Laura Fotovich, Gardner, portrays JoJo, Emma Cook, Overland Park, portrays Gertrude McFuzz, Jim Hurd, Gardner, portrays as Horton the Elephant and Michael Fiebelkorn, Gardner, as The Cat in the Hat in Gardner Community Theatre’s production of “Seussical.” Submitted photo

Jo Jo is dreaming, and Horton is scheming all in a local stage show. The curtain rises this weekend and everyone , everyone is invited to go.
The curtain rises on Gardner Community Theatre’s production of “Seussical,” July 13 and runs through a second weekend of July 20-22. Rehearsals for the popular musical began in June.
More than 60 local actors will appear in the show which combines the Dr. Seuss stories, “Horton Hears a Who,” “Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories” and “The Cat in the Hat.”
“Seussical is an important story to tell right now,” said the show’s director Annette Cook. “The message is very uplifting and unifying. I think our audiences will love this one and our talented cast will blow you away.”
The Cat in the Hat, portrayed by Michael Fiebelkorn, encourages a child from the land of Who named Jo Jo, portrayed by Emma Fotovich, to use her imagination to dream. Other popular Seuss characters also appear in the show, including Horton the Elephant, played by Jim Hurd. As Horton tries to convince jungle residents about the living beings on the clover he is protecting, an insecure bird named Gertrude McFuzz, portrayed by Emma Cook, tries to catch his eye.
In addition to providing family friendly entertainment, the Gardner Community Theatre has a scholarship fund for students who have been involved with the group’s shows. GCT raises money for this fund through a “marketplace” held in conjunction with its annual summer musical.

At a recent rehearsal of the Gardner Community Theatre’s production of Seussical, Laura Fotovich (playing JoJo) interacts with the Cat in the Hat, played by Michael Fiebelkorn. Both Fotovich and Fiebelkorn are from Gardner. Submitted photo

This year, the Fantastical Seussical Marketplace will feature Seussical souvenirs (including a collector’s Christmas ornament designed specifically for the Gardner show), concessions, kids’ games (with prizes) and a raffle for baskets full of gift cards, merchandise and show-themed items. The Marketplace begins an hour before each performance. It also will be open during intermission and after each show.
Tickets for the more than six productions are available in advance for $10 at www.gardnercommunitytheatre.org. Advance tickets are recommended in the event of sold out shows.
All performances will be at Wheatridge Middle School, 318 Washington.
Performance dates and times are:
• Friday, July 13, 7 p.m.
• Saturday, July 14, 7 p.m.
• Sunday, July 15, 3 p.m.
• Friday, July 20, 7 p.m.
• Saturday, July 21, 7 p.m.
• Sunday, July 22, 3 p.m.
Special performances for daycares and preschools will be held on Friday, July 20 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.