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Seussical Jr. Thrills Audiences

Last weekend, the actors of the Our Lady of Victory Drama Club presented Seussical Jr., thrilling show-goers who adore not only the classics of Dr. Seuss, but the work of their own local Floral Park actors.

Seussical Jr., written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, combines the much loved Seuss tales of Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and many others into one story.

“Horton teaches everyone how important each and every one of us are; Gertrude learns to love herself the way she is; Mayzie learns to be less selfish and to think of others—so many great lessons that we need to remember every day, no matter our age,” said Donna Lindskog, club moderator and show director. In the show’s Playbill, she said, “One lesson I continue to learn is that we learn so much by watching our children. I watched a cast work hard and come together as one...I watched them support each other and share themselves each week.”

In the first act, performers delivered more than 15 show-stopping musical numbers, including “Horton Hears A Who” and “Gertrude McFuzz,” followed by 13 more musical treats in the second half of the show.

Younger members of the audience were especially taken with the familiar characters on stage. After the show, Horton’s message, A person’s a person no matter how small, was echoed throughout the auditorium by young children eager to meet the talented performers.

The cast and crew included:

Kaitlin Walsh as “The Cat in the Hat”

Joseph Merino as “JoJo”

Eushin Vitale as “The Girl”

Sarah Lindskog as “Horton the Elephant”

Lourdes Rohan as “Gertrude McFuzz”

Ashley Caturano as “Mayzie La Bird”

Caitlin Fitzgerald as “Sour Kangaroo”

Caroline Chun as “Young Kangaroo”

Maeve Boyle, Katie Lavin, Elizabeth Bavaro, and Kayla Mitchell as “The Wickershams”

Juliana Merino as “Mr. Mayor”

Lauren Firoz as “Mrs. Mayor”

Emily Lynn and Eushin Vitale as “Bird Girls”

Emily Lynn as “Yertle the Turtle”

Jarred Arendt as “The Grinch”

Megan O’Donnell as “Thing 1”

Mary Donnelly as “Thing 2”

Victoria Valencia as “Vlad Vladikoff”

Sheila Walsh and Lori Stone were in charge of set design and construction. Kaitlyn McCleary was the stage manager and Victoria Craig was in charge of the stage crew.

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Garden City High School hosted one of these training events on Oct. 9 as a packed auditorium of parents and community members gathered to learn the skills needed to potentially save a life. Floral Park will host the event in December.

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Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.


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