Heyne adds some soul to “Seussical the Musical”

Grace Hayne (right) and her sidekick Savanah Hulse as kargaroos in "Seusical the Musical." (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Grace Hayne (right) and her sidekick Savanah Hulse as kargaroos in “Seusical the Musical.” (Photo by Bruce Strand)


by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Elk River High School’s spring play “Seussical the Musical” will close its two-weekend run with a performance tonight (Saturday) at Zabee Theatre.

One of the highlights has been senior Grace Heyne’s vibrant, soulful solos in two scenes as Sour Kangaroo.

“Isn’t her voice absolutely amazing?” director Michelle Brooks said. “Sobbing here to lose her (after this!)”

Heyne has an Aretha Franklin energy as she belts out “Biggest Blame Fool,” “Chasing the Who’s,” “Egg, Nest and Tree” and “The People vs. Horton” with her young sidekick, Savanah Hulse.

“That’s the way the part was written, to sound like Aretha,” said Heyne. She is relishing the biggest role she’s had in about seven stage appearances at ERHS: “This is my favorite play ever.”

Heyne also is a member of a band, The Elms, with two fellow students, and sings in the ERHS choir.

“Music is just a hobby,” said Heyne, asked about her college plans. She plans to go into criminal justice.

“Seussical” is a funny, colorful romp with the very capable Adam Harbaneh and Cara Fromm in lead roles as Horton and Gertrude.


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