BY KATHY KANE
If you attended the theatre production of Suessical at the Trenton Village Theatre in November, you were treated to a variety of characters from the beloved children’s books as well as the talents of this year’s latest crop of Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center stars.
The master of ceremonies, DYPAC President Noel Jackson, tied the production together as the theme from Horton Hears a Who was, “that everyone matters, no matter how small.”
Jackson introduced several people who exemplify caring about others. Audience members from the Taylor Rotary Larry and Sarah Wright flew back from New York the night before to attend the Dr. Suess production. They were honored the day before at the United Nations where they received a business excellence award for leadership with the Launch Detroit Program. Jackson also recognized their own cast member, 10-year-old Rudy Washington, who is collecting socks for the homeless for a second year.
Cast members of the production included Amber Addair as bird girl, Sam Bartow as Sour Kangaroo, Olivia Begin as Wickersham Brothers, Chance Day as Wickersham Brothers, Forester Day as General Schmitz, Abbey Demorrow as The Cat in the Hat, Jayme Dills as JoJo, Youseff Fadel as Wickersham Brothers, Aiyanna Fivecoat as Bird Girl, Chayton Fivecoat as The Grinch, Kaitlin Fujii as Mrs. Mayor, Justin Hernandez as Mr. Mayor, Olivia Johnson as Bird Girl,Caleb Litten as Vlad Vladikoff, Eric Kudla as Wickersham Brothers, Ciara Miner as Bird Girl, Nina Nelson as bird girl, Lauren Pousak as Thing 1, Charlie Redfield as Wickersham Brothers, Elizabeth Rutkowski as Mayzie Labird, Marisa Siakantaris as Thing 2, Brooke Scherer as bird girl, Isabella Selburg as Baby Kangaroo, Bailey Shaver as Horton The Elephant, Makena Shell as Gertrude McFuzz, Rudy Washington as Wickersham Brothers and Tyler Zolynsky as Yertle the Turtle.
Ensemble members included Josie Bochenek, Gabriella Genovese, Isabelle Grima, Susan Hammermeister, Caelan Hunt, Finn Jamison, Josyln Kaiser, Jason Kolbusz, Cordelia Krajewski, Reagan Lewis, Antonella Menna, Ella Moretti, Lexi Nadolsky, Ben Rodriguez, Kayla Rodriguez, Noah Rodriguez, Kaya Shell and Kyleigh Stangle.