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Designing Seussical the Musical at Burbank Center Stages with Conundrum Theatre Company!

by | Apr 7, 2023 | Designer | 0 comments

While working on Carrie: The Musical Horror last year at Boston Court Pasadena for Sequoyah School, I connected with the President of Conundrum Theatre Company, Lisa Sedares. Lisa and I hit it off pretty quickly, and before I knew it, she’d hired me to design her company’s upcoming production of Seussical the Musical.

This production turned out to be quite a challenge: the resident company at Burbank Center Stages wouldn’t allow me to do anything to the grid. I couldn’t add lights, remove lights, refocus lights, gel lights or… basically do much of anything. All I was allowed to do is program our show using their default rep plot. Very unusual.

But, it’s our job to do the best we can with what we’ve got.

And I have to say, the show turned out pretty good!

Photos by Jess Jani on behalf of Conundrum Theatre Company

For a production that ran just under two hours using only a basic rep plot, I programmed over three hundred individual cues (over 400, when you break down multi-step cues). And the effort showed! StageSceneLA called the production “expertly lit.”

Sadly, the production ran only one weekend.

So, while this was a challenge, overall I have to say it was a great experience. I really like the whole team at Conundrum, and I hope to work with them again soon.

About Seussical the Musical

This fantastical family musical is based on the books of Dr. Seuss, including favorites like “Horton Hears a Who!”, “Horton Hatches the Egg,” and “Miss Gertrude McFuzz.”

Horton hears a noise coming from a speck of dust on a clover and commits himself to protecting it and the Whos who live on it; Jojo, a misfit Who who “doesn’t Think normal Thinks,” struggles to find his place in the tiny Who society; Gertrude McFuzz tries to catch the attention of her love – the kind and compassionate Horton. Through mishaps and adventures, these unique characters finally find what they seek – their places in their world.

Learn more about Seussical the Musical


About Conundrum Theatre Company

Conundrum Theatre Company (CTC) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit theatre company based in Burbank, California that strives to create opportunities for and develop the potential of working professionals who are passionate about participating in high-quality, professional shows.

Learn more about Conundrum Theatre Company



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