STAGE IS SET: Izzy Tait, 16, and Jordan Kocks, 12, prepare for the Gladstone State High School production Seussical the Musical.
STAGE IS SET: Izzy Tait, 16, and Jordan Kocks, 12, prepare for the Gladstone State High School production Seussical the Musical.

Dr Seuss characters come to life on stage

READING Horton Hears a Who and tales of a cat who loves his hat and delicious green eggs and ham are childhood memories for many.

And now, the weird and wonderful world of Dr Seuss books is being brought to life.

Gladstone State High School will perform its first musical in four years with Seussical the Musical to hit the GECC stage on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1.

Students from years 7 to 12 star in the production.

Jordan Kocks has been cast in the role of Jojo, who is stuck in Whoville but risks being led astray by the Cat in the Hat, played by Izzy Tait.

The show is based on the Horton Hears A Who book, but incorporates a number of other Dr Seuss stories.

Horton goes on a journey to save Jojo and Whoville while trying to escape the disbelievers in the jungle.

Arts Head of Department and production director Peta Pitt said she was excited to present the show as Seuss was a part of her childhood.

"Growing up listening to Seuss stories on cassette tape was a way to ignite many a child's imagination in the 70s," she said.

"Watching the performance develop from page to stage is a thrill and one I have the privilege to share with a number of other State High staff members who also have memorable accounts and varied experiences of Dr Seuss."

For Izzy Tait, taking on a musical role was the biggest challenge of Seussical the Musical.

While she's had plenty of experience on stage, this is the first time she will have to sing and act.

"It's the type of character I haven't played before too.

"I get to have a lot of fun with it and improvise."

Taking on the big role, she hopes will bring more opportunities in the future.

"I have done bigger roles in smaller plays but seen as this is a bigger show that more people will watch, I hope that I'll be considered in things like combined school musicals."

Tickets to the show are $20 for adults and $15 for students and concession holders, and can be purchased at the Box Office at the Entertainment Centre or online.