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:o 74 FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 - MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Cape Gazette 4 f Possum P.oint Players will a top executive (Caspary had a bring the thriller "Laura" to the similar background). Laura's Possum Hall stage beginning inability to balance her profes- Friday, Jan. 31. "Laura" novelist, sional and private lives results in playwright and screenwriter her murder. l aCasparywrotethrillers-but If a mystery is a whodunit, not like any other author of her this thriller is a how-dunit. And time, male or female. Her spe- "Laura" satisfies both definitions. cialty was a specific type that she Who killed her is certainly a pioneered, the psycho thriller, mystery that needs to be solved. Typically, thrillers focus on A jealous suitor, perhaps? As the plot development as opposed to facts unfold, the audience is not character development, only startled, it is gripped in non- They focus on an action arc as stop suspense. :opposed to a psychological arc. John Marino of Lewes directs But a successful psychological the stage version of"Laura" with thriller does both, more or less an ensemble cast which includes equally. The suspense comes Matt King of Lewes as Mark the huhaan interaction be- McPherson, Stephanie Allman tween characters who prey on of Lewes as Bessie Clary, Danny each other's thoughts, trying to Keenan of Georgetown as Danny, confuse, destroy, or deceive. Jim Killion of Lewes as Waldo "Laura" is a superb example Lydecker, Don Megee of George- of a perfect melding of all those town as Shelby Carpenter, Chris elements. This haunting story, Polo of Dover as Mrs. Dorgan, whose working title was ."Ring Chuck Rafferty of Laurel as O1- Twice for Laura," is about a dead sen and Kim Klabe of Rehoboth woman. Laura Hunt started as a Beach as a young woman. daring and ambitious secretary Shows are 7:30 p.m Fridays at an advertising agency and Jan. 31 and Feb. 7; 7 p.m Satur- worked her way up to become days, Feb. 1 and 8; and 2 p.m DANNY KEENAN OF GEORGETOWN, production of "Laura," opening Jan. 31. SUBMITTED PHOTO left, and Matt King of Lewes rehearse a scene from the Possum Point Players' Sundays, Feb. 2 and 9, at Pos- 302-856-4560 or visit www.pos- Arts, a state agency dedicated sum Hall, 441 Old Laurel Road,, to nurturing and supporting the Georgetown. Possum Point Players is sup- arts in Delaware, in partnership Tickets are $18 for adults, $17 ported, in part, by grants from with the National Endowment for students and seniors. Call the Delaware Division of the for the Arts. prlng ing, The Clear Space Theatre classes in voice, dance, and act- Company heads back into the ing technique. At the end of the classroom this January and Feb- evening, the students gather for ruary for another semester of its the final half-hour for a perfor- Arts Institute program. Taught mance preparation period where by industry professionals, there they put together all three facets are classes in acting, singing and worked on that evening. The dancing for all ages and levels of class fee is $200. Gotta Dance! is experience, designed for young students who ;'With the emphasis on starting wish to focus on dance technique a new fitness routine in the new in the world of musical theater year, Clear Space offers several (jazz, ballet, and tap). It melts otaportunities for all ages to work from 4:30 to 6 p.m Wednesdays, out your acting skills on stage," Feb. 5 to April 8. Fee is $200. says Executive Director Wesley Children's Acting Technique, P ulson. which runs from 5 to 6 p.m The company's hallmark Arts Thursdays, Feb. 6 to April 8, is Institute program for children intended for students who wish and teens, Broadway Bound, re- to focus more specifically on turns for another semester from dramatic studies. Students are 5 to 7 p.m Tuesdays, Feb. 4 to guided through technique in April 8. Students in grades 1-8 improvisation, physicality, voice, rotate through three half-hour and working as an ensemble. Fee is $150. Gotta Dance! and Chiidren's Acting may be used as companion classes for those enrolled in Broadway Bound. The semester's classes cul- minate at 5:30 p.m Tuesday, April 8, in a final performance where each class performs mu- sical numbers and monologues, respectively. Clear Space also offers class- room opportunities for adults, with both acting and dance class- es. Adult Dance classes will be held from 5 to 7 p.m Mondays, Feb. 3 to April 7, and are designed for adults who wish to expand their education in musical the- ater dance, whether for personal craft or just for fun. Students will be guided through jazz and tap styles focusing on proper align- hields students to present 'Wizard of Oz' at Cape High There truly is no place like and choreography by staff mem- home as "The Wizard of Oz," bers Juanita Clendaniel, Jennifer the greatest family musical of all Leach and Heidi Quillen. time, lands on the stage of Cape A cast of approximately 100 Henlopen High School. students will captivate the au- The show will be performed dience as they travel down the by Shields Elementary School Yellow Brick Road and beyond Theater Group's third-, fourth- with Dorothy, Toto, Cowardly and fifth-grade students in the Lion, Tinman and Scarecrow in school's first musical production, this dazzling musical production ditected by Kristin Gray and featuring beloved songs like, Kevin Carter with vocal direction "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "If I Only Had A Brain," "Ding Dong, the Witch Is Dead" and many more. "The Wizard of Oz" will fea- ture Riley Keen and Bella Myers as Dorothy, Chris Williams as Toto, ]ocelyn Leach as the Scarecrow, Jackson Basile as the Tinman, Joe Kane as the Cow- ardly Lion, KyZei Vester as the Wicked Witch and Asia Hobbs as Glinda. Performances will be at 7 p.m Friday, March 7, and at 6 p.m Saturday, March 8, in the Cape Henlopen High School auditorium. For more information, contact Kristin Gray at kristin.gray@ r ment, flexibility, muscle control and correct execution of tech- nique. Fee is $200. For students 50 and older, Clear Space offers the popular Legends of Musical Theatre class. Sched- uled for 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m Wednesdays, Jan. 22 to April 9, the class, which costs $250, offers students the opportunity to learn the music and join a staged read- ing of "Annie Get Your Gun." Songs from popular musical include "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Lost in His Arms," "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better," and more. The semester concludes in a final public performance at 11 a.m Wednesday, April 9. Adult Acting class, offered 6:30 to 8 p.m Sundays, Feb. 9 to April 13, provides one-hour sessions to improve existing skills through exercises led by Acting Company members and other business professionals. Sessions include technique, monologue/scenes, improvisation principles, and more. Drop-in fee is $5 per ses- sion. Call for specific schedule. Previous acting training and ex- perience are recommended, but not necessary. For more registra- tion forms and information, go to or contact Melody Saunders at melody@ ;EAFOOD 19178 Coastal Hwy 302 644 7711 OPEN WED-SUN