suessicalBy Michael Aushenker

First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica is ringing in the season with an evening of Christmas carols and a tribute to Dr. Seuss.
On Sunday, conductor Jim Smith leads the First UMC Chancel Choir, organists Ty Woodward and Wiecheng Zhao, harpist Amy Wilkins and the Mark Twain Ringers in a review of seasonal music featuring Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols.” Proceeds benefit First UMC’s Music Program.
On Dec. 13, 14 and 15, First UMC’s Children’s After-School Theater (C.A.S.T.) will take on “Suessical the Musical, Jr.” featuring kids in the first through fourth grades who are enrolled in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.
Based on the 2000 Broadway production by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the family-friendly musical pays homage to the work of arguably the most famous and prolific of all children’s book authors. It draws inspiration from about a dozen Dr. Seuss children’s book classics, including “The Cat in the Hat,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” two “Horton” books and “Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories.” Proceeds benefit C.A.S.T.
The church’s Christmas Celebration Concert is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. “Seussical the Musical, Jr.” happens at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13 and 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 15. Tickets to both events are $10, or $5 for children and seniors. First UMC is at 1008 11th St., Santa Monica. Call (310) 393-8258 or visit