Theater in the Spotlight

The Mount Holly Community Association is thrilled to be able to bring "Seussical" the musical to the children and families in Mt. Holly and surrounding communities. This professionally produced production is part of the Weston Playhouse second summer of bringing theater to communities.

Last year, the Playhouse initiated a pilot program taking the Young Company on the road to communities free of charge. The Mt. Holly Community Association jumped at the chance to host the production of "Stuart Little" in the Mt. Holly Library and Community Center. Attendance was so popular that people were hanging from the rafters.

The Playhouse staff was pleased with the response from communities and the attendance was wonderful but realized it was impossible to continue to travel to communities and offer the production free of charge.

The dilemma for the Mt. Holly Community Association this year was how they could possibly afford the fee.

The MHCA decided it could contribute $200 and then see if they could raise the rest from other community organizations.

The response was wonderful and best of all Shrewsbury became involved in the project. The Mt. Holly Library, the Shrewsbury Library, BRACC (Black River Area Community Coalition) and many community members from both Mt. Holly and Shrewsbury have contributed to the project.

Children exposed to theater are thrilled by the magic of the art form. Adults will tell you that they will always remember the first play they ever saw. Watching a play takes our total attention and kids really focus on the story and action. As librarian, I see kids who love to read responding to the stories when they come to life on the stage and for reluctant readers it's a real motivator.

Open to all children and families free of charge July 9 at 6:30 p.m., the Weston Playhouse troop will perform "Seussical" at the Mount Holly Elementary School. This wonderful story includes Cat in the Hat, Horton and Yertle the Turtle. They all come to life in this one-hour adaptation of the delightful Broadway musical based on the books of Dr. Seuss. With its hilarious, heartwarming story about finding your voice and expressing yourself, this fun family musical offers memorable songs and good times galore. Take the kids. You'll love watching their faces when they watch the curtain go up for the first time.

Remember theater helps connect the head to the heart.

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