Behind the Scenes with Suessical the Musical!

What fun I had last week hanging with the cast and crew of Seussical the Musical! No, I wasn’t in New York, I was right here in Columbus at the Easton-based rehearsal space for this very special production.

More than 60 cast members ranging in age from 8 months to 50+ years and dozens of crew, costume managers, set designers, sign language interpreters and musicians all volunteering their time for this massive production to benefit the Hospice and Palliative Care Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. I was hanging with Dawn, Assistant Director for the show and dedicated volunteer with the Pleasure Guild of Nationwide Children’s. The Guild includes more than 40 women who work together to raise more than $200,000 annually for the hospital with a significant portion of the funds raised through the annual play. They’re experts – hosting these plays for 55 years.

I also met cast member, 12-year old Caroline Shafer who gives up her evenings and Sunday afternoons during the busy 8-week of rehearsals for the play. This is her 6th Pleasure Guild play. She is joined in the cast by professional actor David Bahgat who has appeared in Broadway productions and will appear in Seussical as the “Cat in the Hat.” David has been volunteering his time for Pleasure Guild Plays since he was Caroline’s age.

Later this month, rehearsals will move to the Palace Theater with shows scheduled for March 2, 3 and 4. Tickets are available on-line or from the CAPA box office. If you or your children enjoy Dr. Seuss stories this show is for you – with excerpts from all your favorites tied together with great music, amazing sets and of course rhyming ….
So…to
the show
You must go
In a car
It’s not so far
This show don’t miss
So buy some tix!
(Ok – I’m not the best at rhymes but I hope to see everyone out at the Palace theater on March 2nd, 3rd and 4th for an evening of great family theater for a very important cause)

Donna Teach
Donna Teach is Chief Marketing & Communication Officer at Nationwide Children's. Her job is to help the hospital feel "connected" – Connected to each other, connected to our patients and their families, referring physicians, the community and the world.

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