By Kathy L. Collins

The Village Players will bring to life the beloved characters of Dr. Seuss as they present Seussical the Musical beginning on Friday, March 31 with their new tradition, Dinner and a Show. Doors open at 7 p.m. and dinner is served immediately. The show begins at 8 p.m. The sponsor for the Opening Night Dinner and a Show is Chick-fil-A.

The show will also be shown on Saturday, April 1, 8 and 15; Friday, April 7 and 14 at 8 p.m. There will be two matinees on Sunday, April 2 and 9 at 3 p.m.

Seussical the Musical involves a large cast. All of the actors are from the community and are incredibly talented.

Gail Pierce with the Village Players said, “Many grew up with Dr. Seuss books. The generations that followed also enjoyed the animated movies. This is definitely family entertainment at its best.” Pierce added, “We hope our patrons will leave the theatre with a smile on their face, humming a tune and recalling memories from their childhood.”

Todd Barber directs the show. Barber said, “Directing Seussical the Musical is a way to get creative and bring to life the well-known Dr. Seuss characters from the beloved books.” Barber added, “I want our patrons to sit back and enjoy the fantasy of Seussical the Musical and watch the characters come to life. The show is fun, funny and whimsical.” This is definitely a show for the whole family to enjoy together. Pierce said, “It’s a family night out together sharing childhood memories with friends and family.”

Tickets for Opening Night Dinner and a Show are $30. All proceeds from this night will go toward renovation and maintenance of the historical James McCabe Theatre. According to Pierce, “We are currently giving the building a face lift.” All renovations and maintenance that need to be done on a historic building are costly and ongoing.

Tickets for the other shows are $18 for general admission and $15 for students, military with identification and seniors. Groups of 10 or more are also $15 but must be reserved in advance.

The James McCabe Theatre is located at 506 5th St. in Valrico.

For tickets and other information, please call the box office at 480-3141 or visit www.thevillageplayersvalrico.com.