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Telecom student stars in 'Seussical' at Warwick High

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Treyon Mobley as The Cat in the Hat sings in a scene from "Seussical."
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Telecom student Treyon Mobley had a starring role in Warwick High School's recent production of "Seussical," the musical based on Dr. Seuss stories.

The play was performed at the end of April, with Mobley in the role of The Cat in the Hat, a role he said friends told him he was perfect for.

"They said 'you have the energy for it,' which made me want to do it more," he said.

"Seussical" is based mostly on "Horton Hears a Who!," but features scenes from "Horton Hatches the Egg," and "Miss Gertrude McFuzz" as well.

Portraying The Cat in the Hat is apropos for Mobley, who wears many hats as a high school student, TV student, and student-actor.

Mobley is a senior and in the Television II program at Telecom. When he is not acting and rehearsing, Mobley serves on the remote TV production crew and is Treasurer of Telecom's SkillsUSA club.

He has participated in the production of football games for NNPS-TV and most recently was Camera Operator/Production Assistant for the production of Christopher Newport University's graduation ceremony.

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Ever the performer, Mobley hams it up while setting up in the press box for a football game last fall.
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But Mobley is a performer who loves to be in front of the camera. He can be seen on more than a couple episodes of the Telecom student-produced "Focus" show, as the host/interviewer.

In that position, he has interviewed Tracy Brooks, who is Special Assistant to the School Superintendent, about the SAGE High School Expo that was held recently at Patrick Henry Mall.

He also interviewed Katie Morgan, an NNPS Counselor/Teacher/Interventionist for 30 years and the Executive Director of the Youth Volunteer Corps of Hampton Roads. Mobley spoke to her about the Canstructure Competition, in which students collect canned food donations and then design and create an elaborate structure using the cans and their STEM training.

A third interview conducted by Mobley was with Pat Franklin, who is NNPS's Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts and Past President of the National Art Education Association. He spoke with her about student art shows and the importance of the arts program for students.

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Mobley, with striped hat, leads a song during a performance of "Seussical" at Warwick High School.
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In January, Mobley worked on an international project for the organizers of the 800th anniversary commemoration of Heilbronn, Germany. Mobley conducted a documentary-style interview of an American historian and author, whose input was needed for the event, which will be held in 2020. The author wrote a book about a WWII battle in that city. For the video, Mobley asked a long list of questions off-camera, while a fellow student video-recorded the author.

Still, Mobley says Camera Operator is his favorite crew position.

"I'm drawn to it," he said. "I like to be in the action, and it's something I learned quickly."

In "Seussical," Mobley dressed in long coat-tails, red high-top Converse basketball shoes, and a red-and-white striped hat. His character sings a number of songs including "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think," "How Lucky You Are," and "Circus McGurkus."

Warwick Drama did three performances of the show, April 25-27.

Last year, Mobley portrayed Charlie's father in Warwick's production of "Flowers for Algernon." He has been acting for about four years.

Next year, Mobley plans to attend Full Sail University in Florida.

During the end-of-the year awards season, Mobley was awarded Actor of the Year by the Warwick High Drama Department.