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Chandler teen eager for role in ‘Seussical Jr.’

September 14th, 2018 | by SanTan Sun News
Chandler teen eager for role in ‘Seussical Jr.’
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By Colleen Sparks, Managing Editor

A Chandler girl is fired up to play a “sassy” kangaroo in a Dr. Seuss musical in Mesa.

Ellie Takeuchi, 14, a freshman at Arizona College Preparatory – Erie, is playing the role of “Sour Kangaroo” in East Valley Children’s Theatre’s production of “Seussical Jr.” from Sept. 27 to Oct. 7 at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.

The musical is based on Dr. Seuss’ works and it includes the Cat in the Hat relaying the story of Horton, an elephant who finds a speck of dust that holds the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who “thinks too many ‘thinks,’” a press release said. In the musical, Horton must protect the Whos from a dangerous world with naysayers but also guard an abandoned egg.

Takeuchi of Chandler said Sour Kangaroo is “very fun to play.”

“She’s very sassy,” she said. “I love being Sour Kangaroo. I love the storyline…and there’s all these quirky characters that all have their time to shine.”

Takeuchi said this will be her first performance with East Valley Children’s Theatre and everyone involved with the show is “really nice.” She performed in Disney’s “Mulan Jr.” with Actors Youth Theatre in Gilbert about two years ago and also has participated in Chandler Center for the Arts’ Camp Kidz theater camps over school breaks several times.

“You get the chance to play a bunch of different parts and convey a bunch of emotions,” Takeuchi said. “I love singing. Singing is one of my favorite things to do.”

She also enjoys the dancing in “Seussical Jr.”

“There’s a lot of dancing and our choreographer is amazing,” Takeuchi said. “We get to do a lot of ensemble dances. It’s hard but it’s really fun. I’ve made a lot of friends and they’ve all, they’ve really welcomed me into the family.”

She said her dream job one day would be to work as an actress on Broadway or in movies.

In “Seussical Jr.,” the powers of community, family, friendship and loyalty are challenged but triumph.

“I encourage people to come and see it,” Takeuchi said. “It will be a fun experience and is very family-friendly.”

Information: evct.org.

East Valley Children’s Theatre

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