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., 74 FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 - MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Cape Gazette Possums' thriller 'Laura' to open Jan. 31 Possum point Players will bring the thriller "Laura" to the Possum Hall stage beginning Friday, ]an. 31. "Laura" novelist, playwright and screenwriter Caspary wrote thrillers - but not like any other author of her time, male or female. Her spe- cialty was a specific type that she pioneered, the psycho thriller. Typically, thrillers focus on plot development as opposed to character development. They focus on an action arc as :opposed to a psychological arc. But a successful psychological thriller does both, more or less equally. The suspense comes the huhaan interaction be- tween characters who prey on each other's thoughts, trying to confuse, destroy, or deceive. "Laura" is a superb example of a perfect melding of all those elements. This haunting story, whose working title was ."Ring Twice for Laura," is about a dead woman. Laura Hunt started as a daring and ambitious secretary at an advertising agency and worked her way up to become a tOp executive (Caspary had a similar background). Laura's inability to balance her profes- sional and private lives results in her murder. If a mystery is a whodunit, this thriller is a how-dunit. And "Laura" satisfies both definitions. Who killed her is certainly a mystery that needs to be solved. A jealous suitor, perhaps? As the facts unfold, the audience is not only startled, it is gripped in non- stop suspense. John Marino of Lewes directs the stage version of "Laura" with an ensemble cast which includes Matt King of Lewes as Mark McPherson, Stephanie Allman of Lewes as Bessie Clary, Danny Keenan of Georgetown as Danny, Jim Killion of Lewes as Waldo Lydecker, Don Megee of George- town as Shelby Carpenter, Chris Polo of Dover as Mrs. Dorgan, Chuck Rafferty of Laurel as O1- sen and Kim Klabe of Rehoboth Beach as a young woman. Shows are 7:30 p.m., Fridays ]an. 31 and Feb. 7; 7 p.m., Satur- days, Feb. 1 and 8; and 2 p.m., SUBMITTED PHOTO DANNY KEENAN OF GEORGETOWN, left, and Matt King of Lewes rehearse a scene from the Possum Point Players' production of "Laura," opening Jan. 31. Sundays, Feb. 2 and 9, at Pos- sum Hall, 441 Old Laurel Road, Georgetown. Tickets are $18 for adults, $17 for students and seniors. Call 302-856-4560 or visit www.pos- Possum Point Players is sup- ported, in part, by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency decated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Spring into acting, dancing, singing at Clear Space The Clear Space Theatre Company heads back into the classroom this January and Feb- ruary for another semester of its Arts Institute program. Taught by industry professionals, there are classes in acting, singing and dancing for all ages and levels of experience. ;'With the emphasis on starting a new fitness routine in the new year, Clear Space offers several opportunities for all ages to work out your acting skills on stage," says Executive Director Wesley Pulson. The company's hallmark Arts Institute program for children and teens, Broadway Bound, re- turns for another semester from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 4 to April 8. Students in grades 1-8 rotate through three half-hour classes in voice, dance, and act- ing technique. At the end of the evening, the students gather for the final half-hour for a perfor- mance preparation period where they put together all three facets worked on that evening. The class fee is $200. Gotta Dance! is designed for young students who wish to focus on dance technique in the world of musical theater (jazz, ballet, and tap). It melts from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Wednesdays, Feb. 5 to April 8. Fee is $200. Children's Acting Technique, which runs from 5 to 6 p.m., Thursdays, Feb. 6 to April 8, is intended for students who wish to focus more specifically on dramatic studies. Students are guided through technique in improvisation, physicality, voice, and working as an ensemble. Fee is $150. Gotta Dance! and Children'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- S00hields students to present 'Wizard of Oz' at Cape High There truly is no place like home as "The Wizard of Oz," the greatest family musical of all time, lands on the stage of Cape Henlopen High School. The show will be performed by Shields Elementary School Theater Group's third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students in the school's first musical production, ditected by Kristin Gray and Kevin Carter with vocal direction and choreography by staff mem- bers Juanita Clendaniel, Jennifer Leach and Heidi Quillen. A cast of approximately 100 students will captivate the au- dience as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto, Cowardly Lion, Tinman and Scarecrow in this dazzling musical production featuring beloved songs like, "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, Jocelyn 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@ 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@ at SEAFOOD 19178 Coastal Hwy 302 644 7711 OPEN WED-SUN