Travis Ramirez has played it serious, as the haunted church organist Simon Stimson in “Our Town.”
He played it madcap backstage in “Fiddler on the Roof,” playing all sorts of ensemble roles and changing costumes rapidly.
This weekend, Ramirez is playing it closer to himself, albeit as the whimsical, open-to-anything Cat in the Hat in Hendrick Hudson High School’s production of “Seussical.”
The Lynn Ahrens and Steven Flaherty musical is an explosion of colors and characters and all things Seuss, with the hatted Cat as a combination tour guide and emcee.
There’s Horton and Mayzie Bird and the Wickersham Brothers and all sorts of Who’s. There’s a Sour Kangaroo and a warring general.
And, at the center of it all, a cat in a hat.
The part suits Ramirez, a thoughtful and polite 16-year-old.
“Simon and the Cat are polar opposites,” the junior said. “I love them both. They’re both incredibly challenging, but the cat is closer to who I am. It was great to get out of my comfort zone and play Simon, who is haunted and serious. But I like to have fun.”
It should come as little suprise, then, to learn that this always-smiling junior’s favorite song in “Seussical” is “How Lucky You Are,” which includes the lyric:
“When the news is all bad
When you’re sour and blue
When you start to get mad
You should do what I do
How lucky you are.”
“Seussical,” at 7:30 p.m., March 6, 7; 2 p.m., March 8. $15, $10 seniors and under 12. showtix4u.com.
Here’s the Running Lines video I shot at Hendrick Hudson. Enjoy!