Second Street Players’ (SSP) 2017 season of shows promises something for everyone: A Vaudeville inspired comedy, off-Broadway production, rockin’ musical, adaption of an Oscar Wilde story, family favorite for the holidays and classic children’s adventures. All shows are presented at the Riverfront Theatre, 2 S. Walnut Street in Downtown Milford, DE. Second Street Players are seeking Directors for the up coming 2017 season.
Next year’s main stage shows will include The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon, Nunsense A-AMEN! BY Dan Goggin, Grease by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey,The Canterville Ghost by Pat Cook and The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production Of A Christmas Carol by David Mcgillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr. The three Children’s Theater Shows include The Adventures of Robin Hood by Michele L. Vacca, The Never Ending Story by Adapted by David S. Craig and Dorothy In Wonderland by By Brian D. Taylor.
The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon opens the season February 10-12 and February 17-19. Al and Willie as “Leis and Clark” were top billed vaudevillians for over forty years, but now they do not even speak to each other. When CBS requests them for a “History of Comedy” retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of Memories, Miseries and laughs.
Nunsense A-AMEN BY Dan Goggin is an off-Broadway adaption set for May 5-7 and May 12-14. The original Nunsense show but with all of the characters being portrayed by men. Audiences can think of it as “Mrs. Doubtfire enters the convent.” Productions have boasted such stars as Arte Johnson from “Laugh-In” as Mother Superior and Olympic champion Greg Louganis as Sister Robert Anne. A whole new layer of comedy surfaces with lines like, “The guys in the old neighborhood still can’t believe I became a nun”.
The musical classes Grease by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey will open July 28-30 and continue August 4-6. Rydell High’s senior class of 1959 including duck tailed, hot rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoke the look and sound of the 1950’s in this rollicking musical. Head “greaser Danny Zuko and new “good” girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their Summer Nights as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as Greased Lightnin, Its’s Raining on Prom Night and Alone at the Drive-In Movie. An eight year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals along with innumerable school and community productions place Grease among the world’s most popular musicals.
Oscar Wilde tale The Canterville Ghost hits the stage September 15-17 and September 22-24. Hiram and Lucy Otis cannot wait to move into their pastoral English manor house; just as soon as the ghost moves out. Canterville Hall comes complete with a howling, green ghoul but only if the ghost Sir Simonthe can remember to bring the green mist with him. This classic tale spins the Otis family through a maze of dithering maids, blustering bosses and an English realtor who is always looking for a free lunch. The mystery unfolds amid flashes of thunder and disappearing guests. Only when the Otises can figure out the curse of Canterville Hall can Sir Simon rest in peace. A play with lots of human comedy and just a touch of sentiment.
In the final Main Stage production of the 2017 season, the Second Street Players actors will perform The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production Of A Christmas Carol by David Mcgillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr. November 24-26 and December 1-3. In a festive mood, the ladies of the Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society mount another assault on the classics with their stage version of A Christmas Carol. They enthusiastically portray a dizzy array of characters from the Dickensian favorite, and a few which are not, engineer some novel audience participation while bravely contending with an intrusive PA system and, in a real Farndale first, rap their vocal cords and feet around two original, show stopping songs.
Directors for all five 2017 main stage shows are being sought and individuals that are interested in directing a show should submit a request, including relevant experience, to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 31st. All Directors will be approved by the Second Street Players Board of Directors.
The Riverfront Theatre will also host the Second Street Players’ Children’s Dessert Theatre as they perform The Adventures of Robin Hood by Michele L. Vacca,The Never Ending Story by Adapted by David S. Craig and Dorothy In Wonderland by By Brian D. Taylor.
The Adventures of Robin Hood by Michele L. Vacca will hit the stage March 10-12. Robin and his Merrie Band are looking for an opportunity to perform their usual daring, dashing deeds in their customary fun-loving fashion. When they encounter Alfred the Saxon, who alerts them that the nasty and nefarious Sheriff is about to collect taxes in the nearby village of Edwinstowe, they immediately don disguises and dash into town. After a series of clever ploys, the Sheriff is temporarily foiled and the Merrie Band retires to Sherwood Forest to await his inevitable pursuit.
The Never Ending Story by Adapted by David S. Craig, based upon the novel by Michael Ende, is set for June 2-4. Told with all the thrills of a classic adventure, the story begins with Bastian, a lonely boy, who stumbles into a curious bookshop where he discovers a curious book—The Never ending Story. Bastian hides in the attic of his school and begins to read, and a huge adventure surges into life. Fantastica, a land of stories, is being destroyed by the Nothing. The Childlike Empress has chosen Atreyu, a young hunter, to be the Hero of the Great Quest. Atreyu, an orphan, is an unlikely choice, but he accepts and with his horse and companion Artax, rides to face the menace.
Dorothy In Wonderland by By Brian D. Taylor will be performed October 6-8. The worlds of Oz and Wonderland collide in this fantastically fun romp, cleverly and carefully adapted from the works of L. Frank Baum and Lewis Carroll. Dorothy Gale has made her way to the end of the Yellow Brick Road, and the wonderful Wizard of Oz is just about to help her get back home to Kansas. Before she can hop into the wizard’s balloon, another whirlwind appears over the Emerald City, sweeping Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion away to Wonderland. Equipped with their new assets — brains, heart and courage — Dorothy’s friends try to help her find her way home, meeting many other interesting characters along the way, including Alice, the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, March Hare, the Cheshire Cat and many more.
The 2017 season tickets will go on sale on September 1, 2016. Individuals are encouraged to 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 2016 season.
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