Rockville Musical Theatre Presents SEUSSICAL
"The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant."
SEUSSICAL CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
THE CAT IN THE HAT - Male or female. The essence of mischief, fun and imagination. The Cat stirs things up, causes trouble, but always sets things right again. Is the host and emcee of the evening, playing many comic minor parts throughout the story, sometimes improvising with the audience, and a presence in almost every scene. Strong singer with strong movement skills and comic ability.
HORTON THE ELEPHANT - Male. An elephant and a citizen of the Jungle of Nool. Gentle, big-‐hearted, appealing. He is very imaginative and believes in the world’s goodness. He is responsible and always tries to do the right thing for his friends. He is responsible for saving the planet Who and in doing so befriends JoJo. Strong singer/actor with good comic timing.
GERTRUDE McFUZZ - Female. A bird and a citizen of the Jungle of Nool. Very self-‐conscious, shy, and nervous at first, she grows into a kind and caring protector. Is in love with Horton and does what she can to get his attention, including foolishly growing an enormous feathered tail. She is a bit naïve at times, but always is a voice of reason. Strong singer/actor with good movement skills and comic timing
JOJO - Male or female. A young boy (girl). JoJo is a Who and is the only child of the mayor and his wife. A "Thinker"-‐-‐a smart child with a wild imagination. A little bit awkward, a little bit of a loner, or simply a rambunctious kid whose 'Thinks' get him into constant trouble. In the end, his Thinks save his planet. Strong singer/actor.
MAYZIE LA BIRD - Female. A bird and a citizen of the Jungle of Nool. Self-‐centered, selfish and vain. She manipulates anyone she can (especially Horton) into doing what she wants, but she isn’t all bad. Strong singer/actor with strong movement skills. Very comic.
MR. MAYOR - Male. A Who. The Mayor of Whoville and JoJo’s Dad. He and his wife try hard to raise a difficult child in a difficult world. They may get aggravated with JoJo, but they love him dearly and try to do the right thing, even if it turns out to be a mistake.
MRS. MAYOR - Female. A Who. The Mayor’s Wife and JoJo’s Mom. Her and her husband try hard to raise a difficult child in a difficult world. They may get aggravated with JoJo, but they love him dearly and try to do the right thing, even if it turns out to be a mistake.
SOUR KANGAROO - Female. A kangaroo and a citizen of the Jungle of Nool. She isn't really sour at all. She's just got a lot of attitude. She's loud, brassy and a lot of fun. Is the main antagonist and the cause of all Horton’s trouble. A strong singer/actor with good comic ability and soulful singing.
YOUNG KANGAROO - Female. A baby kangaroo and a citizen of the Jungle of Nool. She is the Sour Kangaroo’s daughter and does whatever her mother does. She’s very sassy with lots of attitude
WICKERSHAM BROTHERS - Male or Female. Three monkey brothers and citizens of the Jungle of Nool. These are not bad guys! They're simply a lot like kids who tease, play pranks and get a kick out of making mischief, although often at others' expense. They side with the Sour Kangaroo in her campaign against Horton and cause more trouble for poor Horton. Strong singer/movers.
BIRD GIRLS - Female. Three sassy birds and citizens of the Jungle of Nool. The popular girls in any school-‐-‐a clique of pretty, self-‐centered "backup birds" who do whatever Mayzie does. They often act as storytellers, picking up where The Cat left off. A big presence throughout the evening. Good singer/movers
GENERAL GENGUS KHAN SCHMITZ - Male. A Who. A General who is bursting with pride at the military academy he runs, and the boys he turns out. He is not mean; he honestly thinks he is doing the right thing and is making the world a better place. Strong singer/actor with comic ability.
CITIZENS OF NOOL - Male and Female. Jungle animals and other characters that live in the Jungle of Nool. They all side with the Sour Kangaroo on her campaign against Horton.
THE WHOS - Male and Female. Citizens of Whoville on the Planet of Who. They're a lot like you and me only so small as to be invisible. They live in fear that their planet is in trouble.
THE CADETS - Male and Female. Cadets of General Schmitz’ Military Academy and Citizens of Who. They bully JoJo. Not mean, just doing what they are told to do.
OTHER ROLES - Male and Female. Other roles as cast from the ensemble. Yertle the Turtle, Thing 1 and Thing 2, Circus animals in Mr. McGurkus’ Circus, Hunches, and ‘Thinks’ that JoJo creates.