By Steve Twilley
Second Street Players’ 2013 season of shows promises something for everyone – a touching drama-comedy, a musical comedy revue, a hilarious summer comedy, an edge-of-the seat mystery in the fall, and a family classic for the holidays. All shows are presented at Riverfront Theatre, 2 S. Walnut Street in Downtown Milford, Delaware.
Directors for all five shows are also being sought. Anyone interested in directing a show should submit a request, including relevant experience, to SSP through their website at secondstreetplayers.com. Perusal scripts of each show may be borrowed upon request. Applications to direct must be received by Sept. 30.
Steel Magnolias, by Robert Harling, opens Second Street’s 34th season on Friday, January 25. The story, made popular as a movie and stage play, is both hilarious and touching as it reveals the strength of its characters. Delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel, Clairee, Ouiser, Truvy, Annelle, M’Lynn, and Shelby are gossipy southern ladies in a small-town Louisiana beauty parlor who laugh, cry, and teach a thing or two about life and how to live it. Steel Magnolias runs for two weekends, Jan. 25 – 27 and Feb. 1 – 3.
Nunsensations – The Nunsense Vegas Revue, written by Nunsense creator Don Goggin, will be performed Friday – Saturday, April 26 – 28 and May 3 – 5. Showcasing those familiar and multi-talented sisters from Hoboken, this time they bring a brand new, sensational musical-comedy adventure! When a parishioner volunteers to donate $10,000 to the sisters’ school if they will perform in a club in Las Vegas, Mother Superior is hesitant to accept. But after being convinced by the other sisters that “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” Reverend Mother agrees. What follows is the most feather-filled, sequin-studded, fan dancing Nunsense show ever!
Any Body Home?, an uproariously funny “who dunit” by Carl Ritchie and Elise Dewsberry, will be presented on July 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21. Filled with hilarious characters and situations, the comedy features a real estate broker holding an open house to sell a condo, the owner’s fiancé who is bursting to prove his masculinity, the little old sex-pot next door with her deadly herbs and scorpion, the international police on the trail of the mysterious “Phantom,” a rival real estate agent who will don any disguise in his attempts to steal the listing…and the condo’s owner — who just happens to be dead and laid out on the sofa!
Rehearsal For Murder is a taunt thriller, adapted for the stage by D.D. Brooke from the television play by Richard Levinson and William Link, that has twists at every turn. Presented on Sept. 27, 28, 29, and Oct. 4, 5, 6, the murder mystery begins when a beautiful actress dies in what everyone believes was a suicide. But her fiancé, a successful playwright, sets out to corner her killer by penning a new play that chronicles the events of that fateful night… and then invites all the suspects to rehearse the show. Audiences will be kept guessing until the final and unexpected climax reveals all.
Alice in Wonderland closes Second Street’s 2013 season with performances on Nov. 29, 30, and Dec. 1, 6, 7, and 8. In this imaginative adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic story by William Glennon, a group of actors prepared to perform the tale find themselves in a terrible pickle — they have no Alice. When they stumble upon a young daydreamer who’s wishing something “unusual” would happen, they whisk her away into the world of the play and transport her to Wonderland.
2013 season tickets go on sale on Sept. 1. Visit the theatre’s website at secondstreetplayers.com for more information. The website also has information about all of Second Street’s current and upcoming main stage and children’s theatre shows, auditions, educational events, and ticket reservations for the remaining productions of the 2012 season.
Second Street Players’ current and 2013 season of shows are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowments of the Arts.