— In the News: A curtain call of community

The Half Moon Bay Review just published a wonderful article about Seussical, The Musical at Sea Crest School and how combined efforts from all members of our community contributed to its success.

By Sarah Griego Guz

The curtain rose on Sea Crest’s “Seussical” as whimsical monkeys, kangaroos and birds with feather boa tails bounded across the stage to the tunes of “Biggest Blame Fool” and “Solla Sollew.”

The triumph of Friday’s final production was the culmination of three months of hard work by both middle and lower school students as well as the effort and dedication of parent and community volunteers.

On stage, seasoned veteran Kai Guevara shined as Horton, the sensitive elephant who hears a sound coming from a speck of dust.

Guevara along with Macy Chase, who played Jo Jo, the mayor’s daughter residing on said speck of dust, belted out “Alone in the Universe,” executing every note perfectly.

Among many other notable moments were the appearances of the whimsical Wickersham Brothers, a band of monkeys determined to swipe Horton’s speck.

Monkeys Connor Johnstone, Roman Miele and Guido Togliatti infused humor and a bit of acrobatics into the roles, inducing many a giggle and grin from the audience.

“I thought the performance was amazing,” said technical adviser Andrew Geller. “It was a nice experience doing it at the school, having everybody here. Caleb Goh and Marcus Cooper have prepared these kids extremely well.”

Geller, who has two children who have graduated from Sea Crest, considers the annual event to be a rite of passage for students.

Indeed, as the eighth-graders tearfully take their final bow on the middle school stage, elementary-age children are getting their first taste of the spotlight by participating in bit parts that contribute to the flavor of the show.

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Johnny Brozovich is ready for his cue as sea crest School students put on a musical based on the work of Dr. Seuss

Middle-school pupils are given two options when it comes to the musical. Those who hope to feel the warm glow of the show’s spotlight can take a trimester-long exploration and are assigned a part and then set about preparing for the performance. Others can choose to work behind the scenes, constructing stage sets and crafting props or controlling the light and sound.

Lead light board operator Finn La Guardia is one of those kids. He learned how to effectively operate the light control panel.

On Thursday, he was preparing to put what he learned into practice.

“I was talking to Johnny over the headset,” he said, pointing to where fellow student Johnny Brozovich was safely perched on a scaffold. “It’s fun. All I really need to do is tell him when he needs to do the spotlights.

“I’ve really learned how to use the equipment a lot better,” he continued. “This is an older light board. The new one is a lot more complicated, so this one is pretty easy.”

“Finn La Guardia is doing a great job and is very engaged,” said Bo Putnam.

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Behind the scenes, Andrew Geller, Bo Putnam, Marcus Cooper and Matthew Cerza work to make Sea Crest’s “Seussical” a success.

Putnam, who has a granddaughter in third grade at Sea Crest, volunteered to be the sound technician.

“Finn will be wearing a headset, the guy up there will be wearing a headset, and they’ll talk the entire show,” he continued. “Sometimes I pick up the phone and they’re jabbering. It’s fine because that’s how production works.”

La Guardia is no stranger to the stage. His mother, Greet Jasparert, is highly regarded in the local theater community and has produced her fair share of plays. For “Seussical,” Jasparet helped craft the set as well as advise on prop design.

And speaking of props, one of the highlights was the extra large helicopter hat worn by the Cat in the Hat, who served as a sort of emcee, effortlessly tying all the scenes together.

The contraption, consisting of a large propeller attached to a blue and red dome hat, had been created on the Innovation Lab’s 3-D printer by Kai Lin, a sixth-grader at Sea Crest School.

Sea Crest instructors Khalid Birdsong and Patrick Neary guided Lin and his fellow creators in the art of crafting props of all types.

As opening day neared, Putnam graciously donated a sizable chunk of his time to ensure the sound was up to par.

Putnam, who has worked as a sound technician for the Pescadero Art and Fun Festival and was on tour for eight years with Melvin Seals and Jerry Garcia Band, was instrumental in making sure all the hard work wasn’t lost due to subpar sound.

“I carved out the week and as we got into it,” said Putnam. “You have a little bit of a skill set and you want to help the kids.”

“The volunteers, kids and parents, everyone put in a lot of time, but, as you can see from tonight, it was well worth it,” said Geller after Friday’s final curtain call.

— Seussical, The Musical

By Dr. Caleb Goh, Director & Choreographer, Theatre Arts Teacher

Mounting a musical is extremely hard work, from the direction, lighting, sets, sound, casting process, budgeting, costumes, rehearsals, and much more. Through the past few months, all of these students acquainted themselves with the intricacies of musical making, whether they were embracing a technical challenge, or focusing on a task from a performance perspective.

The amount of work that went into the production was monumental, and my hope is that you felt the heart, exuberance, and soul, in every movement made, lyric sung, word spoken, and tear shed. Talent is only part of the equation defining musical greatness. Hard work, resilience, and imagination is what makes a show truly shine.

Through the journey of one intrepid elephant, I hope you felt the joy and heart of each performer and student involved in the musical. The passion of every student, performer, crew member, designer, and engineer played a part in making the magic come alive on stage. “A person’s a person, no matter how small”.

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Seussical, The Musical
Thursday, March 9th – Friday, March 10th
Kohrs Family Center
Sea Crest School


— Thanks to all who helped make Seussical such a success!

Cast List

Seussical CastThe Cat In The Hat: Maya Grant
Jojo: Jess Kammeyer (3/9) / Macy Chase (3/10)
Horton The Elephant: Kai Guevara
Gertrude McFuzz: Shea Wakasa (3/9) / Mayah Johnson (3/10)
Mayzie La Bird: Katherine Geisler
Sour Kangaroo: Cassidy Ott
Young Kangaroo: Kaiya Hanepen (3/9) / Kay Hildebrand (3/10)
Mr. Mayor: Marco Yaque
Mrs. Mayor: Ruby Chase
Bird Girls: Lara Keshav, Sofia Miele, Isabella Murphy, Sadie Nolan, Mari Pokorny, India Polacek
Wickersham Brothers: Connor Johnstone, Roman Miele, Guido Togliatti
Yertle the Turtle: Jakob Gates
Ensemble: Hailey Braun, Renee Casentini, Peyton Daley, Coral Dempsey, Maisie Eliashof, Sydney Franklin, Jakob Gates, Kaiya Hanepen, Kay Hildebrand, Sydney McGuirk, Kate Reeve, Jasmine Standez, Rachel Taillon
Circus Animals: Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade
The Whos: Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade

Behind the Scenes

2017-02-28-Musical-Innovation-Lab-10Backstage Manager: Thomas Freedman
Light Board: Lead- Finn La Guardia, Johnny Brozovich
Sound Board Assistants: Beech Basler, Matthew Cerza
Projection: Cole Ramsey, Michael McCulloch
Hair & Make-up: Leads- Nataly Gijon & Nora Flynn, Iris Grant, Emma Will
Costumes: Mikalee Mauricio, Emma Steadman
Runners: Sean Andrasick, Danielle Lieu, Connor Moore
Lower School Student Supervisors: Mia Ethridge, Sam Knowles, Jensen Tinevez
Set Crew: Lead- Chiara Izzo, Patrick Ginna, Ryan Hildebrand, Aidan Popple, Evan Reeve, Carlos Salazar
Props Crew: Helen Campbell, Geoffrey Guz, Kai Lin, Chase Urban
Ushers: Manny Darrow, Charles Hogg, Sequoyah Klingele

Production Team

2017-03-09-Seussical-16Director & Choreographer: Dr. Caleb Goh
Music Director: Marcus Cooper
Behind the Scenes Instructors: Khalid Birdsong & Patrick Neary
Assistant Producer: Michelle Giacotto
Technical Advisor: Andrew Geller
Sound Technician: Bo Putnam
Set Design Advisor & Videographer: Chris Kammeyer
Set Decor & Prop Design Advisor: Greet Jaspaert
Lighting Design Supervisor: Valerie Clear
Costume Design Advisor: Lisa Claybaugh
Photographers: Regan Daniels & Kate Haley

Volunteers

Thanks to all who helped in so many different ways, from setting up to striking the stage: Ayad Al-Shaikh, Scott Balsitis, Greg Brozovich, Mike Casterline, John Dempsey, Phil Geisler, Greet Jaspaert, Frank Knowles, Gerald Mauricio , Paul Mello, Clara Mello, Steve Pokorny, Sara Polgar, Bob Simmons, Colleen Smith, Frank Vella, Chris Willits… and many more!

We could not have done it without you!

 

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