Moffat County High School spring play looks for community support

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— For more information on how to support Moffat County High School’s spring play “The Cat in the Hat,” call 970-824-7036 or visit moffattickets.org. The site includes options for purchasing tickets to the show and apparel and contributing to the MCHS performing arts program.

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Courtesy photo/Christina Wilcox

Every little bit helps when it comes to putting on a quality production, and even a small contribution can have a huge impact.

The Moffat County High School performing arts program recently cast its spring play, a stage version of the Dr. Seuss story “The Cat in the Hat,” and though the rehearsal schedule won’t begin until students return from winter break in January, the community can lend a hand in making the show a great one.

Director Christina Wilcox said she has seen tremendous support for the program’s endeavors in the past and noted that any aid from local individuals or businesses, be it volunteering their time or providing sponsorship through advertising, will be “greatly appreciated.”

“In my time, I have seen a show produced with multiple $25 gifts and multiple $10,000 gifts,” she said. “The reality is we are just as thankful for both extremes.”

The technical part of the play will be unusual, Wilcox said, and it’s an element in which she could use the most help.

“There are some challenges I’ve never faced before and that our kids have never seen as performers, but we’re going to meet those challenges head on and move forward as rapidly as we can,” she said.

The process for putting the show together will be somewhat expedited, with the curtain set to go up starting in late February rather than the drama department’s usual premiere in mid-March. The earlier date is to coincide with the March 2 birthday of Theodor Geisel, whose Dr. Seuss pseudonym has been synonymous with the early reading development of young children for decades.

Wilcox said she hopes to tie her show to that kind of effort.

“We want to promote a reading initiative and maybe join forces with some local literacy initiatives to promote both literacy and theater in the schools for the creative aspects of our children,” she said.

On a national level, the 17th annual Read Across America kicks off March 3, the first school day following Geisel’s birthday. The website for the National Education Association lists a promotion for the event in the rhyme meter of the good doctor — “You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.”

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.

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