“Oh, the thinks you can think!” This summer, Prescott Park Arts Festival will bring the imaginative world of Dr. Seuss to life. Suessical was revealed as the Festival’s 2018 Summer Musical Production during its annual VIP Event at the One Hundred Club this week. Presented by C&J Bus Lines, Suessical will open on the Wilcox Industries Main Stage, Friday, June 22 nd and run each week Thursday through Sunday until Sunday, August 19th.
For the 44th summer season, thousands of local residents and visitors of all ages will flock to Prescott Park to celebrate this beloved musical tradition. The story, music and lyrics from Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime), features a variety of Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie along with a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The characters take a journey from the familiar childhood settings of the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.
“Suessical is a fantastical extravaganza that will be fun for the whole family, both young and old. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this show to life in the park,” Anderson remarks. “An all-star team is being put together for this magical production and we believe it has the makings to be something really special for our audiences.”
In a few short months, the Festival’s full-scale production will fill the summer air with exuberant and enchanting songs including Oh The Thinks You Can Think, Alone In The Universe, Here On Who and Solla Sollew. Park goers can expect to experience a diverse cast of local youth and theater professionals, imaginative sets and a dynamic array of custom designed costumes.
Anderson added another big reveal regarding the 2017 production this week. This summer’s show will be the third consecutive year that Director, David Kaye, Music Director, Kathy Fink, and Choreographer, Mary Beth Marino, will all be working together.
“David is someone the Festival has an incredible amount of respect and gratitude for. He’s amazing with the performers, especially the kids, and appreciates what it takes to provide park goers the magic that they have come to expect year in and year out,” Anderson describes.
“I am so excited to be working with the same creative team that I had the privilege to work with on “Mary Poppins” and “The Little Mermaid”. Mary Beth Marino’s choreography and Kathy Fink’s music direction are sure to be, once again, energetic and full of life,” exclaimed Kaye.
Kaye has more than 35 years of directing experience, and nearly two decades as a professor of theatre with UNH. Noteworthy accolades of Kaye include several Spotlight Awards, Fulbright Award, and Social Justice Award through UNH.
This will be Kaye’s seventh musical with the park. His past productions include Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, Grease, The Sound of Music and Beauty & the Beast. Another familiar face joining the production team this year is Costume Designer, Victoria Carot. The UNH graduate from Chicago has provided the costumes for The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins and most recently A Christmas Carol.
This season’s show is slated to include nearly 50 performers, including more than a dozen local youth, on the Wilcox Industries Main Stage. Adult and youth cast auditions will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 3rd-4th, at UNH’s Paul Creative Arts Center. All auditions are by appointment only and can be scheduled via the web at www.prescottpark.org/auditions. Additional audition information is available through the Festival website, www.prescottpark.org, or by calling 603-436-2848.
“We are all looking forward to the warmer weather ahead and working hard towards our upcoming events,” says Anderson. “The River House Restaurant Concert Series lineup announcement is next and just around the corner.”
Since 1974, Prescott Park Arts Festival has successfully reached more than 3.5 million people through nearly 20,000 music, theatre, dance and art productions offered at no fixed admission on the banks of the Piscataqua River. Offered to the full community on a donation-only basis, the Festival has maintained the suggested amount for its entire forty-three year history, outside of raising it once in the early 1980s from $3 to $5.
“None of what we do would be possible without the support of our sponsors, members and gate donations. They are the driving force that keeps this beloved tradition going year after year.” Anderson says. “We proudly share the enthusiasm of our supporters and cannot wait for this summer to arrive!”
Established in 1974, Prescott Park Arts Festival is a non-profit organization and the Seacoast’s premier outdoor performing arts venue, offering a uniquely accessible experience of high quality live theater and music -- no fixed admissions fees -- in an idyllic natural setting.
For more information, contact Ben Anderson, President, at 603-436-2848 or at email@example.com