Second Street Players’ Summer Comedy Production, ‘Any Body Home?’ will premier in the Riverfront Theatre in downtown Milford on Friday July, 12th at 8pm. Any Body Home, tells the story of real estate broker Susan Strathcona who will stop at nothing to sell a condo and earn her commission.
During an open house for the property she is met by characters that frustrate her attempts including the owner’s fiancé who is bursting to prove his masculinity; a sexual next door neighbor with her deadly herbs and a scorpion named “Shirley”; the international police on the trail of the mysterious “Phantom” and a rival real estate agent who will use any disguise in his attempts to steal the listing. To add one more problem to Susan’s efforts, the owner of the condo is found dead, laid out on the sofa, as Susan prepares the property to be shown.
Director Curtis Howard and Assistant Director Melissa Janson bring this hilarious show to life. With under two years of experience as an actor, Howard will make his debut as a Director this Friday with a talented cast of characters he assembled including Maria Fry (Milford), Jerry Cox (Felton), Rebecca McDaniel (Milford), Steven Dow (Milford), Melissa Brenner (Dover) and Carol Torrey.
“I could not have asked for a better cast to work with,” commented Howard. “I am happy being on stage with my fellow cast members pretending to be someone else but directing has its own satisfaction. When you begin to see your vision come to life on stage it is very satisfying.”
Maria Fry, a veteran actress who has performed with Second Street Players for over 20 years will play the lead role of Susan Strathcona as she juggles several obstacles while trying to sell the listed property to potential buyers.
“Susan is a hypochondriac who is trying to quit smoking and not very good at her job but she is bound and determined to sell this place,” commented Maria when asked to describe her character. “She is a quick thinker and things change so quickly during this performance. She always manages to keep on her feet and redirect in order to sell the property.” The role of Ms. Strathcona is a physically demanding role as Maria will literally be dragging an actual body, played by Carol Torrey, across the stage during the performance.
Jerry Cox, who has been involved with Second Street Players on two prior performances, will play Susan’s rival real estate agent Warren Danforth as he disguises himself as three unique characters, a Pakistani messenger, the Building Superintendent who moonlights as an Elvis impersonator and a foreign countess, in attempts to steal the listing.
“Warren is a sneaky, nefarious , little creature that will stop at nothing to get his way,” commented Jerry. “It is a lot of fun playing his multiple characters as I get to use accents and my love of foreign languages to bring Warren’s disguises to life.”
The show will run July 12,13 and 14 and then again on July 19,20,and 21. The Friday and Saturday shows will be at 8pm and the Sunday shows will be at 3pm, at the Riverfront Theater, 2 South Walnut Street in Milford, Delaware. Tickets are $17 and can be reserved at secondstreetplayers.com or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.
“I think the audience will be laughing throughout the entire performance,” commented lead role Maria Fry. “I hope they come prepared to laugh out load, it will only fuel the performance on stage.”