A colourful evening of laughter and fun awaits as St Albans Secondary College students bring the stories of one of the world’s most loved authors to life.

Seussical is a musical based on the children’s stories of Dr Seuss, with most of its plot being based on Horton Hears a Who!

St Albans Secondary College teacher Chloe Marie said the annual shows had a proud history at the school.

“We’ve been running a production for about 30 years now – there’s always been one,” she said.

For this year’s production the school is going about things a little differently.

“This year the kids are running the show,” Ms Marie said.

“We have students on stage, in the band as part of the cast, but we also have students running the backstage side of things, as well as front of house.

“They essentially run the whole thing and we’re just here to facilitate.”

Ms Marie said giving the students ownership of the production had inspired all involved.

“Over the years we’ve tried to put an emphasis on student voice.

“It gives them a great sense of ownership – it’s their show and something they can show the community,” she said.

“In terms of the backstage, we’re seeing the production gather broader interest.

“Not all students want to be on stage and not all students play an instrument, but being part of the backstage team gives them the opportunity to be involved in things like creating sets, ushering, ticket sales and lots of other things.”

Seussical will run from August 7-9 with each show beginning at 7pm at the school.