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Railroad Continued from page 72 Queen Anne's Railroad Mystery Train season as it pulls out of the st/tion Saturday, April 4. Each Saturday of April, the era of speakeasies and bootleg liquor will live on board the Zephyr as cast and guests eat and act out an original mystery. There is dirty work afoot as some actors meet their demise before the main course is served and din- ers must put their minds to the mystery even as they savor the shrimp. Those booked on the train can collect clues and concentrate on the Crime as copiously as they wish, or limit their participation to just sitting back and eating up as they are entertained. All are welcome to dress the part, whether or not they seek to be sleuths. From now through the winter holidays, the Footlight Produc- tions troupe will bo on board each Saturday night, committing das- tardly deeds and whetting passen- gers' appetites for entertainment. Members of die group create the plot of each production, set the tone on the train, and once they are up and rolling, improvise and extemporize. Each month will feature a dif- ferent theme show. Ches Warrener, president of Footlight, said that no perfor- mance is ever the same as the last. He and Tom Sweeny, group vice president, assembled the bare- bones of the Roaring '20s show, and tossed it out for embellish- ment by the other actors. Actor Rick, Lawrence said: "One or two of the troupe will come up with the nugget of a plot, and then we all get together and flesh it out. "Then, it changes from train to train, from actor to actor, and it depends on the audience partici- pation, too." "But before we begin, all the ac- tors know who's who in the plot," Warrener said. "We know who is related to whom, which ones had an affair, who wants the inheri- tance." "We have a formula, but we never know where we will take each other as actors," Sweeny said. "Or how the audience will change our direction. You don't know if a diner is going to say, 'Would you get me a .38 revolver' or 'Please get me some more bread.' "It keeps us on our toes, and it's really a lot of fun." "For April, we are looking at the train as a rolling speakeasy, the cars will be dressed for the oc- casion, and Rick and the Harbeson gang will cause their share of Keeping informed is easy with the Cape Gazette Call 645-7000 trouble," Warrener said. A charter member of the Foot- light crew, Suzette Riggin said that the cast members usually work some music into each mys- tery train adventure. "Several of us love to sing, and it's only natural that a Roaring '20s show would have a torch singer or two," Riggin said. She said that Footlight has al- ready presented cabaret shows for Queen Anne's Railroad holiday shows, and more musical revues are in the works. The group will also create a spe- cial mystery, cabaret or musical revue of any era or theme for spe- cial occasions and private parties. Footlight members came to- gether last fall, and first joined the Queen Anne's team for Valen- tine's and St. Patrick's Day pre- sentations. They are local actors, singers and musicians who have profes- sional experience on stage and be- hind the scenes that they want to share with the resort area. The group welcomes new members of any experience and age. Footlight will perform on board the Royal Zephyr for dinner trains until Christmas. Diners who join mystery din- ners board at 5 p.m. with depar- ture from the Queen Anne's Rail- road station at 6 p.m. The train returns at 8:30 p.m., perhaps short an actor or two, but filled with full and festive guests. The dinner train tickets are $54.95 and dinner includes appe- tizer, salad and bread, potato and other vegetable, choice of prime rib, stuffed shrimp, chicken cor- don bleu or honey roasted pork, beverage and New York cheese cake; there is a cash bar. Reservations are required, call 644-1729 or toll free, 888-456- TOOT. Queen Anne's Railroad is located on King's Highway leav- ing Lewes. For Footlight Productions Inc. booking or membership informa- tion; call 645-7223. a, PAN CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, March 27 - April 2, 1998 - 73 VIA seeks flea market vendors The Village Improvement As- sociation (VIA) is seeking ven- dors for its annual Flea Market by the Sea, which will be held on Sat- urday, May 16. The sales area will be located behind the VIA Clubhouse, which is on the Re- hoboth Beach Boardwalk at Grenoble Place. There are 40, 10-by-10-foot spaces available that may be re- served at $20 each. Anyone is welcome to apply, from individuals and fundraising organizations, to craft persons, artists and shops. For more infor- mation and reservations call 227- 8863 or 227-2101. ASIAN "IR I ST RO Get There Early/ 37 Wilmington Avenue 302-226-0400 The VIA is a nonprofit organi- zation founded in 1909. They have established a tradition of ser- vice to the community and con- tribute to the support of more than 25 charitable organizations. Cucina Italiana Est. 1916 Wednes00y Buy ore Entree Receive the 1978 menu $4.95.$12.95 Weekends- Prime Rib First & Baltimore Ave. Rehoboth Beach Closed Monday & Tuesday Open 4:30 P.M. until 227-9255 / / The Staff at the Pasta Bowl would like to say... "'Gracie """ for making our first five months so successful. "Have you tried these great new specials ?" 22 (ao=) o00-9oo5.00 Midway Shopping Center, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Pasta Bowl Website