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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 5 - April 11, 1996 - 43 Arts & Entertainment Steppm Out Toy Factory works and plays its way into Rehoboth By Kristen Seal April is playing host to numer- ous bands that are making debut performances in the Cape Region. Now is the time to get out to your favorite restaurants and bars to catch some of the newest bands to our area and offer support, in order to maintain the influx of new musicians. Among this fresh tal- ent is a band known as Toy Facto- ry who will perform for the first time in our area on Friday, April 5 at Irish Eyes. The three members of Toy Fac- tory have been performing togeth- er since December of 1994, but have only been named Toy Facto- ry since January of 1996. Drum- mer and percussionist Ossi Becke explained that after stints as Panic Beach and Trieb Hans, the band settled on the name Toy Factory. "When we performed our cover tunes we called ourselves Panic Beacti and when we did originals we were Trieb Haus [German for green house]. I think we were confusing people," Becke said. Toy Factory was the name of lead vocalist, guitar and harmonic player Bill Dreslin's high school band and after much deliberation, the decision on Toy Factory was final. The third member of the band is bass and mandolin player Lex Price. Becke explained that both he and Price were members of Red Letter Day, the now acoustic duo, featured regularly at both Dogfish Head and the Frogg Pond. Toy Factory has performed in Dover, Baltimore and several dif- ferent spots throughout southern Maryland. Becke lives in Dover and Price and Dreslin both live in Maryland, so Toy Factory has no distinct hometown area - they play regularly in both regions. The Irish Eyes performance this weekend will feature mostly cover songs. When Toy Factory returns to Rehoboth on Friday, April 12 to Dogfish Head, the band will per- form its original music. Toy Factory's cover songs include hits from newer bands such as The Goo Goo Dolls, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Stone Temple Pilots, The Gin Blossoms and The Lemon Heads to more classic bands such as Dire Straits, The Police, Steely Dan and The Smithereens. "We are very flexible with what we play; if there are people in the audience who want to hear some- thing and we know how to play it, we will," said Becke. He added that the band's original songs are "acoustic alternative rock". Toy Factory will perform at Irish Eyes on Friday, April 5 and at Dogfish Head on Friday, April 12. Here is your entertainment line- up for other resort establishments: REHOBOTH BEACH Arena's Bar and Deli: 149 Rehoboth Avenue (in the Village by the Sea Mall); every Sunday - acoustic jam hosted by Ralph Fre- ory Toy Factory will perform its cover songs at Irish Eyes on Friday, April 5 and is scheduled to perform its original acoustic music at Dogfish Head on Friday, April 12. acoustic jam hosted by Ralph Fre- so; Friday, April 5 - Mystic Fish- stick; Saturday, April 6 NailDrivers; Friday, April 12 - The Demi Guns; Saturday, April 13 - Grassdaddy. For information, call 227-1272. Club Potpourri: 316 Rehoboth Avenue; Friday and Sat- urday, April 5 and 6 - Funch; Fri- day and Saturday, April 12 and 13 - Funch. For information, call 227-4227. Dogfish Head: 320 Rehoboth Avenue; Friday, April 5 - Chip and Friends; Saturday, April 6 - The Wicomicos; Friday, April 12 - Toy Factory; Saturday, April 13 - Nik Everett. For information, call 226-BREW (2739). Frogg Pond: First Street and Rehoboth Avenue; Friday, April 5 - Karaoke; Saturday, April 6 - Blind Eye; Friday, April 12 - Karaoke; Saturday, April 13 - Charlie Donelan Band. For infor- mation, call 227-2234. Irish Eyes: Ocean block of Wilmington Avenue; every Wednesday - DJ Marry Party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday, April 5 - Toy Factory; Saturday, April 6 - Chameleon; Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13 - Bits & Pieces (all five members). For informa- tion, call 227-2888. Mulligan's Tavern: 622 Rehoboth Ave. For information, call 227-5488. Oscar's: 247 Rehoboth Avenue; every Saturday - Nick Wayne on keyboards. For infor- mation, call 227-0789. Sea Horse: 330 Rehoboth Avenue; Friday, April 5 - "Friends" in the Baystar Dinner Theatre ; every Friday beginning Continued on page 44 Original musical "oh maggie!" opens in Sussex April 11 The cast of the Possum Point Players' musical comedy Uoh! maggie" takes a break during the rehearsal of their production which opeus at the Possum Point Players' Theatre in George- town on Thursday, April 11 at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 856-4560. Excitement is growing as the opening of the world premiere musical comedy "oh! maggie" draws closer. After nearly three years of composing, writing and revising, local writers Martin Dus- biber and David Dutton are close to seeing their dreams and ideas hit the stage. This world premiere light heart- ed song and dance look at adoles- cents approaching adulthood and their parents who alternate from caring to concerned, will open at the Possum Point Players' Theatre in Georgetown at 8 p.m. on Thurs- day, April 11. Performances will continue at 8 p.m. on April 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20. Two matinee per- formances are also set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 21. Tickets are $10 and $8 for seniors and students at the matinee performances. Dusbiber wrote the music and the lyrics and Dutton wrote the story for "oh! maggie". The two completed copyright procedures earlier this year and demo tapes and the soundtrack have already been recorded. Both Dusbiber and Dutton have been involved in community the- atre for over 20 years and both have many compositions under their belt. Their friendship and mutual interests in music and writ- ing naturally led them to this col- laboration - a full length 48 com- position musical comedy. "I feel like it is our time," Dus- biber said. "We think this kind of entertainment will be very appeal- ing to the public. I think people want something sweet and silly; they are fed up with the violence and tension that is so prevalent in the movies and on T.V." The story of six college students and their families, "oh! maggie" does have its sweet and silly side. Girls "enhance" their figures, guys tease and brag, and everybody eats Continued on page 46