Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is thrilled to be partnering with Winona Area Public Schools Community Education to offer a brand new arts experience to youth in grades 1-4 right on-site at Jefferson Elementary School beginning March 16th.

Kids in Grades 1-4 are invited to step into the spotlight as they perform in Seussical KIDS, a fantastical musical featuring all your favorite Dr. Seuss characters. Under the direction of teaching artists from the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA), students will meet twice a week and have the opportunity to experience what it is like to be in a show, from casting to learning music and choreography. On Wednesday, April 29 (time TBA), friends and family are invited to cheer on their actors and actresses in a showcase. Each student registered is guaranteed a role, but all students will participate in an audition.

Each rehearsal will begin with a quick snack included in the class fee. The program is open to all area youth in grades 1-4 regardless of school of attendance.

Suessical KIDS Theatre Production Details:

  • Instructors: Ahnika Lexvold (Director), Kayla Jannsen (Musical Director) & Jamie Schwaba (Managing Director)
  • Cost: $110
  • When: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Where: Jefferson Elementary (1268 W 5th St, Winona, MN 55987)
  • Class Begins: Monday, March 16
  • Class Ends/ Performance for Friends & Family: Wednesday, April 28
  • No class dates: March 30, April 13
  • How to Register: All registrations will run through Winona Area Public School Community Education. Register Online or call 507-494-0900 for more information.


Life Skills Kids Gain in Theatre
Synopsis of Seussical KIDS

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical KIDS, a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky StiffMy Favorite YearOnce on This IslandRagtime).

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat, our narrator, tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child, who gets in trouble for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton’s challenge is twofold — not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

Seussical KIDS is great fun for the whole family. Young performers will be excited to portray the characters from the popular Dr. Seuss books.

Seussical KIDS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com