Caryl Crane Youth Theatre




Seussical, the Musical Cast List


First of all, congratulations and thank you to everyone who auditioned for the CCYT Fall Season!

I was excited by the talent and preparation (thank you for following audition instructions) of the 70 young artists who walked through our doors this past weekend! Each of you gave wonderful auditions and made casting extremely difficult.

Thank you for that!

Seussical, the Musical will begin rehearsing on Monday, August 4 at 8 am. A full breakdown of the schedule will be sent out later this week and passed out at the first rehearsal. Please note that you may not be called for every rehearsal and we will do our best to work around your conflicts. Do not add additional conflicts as we go. With a combined cast (with doubles) of nearly 60, we need everyone’s cooperation to help us run smoothly and efficiently.

A MANDATORY PARENT MEETING is scheduled for Tuesday, August 26 at 5:30 PM.  Make sure someone is there with each student as a parental/guardian representative. This is our meeting to explain the performance process and the semester’s programming to everyone, talk about what we strive for, and to ask for your help as volunteers to help us be the best we can be. A relatively painless procedure!

Please make yourself very familiar with the music from the show in the next few weeks (the mp3s will be available via Dropbox in the next day or two). Scripts and a full CD of our version will be available to be picked up at the first rehearsal on August 4. We ask a $20 donation per actor to help cover the costs of the scripts/CDs and costumes we will provide you during the show. If the $20 is prohibitive for you, please let me know and we can make alternative arrangements.

The performance schedule is mapped out below.


Performances (tent):

Thursday, September 4, 7:30 PM (Preview) – Sneetch Cast

Friday, September 5, 7:30 PM (Opening Night!) – Sneetch Cast

Saturday, September 6, 2:00 PM (tent.) & 7:30 PM – Sneetch Cast

Sunday, September 7, 2:00 PM – Sneetch Cast

Thursday, September 11, 7:30 PM (Preview) – The Zax Cast

Friday, September 12, 7:30 PM (Opening)– The Zax Cast

Saturday, September 13, 2:00 PM (tent.) & 7:30 PM – The Zax Cast

Sunday, September 14, 2:00 PM (Closing Performance)

To accept the role offered or if you have questions about the production, please email carylcraneyouththeatre@gmail.com call the CCYT office at 419.372.0732 or text Brian at 216.374.3047 (easiest way!).

If you are unhappy about your role or the casting, please contact me directly and let’s chat. I do not want to see it on facebook or twitter (and yes, I secretly follow

ALL of you – insert evil laugh!)! But in all seriousness, if you have any questions about your auditions, text or call.

Again congratulations and thank you for sharing your time and talent with us!




The Cat In The Hat – Morgan Phares

Horton the Elephant – Nathan Maslyk

Gertrude McFuzz – Hope Eller

Jojo – Jadyn Towns (Sneetch cast), Dawson Cain (The Zax cast)

Mayzie LaBird – Abigail Murray

The Sour Kangaroo – DeAreia Lanier

Young Kangaroo – Addi Heflinger

The Wickersham Brothers – Derek Lanier, Bryce Dials, Connor McGinley, Evan Hoffman

Vlad Vladikoff – Dekotah Lanier

Yurtle the Turlte – Daniel Keener

The Bird Girls – DeJae Lanier, Peyton Smith, Cami Wasiniak

Mr. Mayor – Jack Kaple

Mrs. Mayor – Cassie Battiste

Cindy Lou Who – Mia Schmidt

Granny Smith Who – Holly Wenzinger

General Genghis Kahn Schmitz – Jake Koba

The Grinch – Vernon Kluding

Thing 1 – Katelyn Vandergoot

Thing 2 – Christopher Eirons

Jungle Creatures/ Ensemble – Marissa Nevills, Alyssa Wentworth, Kelsey Swan, Megan Solberg, Mary Vavroch, Maxine Springer, Tia Wightman, Lily Franks,

Cat Helpers – Jennifer Otto, Evie Nevills, Gabby Kopke, Alpana Kurtz, Anthony Hamm, Elijah McCarthy Dwyre, Rylie Mullen, Emma Solberg,

The Whos (Sneetch Cast) – Ryan Humphrey, Noelle Showalter, Alyssa Enderle, Makenna Frye, Marilyn Miller, Ivy Kluding, Megan Aylward, Katelyn Showalter, Madline Milas

The Whos (The Zax Cast) – Sydney Andrew, Grace Ohlemacher, Dylan Bork,

Caylin McCormick, Katie Redmond, Alyssa Kranz, Mackenzie Collins, Marissa Willgrube, Bryce Nevison


* Now that you have seen your name, go back up and read the information page (I know ya’ll skimmed it the first time)!


All participants wishing to audition for Cat in the Hat and Suessical must complete an audtion form.


Cat in The Hat & Suessical Audition form

Teaching Philosophy and Goals

Caryl Crane Youth Theatre (CCYT) is an educational theatre program for area youth. CCYT lets youth explore theatre arts and helps them build character while

Caryl Crane Youth Theatre enriches our community and the appreciation of the arts by developing theatrical skills for its participants. Through live performances, rehearsals, workshops and other programs, CCYT uses the magic of the stage to broaden dreams and build character among community youth and adults.

Becoming a part of a CCYT performance is an experience you will never forget.

  • You will be directed by experienced theatre professionals; make a lifetime of fond memories and have an opportunity to meet new friends.
  • Over 1750 students have participated in our workshops.
  • Over 1,000 students and adults have appeared on our stage.
  • Our casts average around 36 members, from ages 8 to adult, many on stage for the first time.
  • CCYT productions include both musical and non-musical opportunities.
Advisory Board

The CCYT Advisory Board consists of appointed parents and supporters of the CCYT program. The group meets monthly September through June. The terms are for three years, by election, and members can be re-elected to a second term upon completion of a first term. The purpose of the Advisory will be to provide guidance and recommendations to assist in further developing the CCYT program. Feel free to contact any of the following members for more information.

Current Members
Colleen Shay Murray, President Ann Gebard
Margaret Phares, Vice President Marian Hancy
Lynn Langston, Secretary George Mayer
Brian Marshall, Artistic Director Adam Schlett
Jan Battiste Cindi Verbelun
Kate Dailey, PhD. Jennifer Wertz
Amy Ellis Bob Schiff, Honorary Member
Michele Freeman  
Original Members - Initiated On April 24, 2001
Dr. Robert DeBard - 330 Education Building, BGSU, Bowling Green, Ohio 43043
Mrs. Karen Grodzicki - 1204 Wickford Place, Huron, Ohio 44839
Mrs. Nancy Kinsel - 2103 Jeanette Drive, Sandusky, Ohio 44870
Mr. Charles McVeagh -  401 Southampton Ct., Huron, Ohio 44839
Mr. George Muehlhauser - 1008 Beachside Lane, Huron, Ohio 44839
Mrs. Iva Pfeil - 5416 S. Columbus Ave., Sandusky, Ohio 44870
Mr. Don Schlett - 1213 Marlboro Street, Sandusky, Ohio 44870
Dr. Ronald M. Ruble - 729 Taylor Avenue, Huron, Ohio 44839


 The Caryl Crane Youth Theatre seeks self-motivated individuals interested in volunteering their time and talents to this growing artistic organization as a member of the CCYT Advisory Board.  If interested, please contact Artistic Director Brian Marshall at 419.372.0732 (or) mbrian@bgsu.edu

Brian Marshall
(Artistic Director)

Brian Marshall, native of Sandusky, Ohio, holds a degree in musical theatre from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music, and a Masters in Arts Administration from The University of Akron. Brian is the co-founder and Managing Director of Cleveland's Mercury Summer Stock, and serves as Associate Artistic Director of Virginia Musical Theatre in Virginia Beach. Brian has directed over 50 plays and musicals, including Jane Eyre,Hairspray, and the award-winning Titanic. A member of Actor's Equity, he is a veteran of seven national tours, including TitanicTintypes and A Christmas Carol. Regionally, he has performed in over 150 productions and his award-winning performances include: Eddie Lyons in Blood Brothers (opposite real life brother Daniel), Dickon in The Secret Garden, Huck Finn in Big River, The Cat In The Hat in Seussical The Musical. Brian has also performed onstage at The Cleveland Play House as the title role in The Nutcracker, Mowgli in The Jungle Book, and Charles in the combined Cleveland Play House/Actors Theatre of Louisville production of My Fair Lady. Brian also headlined the Cleveland sit-down production of Forbidden Broadway SVU as part of The PlayhouseSquare 2007-2008 Broadway Series.

Mr. David Gilmore
(Scene & Lighting Designer, Technical Director)

Mr. Gilmore received his M.A. degree from BGSU in the area of scenic design. He taught theatre technology at Findlay University as a graduate student. He has designed productions for the Huron Playhouse, the Firelands College Theatre, and for Caryl Crane Youth Theatre. His design credits include: Once Upon A MattressBabes In ArmsTender TimesThe Lion, The Witch, and The WardrobeYankee DoodleThe Lion Who Wouldn't, and Raggedy Ann & Andy. He performed in the title role of CCYT's first Firelands production, The Pied Piper. His experience with the various theatre's has given him 40+ acting credits to date. David has also performed at Cedar Point on the week-ends in the Fall; playing diverse roles including the insane narrator of Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell Tale Heart.