SHTABULA - - Not all plays at the Straw Hat Theatre this summer season are guaranteed to rhyme, but the first one sure does.

The family musical "Seussical, the Musical" opens June 9 at the Ashtabula Arts Center on West 13th Street.

When Horton the Elephant hears a Who, he becomes the laughingstock of the jungle. But his dedication to protecting the tiniest of planets in the universe brings him in contact with a tiny Who boy, JoJo, whose overactive imagination has gotten him into troubles of his own! The action shifts between the jungle and Whoville, taking the audience into the heart of both worlds on a wild and whimsical journey!

Written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the show will bring to life all of the favorite Dr. Seuss characters. Dr. Seuss's lyrical rhythms combined with colorful costumes, whimsical choreography and catchy tunes, will make Horton's adventures with all his Seussical friends a delight for young and old alike, arts center people say. Seussical takes the stage June 9-24.

Playing one weekend only will be a classic tale of love and death. The most famous love story in Western history, "Romeo and Juliet" is about the doomed love affair of two young lovers from rival families who have found true love and are determined to keep it alive. Straw Hat Theatre is putting a modern twist on this classic story. Set in modern times, this Shakespeare favorite will play on the Straw Hat stage June 29 through July 2.

The third show of the season has become a favorite of New York theater-goers and is also quickly gaining in popularity across the country. Straw Hat Theatre is the first community theater in Ohio to receive permission to produce "Urinetown." One of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, this is the tale of a Gotham-like city where a terrible water shortage has led to a government-enforced a ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs.

"Urinetown" will be played on the Ashtabula Art Center's indoor main stage July 7 - - 22

Get ready for a wild ride back in time with the fourth show of the season, "Streakin.'". Filled with everyone's favorite songs from the 70's, "Streakin,'" by Jamie Rocco & Albert Evans with Patti Wyss, Ed Cionek & Heidi Karol Johnson, contains more than three dozen hit songs and wild fast paced skits including the hits "I Will Survive," "YMCA," "I Am Woman" and many more

chart show-stoppers. Streakin' will play for one weekend only, July 28, 29,

30 and 31.

The summer season will conclude with the glamour and pageantry of Lerner and Loewe's "Camelot." In this favorite tale of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table, the king's treacherous illegitimate son, works to undo everything Arthur has worked for. This musical favorite, filled with fabulous songs and dances and beautiful costumes, will play on the Straw Hat stage Aug. 4-19.

All Straw Hat shows will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets for any of the productions can be reserved by calling the arts center at 964-3396. Subscriptions are also on sale now and will give buyers five

admissions to any of the summer season shows at 10 percent off the regular box office prices.

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