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72 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 6 - March 12, 1998 Designer S howhouse V to give Rehoboth an operatic air in April Preview party set for Sea Witch, Sir Guy's April 2 The committee designers, artists and recipients of proceeds from Designer Showhouse V gathered together Feb. 27 for a "Barebones Party" at the site of the next show- house, Sea Witch Manor on Lake Avenue in Rehoboth Beach. This year's theme will be "Opera in April at the Beach," which comes from Sea Witch pro- prietor Dennis Santangini's fami- ly's love of opera and nearly 30 designers are involved in the pro- ject. Each space's decor is based on an important scene or element in the story line from a word-fa- mous opera, bringing together the fine arts, decorative arts and per- forming arts in a special way. Designers include Murray Archibald and Steve Elkins of Camp Rehoboth; Pat Belser and Nancy Derrickson from B/D De- sign; Iris Brock of Iris Brock An- tiques and Interiors; Gretchen Brown of Gretchen Brown Interi- ors; Sylvia Burns of Sylvia's Wicker & Candle Shoppe; Sally  uoon photm Hastings of Silk & Sands Florists; Those involved in the Designer Showhouse V, which opens at the Sea Witch Manor in Rehoboth Beach in April,'include (l-r) Mary Hinlde and Connie Freer of Jeff Seemans and his wife and well-known artist Pamella Bounds-Seemans, the former being the president of Rehoboth Art League, which is one of the organizations that will be a recipient of the proceeds; Nancy Diekerson and Dennis Santangini, Material Matters, Mary Lou Jack- Sea Witch owners; Ernie Elsasser, president-elect of Habitat for Humanity, another organizat/on that will be a recipient of the son and Carol DiSabatino of Two proceeds; and Marjorle and Ron Trupp, the latter being the president of Habitat for Humanity. Friends, Lid., Amanda and Bill Lucks of Sugar and Spice Collec- tion, Helen O'Connor of The Winding Beam; Mary Rawl of Auntie M's Emporium; Susan Robbins of Calico Aster; Patti Shreeve of Patti Shreeve Artist- Embellisher; Dian H. Stein of Stu- art Kingston Galleries; Sue Stevenson of Dreamweavers Inte- riors; Lisa M. Warrington of Glass Crafters Studio; and Libby Zando ..... and Bob Blayney of Zando De- sign. Rehoboth Art League and Sus- sex County Habitat for Humanity are the organizations that will benefit from Designer Showhouse V. A preview party will kick off Designer Showhouse V on Thurs- day, April 2, at 5:30"p.m., which includes a tour of the showhouse Above, Sue Stevenson from Dreamweaver Interiors, pre- and a reception at Sir Guy's pares to make over a bedroom to the tune of G. Verdi's ULa Restaurant on Rehoboth Avenue, Traviata." Below, are (l-r) Libby Zando of Zando Designs, featuring a 7 p.m. performance by whose muse will be "Madam Butterfly"; along wth Howard Maxwell, showhouse committee member;, and Jerry Alexan. professional singers affiliated der, Rehoboth Art League member. with Opera Delaware. Preview tickets, at $20 per per- son, and information are available at Rehoboth Art League, 227- 8408. Also available are program lev- els at $100, patron, with two party tickets; sponsor, $75, with one party ticket; friend, $50, with two tour tickets; and $10, which in- cludes a program listing. The showhouse will then be open to the public Friday, April 3, through Thursday, April 30, from Patti Shreeve, Rehoboth Beach artist and embellisher, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily. Advance lounges in the tub at Designer Showhouse V during the Bare tickets are $8 per person and $10 Bones Party on Feb. 27. She will be responsible for trans- beginning April 3. Tickets are ai- forming the bathroom into an operatic work of art, inspired so available at the art league, by V. Bellini's "Norma."