ZAHS students take stage with 'SEUSSICAL'
CAMP ZAMA, Japan -- Students from Zama American High School's theatre department took the stage to present their rendition of "Seussical"-- a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, based on the children's books of Dr. Seuss-- Dec. 12 and 13 in the school's auditorium.
John Binns, ZAHS director of theatre, said this musical was selected because there was a large group of singers and dancers among the advanced drama class and he thought it would be a great challenge for them.
"We gave some very talented students the opportunity to use their imagination and skills to show-off what they could do in front of an audience and they did just that," Binns said.
The musical was performed in two acts with several singing and dancing scenes.
"I enjoyed playing The Cat in the Hat because it was challenging and exciting," said Michelle Bair, a senior at ZAHS. "Going on stage gives you a chance to have fun and teaches you to speak in front of people, accessing a wide variety of emotions upon demand."
Jowi Deguzman, a senior at ZAHS, said he enjoyed playing Horton the Elephant because the role called for lots of singing, which is something he is passionate about doing.
Binns said the student actors took the lead on the production's choreography, costumes and stage designs and worked under a tight rehearsal schedule leading up to their two nights of performance.
"We had a really short amount of time to put this together," said Annie Piland, a senior at ZAHS, who played Gertrude McFuzz. "It was really difficult, and quite stressful, but I think all together we pulled it off very well.
"I thought the show was very nice," said Tracy Hunter, a parent in the audience. "The theme 'nothing is impossible' was portrayed very well by the students and I saw a lot of teamwork through their performances on stage."