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LaGrange students perform ‘Seussical the Musical’

(Source: LaGrange High School) (Source: LaGrange High School)
(Source: LaGrange High School) (Source: LaGrange High School)

A group of LaGrange High School students are marking Dr. Seuss Week, observed each year near the birthday of the beloved author, in a very special way.

After placing third in NBC's ‘SMASH Make a Musical' contents, LaGrange music and drama students were given the chance to select a musical to perform.

"We decided to choose ‘Seussical the Musical' because it would showcase the amount of kids that we have and it would give a good chance to connect during Dr. Seuss Week," Theatre Director Shelly Buller said. "We looked at the calendar and noticed his birthday would fall on the same day as our performance."

Many of the students KPLC spoke with said this opportunity has been an opportunity they thought they would never see.

"Without the votes and support of our community, we wouldn't be here," said LaGrange senior Ciaara Woods.

Buller said she has witnessed the students' attitudes and self-esteem grow after placing third over more than 1,000 schools.

"We had a sense of community because we knew it took everyone to get us to this point," Buller said. "It was a sense of pride in the community, a sense of accomplishment, and it's something for them to really work for."

While singing and drama are both a part of the arts programming at LaGrange, a musical is something they have never experienced.

The contest combined music, books and choreography, and the students came together and designed and built the stage decorations.

The students spent hours practicing each day.

All agreed the show is must-see.

"Five bucks, really? You can't beat that," Senior Jahson Albert said.

"I believe if they see these kids and their performance that they are going to realize we have something in  this city that many other cities don't have," Buller said.

The shows kick off Saturday at 2 p.m. A performance will also be Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 a person and the run time is around one hour and 15 minutes.

We'll have more on Nightcast.

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