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PERU - The world of Dr. Seuss will take center stage as the Adirondack Regional Theatre hosts its production of "Seussical the Musical."

The Plattsburgh-based theatre company will bring the show to the Peru Music Theatre stage at Peru High School Friday, Feb. 26, through Sunday, Feb. 28, Artistic director Thomas F. Lavin said the show will be a major draw for families because of its "great music and musical styles."

"Seussical the Musical is a magical show," said Lavin. "For some, it will bring back childhood memories," said Lavin. "For others, it might just be a splash of color, exciting characters and fun music. We hope that it will teach the message Horton the Elephant sings - "'A person's a person, no matter how small.'"

Adirondack Regional Theatre has been rehearsing Seussical since the beginning of January. Members of the cast and crew have been looking forward to the production, said Lavin, since ART produced "Seussical Jr." - a junior version of the show - a few years ago. The main characters consist of The Cat In The Hat, played by Benjamin Pomerance; The Grinch, played by Edwin Hetfield; Cindy Lou Who, played by Olivia Hetfirld; and Horton The Elephant, played by Lavin, among dozens more.

The show is a compilation of 10 works of the late Theodor Seuss Geisel, best known as Dr. Seuss. Lavin said Seussical falls in line with the family-oriented entertainment ART has brought to the region since it was formed in 2000, and its mission to introduce people to the world of theatre.

"Theatre is a very helpful and rewarding experience for people of all ages," said Lavin. "It teaches life lessons and helps the actor or the crew member develop skills such as self-confidence, public speaking, teamwork, time management, creativity and, my favorite - fun. Because, if you're not having fun at what you do, no matter what you are doing, then it's probably not worth doing in the first place. "

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