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88 - CAPE G, Friday, Nov. 8 - Nov. 14, Seashell Productions to stage USO show Nov. 13 at Lewes Senior Center By Amy Reardon Seashell Productions will per- form its first show Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Lewes Senior Cen- ter. The show will be a patriotic re-enactment of Bob Hope's USO shows from the 1940s. Ginny Soule and Deanna Monaco began the production company to entertain members of senior centers and residents of as- sisted living homes in the area. Soule began dancing with the Seashore Dancers three years ago, and Monaco began one year ago. "The talent we have in the show is amazing," said Monaco. "June Crowley, for instance, has an ex- cellent voice." The 10 performers in the non- profit production company range in age from 61 to 82 and have been practicing and organizing costumes for over a month. Not only do they sing and dance, but they imitate celebrities like Car- men Miranda, Betty Boop, the Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra, Vaughn Monroe, and Elvis. Bob Crowley will impersonate Bob Hope as the host of the show. Monaco would not talk about the grand finale of the show, but she said that it will be very patriotic. The luncheon will begin at 1 p.m. on Nov. 13. The price for lunch and the show is $9, and the price for the show, which begins at 2 p.m., is $3. Seashell Produc- tions plans to put together a vari- ety of shows in the future. Each show will have a theme. They plan on performing a show about the 1950s and several shows based on Broadway musi- cals. For more information about Seashell Productions contact Deanna Monaco at 227-4004. show revisted at upcoming Possums' play Twenty-seven years ago, a rela- tively new comedy theater took on its first major musical, "1776" and it was a smash hit. Now as that theater approaches its 30th year, it is reviving one of its most loved and cherished theater mo- ments. Possum Point Players, the area's oldest community theater, will once again produce "1776" and will hold auditions to fill the roles of America's founding fa- thers, plus a few mothers. According to Lynne Maloy, ex- ecutive director of the Players, "H. Barlow, who won major acco- Book Nook lades as the director of '1776' when Possum Point last produced the show, has agreed to direct it again. "We are so pleased. H wants to cast this show early so that there is plenty of time for everyone to learn the music. That's why we are having auditions in November for a show that opens in March. This is a super show, but some- what complicated, and I think the complications make it far more interesting," said Maloy. Auditions for "1776" will take place at 7 p.m., Nov. 14 and 15, and at 2 p.m., Nov. 16. "We are also wiped him out financially and broke his health and spirit. Through numerous sketches and diagrams, Gordon paints a vivid and thorough picture of how, after many trials and errors, the cable wire was put together and how the cable was actually laid on the ocean floor. Hint: Initially, two ships were used, playing out the cable as they steamed in opposite directions. The final successful ef- fort was completed by only one ship, the Great Eastern, the largest ship of the day, bigger than most future ocean liners. Gordon de- scribes how the first four attempts at all failed due to heavy storms, inadequate machinery, poorly trained crew members, and cables which constantly broke. Many in- vestors in the project, including the British government, were deeply concerned with the failed attempts and bailed out; Field, un- deterred, put up his entire live sav- ings and kept the project going.] Gordon offers an exciting cli- Continued from page 87 necessary to lay the cable. Gordon also offers illuminating biographical sketches of the men who worked together to fund, plan and organize the project. These vi- sionaries included some of the best scientific, engineering and business minds of the time. Most are obscure figures today, but were renowned and powerful in their day and included Lord Thomson, the foremost British physicist of the century; Isman- bard Brunel, the brillian( British engineer, who built the great ship which finally laid the cable; Samuel Morse, whose invention started it all; and Peter Cooper, a wealthy New York businessman who built the first locomotive in the United States. Then there was the driving force behind the proj- ect, American businessman Cyrus Field, who made it all happen. Field's astonishing decision to lay a submarine cable across the At- lantic was laughed at by many people who thought him mad. Field's idea would entail running the cable more than 2,000 miles at the bottom of the Atlantic at depths up to 2,600 fathoms. The cable would run from New York to Newfoundland to Ireland to England. Earlier cables had been laid between England and France and Holland and between Italy and Sardinia. This epic quest would ultimately take 12 years, five attempts and endless trials, tribulations and failures before Field saw his vision rewarded. It looking for 10 major male singers, two major female singers and 10 male character actors (nonsingers)," said Maloy. "We are asking all those inter- ested in auditioning to be pre- pared to sing a Broadway piece or to improvise for the nonsinging roles. Additionally, since the play is set in 1776, we are looking for help in creating period costumes, sets, make-up and hairstyles." Anyone interested should call the office at 856-3460. "1776" will be performed the last week- end in March and the first week- end of April. max of the historical completion of the project, including the f'n'st words to be transmitted through the cable between England and the United States. Gordon also provides readers a business primer on how business- men in the 18th and 19th centuries formed corporations and issued stock to raise money for trading and exploration in the "new world." We learn that the in- vestors in the Mayflower were mightily upset when the ship re- turned to England empty, failing to bring back goods from the colony. There are numerous other fascinating tidbits and adventures included in the thread across the ocean, which is an absorbing, well written drama of the astounding achievement, which literally changed the word. Gerry Lore retired to Rehoboth Beach in 1996 after a career with Hoffmann-LaRoche Inc. He is a graduate of Purdue University and Harvard School of Business. Submitted photo Seashell Productions production company aims to enter- tain members of senior centers and residents of assisted liv- ing homes in the area Shown (l-r) during a recent reenact- ment of Bob Hope's USO show are Mabel Wood, Deanna Monaco and Ginny Soule. 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