“From there to here. And here to there. Funny things are everywhere.” Especially in East Stroudsburg this October, when the East Stroudsburg University Theatre Department presents Seussical The Musical. The production brings to life The Cat in the Hat, the Grinch, Yertle the Turtle, Horton and a cast of “Whos” in a spin-off tale contrived from the Doctor’s beloved books.
Yet the whimsical Seuss characters are not the only ones uniting for the Seussical adventure. East Stroudsburg businesses are teaming up with ESU to celebrate the delightful characters and mesmerizing cadences of Dr. Seuss—all to provide educational enrichment for theatre department students.
“Last year, when we were doing The Wizard of Oz, Deanna Jones, the Gallery Director at Liztech Jewelry, contacted me and said, ‘I have this amazing idea for you,’” says Dr. Margaret Ball, associate professor of theatre at ESU. Jones spearheaded the Liztech intercommunity partnership that included Liztech’s production of a series of Oz-themed pins, with 50% of the pin sale money, as well as 10% of all store sales, all during the week of the show, going to the theatre department. The success of the partnership has Deanna busy reviving archived Liztech pieces, such as the “Lucky Star,” “the Car,” and “One Fish, Two Fish,” as well as commissioning new Seuss-themed pins for the promotion.
Jones’s ideas to boost ESU’s dramatic vision didn’t stop with pins. “Deanna enlisted other businesses, including the Trackside Station Grill and Bar, the Dansbury Diner, and Pocono Community Theater,” says Dr. Ball. The Grill and Diner featured tabletop advertisements for the show and donated to the department 10% of the meal tabs of those who brought in ESU theater department coupons. The Pocono Community Theatre showed a promotion for the production before its feature films. “Jill & Scott [owners of Liztech] and sister Deanna—and our business neighbors—have been so generous,” says Dr. Ball. This year, the businesses will once again join in promoting the theatre adventure.
The beneficiaries are more than the diners, jewelry lovers, and theatre fans. Money raised through the joint efforts helps send ESU’s theater students to the acclaimed Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, an educational gathering of more than 18,000 college students. “The economy has strained students’ financial resources to attend the festival,” says Dr. Ball. “The community’s connection with us enables our students to present their work, attend workshops, receive help in resume development, and engage in competitions.” Last year, an ESU student won Best Male Vocalist, and another won a fellowship in stage management. “This festival also enables ESU to receive national recognition,” explains Dr. Ball. “There are so many benefits to getting as many students there as we can.” Deanna Jones adds that “It’s great to be a part of the community and give back.”
Seussical the Musical
Based on the works of Dr. Seuss
Directed by Margaret Joyce Ball, professor of theatre
Scenic and Costume Design by Yoshinori Tanakura, assistant professor of theatre
Horton, the Whos and the Cat in the Hat lead many classic Seuss characters through a lively and imaginative fantasy world in a musical romp that will delight the entire family.
October 22-24, 7:30 p.m.
October 25, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.*
October 26, 2 p.m.*
*Please Note Matinee Times on October 25th & October 26th
General admission, $12 | Senior Citizens $10
Faculty/staff and senior citizens (with ID), $10;
Students (with ID), $7; Youth, $5
Tickets available in advance online at: