Budding performers will soon take the stage, with the aim of enlightening Geraldine with a Dr Seuss-inspired play. Practice has begun, the Lodge Theatre is booked and excitement is brewing, for the future’s talent looks good. Reporter Alexia Johnston talks to show musical director Shirley Lindroos.
When the curtains open for the opening of Geraldine’s Seussical the Musical, it will be a dream come true for Mrs Lindroos.
The show was one that had been on her theatrical wish list for the past six years and as her retirement was looming at the end of the year, it was a case of now, or never.
“I got the perusal copy and I thought ‘No, it’s too much’,” she said, of the singing requirements.
However, a promising line-up of talented young actors took the stage for last year’s Geraldine High School production of Oliver, proving their ability to not only act, but also sing.
The Oliver cast remained intact but had shifted its focus to Seussical the Musical, along with some additional cast members, she said.
Seussical the Musical follows the theme of the popular Dr Seuss children’s books,
“It’s the one I’ve had in the back of my mind. I’ve thought, ‘I’d love to do that’.”
She said because she could turn to her reliable cast from last year’s production, rehearsals were able to start at the beginning of the year.
The group will, for the first time, perform in the 99-seater Geraldine Lodge Theatre, instead of the school’s hall.
“If we were doing it in the school hall, we would be doing two or three performances and only half filling the hall, so putting it in the lodge we fill it . and it just gives the [children] a different experience,” Mrs Lindroos said.
Seussical the Musical will take place during the school holidays from April 20-22.