St. George performer presents the show of his dreams – St George News

ST. GEORGE-After a 15-year dream of directing “Seussical” turned into a magical reality, a St. George performer is encouraging audiences to see the unforgettable show on stage this weekend.

“Seussical” manager Brianna Rosia stands proudly in front of her musical flyer outside the Electric Theater, St. George, Utah, July 13, 2022 | Photo by Jessi Bang, St. George News

Brianna Rosia, who ran musical theater shows in Washington County for 15 years, said she fell in love with ‘Seussical,’ a story primarily based on the Dr. Seuss stories, “Horton Hears a Who”, “Horton Hatches an Egg”, and “The One-Feathered Tail of Gertrude McFuzz”, with many references to other Dr. Seuss stories.

“To put 53 people on this type of stage is an adventure,” Rosia said, “and in the midst of the pandemic and stuff, everyone stepped up. … I couldn’t ask for a better team to direct my dream.

Rosia said her desire to direct the musical began when she starred the main role in high school. Although she loved the show, she said the overall experience wasn’t very pleasant and the cast weren’t happy. It was then that she set out to run the show herself one day and create something magical for the world to see, she said.

“I wrote in my diary, ‘One day I’ll make ‘Seussical’ and everyone will be happy,’ and that’s what I’ve been working on ever since,” she said.

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The cast of “Seussical” pose together for a photo, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Brianna Rosia
by Alan Holben Photography, St. George News

Rosia took various acting classes in high school and college, including set and costume design. Whenever she was asked to choose a show to create from, she chose “Seussical.” While her classmates picked deep, dark scripts to analyze during a script analysis class, she, again, chose “Seussical.” While her teacher was initially apprehensive about her choice, Rosia said she was able to shed new light on the script.

“At first when you watch it or read it you think, ‘Oh, that’s so cute,’ but like all Dr. Seuss stories, there’s so much meaning behind it,” Rosia said.

While Rosia has had plenty of opportunities to almost direct the musical of her dreams over the years, something has always gotten in the way of the show.

One day, as a member of The Stage Door’s artistic council and director of summer programs, Rosia attended a meeting with discussions about upcoming shows. When asked what show she wanted to do the following summer, she suggested “Seussical,” which she thought would be turned down. To his surprise, they accepted.

And instead of just putting on a show for junior kids, they decided to open up the cast to entire families.

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Cast Members Perform “Seussical,” St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Brianna Rosia
by Alan Holben Photography, St. George News

“This is actually the first time the show has been performed with adults in St. George in 15 years,” Rosia said. “It’s popular for kids to play, but not as common for adults.”

The show includes a cast from many different families, such as Joel Thomas, one of the actors who played Horton the elephant on the show 15 years ago, who performs with his wife and three children – the youngest n being only 14 months old. Jamie Cook, her husband and four children also star in the musical. Barb Christensen stars as the lead “Mayzie” alongside her daughter and her husband. Geoffrey Reynolds, his wife and 6-year-old daughter are also in the room, along with four other families.

Seeing the first number of “Seussical” performed on stage, Rosia said she had no words. Although she’s not usually a screamer, she said she cried more on this show than she ever has before. She highlighted her gratitude to her “incredible” support system, which includes her family, friends and cast members.

“The talent is literally the best of the best and I couldn’t ask for a better cast to pursue my vision,” Rosia said. “The sets, the costumes, everyone came together and it’s magic. A dream come true.”

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Cast Members Perform “Seussical,” St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Brianna Rosia
by Alan Holben Photography, St. George News

The Stage Door, which started about six years ago, is now run by Jalee and Josh Scott, who are also Seussical’s producers.

“We just wanted to create a place where we could do art that wasn’t mainstream and wasn’t done anywhere else,” Jalee Scott said. “While Seussical is mainstream, we did it differently.”

For a full list of upcoming shows at The Stage Door, visit their website or follow them on Instagram.

“Seussical” at The Stage Door played its opening night on June 29. There are three shows left, which will be played on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Event details

  • What: “Seussical” at The Stage Door
  • When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday July 14, 15, 16, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Electric Theater, 68 E Tabernacle Street, St. George, UT 84770
  • Admission: Tickets are $20 for adults, $19 for seniors, $17 for students, and $12 for children ages 3-12

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