Seussical plays to packed crowd

The Cameron Community Players Summer Workshop production of “Seussical” ended its three-day run in front of a capacity crowd Saturday night, completing months of work for the cast and crew.

For Grace McKinnon, who played Gertrude McFuzz, Saturday night’s show had a lot of mixed emotions because the cast gave their finest performance but also their final performance following months of rehearsal.

“The last night is always the best, but also the saddest, the most difficult. We don’t get to do this anymore. We don’t get to do this until next year and I’m going to miss everyone so much,” McKinnon said. 

“Seussical” combines the works of Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, into one flowing narrative with famous characters telling the story through song and dance. Although ending on a high note, for many of the cast the musical’s conclusion marked the end of an era. Jeremy Hess, who also conducts the Cameron High School Choir, performed his final duties for the Cameron community as the production’s music director. After graduating last spring, “Seussical” was also the final performance inside the Goodrich Theater for CHS graduate Eli Robinson, who played Horton and will attend Northwest Missouri State University next fall. 

“It’s very bittersweet. This is my last performance where I’m not going to be living in Cameron. I’m moving out next year,” Robinson said. “… It felt a lot more fun. It felt nice to have something so wholesome, childlike and wonderous after such a taxing experience (with COVID-19). It was wonderful.”

For Cameron Community Players volunteer Wes Ford, who played the Cat in the Hat, this summer’s production was a much needed return to normalcy. Considering COVID-19 cancelled much of last year’s stage performances nationwide, Ford said working with the cast of Seussical was an experience he hopes to repeat in the near future. 

“I’m grateful for all of the friends I’ve made and all of the kids. They’re such a blessing. I’m ready to do it again,” Ford said. “… For a year or so, we lost our sense of community. I’m just glad I could get back to a community that loves you and gives you a sense of family.” 

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