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Something amazing is happening in the big yellow building at the end of Philadelphia street in Downtown York.

Seuss warm-up

Right now, 140 of York’s community members are working together to bring Seussical the Musical to the DreamWrights Youth & Family stage. These 140 people are actors, crew members, orchestra musicians, and designers. They come from all ages, all backgrounds, and all walks of life.  And, what they are creating is something that is incredibly special.

I first started at DreamWrights as a young girl in 1999. Eventually I went on to get a BFA in Acting and spend some time working in theatre in Philadelphia before moving back to York about three years ago. It never ceases to amaze me how much talent and creativity we have right here in our own community!  Seussical is a show that requires a lot of creativity and talent. It is a show that is almost entirely sung, and the music quite complex. Luckily for York, we have some amazingly talented performers in our community. Who knew school teachers, social workers, and stay at home parents could sing just as well as anyone on American Idol?

Mr. and Mrs. Mayor

On top of that, the show weaves together 19 of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved stories. This means our design team has to stretch all of  its creative muscles. We have a stunningly beautiful, two story set that looks like it has sprung right out of the pages of a Dr. Seuss book and onto our stage. There are 75 gorgeous costumes for birds, Whos, grinches, cats, elephants, circus performers, and more! All of the set and costume pieces were made by volunteers- parents, artists and community members- and everything is a feast for the senses.

I encourage everyone to come out and see what members of our community can accomplish when they work together! Don’t miss this fun, upbeat show that is fantastic for audience members of all ages, and don’t miss the incredible hard work of your fellow Yorkers.


So this October, do something different and come see a live show right in your own backyard! I promise you won’t be disappointed! The show runs October 9-25 at DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre, 100 Carlisle Avenue in York. Tickets are still available if you call at 848-8623 or visit our website at dreamwrights.org. I can’t wait to see you there!

Paige Hoke
Guest Director