‘Seussical’ stands out by casting junior high students


Nic Baggetto

BACKSTAGE: While senior Alexa Williams and sophomore Allie Skiple perfected their makeup, students from both Friendship and Grove junior high schools rehearsed their parts just moments before going onstage.

Naomi Wiley, Staff Reporter

With this years’ musical performers having taken their final bow, staff and students reflected on the excitement of seeing their own production of Seussical. The production included 42 high school cast members and 20 junior high students from Grove and Friendship junior high schools who made up the townspeople of Whoville.

“We are also experimenting with some new set ideas that have never been tried in our theatre to help transform the space into the world of Dr. Seuss,” Musical Director Joseph Wolfe said. The show included Grove Junior High School student, 6th grader Noah Gasser and his understudy, 8th grader George Kouvelis of Friendship Junior High, who took on one of the lead roles in the musical during one performance. Kouvelis performed alongside his sister junior Sara Kouvelis who portrayed the character of the Sour Kangaroo.

“The main goal for the program has always been to entertain our audience, to take them away from their

daily routine, and bring them temporarily into a fun world which we create,” Wolfe said.

For the students in the program, Wolfe’s goal has always been for them to have fun collaborating with other students from various fine arts programs throughout the school and to create something special, not only in the show they produced, but also in terms of meaningful friendships and memories that will hopefully last beyond the final curtain call on closing night.

“I really need to thank the entire Elk Grove High School community. Aside from a great staff and wonderful students in the production, the entire faculty, student body and community has always been supportive of our shows,” Wolfe said. “I am very fortunate to work with a talented staff and hard-working professionals.”