Kinetic Youth Presents: Seussical the Musical.

We
love going to family shows so we were super excited to see Kinetic Youth perform Seussical the Musical last night at St David’s College
Theatre. This bunch are a hidden gem amongst the theatre world, with
a large age range of performers offering a vast array of talent and
diversity, there’s really something for everyone to enjoy when it
comes to any performance from the Kinetic team.

I’d
never heard of Seussical, and I feel pretty silly to discover it
began in 2000 with its stage debut on Broadway. We are huge Dr Seuss
fans, and I tend to get very emotional over his books, especially The
Grinch and The Lorax, so we were really excited to see how his poetry
and tongue-twisters would fit into a musical. 
 
Well,
it’s pretty perfect to say the least. I would love more of The Lorax
within the musical itself, but that’s not the kind of thing a theatre
company running a show can do! The story follows The Cat in the Hat
(Taylor Morris) as he takes Jojo (Ben Cogan) on a Seussical
adventure!
It
follows the story of Horton Hears a Who (the heavily played
storyline), with Josh Adams as Horton. We follow his story as he
discovers a tiny speck that just happens to be the planet of Whos and
he rescues them by placing the speck on a clover, vowing to protect
them with his life.
Josh
was very endearing as Horton, and I loved his costume very much. I
love the interpretation of a tie for a trunk and his hat for ears; it
just felt very in-keeping with the imagination and discovery of
little ones and how theatre should be. I thought his voice was very
sweet and he carried himself very well upon the stage, with the right
amount of gentleness and determination.
Falling
in love with Horton was Gertrude, performed by Jess Cummings. Jess
absolutely wowed me with her performance, she reminded me a lot of
Reese Witherspoon. I thought her voice was really lovely and her
ability to hold the audience was fantastic, she really stood out for
me. I also thought the relationship between Horton and Gertrude was
really well played out, and Jess was brilliant at showing her
frustrations as well as her adoration of Horton.

When
it comes to powerful and soulful performances, look no further than
Laura Dawkes who played Mayzie La Bird and Drew Bestwick who played
Mother Kangaroo. Both performers had outstanding voices, with Laura
Dawkes performing with plenty of sass and beautiful notes and Drew
Bestwick offering up an incredibly soulful addition to the show. They
were also well performed, confident and well suited to their
castings. 
Taylor
Morris and Ben Cogan were also great as The Cat in the Hat and Jojo,
their relationship was sweet and funny, and the frustration Jojo
feels for the Cat reminded me very much of The Cat in the Hat and how
mischievous he can be! They were fab!
The
set was great, with lots of brightly coloured flowers and Seuss
inspired props. The costumes were elaborate, colour co-ordinated at
times, and just a lot of fun!
I
thought Kinetic Youth excelled last night, they were full of energy,
there was a clear sense of team work and they also looked like they
were having a lot of fun. This is what theatre is all about, working
hard and working together but also finding the joy within the
performance.
Catch
their performance tonight at 7pm, St David’s College Theatre. You’d
be a fool to miss this Dr Seuss madness!
Disclosure:
I received free tickets in exchange for review. All opinions are 100%
honest and my own.

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