Review of Seussical, the Musical by Kids Coop!

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On Saturday at 1:00 I attended the Kids Coop play, Seussical, put on by Kids Coop Theatre in Derry, NH.  The Theatre is housed in the Adams Memorial Building.  This play was an unforgettable experience!  What a delightful show with plenty of colorful costumes and props and background (made by talented staff and parents) and amusing songs.

There is a tremendous amount of diligent work and effort that goes into putting on a professional level performance with children of all ages from grammar school to high school.  The staff is dedicated and talented and work extremely hard to make each performance top notch.  This is not the first play I have seen by Kids Coop and each time I am amazed at the level of perfection that the staff reaches with these kids.

Here is a picture of the cast that I took from the cast book.  We were not allowed to take pictures during the performance.  The cast was posted on a large board with all their pictures.  The pit band did an impressive rendition of all the songs and even wore their own funny hats to participate in the spirit of the show.

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My grandson, Dan Cain, is a Freshman in Londonderry High School and had one of the leads, Horton, the elephant.  He, along with his fellow actors and singers, is very talented and thoroughly enjoys his craft.  You could see the joy and delight not only on the actors’ faces but on the faces of the audience which included many young children with their parents.  I, as a proud grandparent, was in awe of the talent and found myself drawn into the story like a child who believes in the tooth fairy.

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The story is about Horton, the elephant, who hears a Who which is a very small person, smaller than dust.  No one believes poor Horton and he is made fun of relentlessly by all the other animals.  The story is told by the Cat in the Hat through the eyes of one of the Whos, named Jojo.  Jojo is very much in tune with Horton who is also a loner and thinks differently than anyone else.  Horton and Jojo form a bond and he promises to watch over Jojo and all the other Whos.  Horton does make a friend or two along the way and it does have a happy ending which left all the young children in the audience relieved.

Here are two of the actors who portrayed birds in the play, Gertrude McFuzz, and Mayzie La Bird.

Birds Gertrude n MaisyAt the end of the show I visited with my grandson to congratulate him on his exceptional performance and my husband snapped this picture.  Me n Dan

At the finale I managed to take a few pictures of the actors taking their well deserved  bows.  Cast finale 1 Cast Finale 2 Cast Finale 3 Cast Finale 4 Cast Finale 5 Cast Finale 6

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It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and my husband and I left with uplifted spirits and I had a noticeable bounce in my steps.  That is pretty good for someone my age!

Congratulations to Kids Coop Theatre and staff for a remarkable show!  I look forward to many more.  Keep them coming!

About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 14 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 11 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 19 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on Book 6 of Abby & Holly series for girls and Book 3 of Drystan the Dragon series for young children. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2021 and beyond along with more children's books and novels for 18+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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6 Responses to Review of Seussical, the Musical by Kids Coop!

  1. Pingback: Review of Seussical, the Musical by Kids Coop! | jemsbooks

  2. Oh, the story sounds like so much fun, Janice. Wish I was there. Not surprisingly, I love musicals. Congrats to all of the participants! You and your grandson looked wonderful in the picture. So glad you shared the experience with us.

  3. Pam Rodgers says:

    Thank you so much for the wonderful review. The kids, parents, and directors do work very hard for each Kids Coop Theatre production, and it is so rewarding just to know that the audience enjoyed it!

    • jjspina says:

      Hi Pam,
      You are very welcome. My husband and I thoroughly enjoy the shows. We are very proud of my grandson, Dan. All the kids are very talented and seem joyful as they perform. It transcends to the audience. I look forward to more enjoyable performances. Congratulations to and your staff for all the hard work. It truly pays off.

  4. The photos certainly seem toconfirm that it was a great night.
    Well done those kids 🙂
    Thanks for sharing with us Jem 🙂

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