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BRIAN SIMPSON NICK COLIONNE PETER WHITE BONEY JAMES LALAH HATHAWAY RICHARD ELLIOT NORMAN BROWN RICK BRAUN GERALD VEASLEY LARRY GRAHAM STEVE COLE KIM WATERS KEIKO MATSUI PAUL TAYLOR ERIC DARIUS EUGE GROOVE MARC ANTOINE JJ SANSAVERINO ART SHERROD JR PIECES OF A DREAM WILL DONATO MATT MARSHAK TRACEY HAMLIN MAYSA FOUR 80 EAST LINDSEY WEBSTER CLUB PHRED “The Greatest Jazz Festival in The World” REHOBOTH BEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL IN SUSSEX COUNTY, DELAWARE OCT 12 - 15, 2017 Produced by The Delaware Celebration of Jazz • rehobothjazz.com LOOK WHO IS COMING TO THE GREATEST JAZZ FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD! Cape Gazette ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT FRIDAY, APRIL 28 - MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017 91 The Cape Henlopen High School Theatre Academy will close its 2016-17 season with the powerful musical "Aida." Sir El- ton John's stirring score, paired with lyrics by Sir Tim Rice, have made "Aida" one of the most compelling Broadway musicals of its era. Based on Verdi's opera, "Aida" completes this season's theme of forbidden love. "Aida" will run Friday and Sun- day, April 28 and 30, and Friday to Sunday, May 4 to 6. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. There will not be a performance Saturday evening, April 29. Ticket price for adults is $10, $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased in ad- vance, and are also available at the door. Cape Theatre Director Martha E. Pfeiffer said, "When I first chose to direct 'Romeo and Ju- liet' in the fall, 'Aida' became the logical bookend to the season's theme. “At the time, I did not fully realize how relevant this pro- duction would be. In light of current events, the power of this timeless theme rings truer than ever: that the power of love can dissolve life's most challenging obstacles." Conflict between Egypt and Nubia gives birth to a star- crossed love affair between Aida, the captured princess of Nubia, and Radames, the Egyptian cap- tain who enslaved her people. With love and responsibility at odds, Aida and Radames must decide to follow their hearts or lead their people. "This has been one of our most challenging productions to date," said Pfeiffer. "The incredible talent of our cast, led by Tasha Shanelle Hop- kins in the title role and local favorite Savannah Shockley as Princess Amneris, with Adrian D'Antoni in the role of Captain Radames, combined with the ex- citing choreography of our guest artist K.T. Thomas, and Kevin Brown's scenic design, promises not to disappoint. We are all very proud to bring this production to Cape's stage." ‘Aida’ to open at Cape High April 28 SUBMITTED PHOTOS Savannah Shockley plays Amneris. Shown, left, kneeling are (l-r) Brooke Sposato, Elizabeth Jensen, Morgan Whittam, Morgan Schwabb, Jayden Lesko, Tyrese Riddes, and Nate Linton. Standing are Scott Nye and Tasha Shanelle Hopkins as Aida. Dylan Baldwin and Evangeline Dillard are seated on the steps. “WHEN I FIRST CHOSE TO DIRECT ‘ROMEO AND JULIET’ IN THE FALL, ‘AIDA’ BECAME THE LOGICAL BOOKEND TO THE SEASON’S THEME. AT THE TIME, I DID NOT FULLY REALIZE HOW RELEVANT THIS PRODUCTION WOULD BE.” - MARTHA PFEIFFER Compelling musical to complete school’s theatre season