THE newly formed Rocky Hill Musical Theatre Company is planning to stage Seussical The Musical in Goulburn later in the year.
Seussical is based on the much-loved works of Dr Seuss, particularly the characters of Horton the Elephant and Gertrude McFuzz, among others.
The musical is by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and it debuted on Broadway in 2000.
It has become a classic that many schools, communities and regional theatres have since performed.
"Seussical is currently the most performed musical in America," Rocky Hill Musical Theatre Company (RHMTC) publicity officer Chris Gordon said.
"With the Cat in the Hat, Horton and even the Grinch in it, it's a massive hit with kids, but it's also hugely popular with adults because of a great story and really catchy songs."
To help stage the musical, RHMTC is hosting a fundraiser music night at the Goulburn Club on Friday, August 5 which will feature songs from a wide range of musicals.
"The `Hills are Alive' event is hoped to become a semi-regular thing," Mr Gordon said.
"As a brand new company, we are starting from scratch and need to raise money to help pay for the rights, productions costs and venue hire.
"For that reason, we're asking for a slight increase from the usual gold coin donation. For a `paper money' donation, the audience will hear 20 or so great songs from a wide range of musicals sung by some of Goulburn's best known singers and a bunch of newcomers."
"There's still a few spots available if someone wants to perform on the night - just please keep the accompaniment simple."
The RHMTC has been in existence since the demise of other musical theatre groups in Goulburn such as the Argyle Society and the Goulburn Musical Society.
Recent talk of a new Performing Arts Centre helped reignite interest in the formation of the new group.
President of the group, Goulburn Mulwaree councillor Alfie Walker said the RHMTC aimed at putting on at least two productions a year. The new group hoped to impart skills to up-and-coming talent.
"We also aim to make training available to younger people to train them in the skills of musical theatre," Cr Walker said.
He said the significance of choosing Rocky Hill for a name came from it being a meeting place.
"It is an icon for the area: the rotating light provides a sense of belonging for people living here and it is a landmark that we have in common," Cr Walker said.
"Rocky Hill has always been a meeting place for bringing people together."
The next meeting of the Rocky Hill Musical Theatre Company will be the club's AGM on Sunday, July 17 at 3pm, preceded by an information session about Seussical from 1pm.
All are welcome to attend.