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Posted on July 27, 2015

A Cal U summer theatre student gets fitted for his costume.‘Seussical Jr.’
4 p.m. Aug. 1
Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre

The Mon Valley Performing Arts Academy wraps up its 2015 summer theater experience for young performers with a fully staged production of the children’s musical “Seussical Jr.”

Thirty-four Mon Valley Performers, or MVPs, are participating in this year’s academy. Cal U student Paige Zalar is the stage/company manager for the production, and classmates Kellee Cohlhepp, Annabel Lorence and Kayla Grimm are counselors.

“Seussical Jr.,” with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, is a family-oriented musical featuring characters from the popular books by the late Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.  
“As we all know, Dr. Seuss’s books had lessons for everyone,” said Dr. Michele Pagen, the academy’s artistic director and chair of Cal U’s Department of Theatre and Dance.

“Parents and children alike will fall in love with these characters and the music.”  

Get tickets

“Seussical Jr.” is open to the public.

Ticket price is $8 for adults, $4 for children. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

To order tickets in advance, leave a message at 724-938-4220.

About the academy

Now in its 18th year, the Mon Valley Performing Arts Academy is hosted by Cal U’s Department of Theatre and Dance. Its summer program gives students ages 8-17 an opportunity to take acting, voice and dance classes, then present a musical complete with stage sets, costumes and props.

The academy is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the same organization that has accredited Cal U’s Bachelor of Arts in Theatre program since 2005.