Mayzie LaBird

My last post about Suessical the Musical will be focusing on Mayzie LaBird. She is a wild and crazy bird who only cares about herself. She mistreats Horton, then expects him to watch her egg while she goes off galavanting in Palm Beach. She is a selfish and careless bird girl, but she sure is fun to watch.

The first you hear her in the show, she is being interviewed by the Cat, who wants to talk about Horton, but she only wants to talk about herself. When next yo see her, she is with Gertrude. One thing you need to know about Mayzie is that she has a fabulous tail and Gertrude does not. She hears Gertrude moping one day and tells her what kind of pills she must take to get a beautiful tail. Basically, she tells an insecure bird that in order to be beautiful, she needs to take a bunch of pills. You hear this in her song Amayzing Mayzie, attached below.

After this, we don’t see her for a while. The next time we do, it’s when she’s trying to convince Horton to sit on her egg while she takes an afternoon to relax. Horton believes that she is telling the truth and graciously agrees to watch her egg for her. She is seen leaving with the Cat and a packed suitcase. We are told about a lot of this in her song How Lucky You Are, attached below.

Fast forward 50+ weeks. Horton has heard nothing from Mayze and is unable to continue his search for the Who’s because he is keeping her egg warm. We see Horton sitting in the Circus as an oddity that people get to take peeks at. Mayzie has just had a meeting with the Cat, who invites her to that very same circus. She walks past him and does not even recognize him until Horton grabs her attention. He begs her to take back her egg so he can keep looking for the Who’s but, alas, she refuses. She sings a reprise of How Lucky Your Are where she tried to convince herself that what she’s doing is the right thing. She’s made him an egg-sitting circus sensation! What could be better? She exits the circus, leaving Horton and her egg behind, never to return.

In conclusion, Mayzie is not a very good person. She abandons her friends and her child all for a little bit of fun. I hope you enjoyed reading about Suessical the Musical! Thank you for reading my blog!

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All For You

The lyrics and a link to my favorite song from the show!

GERTRUDE
I had a little trouble
‘Cause I grew a little tail.
Well, it wasn’t really little.
It was absolutely giant!
And it really was attractive
But you never even noticed,
So I felt a little silly even trying
Besides which the tail was too heavy
For normal flying.

HORTON
Go on.

GERTRUDE
Well, when the hunters caught you
I could see that I’d been foolish
‘Cause I couldn’t even help you
No, I couldn’t even fly.
And I got so very frightened
‘Cause I knew I had to save you.
No one else was gonna go to all the labor.
It was all up to me,
All you had was your next door neighbor.

(THE CAT as DR. DAKE enters.)

GERTRUDE
So I ran to the doctor.

CAT AS DR. DAKE
The doctor named Dake.
And she said.-

GERTRUDE
My tail has been a mistake!

CAT AS DR. DAKE
And she said:

GERTRUDE
Dr. Dake, I’ve been foolish and vain.

Pluck it out! Get it off!
I won’t do it again!

CAT AS DR. DAKE
Pluck! Pluck! Pluck!

GERTRUDE
Ouch, it hurt a lot!

CAT AS DR. DAKE
Pluck! Pluck! Pluck!

GERTRUDE
Ooh, a tender spot

CAT AS DR. DAKE
Pluck! Pluck! Pluck!

GERTRUDE
Just a one feather tail…

DR. DAKE, GERTRUDE & BIRD GIRLS
But suddenly, Gertrude could sail!

GERTRUDE (dramatically)
I sailed on a junk
And was practically sunk
For you.
I trampled thorough the trees
Full of furious bees
For you.
I slogged through a fog
And a choking smog
Down a soggy slope
Through a stinking bog
While my slip was gripped
By a vicious dog
For you.

GERTRUDE BIRD GIRLS
I galloped through the snow ooh…
In eleven below
For you.
ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Yes, even though I knew ooh…
I was catching the flu
For you
(achoo!) (achoo!)
And then came the hole ooh
Where I caught my sole ooh
And I rolled downhill ooh
Out of all control ooh
‘Till I broke my fall
On a jagged shoal
For you!
ooh, ooh, ooh, ahh!
All for you
All for you
All for you
All for you
There’s nothing that I
Wouldn’t
And I couldn’t
And I haven’t gone through…
ahh, aah, aah, aah!

(With tremendous conviction and grit!)

I sprained my little toe, but la-la-la-la-la!
I hobbled like so la-la-la-la!
For you. La-la-la-la-la-la-la!
ooh … Ooh … Ooh
Then came the hit and run la-la-la-la-la!

But I staggered on one la-la-la-la!
For you. La-la-la-la-la-la-la!
Now, here I am, ahh-ah!
The worse for wear
And here you are ahh-ah!
I’m here!
You’re there!
And maybe now ah!
You’ll know I care ahh-ah!
For you! Ooh!
ooh …

GERTRUDE
Oh, yes. And Horton, one more thing…

It took me seven weeks…
But I found your clover,
Too!

(HORTON eagerly takes the clover from GERTRUDE)

HORTON, DR. DAKE & BIRD GIRLS
WHO!

HORTON
Gertrude…I never noticed…you’re…Amazing!

GERTRUDE
Aw, it was nothing.

Horton The Elephant

If you are not familiar with the story of today’s character, then I will give you a brief overview. Horton the Elephant finds speck blowing by in the air and believe there are people living on it. He places it on a clover to keep it safe, but the jungle people do not understand what he is doing and believe he is crazy. He goes through a lot of trials and tribulations but ends up proving to the people of the jungle that the people on the speck are in fact real.

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He makes his debut in the show singing about his discovery of the Who’s in the song Horton Hears a Who, attached below.

“A persons a person, no matter how small,” says Horton. Unfortunately, this message is not well received by the members of the Jungle of Nool, especially the Sour Kangaroo. She sings her song, Biggest Blame Fool, about how much she hates his concept. The song is attached below. She sings this song with her baby, proving that she is not a good person since she is spreading negativity and encouraging her child to do the same.

We move forward in the show as Horton gets to know some of the Who’s. He meets Mrs. and Mr. Mayor, the leaders of Whoville, and he meets their son Jojo, a troublemaker who has been sent away to the military academy. After this, a terrible tragedy ensues. The Wickersham Brothers steal Horton’s clover and drop it into a great patch of clovers, 100 miles wide! We hear a song about it called Chasin’ The Who’s, attached below.

Then, to top it all off, Mayzie LaBird, a fancy-free, selfish bird girl, interrupts Horton’s search for his Who’s and asks him to sit on her egg. He agrees, feleing pity for her. You will hear more about this when I showcase Mayzie later on. He sits through a snowstorm, catches the flu, and to top it all off, he gets caught by hunters, taken to auction, and sold!

Thankfully, Gertrude comes to the rescue and saves him from the circus that bought him at the auction. But, all good things must come to an end, because after Gertrude sings a heartfelt love song to him, the Sour Kangaroo comes and makes a citizens arrest! Horton is put on trial, as you can hear in the song The People VS. Horton Elephant attached below.

Thankfully, the smallest child in Whoville, Jojo, yells out a great Yopp and the town is saved! The jungle citizens heard the Who’s and Horton isn’t sent to the insane asylum and the Who’s aren’t boiled in a hot, steaming kettle of beezlenut oil.

Soon after, Horton’s egg hatches and reveals a beautiful elephant bird, which Gertrude agrees to watch over. Horton’s story showcases his unbelievable strength in fighting for what he believes in. This is an important message for kids because they need to know that you should never give up if something is really important to you. Don’t let anybody push you around. This is also a message that adults need to remember, as well.

Attached is a photo of Horton and his clover.

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Image Credit: HortonMovie.com

I hope you enjoyed reading about Horton the Elephant! Stay tuned to hear about Mayzie LaBird.

Suessical the Musical

The musical I’ll be showcasing this week is Suessical the Musical. It has quickly become one of my favorite musicals. But, I may be biased because I just had the opportunity to play one of the lead female characters, Gertrude McFuzz. When I auditioned, this is the part that I wanted and when I got it, I was thoroughly shocked. She is a shy bird, who is insecure about her tail and is in love with Horton the Elephant. Below is one of the songs I was lucky enough to get to sing in the show. It ended a couple of weeks ago, causing me to slip into my yearly depression, but that’s okay.

Suessical the Musical is a combination of some of Dr. Suess’ most popular stories and characters. It features favorites like Horton Hears a Who, The Cat in The Hat, and Green Eggs and Ham. There are brief mentions of The Lorax and The Grinch.

 

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Image Credit: Musical Theater International

I really enjoy this show because although it is intended for children there are messages and themes that many adults could relate to and understand. It reminds you that you don’t have to be perfect and to let loose a little. It encourages you to use your imagination, which kids and adults should both be doing.

Below is one of my favorite song from the show, as well as the lyrics to read through if you don’t want to listen to it.

Doo doo, doo doo, doo doo, doo doo doo doo…
There once was a girl bird named Gertrude McFuzz
And she had the smallest plain tail ever was.
One droopy-droop feather, that’s all that she had
And oh! That one feather made Gertrude so sad
She curled it. She dyed it she gave it a puff
She decked it with flowers
But it wasn’t enough.
For no matter what,
It just was what it was-
A tail that simply wasn’t meant
To catch the eye of an elephant…
The one feather tail of Miss Gertrude McFuzz.
Well, that’s all I have to share about Suessical for today. Tomorrow, I will be showcasing Horton the Elephant, and the day after that I will be talking about Mayzie LaBird. Stay tuned!

Fiddler on the Roof: Bonus Post

This is just gonna be a jumble of photos, quotes, and videos that I wanted to include, but didn’t know where to put.

A cute little collage of the sisters!
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An adorable scene with Yente, played by Molly Picon, and Tzeitel. No clip, just dialogue.

[Yente has returned from the post office]

Yente: The postman told me there was a letter for your sister, Hodel.

Tzeitel: Thank you, I’ll go and get it.

Yente: I got it. It’s, ah, from her intended, Perchik.

Tzeitel: Oh, she’ll be so happy, she’s been waiting to hear from… but it’s open!

Yente: [shrugs] So, it happened to be open…

Courtesy of IMDb

This is when we first learn Perchik is a radical!

Tevye: And until your golden day comes, Rev. Perchik, How will you live?

Perchik: By giving lessons to children, Do you have any children?

Tevye: I have five daughters.

Perchik: [Looking to Tevye in disbelief] Five?

Tevye: Daughters…

Perchik: Girls can learn too, girls are people.

Mendel: A radical!

Tevye: Oh, go away!

Courtesy of IMDb.

Thought I’d add the movie poster!

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Beautiful landscape photo of a fiddler on the roof.

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Image Credit: The Film Sufi

And last but not least, a cute photo of all five sisters.

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Shprintze, Bielke, Chava, Tzeitel, and Hodel. I wonder what their last name is?

This is my official last post about Fiddler on the Roof! I hope you enjoyed!

Fiddler on the Roof: Chava and Fyedka

For my final character profile, I will be telling you about dear Chava, probably the most problematic of the five sisters. Yes, what Tzeitel and Hodel wanted was a stretch for Tevye, but Chava really crosses a line. She falls in love with Fyedka, a Russian citizen of the village. This goes against Tevye’s religious beliefs, resulting in him no longer speaking to her. The movie leaves you guessing as to whether he will forgive her as he utters two words to her as they leave Anatevka, “God Bless.” So small, but so powerful and important. Well, that was a bit heavy, let’s lighten it up with some photos of the two of them!

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Neva Small plays Chava and Raymond Lovelock plays Fyedka.

This is a cute little photoset of their first meeting.

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And here’s the clip of when they first met.

Their story is very sweet but very intense. I can’t imagine losing the love of my father because of the one I loved. Her mother and sisters still showed her compassion, so she wasn’t completely abandoned by her family, but losing any family member would be awful.

Well, that’s all I have for Chava and Fyedka! I hope you enjoyed my final character profile. This is my last post about Fiddler on the Roof (or is it?).