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Flippin’ Fun

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Rodd Robertson and Bea Gilbert with John Masa

On March 5, DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre is flipping things around in the name of fun and fundraising. We are hosting a special event called Flippin’ Broadway which is a cabaret of Broadway show tunes with a fun twist.  Rodd Robertson, DreamWrights actor and Guest Director, came up with the idea. Robertson explains, “A few years ago, another actor and I were discussing songs we would never get to sing in a traditional Broadway show.  We were having a great time imagining what it would be like to perform songs as those characters and suddenly we looked at each other and asked why we couldn’t stage a show where we could perform those songs?!” And the idea for Flippin’ Broadway was born.

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Rebecca Wolf with Michael Frock

Although, Flippin’ Broadway wasn’t originally conceived as a benefit show, it soon took on that life.  Robertson says the idea grew as they talked to friends and other cast mates about the idea.  Robertson reports, “We’re thrilled to be doing this for DreamWrights because we admire their mission statement and that they abide by it.  It’s a real testament to the theatre that we wanted to have our premiere there.  We’re doing good for a great place!”

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Patty Price with Michael Frock

With 18 cast members performing 27 songs, the evening promises to be full of entertainment and surprises. Robertson agrees, “If the scores of people who auditioned for it and the word of mouth buzz is any indication, we should have a really nice crowd; hopefully a sell-out.”  Robertson quickly adds two more reasons to attend the event: “to support this community theatre treasure and to imagine what different Broadway musicals might be like if they were ‘flipped’!”

He’s not kidding when he describes it as “flipped”! The concept of Flippin’ Broadway is for Broadway songs to be performed in a non-traditional way.  For example, “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserable is sung by a middle-to-older-aged white man, Jean Val Jean, but not in the Flippin’ Broadway version.  Robertson dishes, “In our version, a young teenage girl is singing the song.  So we’ve switched it up with some funny results and some thought provoking changes.”

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Hannah Kuhn and Caitie Kieffer with Missy Kiefer

But that’s not the only act that will stand out. The evening will feature talented adults as well as kids.  Robertson boasts, “We have a mother with her two teenagers in the show.  I think this exemplifies the opportunities that DreamWrights provides families in the mid-state region.  How great is it that so much talent lies in one family!  Just wait until you hear them! You won’t be disappointed!”

Flippin’ Broadway will be held at DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre on March 5,, 2016 from 7 – 10pm. Tickets are $15 and are available online at www.dreamwrights.org or by calling 717-848-8623. There will be an extended intermission offering elegant desserts for purchase. Proceeds will benefit DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre.

The Power of Giving

York County Cares

Here’s a secret I’ve learned over time – when I support the causes that I believe in by making a donation (no matter the size of that gift), I feel the strength of my influence as I help to make a difference in my community and in the world. That’s powerful in these uncertain times when it feels as if so many things are out of our control. Sure, I’d love to be able to write those really big checks, but the reality is – a gift is a gift no matter how small – and those small ones can still make a difference.  Besides, giving can be contagious, it will make you feel good, and those small gifts can add up quite quickly.

#GivingTuesdayYork is a great example of community members pulling together on one day and making a bigger statement by supporting the nonprofits they believe in. This day is about giving unselfishly and follows all of those annual days of spending money on ourselves and others – Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday.

coffee cup giving

So today, whether you choose to contribute the loose change in your pocket, forgo your morning coffee, or you are able to make a big fat donation – you are joining millions of others in a powerful way and making a difference that truly counts.

DreamWrights would be pleased to benefit from any gift you are willing and able to give. Tax deductible donations may be made online here or by mailing your contribution to DreamWrights at 100 Carlisle Avenue, York, PA 17401. We thank you for your generosity. A gift is a gift no matter how small.

Ann Davis
Executive Director
DreamWrights Youth & Family Theatre

The Importance of a Soup Pot!

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Hello, I’m a soup pot- name’s Maximillon Trunhouser.  You may call me MT, everyone else does. I’d like to tell you about the most important night of my life … so far.

There I was, sitting by myself on a shelf in the basement of a church. I was lonely and frustrated.

You see, I knew there were so many things I could do and create. However, I could do nothing all by myself.

I could hear a lot of people out in the fellowship hall.  It sounded like they were all sizes. You could tell by their voices. Believe me they all had something to say. The little voices were called on as often as the big ones. Some lady was sort of in charge, I guess. I couldn’t see anything. Those humans, they never leave the door open!

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At any rate, I didn’t have much hope of being needed. It was already after eight o’clock.  Just then I heard the door open, and someone turned on the lights. I was near blinded for a minute. When my eyes adjusted, I saw a lady searching for something. “Take me, take me,” I thought.

“Ah, huh!” she said. It was that same in-chargeish lady. “This will be perfect!” Yes, she picked me! And she knew I was perfect. She wasn’t even my mother and she knew! I was determined to do my very best work. She would not be disappointed. She carried me out to the hall, and placed me in the middle of a table right in front of …

“Whoa! There are a lot of people!” I remember thinking. The next thing I knew everyone in the room was coming up to see me, which was very nice. Then they all started putting things in me! Some things were hard and cold. When they hit the bottom, they clinked. Others were light as air and floated down silently.

Then a man person picked me up and took me to a quiet corner, and sat down on the floor with me. “This is cozy,” I thought. But he turned me over and dumped all of my gifts on the floor.

“Now wait just a minute!” I tried to shout. He was separating everything and counting.  His excitement grew as the number got higher.

The next thing I knew he was carrying me back to all the people. Everyone became quiet. The man whispered something to the lady. Then they held me up for all to see.

She said, “Thanks to this Soup Pot, and all of you … Our theatre can be born!”

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They all applauded, and cheered, and hugged each other.  It was very exciting. And that was only the beginning. They kept coming back and planning, auditioning, rehearsing, laughing and hugging a lot. I wasn’t needed again until they did their first sandwich making fundraiser.  I held the lettuce for them!

I knew they needed more space.  So I wasn’t surprised when they stopped coming, but I do miss them. I hear people talk about them every now and then.

“DreamWrights” is what they voted to call themselves.

It seems they are doing very well. Isn’t it amazing what human folk can accomplish when they all work together … and have Maximillon Trunhouser Soup Pot handy?!