Seussical JR.
"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper!
Show Essentials
17
Roles
+ Ensemble
G
Rated
1
Act

Full Synopsis

As a young Boy stumbles upon alone red-and-white-striped hat, its curious owner, the Cat in the Hat introduces the boy to the wondrous world of Seuss ("Oh, The Thinks You Can Think!"). The Cat begins with the story of Horton the elephant who lives in the Jungle of Nool with Jungle Citizens, the Bird Girls, and several other unique creatures. One day, Horton is enjoying his bath when he hears a voice on a speck of dust asking for help ("Horton Hears A Who"). Horton delicately places the speck onto a clover just as Sour Kangaroo and Young Kangaroo bounce along. They inform Horton that there couldn't possibly be a person on that speck ("Biggest Blame Fool"). The Wickersham Brothers join in teasing. The Cat takes on the role of a talk show host and interviews two neighbor birds named Gertrude McFuzz and Mayzie La Bird about Horton hearing things that don't exist. As the naysayers leave, Gertrude stays behind to marvel at the uniqueness of Horton ("Biggest Blame Fool Playoff/Gertrude McFuzz"). The cries of help return and this time, Mr. Mayor and Mrs. Mayor reveal themselves to Horton as citizens of a tiny place called Whoville along with the rest of the Whos. Mr. Mayor and Mrs. Mayor share the joys and difficulties of ("How To Raise A Child"). At this point, the boy from the beginning becomes Jojo, their son, and is blamed for the Cat's mischief. JoJo tries to take his bath, but the Cat isn't done ("Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! - Reprise"). The Cat and JoJo are swept underwater with Fish all around! The tub overflows and Mr. and Mrs. Mayor blame JoJo, but JoJo knows deep down that anything is possible ("It's Possible - Part 1"). Meanwhile, Horton continues to guard the clover despite the other animals' judgments ("It's Possible - Part 2"). Horton and JoJo bond in their imaginations. The Cat wakes JoJo from his dream to tell him more stories, including ("The One Feather Tail Of Gertrude McFuzz"). Gertrude wanted a more extravagant appearance, so she traveled to the doctor for help ("Amayzing Mayzie"). Gertrude begins to take pills and her one-feather tail grows ("Amayzing Gertrude - Part 1"), but Gertrude can't stop there! She takes more pills, and her tail grows longer and longer ("Amayzing Gertrude - Part 2"). As Gertrude leaves, the Wickersham Brothers steal the clover away ("Monkey Around"). Horton chases them through great stretches of jungles, beaches, and sand, but the monkeys hand over the clover to Vlad Vladikoff, a black-bottomed eagle who drops the Whos into a field of clovers. Horton searches frantically for the Whos as Gertrude reappears with a new fortified tail ("Chasing The Whos"). Gertrude tries desperately to get Horton's attention, but Horton is focused on his search for the clover ("Notice Me, Horton"). Mayzie reappears and asks Horton if he would consider sitting on the egg in her nest. Horton agrees ("Mayzie's Exit/Horton Sits On The Egg/Dilemma/ Hunters"). As Hunters approach, Horton, the tree, and the nest fly away ("Egg, Nest, And Tree") and eventually land at Seussby's Auction. Much to his surprise and dismay, Horton is sold to the Circus McGurkus Back in Palm Beach, Mayzie ("Sold/Mayzie In Palm Beach") is feeling carefree... so much so that she's bored! Mayzie heads to the Circus McGurkus where the Cat is the circus ring leader, and Horton is locked up ("Mayzie At The Circus"). Horton pleads with Mayzie to take her egg back, but Mayzie relinquishes all responsibility ("Amayzing Horton"). Horton tells the egg that he'll keep protecting it ("Alone In The Universe- Reprise 1"). He sings the egg a lullaby about the faraway land of ("Solla Sollew") where he imagines JoJo, his family, and all of the Whos. Just in the nick of time, Gertrude McFuzz frees Horton ("Gertrude/ Espionage - Part 2"). Gertrude reveals to Horton everything she's gone through to bring the clover back to him, including having her large tail plucked (All For You). Just as Horton is reunited with the Whos, all the previous creatures take Horton to court for "talking with a speck, disturbing the peace, and loitering... on an egg" ("The Whos Return/The People Versus Horton The Elephant"). Judge Yertle remands Horton to the Nool Asylum and decides that the dust speck be boiled in a kettle of Beezlenut oil. JoJo finally exclaims ("Yopp!"), and the Whos are saved! JoJo is honored as "Thinker Nonstop," and the egg hatches into an Elephant Bird. Gertrude explains to the new creature that Horton can teach him about the earth and she'll teach him about the sky ("Alone In The Universe - Reprise 2"). As the adventures come to an end ("Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! - Finale"), JoJo reappears with the Cat's hat and pulls it over his eyes, ending this story with one last reprise ("Green Eggs And Ham - Bows").

Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Flexible
Cast Type: Children
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Jojo/Boy

A "Thinker." He's a smart child with a wild imagination. JoJo can be played as being a little bit awkward, a little bit of a loner, or simply a rambunctious kid whose "Thinks" get him into constant trouble. By the end of the show, he learns what it means to be a responsible member of his community, using the power and possibilities of his own "Thinks." JoJo should be one of your strongest singers, and can easily be played by a young girl or boy.

Gender: both
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: Ab3
The Cat in the Hat

The essence of mischief, fun, and imagination. The Cat stirs things up and causes trouble but always sets things right again. He helps JoJo discover the power of his own imagination as they create the story of Seussical JR. together. Look for a physically adept actor (male or female) to play the Cat who is confident onstage, comfortable with comedy, and able to improvise with the audience if needed. The Cat does not need to be your strongest singer but should still have good rhythm and timing.

Gender: both
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Horton the Elephant

A gentle giant. Think of Horton as a big-hearted, blue-collar guy who is steadfast, responsible, and always tries to do the right thing. He is sympathetic and receptive to the world around him. He believes in the inherent goodness of the world, so it's no surprise that he always looks for the good in others. Horton goes on quite a journey throughout the show but stays true to himself, even when the going gets tough. Cast a great singer and actor in this important role.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: A2
Mr. Mayor

Mr. Mayor and Mrs. Mayor are parents trying hard to raise a child with a big imagination. These Whos may get aggravated with JoJo, but they love him dearly. They try their best to make the right choices as parents, even if JoJo doesn't always understand them. They are also upstanding members of their community. Cast two performers who are good singers and pair well together. Remember, Mr. and Mrs. Mayor are a team.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: C3
Mrs. Mayor

Mr. Mayor and Mrs. Mayor are parents trying hard to raise a child with a big imagination. These Whos may get aggravated with JoJo, but they love him dearly. They try their best to make the right choices as parents, even if JoJo doesn't always understand them. They are also upstanding members of their community. Cast two performers who are good singers and pair well together. Remember, Mr. and Mrs. Mayor are a team.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: A3
Gertrude McFuzz

Very self-conscious about her one-feather tail. Gertrude gains confidence throughout the show, changing from an anxious, nervous, shy bird into someone whose self-worth doesn't rest on her appearance. In other words, Gertrude realizes what's truly important in her life. Cast a wonderful actor and a great singer in this role, and make sure well with Horton.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: F#3
Mayzie La Bird

Self-centered, vain, and manipulative. She ultimately means no harm, but she's immature and makes selfish decisions. In giving up her egg to Horton once and for all, she has a moment of self- awareness - she realizes she isn't the kind of bird who would be a good parent, and she does the best thing she can for the egg. Cast a performer who is a good singer and great actor and can sell Mayzie's larger-than-life personality.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: G#3
Wickersham Brothers

The Wickersham Brothers, including Wickersham 1, Wickersham 2, and Wickersham 3, are not bad guys! They tease, play pranks, and get a kick out of making mischief, although often at another's expense. Cast great movers who work well as a group, and encourage each of your actors to find an individual Wickersham persona.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: B3
Vocal range bottom: Ab2
Bird Girls

The Bird Girls, including Bird Girl 1, Bird Girl 2, and Bird Girl 3, are a fabulous group of birds who know everything there is to know about the goings on in the jungle and support Mayzie throughout the show. Cast girls who are great movers, singers, and work well together as a group.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: A3
Sour Kangaroo

Loud, brassy, and a lot of fun. She's got a lot of attitude but isn't mean - she's just very confident and unafraid to tell it like it is. Cast a great actor with a bring-down-the-house singing voice who is unafraid of making bold choices onstage.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Young Kangaroo

Sour Kangaroo's feisty daughter. She may be pint- sized, but she's got a big personality and is following in her mother's footsteps. Young Kangaroo doesn't have to be the best singer, but she should be a great actor with lots of attitude and pair well with Sour Kangaroo.

Gender: female
Judge Yertle the Turtle

The authoritative judge who presides over Horton's trial at the end of the show. Yertle is a great role for a newer performer who may not be quite ready for the responsibility of a larger part. Cast a good singer and actor who can command the stage.

Gender: both
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: F3
Vlad Vladikoff

The black-bottomed eagle who flies off with the Whos. Vlad is onstage very briefly and doesn't sing, so this is a good role for a member of your ensemble who can make a big impression in a short amount of time.

Gender: male
The Grinch

Arguably the most famous Seuss character of all! He has a brief, fun cameo in Seussical JR. Cast a good actor and singer who can have fun with the Grinch's short solo.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: B3
Vocal range bottom: F3
The Whos

The Whos (including First Who Family, Second Who Family, Third Who Family, Fourth Who Family, and Fifth Who Family) are the citizens of Whoville and they look a lot like you and me, only so small they are invisible to the naked eye. They are a tight-knit, supportive community. Encourage everyone playing a Who to create his or her own unique character.

Gender: both
Ensemble

The Jungle Citizens, Hunters, Circus Animals, Fish, Nurses, Courtroom Attendants, additional Wickersham Brothers and Bird Girls all help fill out the world Seussical JR. These ensemble roles are great places for anyone who would like to be involved in your production. Encourage these performers to create their own individual characters, especially if they are playing multiple roles.

Gender: both
Full Song List
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: Seussical Overture
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: Horton Hears a Who
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: Biggest Blame Fool
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: Biggest Blame Playoff/Gertrude McFuzz
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: Here on Who
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: Meet JoJo the Who
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: How to Raise a Child
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! (Reprise)
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: It's Possible (Part 1)
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: It's Possible (Part 2)
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: Alone in the Universe
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: The One Feather Tail of Miss Gertrude McFuzz/Amayzing Mayzie
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: Amayzing Gertrude
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: Monkey Around/Chasing the Whos
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: Notice Me, Horton
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: The Search Continues
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: How Lucky You Are
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: Mayzie's Exit/Horton Sits on the Egg/Dilemma/Hunters
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: Egg, Nest and Tree
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: Sold/Mayzie in Palm Beach
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: Mayzie At The Circus
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: Amayzing Horton
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: Alone in the Universe (Reprise)
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: Solla Solew
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: All For You
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: The Whos Return/The People Versus Horton the Elephant (Part 1)
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: The People Versus Horton the Elephant (Part2)
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: Yopp!
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: Alone in the Universe (Reprise)
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! (Finale)
Seussical Jr. Binder Version: Green Eggs and Ham (Finale Bow)

Connect

Curriculum Connection

  • Language Arts
  • Animal classification
  • Mock Trial
  • Arts & crafts
  • Geography

Billing

Based on the works of Dr. Seuss.

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Author Billing – Seussical JR.

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Production of
Music by Lyrics by Book by
STEPHEN FLAHERTY LYNN AHRENS LYNN AHRENS & STEPHEN FLAHERTY
Co-Conceived by Lynn Ahrens , Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle
 
Based on the works of Dr. Seuss
 
Music Supervised, Adapted and Produced by Bryan Louiselle
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Included Materials

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Production Resources

Resource
ACTOR'S BOOK TENPACK
FAMILY MATTERS
FAMILY MATTERS (PACK OF 10)
STUDENT REHEARSAL CD