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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 19 March 25, 2004 - 107 P0000sdms bUild00g00palace for musical Curtain will rise April 23 on 'The King and I' There's a palace going up on the stage of Possum Hall, home of the Possum Point Players. A lot ol work is going into the theaters preparation for their Spring Musi- cal, Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The King and I", which opens Friday, April 23. Saturday mornings at 9 a.m., a team of about eight people comes to the theater to work on The King's Palace. "There are about fifteen different people who do the set work," according to "King and I" co-director, Jim Hartzell of Georgetown, "Between every- one's different schedules, we usu- ally get eight or nine on any given Saturday." Specifically, this set is designed with the flexibility to denote no less than five specific locations, within the palace and outside of it. The show is set in Siam - known nowadays as Thailand - in or around the 1860s. What this means for the construction crew at Possums is, time specific and geo- graphically appropriate designs. Set Designer Kim Schell of Re- hoboth Beach took that responsi- bility and came up with colors and designs to fit the setting. There is already a lot of color and a lot of detail. "What we've done to answer the question of making so many different settings," explained the show's co-director, Donna deKuyper of Lewes, "Is to build revolving panels. That way we have a basic setting for anything inside the palace, and by turning the panels, it changes into the dock, the garden, or Anna's bed- room or wherever the audience needs to be !" The larger portions of this com- plex set have been built, but may Still await a paint job. On a recent Saturday, three crew members, Sut Finley of Millville, Cori Mil- bury of Georgetown and Bob Wheatley of Millsboro, were all rolling three different colors onto the main backdrop, while Bob's wife Ruth painted some ornate scroll-work onto one of the side panels. The set is coming along on schedule, and even ahead of schedule. As Hartzell put it, "We're ahead of schedule until we realize what we're forgetting!" As complex as it sounds to build a set with four revolving parts, he cites others in Possum history with different complexities. As recently as three years ago, "In 'Oliver!' [2001], we had moving staircases that had to be solid enough for the cast to run up and down, and still had to be lifted and stacked on each oth- er," Hartzell recalls, "Before we were in this building we did 'Bye Bye Birdie' [1978] with several different set pieces that fit togeth- er in different ways for different rooms." "The King and I" is sponsored, in part, by Wilmington College and will be presented April 23, 24 and 30, and Saturday, May 1 at 8 p.m., and on April 24 and 25, and May 1 and 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be obtained by calling the Possum Point Players Ticket line at 856- 4560. Possum Point Players is sponsored in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Delaware Division of the Arts. - Submitted photo Volunteer Ruth Wheatley of "Millshoro puts finishing touches on set piee for Possum Point Players upcoming Spring musical The King and I. Dover Art League sets studio tour March 28 son and $15 per family and can be Knights Fine Jewelry, Nielsen The league is located at 21West purchased at the Dover Art Video, Kristin Parsons Interiors, Loockerman Street, Dover. For League and Modern Maturity, Preswick House, Phyllis and Irv more information contact DAL at Dover. Levitt and Haass' Family Butcher 302-674-0402. Sponsors for the event are Shop. Rehoboth gets set to celebrate food and wine Inaugural fest sponsored by Rehoboth Beach Main Street Make room on your calen- dar...Rehoboth Beach Main Street is organizing the inaugural Re- hoboth Beach Wine and Food Fes- tival Friday, April 23, to Sunday, April 25. The festival is the first of its kind in Rehoboth and a great kick-off to the spring and summer season. Participating Main Street mem- ber restaurants will host a range of events from wine tasting happy hours to fabulous wine-sampling dinners. There will be celebrity guest chefs and sommeliers, cook- ing classes, and wine education : prog}amS fi as all :of downtown Rehoboth celebrates glorious grapes and distinctive gourmet dining. As Rehoboth Beach continues to gain regional notoriety as a culinary destination, this first An- nual Food and Wine Festival will showcase Rehoboth's exceptional culinary traditions as food and wine professionals bring us the newest trends in the restaurant and spirits industries. Wine represen- tatives from an exceptional selec- tion of wineries and purveyors are lining up to visit Rehoboth that weekend. Rehoboth residents and visitors will be able to pick and choose their happy hour destinations but will be required to have dining reservations from among Main Street member restaurants such as the Abstractions, Adriatico, Blue Moon, Camels Hump, Celsius, Cloud 9, Cultured Pearl, DISH!, Dogfish Head, Eden, Espuma, Jakes, Planet X and Victorias. For more information regarding participants, schedule of events and specific menus and wines, check for updates on the follow- ing websites: www.rehomaln.com and www.diningdebeaches.com. Enjoy happy hour throughout town and make dinner reserva- tions at the restaurant of your choice. For more information, call 227- 2772. Call the individual restau- rants for reservations. knn Marie's i37 Highway One Reh0b0th Beach 645-6262 Open 4 pm Daily Your dining destination on the internet: www.di ningDEbeaches.om The Dover Art League Inc. is planning an Artists Studio Tour from I1 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 28. The public is invited to tour the creative artist studios, see works in progress, watch demonstra- tions, see work on exhibit and purchase art. All participating artists are pro- fessional artists and/or artists who currently produce art to exhibit and sell. The tour provides all ticket holders with a program, which in- cludes information regarding all artists with directions to their art studios or homes. Participating artists include Donald Parks, Maria Bessette, Karen MacMurray, John Waters, artists of many mediums; Irv Levitt - acrylic artist; Joe DiSalvo - floral designer; Eric Young photographer; Janet Statuti - ce- ramic artist; Kathy Busehi = folk art; Sherry Pues = oitand water- colorisf; Kaurrie Wdbd; stained glass. Tickets prices are $10 per per- ISeafood.S00sl Italian Cuisine and Chicken OOOOOO0OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO0 New Spring Menu Starts This Neekend