SPEF 5th Grade Musical

SPUSD 5th Grade students will go on a journey with Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters as they spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

Musical Format 2021-2022

SPEF is working with our production company, Upstage to bring the musical to our students in the safest way possible. As of right now the rehearsals and performance will be in-person. We will monitor local health and safety protocols to determine if this can continue.  Please be flexible with us and our team as we go with the flow.


Since 2011, SPEF has hired Upstage Theatre Schools to be the production team for SPEF’s 5th Grade Musical.  Upstage Theatre Schools is a provider of performing arts education for young people aged 5-15 years old in many Southern Californian locations, including South Pasadena.  For more information go to https://www.upstageschools.com.


2020-2021 – Matilda Jr.

In 2020-2021, The 5th Grade Musical looked a little different, but our 5th graders worked hard to bring you the best Matilda Musical Showcase – pandemic style. Donate any amount to SPEF  to support SPEF’s 5th Grade Musical (no amount is too small) and as a thank you SPEF is sharing the link below to watch the 5th grade stars of last year’s ‘Matilda’ Showcase. Shout out to the amazing Upstage Team who made sure The Show Must Go On!

5th Grade Musical the Matilda Showcase

Donate Here to the 5th Grade Musical