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Cast Announced for SEUSSICAL JR. at Acting Up

ACTUP_Seussical Jr logo 21Acting Up is proud to present our SEUSSICAL JR. Cast:

  • JOJO……….Amira Lavender
  • HORTON……….Kyle Rosa
  • CAT IN THE HAT……….Alyssa Hart
  • MAYZIE LA BIRD……….Audra McCullough
  • GERTRUDE McFUZZ……….Ava Hartmann
  • MRS. MAYOR……….Audrey Smith
  • MR. MAYOR……….Benny Farbstein
  • SOUR KANGAROO……….Annie Jasinoski
  • YOUNG KANGAROO……….Sherene Lavender
  • YERTLE THE TURTLE……….Morgan Tracy
  • BIRD GIRL 1……….Grace Major
  • BIRD GIRL 2……….Izzy Stringer
  • BIRD GIRL 3……….Elise Hartmann
  • BIRD GIRL 4……….Riley Dexter
  • BIRD GIRL 5………..Lily Oppy
  • BIRD GIRL 6………..Morgan Tracy
  • WICKERSHAM 1……….Hannah Huisman
  • WICKERSHAM 2……….Ava Goulle
  • WICKERSHAM 3……….Anna Farwig
  • WICKERSHAM 4……….Adilyn McCullough
  • WICKERSHAM 5……….Ashlynn Hezlep
  • WICKERSHAM 6……….Sarah Goecke
  • VLAD VLADIKOFF……….Logan Hahn
  • GRINCH……….Chase Plats
  • JUNGLE CITIZEN/CIRCUS ANIMAL: Madison Bradford, Shana Collins, Tamryn Collins, Gwen Cullen, Em McCoy, Maggie McKenna, Katherine Saunders
  • JUNGLE BEAST/CIRCUS CAPTIVES: Kate Atchley, Baylor Goulle, Logan Hahn, Raelyn Hezlep, Emery McCullough, Colton McKenna, Tristan McKenna, Hannah Stringer
  • WHO/FISH/HUNTER: Sara Ahmed, Aubry Andre, Alexis Barnett, C.C. Cohen, Gabby Denight, Camdyn Drohan, Charlotte Hill, Zoë Huisman, Natalia Ibarra-Palacios, Chase Plats, Sabrina Toft
  • WHOOLIGAN/MINNOW/WEATHER: Owen Dean, Mackenzie Garry, Harper Gregory, Emmett Heinrich, Libbee Hughes, Morgan Hughes, Leah Hutcheson, Maddie Kohl

Acting Up will perform SEUSSICAL JR.:
November 5 at 7pm
November 6 at 2pm (sign language interpreter) & 7pm
November 7 at 2pm

Tickets are $15 each and all seats are reserved seating.
Tickets are available now at ActingUp.com, or at the door one hour before each performance.

We hope to see YOU at the show!

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SEUSSICAL JR. Runs Nov. 5-7

ACTUP_Seussical Jr logoSEUSSICAL JR.
Acting Up
Nov. 5-7
Mason High School

The Cat in the Hat is back! After all those years stuck on a page…did you ever imagine you’d see him onstage?  Meet Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz and all the Who’s of Whoville in this imaginative musical romp through the unforgettable world of Dr. Seuss!

10/6/21 – COVID-19 Policy (scroll down)

  • Fri, Nov. 5 at 7pm
  • Sat, Nov. 6 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sun, Nov. 7 at 2pm

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Auditions Announced for SEUSSICAL JR. at Acting Up

ACTUP-logoActing Up, young performers community theater, is holding open auditions for our fall musical, SEUSSICAL JR., Aug. 9 and 10. Participants must be ages 6-18 years old and still in high school. To secure an opportunity to audition, you must sign up for a date/time via SignUpGenius.

Show Info: Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger 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!

What to prepare and bring:
Song: Be prepared to perform 32 measures (no longer than 1 minute) of any song that highlights your voice. This should be a Broadway-type song. You should sing with karaoke-type music (no vocals) downloaded on your phone, iPod, or CD. There will not be an accompanist. (Please note, no WiFi is available in our building and cell service is spotty, so please have any music pre-downloaded.)
Monologue: You should perform a monologue no longer than 1 minute that demonstrates your acting ability (you may be cut off).
Dress to dance. A short piece of choreography will be taught and performed as part of the audition process.
Audition Form: Found on our database at ActingUpdb.com.  Please create an account and enter all your information, including conflicts.  If you already have an account, DO NOT create a new one, but make sure to update your information before printing. Bring a printed copy of the audition form, including your conflicts list, with you to your audition. Please make sure that ALL of your CONFLICTS are listed in the database and printed with your form.  ALL conflicts must be reported at auditions.
Photo: Bring a recent photo that looks like you, that you do not need returned. No need at all for professional photos, a selfie is fine. It is merely to help the casting board recall who is who.
Schedule: Rehearsals will begin the week of August 23, and are expected to be Monday-Thursday 6:30-9:00pm and Sundays 2:00-5:00pm. Not all actors will be called to every rehearsal.

Performances will be Nov. 5-7 at the Mason High School Theater.

Who’s Directing?: Acting Up’s Fall Musical will be directed by Brent Peebles, with assistant director Rachelle Penilla. Music Direction by Jeanne Bilyeu.

Acting Up COVID protocols: If you are fully vaccinated (two weeks since final dose of vaccine), masks are optional.  If you have not been vaccinated, masks are required. Current protocols do allow for masks to be removed when actively performing (not during rehearsal). We will continue to watch the recommendations of the Warren County Department of Health as well as Mason City Schools throughout rehearsals and will adjust protocols accordingly. If any changes are made, we will notify parents.

For auditions – The above protocols are in place. During the monologue and song portion of the audition, we will ask that actors remove their mask. The actors will be in small groups and will be socially distanced. Everyone on the casting team has been vaccinated.

Performances of Seussical Jr. will be Nov. 5-7, at Mason High School.

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Fall Classes and Workshops at Acting Up

ACTUP-logoActing Up is excited to offer 6-week small group fall classes and a high school workshop beginning October 5, 2020!  While we are disappointed we cannot produce our usual fall musical due to the on-going restrictions surrounding COVID-19, we are thrilled to offer the opportunity for young actors to continue to hone their performance skills during this time!

We will be offering Acting classes for grades 2-12 (grouped by grade level), an Improv class for grades 6-12, and a high school workshop production of “Freaky Friday”!  All classes will be held at our facility in Mason.  Details for each individual class can be found in the EventBrite link for your actor’s grade level.  Spots are extremely limited, and several classes are already SOLD OUT, but we do have a few remaining spots in our Acting Class for grades 8-12 and our high school workshop!

Click on the following links for more information and registration:

All registered participants will receive a detailed guide of Acting Up’s COVID-19 policies and protocols prior to the start of classes, as well as a medical/liability release form that must be completed for the first class.  Actors registered for the “Freaky Friday” workshop will receive a separate email with (optional) audition information.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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2019-2020 Orchid Awards for Acting Up


  • Excellence in Choreography – Catherine Dresbach & Anna Duvall Sheehan
  • Excellence in Costume Design – Sue Speno & Alicia Farbstein
  • Excellence in Dance Execution – The Cast
  • Excellence in Direction – Brahm Corstanje
  • Excellence in Light Design – Allen Young
  • Excellence in Producing – Adrianna Hartmann
  • Excellence in Set Decor – Brent Peebles
  • Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance – Ashlynn Hezlep
  • Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance –  Izak Lord-Wohlstein
  • Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance – Katie Short

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