VALRICO — Dr. Suess's Horton Hears A Who and other beloved classics will be brought to life starting Friday (March 31) by the Village Players as they perform Suessical The Musical at the James McCabe Theater, 506 Fifth St.
"There's no doubt kids will get carried away with the same fascination their parents did with Dr. Suess," said Players' Board of Directors member Sheila Stacy-Taylor. "Dr. Suess gave us the ability to think outside the box and relate it to what you're going through right now."
The Players put on one or two shows each year featuring local children; participants learn all aspects of community theater, including lighting and sound, assisting the director and building sets.
The non-profit Players is a community teaching theater; the James McCabe building was built in 1915 and is the sole commercial structure still standing from Valrico's land boom at the turn of the century.
The opening night's performance, as always, will be "Dinner and a Show," with all proceeds going toward the ongoing renovation and maintenance of the theater building.
Chik-fil-a is sponsoring the Suessical run and donating all the food for opening night.
Several Players' performers began at the theater at the age of 13 or 14; many are now approaching their twenties and have transitioned into stage managing or other advanced duties. The volunteer educators encourage their young thespians to cultivate individual interests.
"I want our patrons to sit back and enjoy the fantasy of Suessical and watch the characters come to life," said director Gail Pierce. "The show is fun, funny and whimsical."
The March 31 Dinner Theater performance starts at 7 p.m. and is $30; performances on April 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15 begin at 8 p.m. and are $18 ($15 for seniors, military, students and groups of 10 or more). Performances on April 2 and 9 (same pricing) are matinees and begin at 3 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased at the door, the box office or online. Call or text Chris at (813) 480-3147 or go to thevillageplayersvalrico.com. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Video Exchange, 101 W Morgan St. in Brandon.