Seussical, KIDS

The cast of South Arkansas Arts Center's "Seussical, KIDS."

The South Arkansas Arts Center has announced the cast and mentors for the Penguin Project production of “Seussical, KIDS.”

The production is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5 for all with open seating.

The cast and mentors:

Young boy, JoJo: Peyton Wardell/Carmelo Brown

Horton, the loveable elephant: Christian Cotton/ Caleb Lee

Cats: Henlea Stevens/Katy Whitten; Brealyn Allen/Marianna Woolen; Annie Walker/Lillian Fife

Gertrude McFuzz: Lily Langston/Madison Dodson

Egg laying bird, Mayzie: Skylar Drummonds/ Sabrina Butler

Sour Kangaroo: Madison Miller/Ellery Palculict

Young Kangaroo: Rebekah Lee Cameron Winkenwerder

The Wickershem Brothers: Will Colvin/ Matthew Langston, Sam Jones/Ellis Lyles and James Patrick/Andrew Langston; and their sister, Alyssa Walthall/Pyper Swift.

The Jungle Citizens: Skylar Drummonds/Sabrina Butler; Michael Raborn/Rylee Bass; Kelsey Allen/Maggie Ragan, and Bella Johnson/Mary Claire Parker.

Talk Show Host: Michael Raborn/Rylee Bass

Mayor: Kevin Brooks/Gideon Moncrief

Mrs. Mayor: Channing Lee/Avery Hall

The Who Citizens: Isabella Lee/Clara Cooper; Rojas Benton/Kale Dugal; Skylar Wardell/ David Valero; Braxton Brooks/Joshua Lee, and Chapel Johnson/Marlee Reed

Vlad: Braxton Brooks/Joshua Lee

The Marshal: Skylar Wardell/ David Valero

Judge Yertle: Rojas Benton/Kale Dugan

The Penguin Project is a unique opportunity for children with special needs to perform in a live stage production in front of an audience. Through targeted outreach, special needs children were recruited as “artists” and are cast in the production, from starring roles to ensemble.

Each special needs artist is paired with a mentor of similar age, who guides them through the production from start to finish, helping them learn lines, dances, songs, and blocking.

The children operate as a pair throughout the entire process and appear on stage together, resulting in a full theatrical performance, with costumes, sets and music.

Lynn Gunter, director for this production said, “These young people have done just what Dr. Seuss said, ‘Kid, you’ll move mountains.’ For six weeks they have been moving mountains of stress, rehearsals, making new friends, learning about each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and putting aside their free time to perform for the City of El Dorado.”

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