"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
at the Cramphorn Theatre
rules!" shouted one excited child, and it was probably the
patrons in the booster seats who enjoyed this show the most.
may not be great music theatre, but Springers gave it their best
shot, and the result was a joyful, upbeat celebration of Dr Seuss and
all his works, directed by Susan Corina.
cartoon stage design, with a special detail for MD Ian Myers, looked
fresh and colourful, and suited the child-friendly Play School style
of the acting, notably from Aaron Crowe's excellent JoJo. All the
principal characters gave lovely, larger-than-life performances: Ian
Pavelin in a grey siren suit for Horton the elephant, Deborah
Anderson as Gertrude, desperate to be noticed, her patter song
expertly delivered, Mat Smith as the Cat in the Hat, with his feline
physicality and his expressive cat's eyes.
Miles scored a hit with his manic General, and there were broad-brush
characterisations from Melissa Smart [Mayzie LaBird] and Natalie
Petto [Sour Kangaroo].
chorus work, too, from the Bird Girls – a great vocal trio – and
the energetic Wickersham monkeys.
Flaherty's music ranges over many different styles, and some of them
would have benefited from a microphone, even in the Cramphorn. But
the close-up picture-book style worked very well, with impressive use
of the stage in the production numbers like Chasing the Whos.