Several options for summer theater

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From Alexandria to Manassas, there are several options for enjoying a summer theater production this month. You can watch shows that bring the characters of your favorite Dr. Seuss books to life, see newspaper carriers strike, and watch a meddling matchmaker make a match for herself.

The Summer Theatre Program, a ministry co-sponsored by St. Bernadette Church in Springfield and Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, will present the Washington Metro Area Amateur Premiere of Disney’s “Newsies” July 26-28.

The program, which started in 1997, has become a hallmark of the region's summer theatre programming for high school youths.

Tickets can be purchased at Bishop Ireton High School or at summertheatreprogram.org.

If you have been longing to return to your favorite childhood Dr. Seuss books or introduce them to your young children, why not see the stories come to life with “Seussical the Musical,” performed by the Nativity Players Theater Ministry at Church of the Nativity in Burke July 19-22.

The Nativity Players will bring Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie LaBird and Jojo to the stage. Director Kimberly Siepmann chose the show because of its appeal to every age. It is filled with teachable moments, including a pro-life theme and being true to who you are.

Tickets can be purchased at nativityburke.org/nativityparish/seussial-tickets.

You don’t have to travel to Broadway to say “Hello, Dolly!” Head to Manassas to see the Upper Room Theatre Ministry perform the musical July 17-22. See Father Noah Morey, parochial vicar at All Saints, in the role of Hank — Cook #1, a coach driver, and member of the ensemble.

It is a multi-faith cast. Tina Mullins, who plays Dolly, is Jewish and her husband is Catholic. Scott Heine, who plays Horace, is the pastor of a non-denominational Christian church in Warrenton. There are more than 60 production team members, more than 30 cast members, and 20 members in the orchestra.

The show follows the adventures of widow Dolly Levi as she acts as a matchmaker and ultimately makes a match for herself. The show’s message is about how people are more important than material desires. The show, which won 10 Tony Awards on Broadway, is based on a musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker.

Tickets can be purchased at upperroomtheatreministry.org/tickets.

 

 

 

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