GOT THE MOVES: Students take part in workshops in preparation for their upcoming musical, Seussical Jr.
GOT THE MOVES: Students take part in workshops in preparation for their upcoming musical, Seussical Jr. Julia Baker

Dr Seuss characters coming to life

CHINCHILLA Christian College students are honing their dance moves and warming up their vocal chords for their upcoming musical extravaganza, Seussical Jr.

Audiences are in for a treat when more than 70 students take to the stage to bring a long line-up of characters from some of Dr Suess's most popular books to life.

The famous Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant who discovers The Whos, a world of tiny people living on a speck of dust.

Christian College producer and director Stefanie Burke said the musical was full of whimsical characters and "catchy tunes” and had a story with a strong and important message.

"It's based around the hero Horton the Elephant, who believes in the power of imagination and working to preserve the fragile sweetness of the natural world,” she said.

"He believes a person is a person no matter how small.

"That's the whole thing - no matter who you are, a person is a person.

"It's a lovely message of friendship and looking after one another.

"It has some great songs, really catchy tunes, lots of fun characters to perform as and dress up as, and has a really lovely message.”

Ms Burke said audiences could expect "pure entertainment” when the production opens at Chinchilla Cultural Centre on October 20.

"It will be very entertaining and will have happy and sad moments, so the audience will be taken on a journey,” she said.

Students are spending countless hours rehearsing and taking part in workshops leading up to opening night.

Last week, students took part in a two-day workshop with a vocal coach and dance teacher from Mueller College in Brisbane.

"The students worked on breath control and singing techniques, and on their dance routines and choreography.

"It was an enjoyable two days of dancing, singing and confidence building,” Ms Burke said.

"It's a busy time trying to pull it all together, but we have a team of staff and parents helping with set design and costumes, rehearsal times and singing and dancing.

"The school community is really behind it and supporting it.”


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