drawn into the story like a child who believes in the tooth fairy.

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The story is about Horton, the elephant, who hears a Who which is a very small person, smaller than dust.  No one believes poor Horton and he is made fun of relentlessly by all the other animals.  The story is told by the Cat in the Hat through the eyes of one of the Whos, named Jojo.  Jojo is very much in tune with Horton who is also a loner and thinks differently than anyone else.  Horton and Jojo form a bond and he promises to watch over Jojo and all the other Whos.  Horton does make a friend or two along the way and it does have a happy ending which left all the young children in the audience relieved.

Here are two of the actors who portrayed birds in the play, Gertrude McFuzz, and Mayzie La Bird.

Birds Gertrude n MaisyAt the end of the show I visited with my grandson to congratulate him on his exceptional performance and my husband snapped this picture.  Me n Dan

At the finale I managed to take a few pictures of the actors taking their well deserved  bows.  Cast finale 1 Cast Finale 2 Cast Finale 3 Cast Finale 4 Cast Finale 5 Cast Finale 6

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It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and my husband and I left with uplifted spirits and I had a noticeable bounce in my steps.  That is pretty good for someone my age!

Congratulations to Kids Coop Theatre and staff for a remarkable show!  I look forward to many more.  Keep them coming!

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About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with nine children's books for PS-Gr 4, five middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and two novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. All her books are available on Amazon.com, Create Space, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on a mystery series for girls, a sequel to her first novel, Hunting Mariah, and a YA fantasy series will be coming in 2018 along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog https://jemsbooks.wordpress.com for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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6 Responses to Review of Seussical, the Musical by Kids Coop!

  1. Pingback: Review of Seussical, the Musical by Kids Coop! | jemsbooks

  2. Oh, the story sounds like so much fun, Janice. Wish I was there. Not surprisingly, I love musicals. Congrats to all of the participants! You and your grandson looked wonderful in the picture. So glad you shared the experience with us.

  3. Pam Rodgers says:

    Thank you so much for the wonderful review. The kids, parents, and directors do work very hard for each Kids Coop Theatre production, and it is so rewarding just to know that the audience enjoyed it!

    • jjspina says:

      Hi Pam,
      You are very welcome. My husband and I thoroughly enjoy the shows. We are very proud of my grandson, Dan. All the kids are very talented and seem joyful as they perform. It transcends to the audience. I look forward to more enjoyable performances. Congratulations to and your staff for all the hard work. It truly pays off.

  4. The photos certainly seem toconfirm that it was a great night.
    Well done those kids 🙂
    Thanks for sharing with us Jem 🙂

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