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Brittany Schilla, the director of the La Crescent-Hokah High School production of Seussical that opens this evening, says the musical has a message everyone should be able to get behind.

“I really like this show because it is really family friendly and it just kind of sticks with the concept that everybody is important, no matter who you are, how old or young, big or small, that your voice is important and that you are valued,” she said.

The musical kicks off at 7:30 p.m. this evening (Friday) at the La Crescent High School Fine Arts Center, 1301 Lancer Blvd, and will be staged at the same venue at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m., Sunday.

The cast, which includes students from grades five through 12, have been rehearsing since December.

“We have a really big age range and experience level. So we have kids who’ve done a lot of theater and kids who’ve never done theater in their life,” Schilla said.

Among the cast members is high school student Weston Riley, who plays Horton the elephant. He said the audience can “expect a fun show that is mainly for children but adults can take lessons from as well.”

Riley added, “I hope people get from the show that people matter and to be nice to other people because it does rub off.”

High school senior Madelyn Mishler plays the cat in the hat in the musical and said she’s excited to perform in the show.

“This was my first show I did on this stage, back in 2008 I think, so to have my last show as a senior be Seussical again is pretty exciting,” she said before rehearsals at La Crescent-Hokah High School earlier this week.

Schilla said that including the orchestra and crew, the musical is being put on by a team of 45 and she encouraged people to come and see the production.

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