Charm City Players opened their 2016 season last weekend with an amayzing display of Seusstastical fun! Directed by Stephen Napp, Seussical the Musical delighted audiences at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium at Mercy High School. You’ve got one more weekend to catch the show — and we caught up with CCP’s company director/Baltimore mom Chrissy Napp to find out why it should be your weekend family destination.
all about charm city players’ seussical! interview with chrissy napp
Give us the elevator spiel. What’s Seussical all about?
Seussical is 19 different Dr.Seuss books compiled into one AMAYZING musical. The Cat in the Hat is the emcee for the show and the primary stories are Horton Hears a Who and Horton Hatches an Egg; however, Lazy Mayzie, Sour Kangaroo, and Gertrude McFuzz take center stage as well. Jojo the Who’s “thinks” come to life on stage in front of you and drive the focus of the show.
What ages will most enjoy the show? Why?
The show appeals to all ages for different reasons. The kids will love it because their favorite Dr.Seuss characters come to life before their eyes and the teens and adults can identify with the conflicts within the show. There is a great number on “How to Raise a Child” and it’s something all parents can relate too. We aren’t given instructions on child rearing and Jojo’s parents are dealing with a child who is thinking outside of the box and that gets him in trouble. It’s an endearing show that has such mass appeal.
Obviously, it’s timely that the show premiers in March since it was just Dr. Seuss‘ birthday. What excites you personally about the show?
As a mom, I’ve read my fair share of Dr.Seuss and I am passionate about literary awareness month. Seuss‘ books are such great resources. They aren’t just silly words, but something more. A friend recently compared Seuss to Shakespeare and I thought that was brilliant because Shakespeare created hundreds of new words in the English language and Seuss has done a similar thing with his made of language. Dr.Seuss transcends all generations and I love seeing the faces of all the families after experiencing something magical. Our 5 year old, Parker, is in the show along with 34 other children ages 4-16 and seeing these little ones experience the magic of making a musical is something that’s hard to put into words and I love getting to share the stage with such talented individuals. Every production has something different that is memorable and that stands out.
What has been the most challenging aspect of producing this show — and how have you overcome it?
This show, unlike any others we’ve done is 100% music, but we have amazingly talented performers who picked it up quickly.
It’s a family show. What should parents know before coming to the show? What should kids know?
All of our shows are geared toward audiences of 3 to 103! When you come to a show at CCP there is something for the whole family to enjoy. Come early because the lobby is a “show” within itself. You are greeted by costume characters upon arrival and we offer as a thank you to our patrons free face painting, free pre show arts and crafts, and costumed characters reading the Dr. Seuss stories to our patrons. We do offer a variety of snacks at our concession stand and we have a few Dr. Seuss items for sale too. After the show, the entire cast will greet the audience and sign autographs!
How could parents get their kids excited for the show — especially if it’s their first exposure to live theatre?
Read to them. Introduce them to the amazing characters Dr. Seuss has created!
What should everyone know about Charm City Players?
We founded Charm City Players in 2011 and our mission is to entertain the community with exceptional theatre, educate our children through engagement with the performing arts, and inspire the future leaders of tomorrow. In the process we intend to cultivate new generations of young audiences and artists by creating memorable theatre experiences and using the artistry of theatre to promote and appreciation of the arts for children and families in the greater metropolitan Baltimore Area. We are excited to be having the Baltimore premier of Disney’s The Little Mermaid this coming June and July. We have an amazing lineup for next season as well that kicks off in November with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
You can find out more information by visiting www.charmcityplayers.com — including a sneak peek at the cast of Seussical the Musical. Performances are scheduled March 18-20th, and tickets are just $15!
Photos provided by Charm City Players, credit Mumtaj Ismali.