Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $5 for adults, $4 for
students, and no charge for ages 3 and under.
There will also be a
dinner on April 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the high school to raise
funds for the Drama Club, which is entirely self-funded. On the menu
are mostaccioli, garlic bread, salad, drink and dessert. Meal prices
are $6 for an adult plate and $3 for a child's plate.
The community of Mount Pulaski and especially the high school
Drama Club welcome everyone to come and enjoy their production of "Seussical
the Musical, Jr." They have proven that "anything's possible."
The MPHS Drama Club began in 2002 when the senior class wanted to
perform a play. Without any funds or an official club, Mrs. Koehler
suggested they use a script from a literature book. They did, and
with a painted cardboard backdrop, nonworking curtains, a borrowed
sound system and donated furniture, the senior college prep class
performed in front of approximately 100 people in the old gym at the
high school. They didn't charge admission; instead they set out a
donation jar. By the end of the night they had a total of $77.
Since then, the MPHS Drama Club has performed every year,
alternating a musical with a play, entertaining an audience of
around 150 people per night. The list includes "Spring Break,"
"Rumors," "GoGo Beach," "Cactus Pass," "Burger Town," "The
Highschooler's Guide to the Galaxy," "Once Upon a Mattress," "The
Murder at Coppersmith Inn" and this year's production of "Seussical
the Musical, Jr.," a combination of Dr. Seuss characters thrown into
the story of "Horton Hears a Who."'
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The club has also changed the location since that first textbook
performance. The productions are now in the middle of the new gym,
complete with five 12-foot wooden backdrops bolted together, a
4-foot tall, 4-foot wide catwalk, and a new and complete sound and
light system, which is quite a feat considering the Drama Club is
Ticket sales, fundraising dinners, monetary donations, generous
volunteers and local sponsors have kept the MPHS Drama Club in
business, and so have the students.
Mrs. Koehler, the director, and Mrs. Maske, assistant director,
have approximately 30 students audition for the annual productions,
and no one is ever turned away. With that many kids, things can get
hectic, along with scheduling practices outside of regular school
days and around the many other activities and sports that are
The 2012 production is special, as not only is it the 100th
anniversary of Mount Pulaski High School, but also the 10th
anniversary of the MPHS Drama Club.
(See "Seussical" cast list.)
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