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Seussical The Musical

Middle School Performance

Music by STEPHEN FLAHERTY
Lyrics by LYNN AHRENS
Book by LYNN AHRENS and STEPHEN FLAHERTY
Co-Conceived by LYNN AHRENS, STEPHEN FLAHERTY, and ERIC IDLE
Based on the Works of DR. SEUSS

The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about that! Join us in Seussical where all of the magical creatures of Dr. Seuss come together! Horton the elephant, the Whos, Gertrude McFuzz and of course, The Cat in the Hat, take Jojo on a ride as they help solve problems through the imagination of Seuss!

Performances:
Fri. July 21  – Sun. July 23

 
*Auditions will be held the first week of camp

Cast & Production

Show Cast
CatMia Hangai
JojoRiley Savage
HortonAnshul Dandekar
GertrudeSonia Mudnal
MayzieSabrina Watson
Thing #1June Carballar
Thing #2Maya Slepnyov
Sour KangarooMena Lamberti
Young KangarooLucas Papa
Reporter #1Davi Abrams
Reporter #2Anna Bartov
Dr. DakeKeith McCloskey
Vlad VladikoffHunter Crittendon
Yertle the TurtleTyson Vinyard
BirdiesChelsea Nayak, Allison O’Leary, Julia Lib, Sophie Meldrum
NerdiesAnishka Gogi, Kylie Chow, Medha Chellapilla
WickershamsVeronika Sergeeva,
Emma Baca,
Nitesh Charparala,
Leo Itzkovitz
Mr. MayorRhys Townsager
Mrs. MayorAdeline Anderson
General ScgiannihmitzDan Ngyuen
WhosKathryn Hom,
Lydia McGahey,
Troy Chun,
Aarya Gurnani,
Arik Leykin,
Declan Kiran,
Eliza Zarzecki,
Eva Christensen,
Everestt Zhang,
Gianni Petty,
Nyomi Rosenbaum,
Renee Ren,
Camille Chow
Solla Soloist (and feat. dancer)Veronika Sergeeva
Solla Sollew Specialty DancersSabrina Watson,
Julia Lib,
Davi Abrams ,
Emma Baca,
Allison O’Leary,
Aarya Gurnani,
Nitesh Charparala
HunchesMena Lamberti,
Lucas Papa,
Keith McCloskey,
Hunter Crittendon,
Sophie Meldrum,
Kylie Chow,
Leo Itzkovitz,
Kathryn Hom,
Lydia McGahey,
Troy Chun,
Arik Leykin,
Everestt,
Gianni Petty,
Nyomi Rosembaum,
Renee Ren,
Camille Chow
Creative team
DirectorMakena Reynolds
Music DirectorTeagan Reynolds
ChoreographerSamantha Ayoob
Production Assistant/Asst. Music DirectorJonathan Hagen
Stage ManagerRobyn Lieu
Sound DesignerSheraj Ragoobeer
Lighting DesignerRon Ho

Bios

AARYA GURNANI (Who) is 10, about to be 11, and going into 6th grade at Bowditch Middle School. She has previously been in Jungle Book and has done dance at PCPA for six months. She loved doing this show and wants to thank her friends and family, especially her sister, Annika!

ADELINE ANDERSON (Mrs. Mayor) is 12 years old, going into 8th grade at Fletcher, and excited to be making her Hillbarn debut. Some of her favorite roles include Katie in School of Rock at Palo Alto Players and Dori in School House Rock: LIVE. She wants to thank her friends and family for making this journey possible and has loved the creative process at Hillbarn.

ALLISON O’LEARY (Birdie/ Solla Sollew Specialty Dancer) is 12 years old and is going into 7th grade at Bowditch Middle School. Some of her last roles include Freckles in 101 Dalmatians, Devyn in Godspell, Young Fiona in Shrek, and Baby June in Gypsy at Hillbarn. Besides performing at Hillbarn, Allison has danced at West Coast Dance Conservatory for 8 years. She would like to thank her family, friends and everyone at Hillbarn who helped create Seussical.

ANISHKA GOGI (Nerdie) is 12 years old and is a 7th grader at Bowditch Middle School. This is her first musical but she has acted at Hillbarn before in the play The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Doing this show has been so much fun for her and she has made a lot of new friends. She wants to thank her family and friends for coming to the show and hopes you enjoy what they’ve put together.

ANNA BARTOV (Reporter #2) is 13 years old and going into 8th grade at Wornick Middle School. She has recently played Donkey in Shrek the Musical, Ensemble in Xanadu along with other shows. Anna enjoys playing basketball. She thanks you for coming to watch the show and hopes you enjoy it.

ANSHUL DANDEEKAR (Horton) is 13 years old and is so excited to be in Seussical. He was Michael in Mary Poppins Jr. Thank you to his fellow cast members and friends.

ARIK LEYKIN (Who) is 12 years old and going into 7th grade at Bowditch Middle School. This is his first show. This process has been really fun for him and he would like to thank his parents for pushing me to do this.

CAMILLE CHOW (Who/ Hunch) is 10 and going into 5th grade at Parkside Montessori. Previous credits include The Secret Life of Pets, Encanto and Jumanji. She hopes you enjoy the show!

CHELSEA NAYAK (Birdie) is 13 years old and going into 8th grade at Borel Middle School. Her previous credits include Seussical, Godspell, Shrek and Jinx. Besides performing, she enjoys reading and playing the clarinet. She would like to thank her family for coming to support her.

DAN NGUYEN (General Schmitz) is 13 years of age and going into 7th grade at Bayside academy. Previously, he was Bert in Mary Poppins, The Bishop in Shrek and a Dalmatian in 101 Dalmatians. “Thank you all for coming to watch the show! It means a lot to all of us.”

DAVI ABRAMS (Reporter #1/Solla Sollew Dancer) is 12 years old and going into 8th grade at Bowditch Middle School. She dances and has been in shows such as Annie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Peter Pan, The Lion King and more. She wants to thank her family for coming!

DECLAN POLLEY (Who) is 12 years old and going into 7th grade at San Carlos Charter School. He has been in a few shows at San Carlos Children’s Theatre and enjoys seeing many Hillbarn productions. He loves writing, especially scripts, and making movies . He would like to thank his mom,dad, Kiran and all the other people who supported him.

ELIZA ZARZECKI (Who) is 12 and she is in 6th grade at Kittredge School. She previously appeared in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Shrek and Into the Woods. She had a fun time rehearsing for Suessical, and says, “thanks to her friends and family for their support”.

EMMA BACA (Wickersham/Solla Sollew Dancer) is 12 years old and going into 7th grade at Bowditch Middle School. Emma does gymnastics at Peninsula Gymnastics and has previously been in Shrek the Musical and 101 Dalmatians at Hillbarn. She wants to thank her family and friends for coming to the show.

EVERESTT ZHANG (Who/ Hunch) is 11 and going into 7th grade this fall at Instilling Goodness Developing Virtue Girls School. She has previously been in The Tempest, Pandora’s Box and The Three Questions at her school. She wants to thank everyone for coming to see the show and has really enjoyed putting it together.

GIANNI PETTY (Who) is 12 years old and is going into 6th grade at NSM School. He previously played Ugly in Honk. He like playing piano and performing for people.

HUNTER CRITTENDON (Vlad Vladikoff) is 12 years old and going into 7th grade at Bret Harte Middle School. Hunter has previously been in Shrek at Hillbarn and The Music Man Jr. at his school.

JULIA LIB (Birdie/ Solla Sollew Dancer) is 12 years old and is in 7th grade at Bowditch Middle School. She has been a dancer for 9 years at Fantasy School of Dance and was the title role in Thumbelina, and Hayden in Bowditch’s Night of Macabre. She would like to thank her castmates and family for making this such a great experience.

JUNE CARBALLAR (Thing #1) is 12 years old and in the 7th grade at Parkside Montessori. June has been in Jumanji, Encanto and Mary Poppins Jr. June is having fun in the show and likes being able to listen to the music constantly.

KATHRYN HOM (Who/Hunch) is 12 years old and going into 7th grade at Bowditch Middle School. Previously, Kathryn was in 101 Dalmatians and Shrek the Musical at Hillbarn. Kathryn has enjoyed this show, even through its challenges. “Thanks to my kind family for being here!”

KEITH MCCLOSKEY (Dr.Dake/ Hunch) is 12 years old and going into 7th grade at Borel Middle School. Previously he was in Jinx at Borel Middle School. He has had so much fun at Hillbarn, “everyone is awesome”.

KYLIE CHOW (Neride/Hunchie) is 12 years old and attending Parkside Montessori. Last year she was Cinderella, a Duloc Dancer and Dragon Dancer in Shrek the Musical. She really enjoyed Shrek and loves this production too! Thank you to her friends and family for seeing the show!

LEO ITZKOVITZ (Wickersham/ Hunch) is 11 years old and is going into 6th grade at Abbott Middle School. He has previously been in Hillbarn’s Assassins, Gypsy and Shrek. Leo would like to thank his family and friends for seeing the show.

LUCAS PAPA (Young Kangaroo) is 13 years old and going into 8th grade at Central Middle School. He played Beast in Beauty and the Beast and more. He slays all day.

LYDIA MCGAHEY (Who/ Hunch) is 10 and moving into 5th grade at Parkside Elementary School. She was previously in Elf and Shrek. She likes sports, crocheting and reading. She wants to say thanks to her parents for letting her do this show.

MAYA SLEPNYOV (Thing #2) is 11 years old and going into 6th grade. This is her first show and she has had so much fun practicing and performing. Thanks to her family for coming to watch her perform, they have supported her so much through this journey.

MEDHA CHELLAPILLA (Nerdie) is 12 years old and currently going into 7th grade at Bowditch Middle School. She’s excited to be part of her second musical at Hillbarn, previously following her role as Teen Fiona in Shrek, and is elated to have been able to meet so many talented individuals. Medha would like to thank the wonderful production team, cast, and her family for making her Seussical journey the best it could be. As a “nerdie” in real life, she can’t wait to perform!

MENA LAMBERTI (Sour Kangaroo) is 13 years old and going into 8th grade at Borel Middle School. Her most recent musical was Jinx the Musical. Along with theater she enjoys playing soccer. Thank you to her family and friends for supporting her through everything.

MIA HANGAI (Cat in the Hat) attends North Shoreview Montessori. Mia was previously in Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, Xanadu, Honk and now Seussical. From day one she knew this was an amazing cast and this summer would be amazing. Thank you to Teagan, Sam, Makena, and Jonathan.

NITESH CHARPARALA (Wickersham/Solla Sollew Dancer) is 11 years old and is in 6th grade at Bowditch Middle School. This is his first production but he has taken dance classes for six years.

NYOMI ROSENBAUM (Who/ Hunch) is 12 years old and entering 6th grade at Parkside. Previously she has been Fish Girl in Encanto and a Storyteller in Jumanji. She wants to say, “thanks for coming.”

RENEE REN (Who/Hunch) is 12 years old and going into 7th grade at Bowditch Middle School. She wants to thank Hillbarn and her parents for a really fun experience!

RHYS TOWNSAGER (Mr. Mayor) has been in multiple productions both at Hillbarn and elsewhere including Lord Farquad in Shrek, Billy in Assassins and Ensemble in Elf. Rhys has had so much fun being in this show and he would like to thank his family, friends and all his supporters.

RILEY SAVAGE (Jojo) is 12 years old and going into 7th grade at Central Middle School. This was her dream role and is her first time playing a lead role. She would like to thank her parents, sister, brother and amazing friends; Nicki, Izzy, Noah, Sheridan and so many other people for all they have done for her. She couldn’t have done it without you all.

SABRINA WATSON (Mayzie) is going into the 7th grade at Castilleja School. She has previously been in 101 Dalmatians and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Hillbarn. When she isn’t being dramatic, she enjoys playing sports and going to the mall.

SONIA HUDNAL (Gertrude Mcfuzz) is 13 years old and going into 8th grade at Bowditch Middle School.

SOPHIE MELDRUM (Birdie/ Hunch) is 13 years old and going into 8th grade at Twin Oaks Middle School. She was in Hillbarn’s performance of Shrek the Musical and Spindrifts Performing Arts Center’s performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. She wants to thank her family and friends for coming to see the show. Enjoy!

TROY CHUN (Who/ Hunch) is 10 years old and is going into the 6th grade. He has previously been in Cruella and Broadway Through the Ages. He would like to thank his family for helping.

TYSON VINYARD (Yertle the Turtle) is 13 years old and going into 8th grade at Borel Middle School. He has been in other productions at Hillbarn Theatre such as Shrek the Musical and 101 Dalmatians. He would like to thank his family for their support.

VERONIKA SERGEERVA (Wickersham/Solla Sollew Dancer) is going into 7th grade at Bowditch Middle School. Previously,Veronika took dance classes at Fantasy Dance School for 7 years. “Thank you to the staff for making this an enjoyable experience for me.”

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Brigitte (she/hers)  is a native Bay Area actress and theatre maker. When Brigitte is not on the stage she is taking your calls managing the Hillbarn Box office. Brigitte Is very excited to be back performing on the Hillbarn stage with such an incredible wealth of bay area talent. Some past roles include Ensemble/swing in Kinky Boots (ROLT), Kelly Manning in The Mad Ones & Heather Chandler in Heathers (PSP), Ali in Mamma Mia (San Jose Stage Co), Poppy in Noises Off (Hillbarn Theatre), Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods (LASC).