On the evening of June 1st, Seussical, a classic Broadway musical for children, was put on stage at Beihang Sunrise Concert Hall. With their superb acting and vivid language, the actors provided a colorful audio-visual feast for the audience.
Seussical follows the story of Horton the Elephant, discovers a speck of dust that houses an entire community of “Whos” and decided to protect them from danger; Jojo, a Who-child who “doesn’t Think normal Thinks”, struggles to find his place in the tiny “Whos” society; The bluebird Gertrude McFuzz tries to catch the attention of the kind and compassionate Horton; Wickshams, the monkey brothers, are troublemakers who always play tricks on Horton. Through mishaps and adventures, the story ends with these unique characters together overcoming the hardship, bringing peace to the planet of “Whos”, and learning important lessons of companionship and compassion.
Staged on International Children's Day, the musical, with its gorgeous stage effect and the actors' rich body language and humorous lines, aroused the screams and applause of the children at the scene. The show broadens the children's vision and inspires them to enjoy the joy brought by the play.
Dr. Seuss (born on March 2, 1904) is a preeminent American author of children's literature and educator of the 20th century. The 48 kinds of wonderful educational picture books created in his lifetime have become well-known early education works in the west, and 250 million copies have already been sold worldwide. He has won various awards including a special Pulitzer Prize “for his special contribution over nearly half a century to the education and enjoyment of America’s children and their parents”, one Caldecott Honor Award, two Oscar Awards, two Emmy Awards, etc. Many of his literary works have also been adapted for the television and as feature-length films, like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Horton Hears a Who, The Lorax, and The Cat in the Hat.
Reported by Song Chao
Edited by Song Chao and Lyu Xingyun
Translated by Lyu Xingyun