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CAPE GAZETI, Friday, March 6 - March 12, 1998 - 73 Cape school board examines future Little Theatre needs By Kerry Kester The Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education put the Cape Thespians on hold during the board's Feb. 26 meeting, when Chris King, drama instructor and di- rector, requested that the board allow the theatre department to use funds it has raised to update the theatre's dressing rooms. The board asked for more time to review the theatre group's proposal that did not in- clude some electrical costs and other minor expenses. The delay, however, could result in the project's demise. Bill Suess, the industrial arts and technol- ogy teacher at the high school who de- signed the project's renovations and offered to do the labor, cannot provide his services unless the project is completed before school year's end. Andy Brandenberg- er, director of business operations, recom- mended to the board that the group's pro- posal be forwarded to KING the district's buildings and grounds committee for further evalua- tion; the board accepted his recommenda- tion. Board member Estie Class said she will encourage the committee to evaluate the project in a timely manner. The board will also consider two other needs for the Little Theatre, both of which King believes pose safety hazards: to re- place two curtains, including one that serves as a fire wall; and to revamp the stor- age area in the theatre, because stored items are currently blocking access to fire extin- guishers. "They're in terrible disrepair," said King of the curtains. The blue curtain, for example, "has been repeatedly repaired. I believe it to be a safety hazard." The main curtain, she said, is a fire curtain, but it has holes in it, rendering it nearly useless. A storage area in the theatre', she ex- plained, is used not just by the Cape Thes- pians, but by other departments in the school, too. Some items, she said, are piled in front of fire extinguishers. She said that after discussing the problem with Ronson Burton, the school's maintenance chief, she learned that a steel grid storage unit (2-feet- by-16-feet with 4-foot depth) would fit a space in the theatre. "I think it could alleviate the problem that we have with storage," said King, adding that it would also solve the fire hazard. The Cape Thespians would not incur the costs of either the curtains replacement or the storage unit; no costs estimates were avail- able. Sussex YMCA, Rotary Club institute 'Teen Time' Saturday nights came up with the idea of holding a Saturday night session. A recent Saturday night "lock in" of local teens was so popular that some had to be turned away for lack of space. So, the first Teen Time at the Sussex Family YMCA in Re- hoboth Beach will be held from 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday, March 14, for all students with a school ID, ages 13-17 years. The cost is $2 per student, and Celia Givens, 'Y executive direc- tor, stressed that no one will be turned away because of inability to pay. The event is being spon- sored by the Campaign for Kids funds and the Rotary Club. BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER Peggy Raley and Eclypse The Sussex Family YMCA and the Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary Club are helping to fill the void in Cape Region teen-agers' social lives with what they hope will be a monthly "Teen Time." The Rotary, which is an organi- zation that strives to meet needs in the community, got together re- cently with a group of Cape Hen- lopen High School students to learn what they feel is lacking in the area. They told Rotary members that they need more student activities outside of school, especially on Saturday nights. With that in mind, the Rotary got together with the YMCA and Activities will include swim- ming, basketball, volleyball, games, workouts, music "and just hanging out with friends," Givens said. Pizza will be for sale and pre- registration is mandatory, as they will only accept the first 100 inter- ested students this time. "We want to get any glitches out, but eventually we hope to ac- cept as many as 200 students, which is as many as the facility can hold. It will all depend on the support and interest in the com- munity, as we will need volunteer gymnasium and facility monitors, as well as donations so that we can get bands or disc jockeys," Givens noted. If popular, and with enough community support, Teen Time could be held 'every Satur- day night, from September through June. "The 'Y closes at 6 p.m. on Sat- urdays, so the facility is a perfect resource for teens. We'll provide a safe teen center and we hope to expand our leaders program and eventually create a core youth committee that will decide what activities to hold during Teen Time and take disciplinary action on peers who violate the rules," she added. Givens urges any interested teen-agers to call the 'Y at 227- 8018 and register no later than Friday, March 13, so that they can organize the necessary staffing. Also, anyone wishing to volun- teer as a monitor or provide fund- ing should contact Givens as well. LRighthouse estaurant At Fisherman's Wharf in Lewes. 645-6271 Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dinner from 4 p.m. Open Friday through Monday, 7 a.m.- 9 3.m.