Feb. 6, 2017—Nearly 50 Cohoes elementary and middle school students will perform on stage in the music department’s production of Seussical Jr. on Feb. 9-10. Eighth grader Acelynn Lewis stars as The Cat in the Hat in this high energy, fantastic singing extravaganza! The musical is directed by Christian Gunn, Music Teacher at Abram Lansing and Harmony Hill.
Acelynn Lewis is a familiar face onstage. She starred as Iago in last year’s production of Aladdin, and Mrs. Hannigan in Annie the prior year. Lewis has been acting in school productions since Kindergarten and loves the theatrical outlet as a way to meet new people.
“Doing this makes me happy,” she explained. “Not all schools have this program and I feel very fortunate that ours is amazing.” Her participation in the elementary/middle school productions has helped foster her interest in acting. She has attended summer acting camps, and is quick to acknowledge and compliment the abilities of her co-stars. “Joseph [McCormick] is really talented. He’s going to go somewhere.”
McCormick, a sixth grader at CMS, plays Horton in Seussical Jr. He’s also been acting in the elementary-middle school productions since Kindergarten. McCormick likes performing in front of people and also singing. But his favorite part about the whole experience is practicing his lines with his family.
“We all take a part and so I get to practice memorizing my lines around the table at home with my family,” he explained. “It makes it fun and helps me learn [my lines] quicker than if I did it on my own.”
McCormick was the lead in last year’s play starring as Aladdin, which he said helped calm fears of playing a leading role this year.
Fellow sixth graders Ava Hotaling, who plays JoJo, and Claire D’Angelico, who plays Gertrude McFuzz, are also returning actors who’ve been on the stage since Kindergarten. Both enjoy the time they spend with friends doing something they really love and are active participants in several school-related activities including chorus and sports.
Seussical Jr. is this Thursday and Friday evening at 6 p.m. in the Cohoes High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 adults and $3 for students.
Leading cast of characters:
The Cat in the Hat - Acelynn Lewis
JoJo – Ava Hotaling
Horton – Joe McCormick
Gertrude McFuzz – Claire D’Angelico
Mayzie – Quincy Hytko
Mr. Mayor - Jack Kelly
Mrs. Mayor – Julia Szozda
Sour Kangaroo – Celina Heslop