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6 - CAPE GAZETI, Friday, August 14 - August 20, 1998 VIE00/POINTS Edit(,rial Henlopen Theater Project starts strong Dixie Carter and John Wallowitch, suuported by excellent sound and lighting infrastructure, proved on Saturday night, Aug. 8, that Broadway-caliber entertainment can be successfully presented in Cape Henlopen High School&apos;s Little Theatre. The nationally acclaimed actress and cabaret singer teamed with the prominent composer and pianist to charm a sellout crowd assem- bled for the inaugural event of the Henlopen Theater Project. The facility handled the event well. As it was intended to do, the event made believers out of many people who questioned whether professional theatre of national cal- iber could work here in Delaware's Cape Region. It made folks lis- ten with more accepting ears as actress Lisa Pelikan explained her intent to serve as artistic director for a project that will bring well- known elevision and stage stars to this area in the summer of 1999 to present a six-week theater schedule. The concept of using the atmos- phere created around such a series to develop a National Youth The- ater Academy sounded utterly plausible following the Saturday night performance and the Sunday master class conducted by Carter. Cleveland Morris, former artistic director for the Delaware Theatre Company and consultant to the Henlopen Theater Project, stressed however, that the emphasis of the initiative should be on the theatre art. He urged those involved to not allow the magic of theatre to be lost in a rush to construct a new building. Cape Henlopen High School's Little Theatre, because of its limit- ed seating, allowed the audience to interact directly with the Carter performance and would allow future audiences to feel the intense energy of other professional productions. The presence of that level of production adds an intangible but valuable enhancement to the educational atmosphere of Cape High. If the emphasis of the Hen- lopen Theater Project remains focused on being'artist-based and tar- geted toward offering creative experiences for professional actors, designers and writers, its potential of making Delaware's Cape Region a major summer venue for theatre can easily be realized. The project, however, also needs to take advantage of the wonder- ful theatre-pioneering work done in this area over the past three decades by groups such as the Possum Point Players and Second Street Players. Those groups have worked steadily to build a theatre- appreciative audience that could add to the core of the audience that would provide sustenance to the Henlopen Theater Project. Members of their boards should be involved to ensure continuity an:,', healthy interaction that can only further the successful futures of all involved. We agree also with Cleveland Morris that "theatre-going breeds theatre-going." The Carter and Wallowitch performance proved that the job canbe done and those efforts promise to add tremendous excitement to this area in the future. The Weather Picture - " Angle Moon photo A cosmos peaks out from the brush along a country road in Sussex County on a hot summer afternoon. Last Quarter New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Aug. 14 Aug. 22 August 30 SepL 6 i should we spend millions of dollars buy- Letters ing land and upset a different set of homeowners to put a path along the for- mer railroad line? To me the answer is obvious. Milmer expmms park Language was added to the epilogue of bike trail position this year's bond bill, mandating that con- struction of a trail in the park begin this Let me say three things before I state fiscal year. While some may criticize the my positioia on the proposed trail for method used to move this project along, bikes, walkers, joggers and skaters I can empathize with those representa- through Cape Henlopen State Park. rives and senators who wish to see First, throughout my public career, I progress made. We've talked about have always worked to preserve and pro- building a trail for almost 20 years. It's tect our natural areas. As a legislator, I time to build it. created the programs now being used to I encourage the committee drafting purchase land for greenways and open Cape Henlopen's master plan to plan for space. One of my bills that became law a trail that will allow for public enjoy- improved response time to oil spills in ment as well as environmental steward- the Delaware Bay and River. I have been ship. I urge them to be creative. Lay a honored by the Sierra Club, the Audubon route away from the most sensitive Society and the Wildlife Federation. areas. Build a raised walkway with rail- Second, I'm also known for my inter- ings so people cannot stray off the trail. est in cutting waste and improving effi- But don't pin your hopes on a trail where ciency in our state government. Through it may take years and millions of dollars the Minner Commission, and the Person- to acquire all the parcels necessary for nel Review Task Force in my first term, completion. as well as the Workforce Development I grew up very near Cape Henlopen Council now, I have searched for ways to and have visited it all my life. The Point, spend less money or get more for the where the bay meets the ocean, is one of money we do spend, my favorite spots in the state. I would Third, this is an issue that many others never want to spoil what I consider to be and I have been working on for many one of Delaware's jewels. But I would years, since at least the early 1980s. And not want to keep others from enjoying it while some may think my interest in say- either. ing money and in preserving our natural Lt. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner heritage collide with this issue, I do not. Milford That's why I am in favor of the con- struction of a trail through existing park- Reaction to Minner land. I believe a route can be chosen and materials can be used that will minimize quotes on bike path the impact on the environment while allowing the citizens of Delaware to The following letter was sent to Lt. enjoy a unique park that is paid for by Gov. Ruth Ann Minner with a copy sub- their tax dollars, raitted to the Cape Gazette for publica- There is no doubt in my mind that tion. besides its recreational value, a trail is I read with great dismay the quote needed between Le'wes and Rehoboth attributed to you in the Aug. 7 issue of Beach. Bicyclists are hurt - sometimes killed - traveling on the shoulder of Continued on page 7 Route 1. A trail will eliminate this hazard to both bikers and drivers. It will also Write Now encourage people to bike or walk rather than use their cars to get from one town should be Signed and include a tele- to the other - something anyone con- cerned about the environment should phone number for verification. encourage. So the question becomes, should we build a path on land we already own, or Volume 6 No. 12 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Trish Vernon News Editor Michael Short News Kerry Kester Rosanne Pack Jen Ellingsworth Janet Andrelczyk Photographer Angle Moon Proofreader Bill Rable Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Forestieri Sharon Hudson Nancy Stenger Joseph Mariann Wilcox Classified Sandy Barr Office Manager Kathy Emery Circulation Harry Stoner Production Coordinator Deidre Sudimak Production Staff Susan Porter Chris Wildt Contributors: Tim Bamforth Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Geoff Vernon The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is published by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Mid- way Shopping Center, Highway One, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971. Sec- ond class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Telephone: (302) 645- 7700. FAX: 645-1664. 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