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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 3 - July 9,1998 -. 95 ,Second Street Players' 'Harvey' to open July 24 in Milford It's one of those shows where the audience never sees the central character; or then again, maybe they do, but they just don't want to admit it. When the title charac- ter is a 6-foot tall invisible rabbit, admitting that you can see "Har- vey" can have consequences. The Second Street Players pre- sent the Pulitzer Prize classic comedy July 24, 25, 26 and 31 and Aug. 1 and 2, and audience mem- bers can use their own discretion when it comes to owning up to spying the big bunny. Harvey keeps his best friend, Elwood Dowd, in trouble as the mild-man- nered man tries to explain how the invisible rabbit, a certified pooka, keeps him company, gives sound advice and provides general amusement. Pookas came to the United States along with the Irish and their folklore of faeries who take the shape of huge animals. The spirits are picky about whom they favor with appearances, and only those who are of the right mindset and temperament are granted friendship. Elwood's family and friends are not among those honored with Harvey's visible aura, and they are none too tolerant of what they perceive as an embarrassing ec- centricity, To save her marriage- able daughter from social disaster, his sister moves to have him com- mitted to a sanitarium where such pleasant men and their pooka friends will be well cared for. In the confusion of attempting this action, the sister is mistakenly identified as the pooka peeker and she ends up the object of men in white coats. The gentle comedy moves back and forth between the genteel Vic- torian home Dowd shares with his sister's family and Chumley's Rest sanitarium. Director Ferdi Perrone has de- signed his set to accommodate the River Front Theatre stage and the backstage abilities of community theatre. He will "overdress" some parts of the set so that sections can be quickly changed by removing parts of walls and reversing drapes; in other areas, walls will rotate, taking the action from home library to the doctor's office of the rest home. Perrone has a cast of veteran ac- tors in "Harvey," most Well- known to southern Delaware audi- ences. Appearing as Dowd and his sister Veta Louise are Jim DeBas- tiani and Esther Friend; other cast members are Georgiana Staley, Dave Palmer, Jean Savo, Joe Larrimore, Paul Norton, James Keegan, Ellie Varous, Bill Rable and Angie Carr. Friday and Saturday perfor- mances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m. All seats in the air-conditioned theatre are re- served and all tickets are $10 for Friday and Saturday shows; senior citizens and students pay a dis- counted price of $9 for Sunda" matinees only. Call 422-022 o, ., reservations. Second Street Players' Rivet front Theatre is at 2 S. Walnut St., Possum Point Players to open 'Hansel and Gretel' on July 24 The Possum Point Players have announced that tickets are now on sale for their production of "Hansel and Gretel," which will be on stage Friday through Sun- day, July 24-26 and July 31-Aug. 2. The Friday and Saturday perfor- mances will be held at 8 p.m., with the Sunday matinees at 2 .'p.m. Tickets areS8 for adults and $6 for children under 12. The show is being produced by the teenage arm of the Players - Possum Juniors - and all aspects of the production are being ad- dressed by young Sussex Coun- tians between the grades of six and 12. The youths picked out the play, will direct it, build the sets, make costumes, act and organize the makeup and ticket sales. Mary DeBastiani, the 16-year- old Sussex Central High School student and director of the show, is adding a special twist to this children's classic story. "We want to focus on the sandman, the witch and the stepmother. There will be undei'lyYii'ones of why some people are not so nice; yet, at the same time, this will be a play for children of all ages," De- Bastiani said. "From the fun of the costumes to the role of the two stars, Hansel and Gretel, this show will leave the audiences smiling." The cast includes Sara Shields, 16, of Lewes, who will play the stepmother; Wendy Ruiz, 16, from Georgetown, who will play Gretel; Luke Sizemore of George- town, who will play Hansel; Bon- nie Warrington, as the wicked witch; and John Clark of George- town, as the sandman. Other cast members are Johnathan March, Jenna Marine, Joel Clark, Leanne .Cre, ssM,E. Fisher, Andrew Mar- tin and the Twilly brothers, Bran- don and Tyler. The technical work will be done by Sara Loeber, 16, as assistant director; Richard Kee, 15, produc- er; Travis George, 17, set builder; and Tim Fannin and John Belkot, lights. To reserve tickets, call the Possum Point Players' ticket line at 856-4560. For more informa- tion call 856-3460. Possums Continued from page 94 tribute to a strong economy - they also enrich and enhance Delaware's quality of life," Carp- er wrote. "By encouraging chil- dren and teenagers in your shows, you have helped make theatre fun for the entire family. Your com- mitment to building and expand- ing on your current theatre shows that you are dedicated to building an even bigger audience for your wonderful performances - and for the arts in general." Although fundraising activities are progressing, more money is still needed to make the expansion project a reality. Anyone interest- ed in making a donation or pur- chasing a plaque or brick to help the cause can call "Possum Hall" at 856-3460. ,NTE Classic Italian Cuisine Our 6th Season Fresh Pasta, Veal, Chicken and Seafood Prepared Daily -- By Popular Request- DINNER 5-10:30p.m. Everyday 32 Lake Ave., Rehoboth Beach For reservations 226-1160 lli00 'l Atltl/It Yli00 'l AlItl/I downtown Milford. 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