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Kinetic Youth Presents: Seussical the Musical.

We love going to family shows so we were super excited to see Kinetic Youth perform Seussical the Musical last night at St David's College Theatre. This bunch are a hidden gem amongst the theatre world, with a large age range of performers offering a vast array of talent and diversity, there's really something for everyone to enjoy when it comes to any performance from the Kinetic team.

I'd never heard of Seussical, and I feel pretty silly to discover it began in 2000 with its stage debut on Broadway. We are huge Dr Seuss fans, and I tend to get very emotional over his books, especially The Grinch and The Lorax, so we were really excited to see how his poetry and tongue-twisters would fit into a musical. 


Well, it's pretty perfect to say the least. I would love more of The Lorax within the musical itself, but that's not the kind of thing a theatre company running a show can do! The story follows The Cat in the Hat (Taylor Morris) as he takes Jojo (Ben Cogan) on a Seussical adventure!

It follows the story of Horton Hears a Who (the heavily played storyline), with Josh Adams as Horton. We follow his story as he discovers a tiny speck that just happens to be the planet of Whos and he rescues them by placing the speck on a clover, vowing to protect them with his life.

Josh was very endearing as Horton, and I loved his costume very much. I love the interpretation of a tie for a trunk and his hat for ears; it just felt very in-keeping with the imagination and discovery of little ones and how theatre should be. I thought his voice was very sweet and he carried himself very well upon the stage, with the right amount of gentleness and determination.

Falling in love with Horton was Gertrude, performed by Jess Cummings. Jess absolutely wowed me with her performance, she reminded me a lot of Reese Witherspoon. I thought her voice was really lovely and her ability to hold the audience was fantastic, she really stood out for me. I also thought the relationship between Horton and Gertrude was really well played out, and Jess was brilliant at showing her frustrations as well as her adoration of Horton.

When it comes to powerful and soulful performances, look no further than Laura Dawkes who played Mayzie La Bird and Drew Bestwick who played Mother Kangaroo. Both performers had outstanding voices, with Laura Dawkes performing with plenty of sass and beautiful notes and Drew Bestwick offering up an incredibly soulful addition to the show. They were also well performed, confident and well suited to their castings. 

Taylor Morris and Ben Cogan were also great as The Cat in the Hat and Jojo, their relationship was sweet and funny, and the frustration Jojo feels for the Cat reminded me very much of The Cat in the Hat and how mischievous he can be! They were fab!

The set was great, with lots of brightly coloured flowers and Seuss inspired props. The costumes were elaborate, colour co-ordinated at times, and just a lot of fun!

I thought Kinetic Youth excelled last night, they were full of energy, there was a clear sense of team work and they also looked like they were having a lot of fun. This is what theatre is all about, working hard and working together but also finding the joy within the performance.

Catch their performance tonight at 7pm, St David's College Theatre. You'd be a fool to miss this Dr Seuss madness!

Disclosure: I received free tickets in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.


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