Seussical JR.
"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper!
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Full Synopsis

A strange and fantastic red-and-white-striped top hat appears on an empty stage, full of possibilities. A Boy enters and is drawn toward the magical hat. The Cat in the Hat suddenly materializes! "You've got quite a mind for your age," quips the Cat as he/she begins singing about the power of imagination ("Oh the Thinks You Can Think"). Throughout the song, famous characters are introduced who will figure in the musical: Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz (the bird with the one feather tail), the Whos of Whoville (including the Mayor and his Wife), Mayzie La Bird, the Sour Kangaroo and the Citizens of the Jungle of Nool. The Boy and the Cat use their imaginations to transport everyone to the Jungle of Nool as the adventures begin.

Horton is splashing in a pool when he hears a distant cry for help. ("Horton Hears a Who"). He follows the sound to a tiny speck of dust floating through the air and realizes that there are people living here, so small they can't be seen – the tiny citizens of Whoville. Horton vows to help them and places Whoville safely onto a soft clover just as Sour Kangaroo and her baby arrive. The Sour Kangaroo thinks Horton is crazy for talking to a speck of dust and she and the rest of the Jungle Citizens mock him for his delusions. ("Biggest Blame Fool"). The rascally Wickersham Brothers – a cool group of bad-boy monkeys – join in the fun of teasing Horton. The Cat in the Hat weaves through the number, taking on the persona of a talk show host who interviews everyone in the jungle, including Mayzie La Bird and her backup group of Bird Girls. The one person who stands up for Horton is his neighbor, Gertrude McFuzz, who is not noticed by anyone, least of all Horton.

As Horton is left alone with his inhabited clover, the Cat, who is always around, throws the Boy into the story – he becomes Jojo, son to the Mr. Mayor and Mrs. Mayor of Whoville. Horton discovers much more about the Whos and their tiny town of Whoville ("Here on Who"). Mr. and Mrs. Mayor are both very unhappy with Jojo because his "Thinks" have gotten him into trouble at school. ("How to Raise a Child") They tell him to take his bath and go to bed, but the Cat has another idea, ("Oh, the Thinks You Can Think – Reprise") and Jojo's imagination gets the better of him. His bathtub becomes McEligott's Pool, full of fantastical fish ("It's Possible")! The fun is interrupted when Mr. and Mrs. Mayor rush in because Jojo has flooded the house with bathwater.

Horton sits alone, guarding the clover ("Alone in the Universe"). Horton and Jojo hear each other and become friends when they realize their imaginations are so much alike – "one true friend in the universe who believes in me."

In another part of the jungle, Gertrude has just written her 427th love song about Horton ("The One Feather Tail of Miss Gertrude McFuzz"). She believes Horton doesn't notice her because of her small and uninteresting tail. Mayzie appears with her Bird Girls, and offers advice ("Amayzing Mayzie"), which leads Gertrude to Doctor Dake (played by the Cat in the Hat) and his pills for "amayzing" feathers. After taking too many pills, Gertrude is very happy as her tail begins to grow ("Amayzing Gertrude").

The Wickersham Brothers are up to no good ("Monkey Around"). They decide to steal the clover with Whoville on it. They ambush Horton, grab the clover, and "Chasing the Whos" begins as the monkeys tease Horton and he huffs and puffs after them all over the Jungle of Nool. The Cat in the Hat plays a helicopter newscaster tracking the chase. The Wickershams eventually hand off the clover to "a black-bottomed eagle named Vlad Vladikoff," who flies off with the clover and drops it directly onto an enormous field of clover.

Horton begins looking for the Whos, clover by clover by clover. Gertrude has followed the chase and arrives with her new, incredibly long and unwieldy tail, determined to tell Horton how she truly feels ("Notice Me, Horton"). But Horton is oblivious, looking for the Whos. Gertrude leaves, rejected and sad.

Mayzie La Bird calls to Horton from her nest in a tree. She's bored to death, ("How Lucky You Are – Reprise") and convinces Horton to sit on the nest for her while she takes a brief vacation ("Horton Sits on the Egg").

Seasons pass, and Horton is still stuck, sitting on the egg. The Whos are still lost in the clover, and Gertrude still cannot get Horton to notice her and her new long tail. Hunters suddenly arrive, capture Horton and the egg and take him away. ("Egg, Nest and Tree"). After a long, arduous trip, Horton arrives in New York, where he is auctioned off to the circus. The "Seusseby's auctioneer" is played by the Cat, and allows the audience to bid on Horton.

The traveling circus lands in Palm Beach, where we find Mayzie under a palm tree, bemoaning the monotony of vacationing ("Mayzie in Palm Beach"). She decides that she needs a change of scenery and heads to the circus, where she runs into Horton. He begs her to take back her egg., but Mayzie decides Horton would be a better parent for her egg than she could ever be ("Amayzing Horton"), so she gives him the egg for good and leaves before he can say no. Horton accepts the responsibility of caring for the egg ("Alone in the Universe – Reprise"), even though he worries about Jojo and the Whos. He sings the egg a lullaby ("Solla Sollew") that is echoed by Jojo and Mr. and Mrs. Mayor.

Gertrude finds Horton asleep in his cage. She has managed to get rid of her unwieldy tail and has journeyed great distances and through much peril ("All for You") to find and rescue him. At the end of her number, she mentions one more thing – she also has found the Whos' clover! Horton finally notices that Gertrude is amazing.

But, just as Horton finds the Whos again, the Sour Kangaroo and the Wickersham Brothers show up and make a citizen's arrest. They take Horton back to the Jungle of Nool, where he is put on trial "for talking to a speck and sitting on an egg." The trial begins ("The People versus Horton the Elephant") and Judge Yertle the Turtle sentences Horton to the Nool Asylum for the Criminally Insane. The speck of dust is ordered to be boiled in oil. Horton trumpets his protest and tells the Whos they must yell to be heard. They have to prove they exist, and there's no time to lose!

The Whos scream and make as much noise as they can, but still only Horton can hear them. Suddenly, Jojo comes up with a Think: a new word to shout that will be heard by everyone--YOPP! At the last minute, all the animals of Nool hear Jojo's cry and Whoville is saved. Just then, the egg begins to crack – all gather around as the new baby emerges – and they are astonished to see that it's... an Elephant Bird! Horton looks to Gertrude for help, realizing that she is his "one true friend in the universe," and she agrees: "You teach him earth and I will teach him sky."

As the show ends and all are united, the Cat hints that many more adventures are likely to occur "if you open your mind, oh, the thinks you will find" ("Oh, the Thinks You Can Think – Reprise"). All the characters vanish, leaving The Boy alone onstage with the red-and-white-striped hat, the embodiment of his imagination. As he puts it on, it falls over his eyes, putting the stage into BLACKOUT!



Cast Size: Flexible
Cast Type: Children
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

The Cat In The Hat
The Cat In The Hat is the essence of mischief, fun, and imagination. The Cat stirs things up, causes trouble, but always sets things right again, helping Jojo to discover the power of his own imagination as they create the story for the show together. Look for a physically adept actor (male or female) to play The Cat, one who will be able to play many comic cameos and is comfortable improvising with an audience. The Cat does not need to be your strongest singer, but should still have good rhythm and timing.
Gender: both
Vocal range top: D6
Vocal range bottom: Bb4
Jojo is a "Thinker", a smart child with a wild imagination. He can be played as being a little bit awkward, a little bit of a loner, or simply a rambunctious kid whose Thinks get him into constant trouble. By the end of the show, he learns what it means to be a responsible member of his world, using the power and possibilities of his own Thinks. He should be one of your stronger singers.
Gender: male
Vocal range top: D6
Vocal range bottom: Ab4
Horton The Elephant
Horton The Elephant is a gentle giant. Think of him as a big-hearted blue-collar guy who is steadfast, responsible and always tries to do the right thing for his friends. He is imaginative and receptive to the world around him. He is very unselfconscious. Horton's view of the world never changes - he believes in its goodness. By the end of the show, without even realizing it, he is ready to become a parent.
Gender: male
Vocal range top: E6
Vocal range bottom: A4
Gertrude Mcfuzz
Gertrude Mcfuzz is very self-conscious and aware that her one-feather tail isn't perfect. Gertrude changes during the show from a neurotic, nervous and shy bird into one with the power to protect and care for a baby elephant bird and commit herself to Horton. In other words, she stops worrying about her looks and grows up.
Gender: female
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: F3
Mayzie La Bird
Mayzie La Bird is self-centered, selfish, and vain. Mayzie will never admit to her own flaws. She manipulates anyone she can into doing what she wants. But Mayzie isn't all bad. In giving up her egg to Horton once and for all, she has a moment of generosity-she realizes she isn't the kind of person who would be a good parent, and she does the best thing she can for the egg.
Gender: female
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G#3
Sour Kangaroo
Sour Kangaroo isn't really sour at all. She's just got a lot of attitude. She's loud, brassy, and a lot of fun.
Gender: female
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: A3
The Wickersham Brothers

The Wickersham Brothers are not bad guys! They're simply a lot like kids who tease, play pranks, and get a kick out of making mischief, although often at others' expense. They enjoy hanging around with one another, making music together on the street corner, and playing off one another. Encourage each of your actors to find their own Wickersham persona.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: G6
Vocal range bottom: A4
The Whos
The Whos are a lot like you and me, only so small as to be invisible. Don't think of them as weird little aliens. They should be played for their inherent humanity. Encourage everyone playing a Who to try and create his or her own unique character.
Gender: both
Vocal range top: D#5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Mr. Mayor

Mr. and Mrs. Mayor are Whos who are parents trying hard to raise a difficult child in a difficult world. They may get aggravated with Jojo, but they love him dearly and try to do the right thing, even if it turns out to be a mistake.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: A6
Vocal range bottom: C5
Mrs. Mayor

Mr. and Mrs. Mayor are Whos who are parents trying hard to raise a difficult child in a difficult world. They may get aggravated with Jojo, but they love him dearly and try to do the right thing, even if it turns out to be a mistake.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Jungle Creatures
The Jungle Creatures are real people at heart, just like us, even though they may be described as animal characters. We discourage masks and literal "animal costumes." Each student should be encouraged to create his or her own individual character with human characteristics.
Gender: both
Vocal range top: Db5
Vocal range bottom: A3
The Grinch
One of three great smaller character roles that can be played by some of your featured chorus members.
Gender: both
Yertle The Turtle
One of three great smaller character roles that can be played by some of your featured chorus members.
Gender: both
Vlad Vladikoff
One of three great smaller character roles that can be played by some of your featured chorus members.
Gender: both
Full Song List
Seussical JR.: Seussical Overture
Seussical JR.: Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
Seussical JR.: Horton Hears a Who
Seussical JR.: Biggest Blame Fool
Seussical JR.: Biggest Blame Playoff/Gertrude McFuzz
Seussical JR.: Here on Who
Seussical JR.: How to Raise a Child
Seussical JR.: Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! (Reprise)
Seussical JR.: It's Possible (Part 1)
Seussical JR.: It's Possible (Part 2)
Seussical JR.: Alone in the Universe
Seussical JR.: The One Feather Tail of Miss Gertrude McFuzz/Amayzing Mayzie
Seussical JR.: Amayzing Gertrude
Seussical JR.: Monkey Around/Chasing the Whos
Seussical JR.: Notice Me, Horton
Seussical JR.: Mayzie's Exit/Horton Sits on the Egg/Dilemma/Hunters
Seussical JR.: How Lucky You Are
Seussical JR.: Egg, Nest and Tree
Seussical JR.: Sold/Mayzie in Palm Beach
Seussical JR.: Amayzing Horton
Seussical JR.: Alone in the Universe (Reprise)
Seussical JR.: Solla Solew
Seussical JR.: All For You
Seussical JR.: The Whos Return/The People Versus Horton the Elephant (Part 1)
Seussical JR.: The People Versus Horton the Elephant (Part2)
Seussical JR.: Yopp!
Seussical JR.: Alone in the Universe (Reprise)
Seussical JR.: Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! (Finale)
Seussical JR.: Green Eggs and Ham (Finale Bow)


Curriculum Connection

  • Dr. Seuss
  • Equality
  • Animal Behaviors
  • Ecosystems
  • Legal Systems
  • Maps
  • Responsibility
  • Bullying
  • Perseverance


Based on the works of Dr. Seuss.


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Co-Conceived by Lynn Ahrens , Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle
Based on the works of Dr. Seuss
Music Supervised, Adapted and Produced by Bryan Louiselle

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