Teen renovates DreamWrights dressing room to earn top Girl Scout honor

Monica Toren has spent about half of her life at DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre. On a recent Wednesday, she pointed to herself in photo collages of past productions. At 8, she acted in her first show, “Monkey Magic.” Her favorite costume so far was from “Footloose.” As a stage manager, she herded Oompa Loompas. In the costume shop, she sewed snowflake skirts.

Now 16, Monica knows her way around the cavernous building on Carlisle Avenue in York – the former sewing factory that the youth theater moved into around 2000. Most of the trappings – furniture, costumes, props – that fill the 30,000-plus-square-foot venue have been donated or purchased with spare change, said DreamWrights artistic director Diane Crews.

York Daily Record; Monica Toren, 16 of West Manchester Township, sits for a portrait inside the girls' dressing room at DreamWrights Youth & Family Theatre.

York Daily Record; Monica Toren, 16 of West Manchester Township, sits for a portrait inside the girls’ dressing room at DreamWrights Youth & Family Theatre.

Parts of the building, which dates back more than a century, are worn from time and use. The women’s dressing room on the second floor needed a face-lift, Crews said. Walls were made from panels of various hues. The carpet was in shambles and ridden with discarded pins. Cubbies of unpainted plywood leaned against one wall. Costumes hung on rickety racks. The nonprofit theater made due, but last year, Monica and Crews decided it was time for an upgrade.

Monica, a member of Girl Scout Troop No. 20554 in Loganville, began to plan a project she would complete to earn her Gold Award – the Girl Scout equivalent to a Boy Scout making Eagle Scout. Read the rest of the story at www.ydr.com/living.

DreamWrights Gown and Dress Sale
Browse hundreds of dresses 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre, 100 Carlisle Ave., York. Consignments will be accepted 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 13. For details call 717-848-8623 or visit www.dreamwrights.org.

Related: Readers recalled Girl Scouts memories for organization’s 100th anniversary in 2012.

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