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Eighth-grader Genevieve Young, center, plays Gertrude McFuzz and sixth-graders Phoebe Ross, left, and Carter Lockwood play the Bird Girls in a scene from "Seussical Jr." at the Manchester Essex Middle School Auditorium in Manchester. The musical, based on characters and events in various Dr. Seuss books, is being produced in collaboration with the YMCA of the North Shore Theatre Company. Showtimes are this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students.