Monsters Creep Into Downtown Milford

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Screen Shot 2014-10-11 at 6.49.13 AMSecond Street Players Children’s Desert Theater will present Monster In The Closet by Angela D. Stewart on October 17 through October 19 at the Riverfront Theatre in downtown Milford. DE. Friday And Saturday performances are at 7pm and Sunday’s matinee is at 1pm.

Monster In The Closet opens with the main character Emily who has a big problem, not only is she sent to bed just as she reaches the highest level of her new video game but there is a monster in her closet.  She finds out it is not just her imagination as her friend Stephanie sees the monster and the pair set out to prove this by recruiting friends to help capture the monster.  What they do not know is that Murray, the closet monster, does not mean any harm but wants only to play Emily’s new video game. Murray’s boss, the Dream King, hears about his goofing off on the job, and now Murray is on probation. Murray’s supervisor, fellow monster Wanda, is not happy with him either. After all, every monster knows that when a child is born, a monster is assigned to watch over them, not to play with her toys and especially not to get caught in the act. Emily has all her friends over for a sleepover to try to capture Murray and the girls wind up trapping the Dream King and his secretary, Toady, instead of Murray.

With other wonderfully entertaining characters like Sandy the Sandman and his dream weavers, the solution to Emily’s monster problem brings humor, a bit of ingenuity and a little magic to this charming and delightful family show. Directors Joshua Gross and Sean Finley bring this entertaining story to life at the Riverfront Theater as the cast shows audience members that not all monsters are scary, they are just misunderstood.

“This is a really fun performance and fits well with the Halloween season,” stated Director Joshua Gross. “Everyone growing up thinks there was a monster in the closet or under the bed. This productions gives some insight into why they are there.”

Ally Collier, 12-years-old, will be playing the role of the main character Emily, the child determined to capture the monster in her closet to prove his existence. Performing in several other Second Street Players’ (SSP) productions, such as the musical Ever After, Collier has enjoyed portraying Emily. “[Emily] loves to tell stories and be a little crazy,” said Collier. “I love everything about this show, the people, the acting and the characters.”

Ryley Lovin, 12-years-old, will play Stephanie, Emily’s sidekick and partner in crime. Acting in SSP’s Aladdin and Beauty and the beast and the Assistant Director of SSP’s show M*A*S*H, Lovin says that her character is excited about the investigation and enjoys the hunt as she is the first to see the monster.

Shawn Merillo, 19-years-old, plays the role of Murray, Emily’s closet monster. Performing in SSP’s Beauty and the Beast, Merillo is enjoying his character in the new performance. “[Murray] gets in a lot of trouble and doesn’t do his job, instead he comes out of the closet to play with Emily’s toy,” said Merillo. “He is a fun character and I enjoy how the other characters relate to him.”

Lauren David, 20-years-old, plays Wanda, Murray’s supervisor who is disappointed in the job Murray is doing. Although she is on Murray’s case to perform better, Wanda is on Murray’s side. “Wanda is supportive of Murray and wants him to succeed at his job,” said David. “This performance really opens your imagination.”

Friday, October 17 at the Riverfront Theatre is Family Night with no set ticket prices, featuring a Pay What You Can performance. Saturday and Sunday tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for Children 18 years and younger.  Monster In The Closet will entertain people of all ages and Second Street Players encourages parents to bring the whole family. Anyone that dresses in a costume will be entered into a drawing to win a ticket to an upcoming Children’s Desert Theater production. All seating is general admission and tickets can be bought at the door. All performances are held at the Riverfront Theater at 2 S Walnut Street in downtown Milford, DE.