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Seussical a success at the Performing Arts Center
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Junior Alexis Bagley soars on stage during one of the Tiger Den Players performances of Seussical at the Performing Arts Center.

The Tiger Den Players got their "Seuss" on during the weekend of March 24 when the group presented the musical "Seussical" at the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Dawson County High School.

Dr. Seuss' beloved characters were brought to life in vivid color on stage during the performances on Friday night and Saturday.

"Everyone seemed to love it," said director and DCHS drama teacher, Mallory Nonnemaker.

Over 500 hours of work and rehearsal went into the production according to Nonnemaker.

"Yes, the students loved working on the show," Nonnemaker said. "A lot of students really stepped up into bigger roles this time and I look forward to seeing them continue to grow as the program develops more."

Tucker Turner, who played the role of Horton the Elephant, was taking on his first lead in a musical.

"This show was my first time as a lead role in a musical, so naturally I was super nervous," he said. "However, I feel like I gained a ton of experience and confidence from it, and I ended up loving every second of it, even though Horton was a very inactive and difficult character."

Turner said that when you play a character correctly, you learn something from them.

"With Horton I really learned to take things slow and focus on the details, not only on stage but in real life too," Turner.

Turner, as well as DCHS junior Alexis Bagley who played Gertrude McFuzz, both said that the response from the younger audience was great.

Dawson County elementary school students had the opportunity to see the show a couple of days prior and the feedback was positive.

"As for the kids, they loved it," said Bagley. "It was so amazing to see their reactions and to be able to talk to them in character. The younger ones, especially, were star struck."

"Overall, I got incredible support from everyone, which is really encouraging because of how nervous I was about this role," Turner said. "More importantly the kids loved it, and there is nothing more rewarding than performing a great show for kids, because of how passionate they get."

Bagley, who has been a part of several productions this year, said the Dr. Seuss show was easily her favorite.

"Seussical was easily one of, if not my favorite show I've ever been able to be a part of. It was a really amazing opportunity, and I had such a great time," she said.

Bagley and Turner both plan to pursue acting when they move on from high school.

Turner plans to study theatre at the University of Georgia and Bagley said she might pursue being high school director one day.

"It was just so much fun, and I loved my character, Gertrude, and related to her a lot," Bagley said.

Nonnemaker said she was happy with how things went overall.

"I am really pleased. There were a few little things we could've improved upon but overall I think the shows keep getting better and better," she said.

Nonnemaker said that around 250 people attended the weekend performances.