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BTG musical touts youngest production team in 70-year history

“Seussical” director Dan Mullarney, a 2011 graduate of Baker High School, works with the cast during rehearsal July 10 at the Presbyterian Church’s education center on Oswego Street. Mullarney and his production team are the youngest people to propose and have their production accepted for the BTG’s summer musical.

“Seussical” director Dan Mullarney, a 2011 graduate of Baker High School, works with the cast during rehearsal July 10 at the Presbyterian Church’s education center on Oswego Street. Mullarney and his production team are the youngest people to propose and have their production accepted for the BTG’s summer musical.

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WHAT: BTG presents “Seussical the Musical”

WHEN: 7 p.m. July 26, 27, 28 and Aug. 2, 3, 4; 3 p.m. matinee July 29 and Aug. 5

WHERE: Baldwinsville Presbyterian Church Christian Education Center, 64 Oswego St., Baldwinsville

Tickets: $15 for adults, $10 students, and $10 for seniors at the matinees.

For reservations, call 877-4183

— The oft-memorable words long ago written by Dr. Seuss are coming to a stage near you very soon.

In its 70th year, the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild will be putting on a show never before done by the community theater group — “Seussical the Musical.” Being the oldest continually-performing non-professional community theater group in New York, the guild was founded in 1942 by Rosemary Sinnett Nesbitt, a theater professor at SUNY Oswego, and annually presents spring, summer and fall productions.

“We’re honored with the opportunity not only to put on a production here, but be trusted with something like a 70th anniversary,” co-director Marissa McLean said.

This summer’s production of “Seussical” is additionally special as the entire production team is college students. It is the youngest production team ever approved by the guild for the summer musical.

“I saw this great opportunity to go into the community and just have this really passionate team and put this show together,” director Dan Mullarney said.

Mullarney, a sophomore at the University of Miami, where he’s majoring in music education with a jazz emphasis, put his team together with each member specializing in a different area — costumes, choreography, drama, set design — and submitted his proposal to the BTG board in late September.

“And in September, my entire team was scattered across the country,” he said.

With the team spread out from Miami to Chicago, the proposal was worked up and then presented to the board by the shows producers. The team found out in late November the show had been approved.

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