It sounded like a great idea in the abstract. A musical, I said. How fun will that be! A blast!
Let me choose one. Hmmm, I want one which would have cross-divisional appeal at our school. One in which, for example, if I didn’t get a lot of high schoolers auditioning, then I could still cast the roles using younger kids.
Okay, what about Seussical – the Broadway smash from 2000 with catchy tunes and colorful Dr. Seuss characters? Perfect. Let’s do it!
I finished casting the show two weeks ago and last week was our first week of full rehearsals. They’ve gone great, actually. Lots of fun, good excitement among the 20 student actors, and real progress. I have been pleased.
All’s good, right?
Well, I have run into one problem, the unintended, yet very real consequences of producing a musical, and that is this: I CAN’T GET THE BLASTED SONGS OUT OF HEAD! EVER! THEY HAVE TAKEN UP PERMANENT RESIDENCE.
I’m standing in line at the grocery store: “On the fifteen of May in the jungle of Nool …” I’m sorry, say that again. How much do I owe you?
My wife is talking to me about hanging the curtains in the house. “… when Horton the Elephant heard a small noise …” I’m sorry, dear. How high do you want those hung?
These composer have created a hypnotic group of songs. No matter what I’m doing, where I go, or whom I am talking to, the voice of the Cat in the Hat is not far behind.
And here is the harshest of all harsh realizations: the show isn’t finished until December 13. I have two and half more months.
Now I have a question for you? “Who is the biggest blame fool in the jungle of Nool?”
I am. That would be me.