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Community collaboration to mark production of Seussical

Published: September 14, 2010

The magical world of Dr. Seuss will soon musically come to life in Quincy, as the Eastern Nazarene College Theatre Department and members of the local community present Seussical the Musical.

Based on the beloved children’s story Horton Hears a Who and other classic Dr. Seuss works, the musical will be presented at ENC’s Cove Fine Arts Center Thursday Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. In addition to featuring ENC students in the cast, the production will include 10 local children. Local adults will also join ENC students and professors in performing with the show’s orchestra.

“ENC’s mission behind this production has been to truly make it a collaboration between the college and the Quincy community,” Director Tara Brooke Watkins said. “Through the very framework of the casting choices, we hope to send the Seuss-like message that there is a place for everyone in this world.”

For the first time, Watkins noted, an ENC student has been given the key role of music director for the production, with student Michael Amaral overseeing the production’s combined ENC/community orchestra. ENC Prof. Michael Ballard, meanwhile, is the musical’s set designer.

“Prof. Ballard has created a colorful and surprising set inspired by Dr. Seuss’s illustrations, with doors that pop up from the floor and entrances that the audience is never really ready for,” Watkins said. “From the minute the curtain opens, the audience will literally feel like they are part of the world of Dr. Seuss.”

A 2002 graduate of Eastern Nazarene, Watkins has served as artistic director at Riverside Theatre Works in Boston for the past six years. Her directing credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, No Exit, Big River, The Music Man, Peter Pan, The Trojan Women, 42nd Street and more. She has also worked at Plimoth Plantation, where she portrayed a pilgrim.

Tickets for Seussical the Musical are $15 general admission, $10 for ENC faculty/staff and outside students, and $7 for ENC students and children 12 and under. For tickets or more information, call the Cove box office at 617-745-3715.



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