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K-State Today

February 8, 2012

Dance professor directs musical in Kansas City

Submitted by Charlie Griffin

David Ollington, associate professor of dance, recently returned from sabbatical. During the fall, Ollington directed the Coterie Theatre's presentation of "Seussical." Coterie is a renowned professional theatre in Kansas City's Crown Center.

"David is an enormously talented director/choreographer and we are lucky to have him at K-State," said Charlie Griffin, department head of communication studies, theatre and dance.

"Seussical," one of the nation's most popular musicals, ran from Nov. 1-Dec. 31, 2011, in Kansas City. This musical celebration of Dr. Seuss tunefully interweaves the plots of "Horton Hears a Who" and "Horton Hatches the Egg." Though jeered by others, Horton takes on the quest to save the tiny planet of Who and at the same time attempts to protect Mayzie’s abandoned egg, leading us to witness a stirring lesson in standing up for the rights of all living things. "After all, a person’s a person, no matter how small."