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SEUSSICAL the Musical Comes to Eastman's Magnolia Theater
SEUSSICAL the Musical Comes to Eastman's Magnolia Theater

The Dodge Arts Guild has partnered with Honeybee Theatre Initiative to bring one of the most performed shows in America, SEUSSICAL the Musical to Eastman's Magnolia Theater. Performances are scheduled for September 30th and October 1st at 8 p.m. and October 1st and 2nd at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under. Purchase your tickets at the Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce located at 1646 College Street in Eastman. For more information, contact Rebecca McWilliam at the Chamber by calling 478-374-4723 or visit www.eastman-georgia.com or www.TheDodgeExperience.com.

Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big  imagination--Jojo. "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think" captures the show's spirit of imagination, as the colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

The story centers around Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge--not only must he protect his tiny friend  Jojo (and all the invisible Whos) from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him, the only one who recognizes "his kind and his powerful heart." Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant, in a story that makes you laugh and cry.

Honeybee Theatre Initiative is a community theatre organization promoting performing arts awareness, education, and community development through live entertainment.  The company's mission is to provide an artistic outlet for members of the Middle Georgia community, both young and old, by identifying and perfecting their talents in the field of the performing arts.  The company was founded in Dublin, GA in 2009 under the auspices of Emerald City Character Company.  After realizing that a lot of its primary performers and volunteers were not just from Dublin, but throughout the entire Middle Georgia area, the company was reorganized with the name Honeybee Theatre Initiative.  Theatre is considered a "collaborative art" and when choosing the name of the organization it was decided that the Honeybee, Georgia's state insect, was great inspiration:  Lots of "bees" working together to create a successful "home".  In this case, several of the volunteers have decided that the stage is truly their home away from home.  

Community theatre enriches the lives of those who take an active part in it, as well as those in the community who benefit from live theatre productions. On either side of the footlights, those involved represent a diversity of age, culture, life experience, and a strong appreciation of the importance of the arts.  In the past few years, with the help of several performers and volunteers under the direction of Artistic Director Chris Ikner, Honeybee Theatre Initiative has produced several successful shows such as Grease, The Wizard of OZ, The Scene, Rabbit Hole, Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, Becky Shaw, the Pulitzer-Prize winning play, Proof, and several others.  

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