Category Archives: musical

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 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.

Dr. Seuss in Your Own Backyard. How Lucky You Are!

Something amazing is happening in the big yellow building at the end of Philadelphia street in Downtown York.

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Right now, 140 of York’s community members are working together to bring Seussical the Musical to the DreamWrights Youth & Family stage. These 140 people are actors, crew members, orchestra musicians, and designers. They come from all ages, all backgrounds, and all walks of life.  And, what they are creating is something that is incredibly special.

I first started at DreamWrights as a young girl in 1999. Eventually I went on to get a BFA in Acting and spend some time working in theatre in Philadelphia before moving back to York about three years ago. It never ceases to amaze me how much talent and creativity we have right here in our own community!  Seussical is a show that requires a lot of creativity and talent. It is a show that is almost entirely sung, and the music quite complex. Luckily for York, we have some amazingly talented performers in our community. Who knew school teachers, social workers, and stay at home parents could sing just as well as anyone on American Idol?

Mr. and Mrs. Mayor

On top of that, the show weaves together 19 of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved stories. This means our design team has to stretch all of  its creative muscles. We have a stunningly beautiful, two story set that looks like it has sprung right out of the pages of a Dr. Seuss book and onto our stage. There are 75 gorgeous costumes for birds, Whos, grinches, cats, elephants, circus performers, and more! All of the set and costume pieces were made by volunteers- parents, artists and community members- and everything is a feast for the senses.

I encourage everyone to come out and see what members of our community can accomplish when they work together! Don’t miss this fun, upbeat show that is fantastic for audience members of all ages, and don’t miss the incredible hard work of your fellow Yorkers.


So this October, do something different and come see a live show right in your own backyard! I promise you won’t be disappointed! The show runs October 9-25 at DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre, 100 Carlisle Avenue in York. Tickets are still available if you call at 848-8623 or visit our website at I can’t wait to see you there!

Paige Hoke
Guest Director

Grease is the Word!

Nic Ecker, Guest Director for DreamWrights’ summer teen musical, Grease, sat down with DreamWrighters to answer some questions.

2015 DreamWrights Grease Group

DW: What attracted you to direct this production?

NE: This show is actually part of my internship at Shippensburg University.  Since I am a theatre major, I needed to have a senior showcase that demonstrates what I want to do in the future.  Directing this show was a great outlet for just that, since I eventually want to direct theatre shows when I get out of college.  Also, I have been in a production of Grease in high school and am very familiar with the show.  I love the music and it’s always a crowd favorite.

DW: How many people are involved and what is the age range?

NE: We have a cast of around twenty, with ages ranging from fifteen to twenty-two.  We also have a great crew made up also of teens and young adults.

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DW: What is the most challenging part of bringing this story to life?

NE: Since this is my first show full-time directing, I am always a little nervous about pulling everything together, but I have a great staff behind be in every action I do.  I’ve worked in all-student productions before, which I always thought was going to be hard prior to being on staff.  But, I quickly realized if you give them respect, they reciprocate that tenfold.  At the end of the day, it’s a very rewarding process being a director, seeing all the hard work you’ve put in being reflected on stage.

DW: Why should people come to see this show?

As I’ve said before, this is a completely teen and young adult production of Grease, which shows how much talent we have coming through the woodwork.  Our cast and crew are extremely talented and I’m so proud of all they have done so far.  This show is also my directorial debut, so if one day I become famous, then the audience can say they saw my first show that started it all! (ha ha) And also, it’s Grease! Everyone loves Grease and it’s always a good time for both the audience and the cast to be a part of it.  The music is iconic and the characters are classic.  Everyone should come out to experience a trip down memory lane!

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DW: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am going to be a senior at Shippensburg University, majoring in Interdisciplinary Arts and minoring in theatre, music, and communications / journalism.  I am very active in the band programs at Ship, being a member of the marching band, jazz band, and concert band.  Next year, I will be section leader of the trumpets for marching band.  I am also a member of Ship’s theatre group Act V.  Last year, I assistant directed our production of Death of a Salesman and was just the music director of The Addams Family in the spring.  I have been acting in shows since I was in seventh grade, but, in recent years, I have found my calling being on staff.  I have so much love for music and the arts that I can’t image my life without it!


Singing in the Rain…Forest


Would you … like to spend two weeks in a Rainforest this summer?


Would you … like to be a singing three toed Sloth named Sylvia or Simian?

Would you … like to be Tilly or Terrence the dancing Tree Frogs?

Would you … like to be Emily or Ernie the Emerald Boa Constrictor?

Would you … like to be Bernice or Barney Butterfly,  Tara or Tyler Toucan, Camilla or Carlton Cock of the Rock, Mazy or Max Monkey?DSC_0933-1

Would you … like to have enough money to buy anything you want?DSC_0944-1

Would you … like to work for the above very wealthy person?

Would you … like to be the child of the above very wealthy person?

If you have answered yes to any of the above DreamWrights has an opportunity for you!  Our Playwright in Residence has researched and written a brand new Musical for this summers Production Camp.   It is called SINGING IN THE RAIN … FOREST.DSC_0941-1

This exciting story takes us deep into the Rainforest of Central America.  We meet some of the native animal population who live in total harmony with each other and their surroundings … until the humans arrive.  The active chatter, singing, rustling, that is the norm, falls immediately silent.  People have been here before.  The animals have learned to be afraid.

Mrs. Doloarz, a wealthy destination resort investor, her entourage and her small child arrive and she says/sings … “I can see It!”  We can’t tell you anymore without ruining the story.

So you have two choices.  ONE – If you are between the ages of 7 and 17 you can register for DreamWrights’ Musical Production Camp #11, which runs from June 29 thru July 11.  If you have never been part of a premiere production before it is very exciting to bring a show to life for the very first time.   TWO – You can come and see this Brand New Show!  There will be two public performances July 10 at 6:30, and July 11 at 2:30.

For information, registration, or tickets call 848-8623 ex.1 or go to our  DreamWrights also has 21 other, equally exciting, Summer Theatre Camp opportunities available on our website.  Camps run from June 22 – August 14.