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Dancing thespians raise money for theater group

Timmy Hollander, Trey DeCicco, Luke Chambers mug for the camera.

By Kevin Kelley

Fairview Park

Cast members of the Fairview Park Fine Arts and Theatre Association’s upcoming production of “Seussical the Musical” danced, danced, danced the night away June 30 at American Legion Post 421, on Brookpark Road.

The gathering was for a dance-a-thon to raise money for the organization, which formed in 2009.

In order to get to the dance floor, participants had to raise at least $25 in donations. The fundraiser was the idea of members Jeff Munshower, who’s in charge of raising money, and Julie Homolak, an Ohio State University junior who recently took part in BuckeyeThon, a student dance-a-thon that raised $454,000 for pediatric cancer research.

After two years of producing its summer musicals at the auditorium of Fairview High School, FPFATA has decided to put on “Seussical” at the Performing Arts Center of Magnificat High School, in Rocky River.

“It has a little bit bigger stage, allowing us to add a little more,” said Terri Klopp, the group’s director. “It allowed us to expand on our choreography.”

“Seussical’s” cast of 57 ranges in age from 5 to 59, Klopp said. Cast members hail from Rocky River, North Olmsted, Westlake and even Strongsville, as well as Fairview Park, Klopp said.

“It’s a script that allows for a broad range in age of actors,” Klopp said of “Seussical,” an amalgamation of children’s author Dr. Seuss’ popular stories.

Many tickets for “Seussical” have already been sold to senior citizens, Klopp said, as Ward 2 Councilman and theater association president Bill Minek made an effort to distribute fliers for the play at the city’s senior center.

But the play is for all age groups, Klopp said.

“Everybody loves Dr. Seuss,” she told West Life.

While “Seussical” marks the third summer musical the group has produced, it’s the first full Broadway

musical it has attempted, Klopp said; the other musicals were revues.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. July 26, 27 and 28. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for children and seniors. Prices go up $2 after July 15. Tickets can be purchased online at the group’s website, www.fpfata.org, and at the door.

The organization also puts on a dinner theater each winter and a theater camp for youths each summer.

 

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