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York Drama presents Oberacker & Taylor's Ace.

After two years, live theatre returns to Baker Auditorium for York Drama’s newest musical adventure, “Ace”

York Drama is thrilled to welcome the Elmhurst community back to the Baker Auditorium for its first live and on-stage musical in over two years. This season, York has been given the rare opportunity to be the high school pilot of “Ace,” a new musical adventure nearly two decades in the making.

“We are elated to be premiering ‘Ace,’ and the process of digging into this stunning script and score as a cast has been indescribable; the joy of creating is truly back.” York Drama Director Rebecca Marianetti said. “We are so excited to share this deeply moving and hopeful story with our audience. Musical theatre is an art form like no other, and ‘Ace’ is a treasure of a musical.”

York Drama is proud to present its students and alumni in concert with renowned Broadway composers Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor. The concert will be at York Community High School on Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are on sale now. Oberacker and alumni will perform pieces from the duo’s newest works, and the cast of York’s upcoming musical, “Ace,” will present a preview concert.

Oberacker and Taylor first premiered “Ace” in 2006 at St. Louis Repertory Theatre, and, after extensive rewrites and reimaginations, have chosen York as one of the pilot productions. After the successful and Tony-nominated run of their musical, “Bandstand,” on Broadway, they are currently preparing for the pre-Broadway premiere of “Bruce,” their next musical about the making of the film, “Jaws.” Both accomplished musicians, Oberacker currently conducts for Cirque du Soleil’s “Kà” in Las Vegas; Taylor first made his mark in musical theatre as a highly-regarded violinist and violist on Broadway and in national tours.

York Drama presents a season of Courage.

Oscar Wilde once said, "It takes great courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it." Learn more about how York Drama hopes to inspire courage in its community this year.

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Courage is not born, it's built. It is the foundation which supports community.

This time can cause uncertainty as so many aspects of life continue to challenge us. It can be easy to see all the broken pieces and lose hope, especially when it's not clear how to fix things, how to react, or how long it may take. York Drama invites you to gather the shattered pieces in front of you and find the courage to strive forward, to live each day with love and compassion.

Act with empathy, lift with love, and live with courage.

We love you, Elmhurst!