After weeks of rehearsals, the 65-member cast of "Seussical the Musical" is ready to take the stage tonight for the first of six performances.

What's more, the musical will be the first to showcase the new curtains on stage in the historic Ellis Theater.

Patrons will have an opportunity to purchase hats from Dr. Seuss's "Cat in the Hat" for $10 each while supplies last, Tim Moore, Arts Council president and musical director, said.

He is pleased with how the rehearsals have gone since the first of the year and said the cast is eager to perform on the Ellis stage showcasing its new look.

"Everything has come together well," Moore said. "We never dreamed in a year's time we would have a brand new marque and brand new curtains at the Ellis."

The next goal is new chairs for the theater.

"We would love to find somebody who has a passion and wants to take on this project and chair a campaign to raise money for new chairs," Moore said.

A cast of 65, including many children, will debut in "Seussical the Musical" tonight beginning at 7 p.m.

Performances Thursday through Saturday will begin at 7 p.m.

There will be 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

"Seussical the Musical" is based on the books of Dr. Seuss, mainly "Horton Hears a Who," "Horton Hatches the Egg" and "The One Feather Tail of Gertrude McFuzz."

The cast, made up of mostly adults, features 20 children who will be playing Who-villains.

Moore said that the most elaborate costumes in the musical belong to the Sour Kangaroo, from "Horton Hears a Who," and the tails for Gertrude McFuzz, from "The One Feather Tail of Gertrude McFuzz," and Mayzie la Bird, from "Horton Hatches the Egg."

"To really understand the costumes you'll need to come watch the show," he said.

The show itself runs through about 10 to 15 Seuss books, Moore said.

"If you don't like one [book] then wait for the next," he said.

The live performances based on Seuss' works are complemented by music and singing from the cast.

"Seussical" will feature 25 musical numbers.

Moore noted that past musicals only used a piano to provide musical accompaniment.

This time there will be an entire orchestra, he said.

Besides a piano there will be a trumpet, saxophone, clarinet and drums, each played by a local student.

The orchestra will be directed by Moore.

Tickets are $5 on Wednesday, which is family fun night.

On Thursday through Sunday tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.