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A Dusical Musical

Friday, November 9, 2012

Finding something that rhymes with musical is hard (especially if I want it to mean something) so as a disclaimer: dusical isn't a word. However, I can't let my column fill up with made-up jargon so I strongly considered changing the title. But then in order to discuss my topic effectively, (and commemorate Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss's real name as well) I thought I might as well leave it in.

So what did I mean by dusical? Let's just say it means something close-knit, something comparable and relatable, and at the same time, something that can and probably should be applied to our lives.

I went to 'Suessical: The Musical' last Friday with my family and some friends. To say the least, I didn't leave that place without an impression. In all words describable, (for it was more than likable) the production itself was phenomenal, stupendous and sensationally amazing. The acting was superb and the music was very, very catchy and there was always a jaunty tune that I could tap my fingers to. The singing was incredible and one would think that it came out of Broadway instead of a small-town theater. I've never seen anything remotely like this, so watching the plot unfold only added to the wonderment. To go off on a tangent, inducting almost all the works of Dr. Seuss in one play was brilliant, but to make it work was spectacular. And work it did for no aspect of the play seemed to deviate from the path that it established from the get-go.

But what point is it to appraise the music and drama department (and theater as a whole) when I've already done it before? No, I've got bigger fish to fry.

Of all the things that I took away amidst the blur of color and sound were the reoccurring themes of imagination, positivism, and gratitude.

One of the major reprises was "tell yourself, how lucky you are!" So how is this a dusical you might ask? The simple answer is to look around you and look at yourself. There are so many things to be thankful for and calling it luck doesn't exactly cut it.

In my now-not-so-brief sojourn in the state where tornadoes and high winds are just a part of life, The City Beautiful has never been touched by one. Some have come close and we have seen and helped with the damage that they wrought on our neighbors, but Storm Lake has made it through unscathed.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, I can't help but indoctrinate the above phrase even more. But there are others. We live in the United States for Pete's sake and we have freedoms regarding speech and religion; which is something that should never be taken for granted.

The other common reprise was "Oh the thinks you can think!" How great is the ability to be able to imagine and to create. It is amazing that we are able to think for ourselves and use our brains and our creativity to make a better world for ourselves and each other. After all, that's what Dr. Seuss did and as I watched the play last week, it was just another witness of his legacy. His legacy is that people can have dreams; it is one of resounding optimism that we can be great and be able to use our heads to create instead of destroy, and to tell you the truth, I don't think it's going to be forgotten anytime soon.

Nobody else can but it better than him when he wrote: "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose."

This was the dusical I made when I watched 'Seussical: The Musical.'