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Jan. 6 – 22, 2023

Friday at 7:30pm
Saturday at 1:00pm and 5:30pm
Sunday at 1:00pm

The second Saturday performances will be Understudy performances.

Appropriate for all ages


Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre
Youth Production of


Directed by Nicole Thompson

“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper!
Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and 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 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!



JojoAvaani Lallian
The CatMarianna McWilliams
Horton The ElephantSebastian Stallone
Gertrude McFuzzMeredith Arends
Mayzie La BirdEllie Anderson
Sour KangarooMaleah McDonald
Young KangarooBeckett Buelna
Mr. MayorShane Macris
Mrs. MayorBeckett Gambrel
Bird Girl 1, Nurse, Jojo u/sNatalie Arko
Bird Girl 2, Nurse, Gertrude u/sScarlette Shapiro
Bird Girl 3, Nurse, The Cat u/sBridget Hartstein
Wickersham Brother 1, HunterJamison Walker
Wickersham Brother 2, HunterBraxton Turner
Wickersham Brother 3, Hunter, Mayzie La Bird u/sJordan Donnelly
Judge Yertle the TurtleNeil Pickard
Vlad Vladikoff, Mr. Mayor u/sLevi Crosser
The Grinch, Judge Yertle the Turtle u/s, Vlad Vladikoff u/sNeil Pickard
The Grinch u/sAdelyn Pickard
The Jungle Citizen Ensemble: 
The Zebra, Mrs. Mayor u/sRogan Greer
The FrogAliya Gutman
The Hippo, Bird Girl u/s, Nurse u/sSonali Ellis
The Giffrah, Sour Kangaroo u/sSofia Ghelfi
The Snake, Young Kagaroo u/sBriley Greer
The Who/Circus Animals Ensemble/Little FishNeil Pickard, Levi Crosser, Rogan Greer, Briley Greer, Adelyn Pickard, Marlene Thompson-Schuett, Hunter Crosser, Beckett Beulna
The Featured FishAliya Gutman, Sonali Ellis, Jamison Walker, Bridget Hartstein
The Elephant BirdsTBA
The Dance CaptainsAliya Gutman, Jordan Donnelly, Natalie Arko