Making A Dramatic Difference
The CenterPoint Academy motto is “You Belong Here,” and nobody knows that better than the 716 people, ages 3-18, that we train in performing arts. What we really teach them, however, is how to be the awesomest version of themselves.
While the performing arts training, we offer is top-notch, taught by the best local working artists, the end result for the vast majority of our students isn’t the Broadway stage.
Instead, we use the arts to teach lessons that matter in any facet of life – confidence, discipline, leadership, self-esteem, teamwork, friendship, and creativity. Our students learn these universally-relevant skills and become assets wherever they go – at school, at work, at church, and at home.
The Academy provides unique performance opportunities to these students on the CenterPoint Theatre stages, performing for more than 15,000 people per year, in over 125 performances of more than a dozen different shows.
Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Eric Idle
Based on the works of Dr. Seuss
Music Supervised, Adapted, and Produced by Bryan Louiselle
is presented through special arrangements with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
Academy Directors – Danny & Wendy Inkley
Director – Megan Call
Producer – Jana Plowman
Choreographer – Dylan Watson
Monday & Tuesday Music Director – Tara Wardle
Friday Music Director – Mailee Halpin
Stage Manager – Sal Duncan
Technical Director – Derek Walden
Lighting Design – Jordan Fowler
Sound Design – Emily Holmgren
Scenic Design – Kristin Callor
Scenic Charge Artist – Cynthia Klumpp
Scenic Painter – Janae Gibb
Costume Design – Janell Roundy & Shannon Page
Costume Assistant – Marshall Page
Props Mistress – Marilyn Montgomery
My first experience with Seussical came when I was in high school. Addison Welch and I were looking for something original to do for our Duo Interp for the upcoming debate season at BHS. I can still remember the late nights spent laughing hysterically as we tried our hand at the different characters’ voices, our mom’s trying to reign us in and all of us trying our best to come up with a way to tell this incredible story featuring many of Dr. Seuss’s most beloved characters, in under 10 minutes, only using 6 feet of space and not being able to look directly at one another; all per the rules of the event.
That was over ten years ago and I have directed or choreographed this show five times since. I have learned so many things while experiencing this show over and over again. However, my favorite thing every time I do this show is watching each cast member realize the message of this show through the rehearsal process and observe as they grow, change and start emulating that message both on and off the stage.
For anyone who has ever felt less than for any reason; be it where they’re from, how they talk, what they look like, for their beliefs or unbelief, etc., this is the show for you! Theater is something that should bring us together and teach us something. That is exactly why Dr. Seuss wrote these stories, so we could learn and grow as a society.
My Grandmother, Sheri Cole, was a beautiful example of this message, she was also my Co-Director/Co-Choreographer the first time I put this show on stage. She would always see greatness and value in everyone. While others would see a person’s flaws first, she would always point out what made them special and grand in her eyes, and soon not only did others see that value, but the individual would see what made them amazing as well. She was the embodiment of this show’s message.
So let us all remember this simple, yet very true mantra:
“A person’s a person no matter how small.”
Oh, The Thinks You Can Think!
Horton Hears A Who
Biggest Blame Fool
Biggest Blame Fool Playoff/ Gertrude McFuzz
Here On Who
Meet JoJo The Who
How To Raise A Child
Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! (Reprise)
It’s Possible (Part 1)
It’s Possible (Part 2)
Alone In The Universe
The One Feather Tail Of Miss Gertrude McFuzz/Amayzing Mayzie
Amayzing Gertrude (Part 1)
Amayzing Gertrude (Part 2)
Monkey Around/Chasing The Whos
Notice Me, Horton
How Lucky You Are
Mayzie’s Exit/Horton Sits On The Egg
Egg, Nest, And Tree
Sold/Mayzie In Palm Beach
Mayzie At The Circus
Alone In The Universe (Reprise 1)
Gertrude/Espionage (Part 2)
All For You
The Whos Return/The People Versus Horton The Elephant (Part 1)
The People Versus Horton The Elephant (Part 2)
Alone In The Universe (Reprise 2)
Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! (Finale)
Green Eggs And Ham
|Character||Cast - Session 2|
|The Cat in the Hat||Emmett Wright|
|Horton the Elephant||Rhett Wardle|
|Gertrude McFuzz||Leilani Walker|
|Mayzie La Bird||Macie Peterson|
|Mr. Mayor||Oliver Swasey|
|Mrs. Mayor||Emily Cluff|
|Sour Kangaroo||Jada Petersen|
|Young Kangaroo||Addison Monroe|
|Red-Billed Firefinch||Kate Fotheringham|
|Orange Fruit Dove||Sami Bankhead|
|Golden Yellow Parakeet||Avery Vance|
|Green Bee-Eater||Izzy Bischoff|
|Indigo Bunting||Jane Woodbury|
|Violet-Crowned Woodnymph||Tori Sommerville|
|Wally Wickersham||Mason Hirschi|
|Wilber Wickersham||Jackson Call|
|William Wickersham||Alfie Welch|
|Winston Wickersham||Xander Wardle|
|Wyatt Wickersham||Sam Dugdale|
|Vlad Vladikoff/Whovian||Ashley Blood|
|Yertle the Turtle/Whovian||Madigan Clark|
|Haaken Krak/Whovian||Milly Cook|
We are thrilled about our upcoming productions at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre. Whether you are a long-time part of our CPT family or a new season ticket holder, 2022 is packed with shows that will keep you coming back again and again.
It’s IMPOSSIBLE not to love the Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. This beautifully staged show is filled with romance, hope, unforgettable melodies, and of course, magic. It’s the perfect show for the whole family!
Big Fish is a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical about fathers and sons, and the stories we use to define and shape our lives. The music is as beautiful and powerful as the story, and you just may walk away with some new favorites.
Go Go Go Joe! One of the most enduring musicals of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers, and the envy of their favored brother with his coat of many colors. Written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, this show is a musically eclectic journey masterfully told using different genres of memorable tunes you’ll be singing long after. Joseph is a great show for the entire family.
Bright Star is a beautifully written musical about a young woman growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. We see her first as a young carefree woman and then watch how her life changes as she becomes a well-to-do magazine editor 22 years later. Her story is inevitably woven with that of an idealistic young man named Billy, with whom she shares a mysterious connection. The bluegrass score, (written by actor Steve Martin and Edie Brickell) provides a rich musical palette with which this story is painted.
The best way to spread Christmas cheer is to see Elf, The Musical. This wildly popular musical is packed with all the magical ingredients needed for the perfect start to your Christmas season. Come along with Buddy the Elf on his adventure to find his dad and ultimately save Christmas!
The Academy Fan Club is our theatre guild. It’s a group of grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and other Academy fans. It’s designed to take the incredible spirit of volunteerism and support here and to organize it in a more formal, effective way. The Fan Club supports the Academy with teaching, feeding, building, breaking down, costuming, propping, teaching, fundraising, and other cool things that make the Academy awesome.
Most of these Fan Club opportunities don’t take much time, but they make a real difference. You can see more about the Fan Club here:
Most importantly, WE LOVE GRANDPARENTS!!!
Grandparents are some of our biggest fans, and lots of our interest in even forming the Fan Club was to involve the grands. We want to include as many of them as possible.
To get involved, you can sign up online at the link above. And if you have questions, feel free to email Margo Beecher at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Come play with CenterPoint Academy!
Auditions will take place by appointment from 9:00 AM-12:00 Noon. The show runs March 13th through April 11th. Shelby Ferrin will direct, Aaron Ford will choreograph and Tara Wardle will music direct.
Bring any conflicts from January 6th through April 11th along with a headshot and resume to auditions. Callbacks are scheduled for Tuesday, January 7th and Wednesday, January 8th. Rehearsals will start Monday, January 13th.
Auditions are open to all performers 8 years and older. Children are encouraged to audition with a parent or guardian. All roles are open. Come prepared to sing 30 seconds or less of a song in the style of the show. Live accompaniment will be provided. No pre-recorded music please.
Auditions will take place at the theatre located at 525 North, 400 West in Centerville. Enter in the building on the west side basement entrance. Please email the theatre at email@example.com to schedule an audition time.
Note: ages listed are approximate and represent how the characters read onstage, not necessarily the ages of the performers. Please note, where applicable, any requirements for on-stage intimacy or physicality.
MALE ROLES: HAROLD HILL: Smooth-talking con man and traveling salesman who beguiles the town before falling in love with Marian; overflowing with charm and charisma; kisses Marian; physically struggles with Charlie Cowell. RANGE: Ab2-F4, AGE: 30-45
MARCELLUS WASHBURN: Former con man and friend to Harold, now trying to settle down in River City; immensely likeable with comic timing; kisses Ethel; physically struggles with Charlie Cowell; leads an energetic dance. RANGE: A4-G2, AGE: 25-40
MAYOR GEORGE SHINN: The Mayor of River City, protective of his town and family; self-important, blustery, pompous, but not too bright. RANGE: Any, AGE: 40-60
WINTHROP PAROO: Marian’s adorable little brother who speaks with a lisp; precocious but moody. RANGE: C4-Eb5, AGE: 9-12
CHARLIE COWELL: Rival traveling salesman out to expose Harold Hill; determined and moralistic; kisses Marian; physically struggles with Marcellus and Harold; may also play a townsperson in some scenes. RANGE: Any, AGE: 25-45
TOMMY DJILAS: Trouble-making teenager who becomes an assistant leader of the boys’ band; rebellious but smart and handsome. RANGE: Any, AGE: 16-20
JACEY SQUIRES: Owner of livery stable and school board member who bickers with his peers before joining them in the barbershop quartet as the high tenor; married to Mrs. Squires. RANGE: C3-C5, AGE: 25-55
EWART DUNLOP: Owner of the general store and school board member who bickers with his peers before joining them in the barbershop quartet as the second tenor; married to Maud. RANGE: F3-F5, AGE: 25-55
OLIVER HIX: Banker and school board member who bickers with his peers before joining them in the barbershop quartet as the baritone; married to Alma. RANGE: B2-F4, AGE: 25-55
OLIN BRITT: Newspaper editor and school board member who bickers with his peers before joining them in the barbershop quartet as the bass. RANGE: F2-C4, AGE: 25-55
OTHER ROLES FOR MEN: Constable Locke, the town sheriff; Train conductor; Traveling salesmen; River City townspersons of all ages, shapes, and sizes some of them in “families”; River City boys/teens who sing, dance and join the boys’ band
FEMALE ROLES: MARIAN PAROO: Town librarian and piano teacher, sister of Winthrop and daughter of Mrs. Paroo; well-read, independent, head-strong, beautiful but elusive, hopelessly romantic but intensely guarded; kisses Harold and Charlie Cowell; RANGE: G3-A5, AGE: 25-35
MRS. PAROO: Widowed mother to Marian and Winthrop; sweet, cheerful, always busy, and slightly intrusive in her daughter’s love life; speaks with an Irish accent. RANGE: Ab3-Eb5, AGE: 45-55
EULALIE MACKECKNIE SHINN: Mayor Shinn’s peacock wife, a know-it-all busybody who knows everyone and everything in town; self-important, grandiose, gossipy, snobbish, and easily flattered; must have great comedic range without being over-the-top. RANGE: D4-D5, AGE: 40-50
AMARYLLIS: Marian’s piano student who likes Winthrop but teases him; sweet but a little bratty; must pretend to play the piano. RANGE: C4-E5, AGE: 9-12
ZANEETA SHINN: Mayor Shinn’s teenage daughter with a crush on Tommy Djilas; cute, feminine, a little daffy; dances energetically. RANGE: Any, AGE: 16-20
GRACIE SHINN: Mayor’s younger daughter. RANGE: Any, AGE: 9-12 ETHEL TOFFELMIER: Player piano player and town gossip who is dating Marcellus; jolly and friendly, but gossipy; kisses Marcellus. RANGE: Any, AGE: 25-35
ALMA HIX: Wife of Oliver Hix and a town gossip. RANGE: G4-G5, AGE: 25-45 MAUD DUNLOP: Wife of Ewart Dunlop and a town gossip. RANGE: G4-G5, AGE: 25-55 MRS. SQUIRES: Wife of Jacey Squires and a town gossip. RANGE: G4-G5, AGE: 25-55
OTHER ROLES FOR WOMEN/GIRLS: River City townspersons of all ages, shapes, and sizes, some of them in “families”; River City girls/teens who sing and dance.