Seussical JR. - Youth Fall Musical Program

Gloucester Stage Youth Fall Musical

“Oh, the things you can think” when Dr. Seuss’ wild characters collide in this unforgettable musical!

Gloucester Stage Youth Company is bringing the whimsical world of imagination in Seussical Jr. to the stage.


Open Call Week of September 13th

Students are encouraged to attend a first session this week to audition and join in the production of Seussical.

  • Sep 20th – Open Call for new students before rehearsal
  • Sep 22nd – Open Call for new students before rehearsal
  • Sep 24th – Open Call for new students before rehearsal

If you have questions you can email education@gloucesterstage.com


Rehearsal Days & Times:
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 4PM-6PM,
  • Saturdays 10 AM-12 PM
  • A detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed prior to the start of rehearsals.
Rehearsal Dates:
  • Weeks of September 13  thru November 1st
  • Tech Week Rehearsals Nov. 1, Nov. 2, Nov. 3


Seussical JR will be presented at Gloucester Stage Company at 267 E Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930 on:

  • November 4 at 7:00p
  • November 5 at 2:00p and 7:00p
  • November 6 at 2:00p


Grades 1st – 12th

Tuition: $235 Registration is open for all students, and tuition is due September 20th. Financial Assistance information available on this webpage, below.

Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty‎, Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Conceived by Lynn Arenas, Stephen Flaherty. and Eric Idle
Based on the works of Dr. Seuss, Music Supervised, Adapted and Produced by Bryan Louiselle

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.

Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

“The youth program at Gloucester Stage is a perfect place for children of all ages to experience the joy of theater-making, make new friends, and learn something new about themselves along the way. I’m so excited to work with you all in the fall on this fun-filled musical.”

Jessica MacLean

Education Apprentice and Seussical Director, Gloucester Stage Company

About the Youth Company

Gloucester Stage Youth Company is proud to offer professional training workshops and performance opportunities designed to provide quality, innovative theatre experiences to children and teens, helping them to discover their voice and identity and nurture their creative and intellectual growth through the development of skills they can use onstage and in their daily lives.

Jessica MacLean / Director

Jessica is a recent graduate of Central Connecticut State University where she received her B.A in Theatre Performance. Originally from Wethersfield, Connecticut, Jessica is thrilled to be spending the summer with Gloucester Stage. Jessica found her passion in directing and teaching theatre with young children. Previous production roles include Fame! The Musical (Director), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ASM and Costumes), Tuck Everlasting (ASM and Costumes), The Wizard of Oz (Stage Manager), and The Wolves (Director). She recently Co-Directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Gloucester Stage’s Youth Summer Camp. When she isn’t doing theatre, you can usually find Jess getting lost reading the latest fantasy novel.

Sara Bartlett / Interim Education Director

A graduate of Ohio University’s BFA program, Sara has worked in the theatre business for over thirty years. Ms. Bartlett helped develop “ShakeScenes” at Notre Dame University’s annual Shakespeare Festival, created the Musical Mission Tour, a touring show for high school students, and was the Director of Education and Outreach at South Bend Civic Theatre, one of the largest civic theatres in the country, located in South Bend,  IN. Most recently Sara was the Director of Education at The Newton Theatre in Newton NJ.

Additional Youth Program Details

Character Breakdown (Casting)


A “Thinker.” He’s a smart child with a wild imagination. JoJo can be played as being a little bit awkward, a little bit of a loner, or simply a rambunctious kid whose “Thinks” get him into constant trouble. By the end of the show, he learns what it means to be a responsible member of his community, using the power and possibilities of his own “Thinks.”

Gender: Any

Vocal range top: B4

Vocal range bottom: Ab3


The Cat in the Hat

The essence of mischief, fun, and imagination. The Cat stirs things up and causes trouble but always sets things right again. He helps JoJo discover the power of his own imagination as they create the story of Seussical JR. together. 

Gender: Any

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: Bb3


Horton the Elephant

A gentle giant. Think of Horton as a big-hearted, blue-collar guy who is steadfast, responsible, and always tries to do the right thing. He is sympathetic and receptive to the world around him. He believes in the inherent goodness of the world, so it’s no surprise that he always looks for the good in others. Horton goes on quite a journey throughout the show but stays true to himself, even when the going gets tough.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: E4

Vocal range bottom: A2


Mr. Mayor

Mr. Mayor and Mrs. Mayor are parents trying hard to raise a child with a big imagination. These Whos may get aggravated with JoJo, but they love him dearly. They try their best to make the right choices as parents, even if JoJo doesn’t always understand them. They are also upstanding members of their community. 

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: E4

Vocal range bottom: C3


Mrs. Mayor

Mr. Mayor and Mrs. Mayor are parents trying hard to raise a child with a big imagination. These Whos may get aggravated with JoJo, but they love him dearly. They try their best to make the right choices as parents, even if JoJo doesn’t always understand them. They are also upstanding members of their community. 

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: Bb4

Vocal range bottom: A3


Gertrude McFuzz

Very self-conscious about her one-feather tail. Gertrude gains confidence throughout the show, changing from an anxious, nervous, shy bird into someone whose self-worth doesn’t rest on her appearance. In other words, Gertrude realizes what’s truly important in her life. 

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: F#3


Mayzie La Bird

Self-centered, vain, and manipulative. She ultimately means no harm, but she’s immature and makes selfish decisions. In giving up her egg to Horton once and for all, she has a moment of self- awareness – she realizes she isn’t the kind of bird who would be a good parent, and she does the best thing she can for the egg. 

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: G#3


Wickersham Brothers

The Wickersham Brothers, including Wickersham 1, Wickersham 2, and Wickersham 3, are not bad guys! They tease, play pranks, and get a kick out of making mischief, although often at another’s expense. 

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: B3

Vocal range bottom: Ab2


Bird Girls

The Bird Girls, including Bird Girl 1, Bird Girl 2, and Bird Girl 3, are a fabulous group of birds who know everything there is to know about the goings on in the jungle and support Mayzie throughout the show.

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: B4

Vocal range bottom: A3


Sour Kangaroo

Loud, brassy, and a lot of fun. She’s got a lot of attitude but isn’t mean – she’s just very confident and unafraid to tell it like it is. 

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: Bb3


Young Kangaroo

Sour Kangaroo’s feisty daughter. She may be pint- sized, but she’s got a big personality and is following in her mother’s footsteps. 

Gender: Female


Judge Yertle the Turtle

The authoritative judge who presides over Horton’s trial at the end of the show. Yertle is a great role for a newer performer who may not be quite ready for the responsibility of a larger part. Gender: Any

Vocal range top: F5

Vocal range bottom: F3


Vlad Vladikoff

The black-bottomed eagle who flies off with the Whos. 

Gender: Male


The Grinch

Arguably the most famous Seuss character of all! He has a brief, fun cameo in Seussical JR. Gender: Male

Vocal range top: B3

Vocal range bottom: F3


The Whos

The Whos (including First Who Family, Second Who Family, Third Who Family, Fourth Who Family, and Fifth Who Family) are the citizens of Whoville and they look a lot like you and me, only so small they are invisible to the naked eye. They are a tight-knit, supportive community. Gender: Any



The Jungle Citizens, Hunters, Circus Animals, Fish, Nurses, Courtroom Attendants, additional Wickersham Brothers and Bird Girls all help fill out the world Seussical JR. 

Gender: Any

Tuition Assistance


Limited funds are available for financial aid. Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis. You will be contacted about your application, whether or not a scholarship is awarded. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF

Who is eligible for financial aid?
Financial aid eligibility is dependent upon the degree of need as verified by this form and supporting documents.

Do you offer payment plans?
Payment plans may be taken advantage of by anyone, regardless of financial need. This option is available to families who prefer to split a balance of $100 or more into two or three installments. No application is required; if you would like to arrange a payment plan, please email the Education Consultant: education@gloucesterstage.com

How do I apply for financial aid?
Email this completed form, with relevant documents attached, to the Education Consultant: education@gloucesterstage.com or bring paper copies to the theatre box office. Financial aid requests must be submitted a week prior to the first date of class or rehearsal.

What does a financial aid scholarship cover?
If eligible, one partial or full scholarship will be awarded per household. For scholarships greater than 50%, volunteer opportunities are encouraged. No child turned away due to lack of funding.

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Access & Inclusion

As part of Gloucester Stage Youth Company’s commitment to access and inclusion, we make intentional choices in our practices to ensure we are a welcoming space for people of all abilities, ethnicities, economic statuses and genders.

Our teaching artists are happy to work with families to meet individual physical and learning needs. If there are ways in which we can help your family feel more welcome or supported, please email our Education Consultant: education@gloucesterstage.com

Seussical JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MITShows.com