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Dr. Seuss musical with cast of 64 kids is coming May 9
The doctor will be making a house call next month as the Ennis Encore Choir prepares for its version of the Dr. Seuss musical Seussical Junior, Horton Hears a Who.
The choir, under the direction of Cathy Criner will perform at the San Jacinto Auditorium May 9 and participants are already in rehearsals.
The group, consisting of 64 students in grades 4-6, has been working on the production since the beginning of the year but has stepped up rehearsals as the performance draws closer.
“We started out having each grade come in on different days but now we are in full rehearsals,” Criner said. “It has been interesting for sure, having all the kids together but we have a great group and we are all working very hard.”
A professional choreographer whom Criner feels has been a needed addition is aiding the performance.
“We are so fortunate to have Heidi Haley working with us on this production,” she said. “It is one thing to take on a musical but to have some professional help with the dances is great. We are looking forward to showing the public what we have learned over the past few weeks.”
Criner, who has been with Ennis ISD since 1996 has guided her students through a musical production every year but changes the production so anyone who chooses to can participate.
“I alternate productions from year to year so different groups of children can participate,” she said. “It is nice when the younger students move on to the older grades and participate, when before they wouldn’t have had the confidence to do so.”
In previous years the students have performed Annie, Oklahoma! and The Music Man, but this year Criner was excited to have the children take part in a “classic.”
“From the first time I saw the high school drama class perform Horton Hears a Who, I knew I wanted to try it with the younger classes,” she said. “I jumped at the opportunity when they came out with a junior version of the production because what kid hasn’t read Dr. Seuss books? I just knew my students would love it.”
An ulterior motive behind Criner’s dedication to finding productions that her students will love performing is the appreciation they will take with them throughout their school career.
“We have found that the kids that participate in productions in the younger grades are more likely to join the drama class in high school and take that appreciation for what they learned with them. I work closely with the theatre and drama groups at the high school so I see the same faces I taught continuing on with it. It is nice to see.”
To purchase tickets for the Seussical Junior version of Horton Hears a Who slated for May 9 at 7 p.m. at the San Jacinto Auditorium, contact the school at 972-872-9253.
Tickets may also be purchased from any student performing in the production.

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