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94 - CAPE G, Friday, Dee. 6 - Dee. 12, 2002 Georgetown musician to open for Dee Messina in O.C. Dec. 21 What started out as the latest in a series of Christmas presents for Kevin Short's parents - Harold and Dora - evolved into a unique compilation of classic congrega- tional hymns that has managed, by word of mouth alone, to attract world-wide interest. Just after Christmas in 2000, Short intended to gather some friends at his Georgetown, Del. recording studio to record new arrangements of a dozen and a half hymns from the 1800s that would be his 2001 Christmas present to his parents. But, the homespun gift idea he thought would take just a weekend evolved into a yearlong labor of love and an album that exceeded everyone's expectations. "It was supposed to be a simple recording and I was going to bum 30 or 40 copies for my parents and friends and that was going to be that," Short said. "But it turned into this - a 20- page booklet and CD, with full blown artwork and background vocals by The Fairfield Four and The Jordanaires. It just snow- balled. It was completely different than what we started with and the response has been amazing." That would-be Christmas pres- ent evolved into "Little is Much," a collection of 18 classic congre- gational hymns rearranged with contemporary acoustic guitar ac- companiment (provided by guitar players Keith Mack, a rock and roller, and Billy West, a country swing strummer, along with Larry Lynch on the upright bass, plus The Classic Strings and fiddle player Tammy Rogers). In the end, the album of new contemporary takes on classic congregational hymns included "Sweet By & By; .... I Surrender All;" "I Love To Tell The Story;" "Little Is Much When God Is In It," which sparked the title, and 15 more inspirational tracks. During Possum Point players announce 2003 season, Amid much fanfare, Judy Dean, president of Possum Point Play- ers, announced its lineup for the 2003 season, 'q'his is going to be a blockbuster year," Dean said. "Not only are we celebrating our 30th anniversary, we have put to- gether a season that is guaranteed to please. This season reflects hundreds of volunteer hours spent reading scripts, discussing plots and voicing opinions on theatrical presentations. H. Barlow, chair of our reading committee, and her group have really outdone them- selves." Lynne Maloy, executive direc- tor of Possum Point agreed. ,Everyone is excited about next year and that feeling is very con- tagious. We're raring to go and in fact we are moving on two of the productions already. Our dinner theater is already in rehearsals and our musical has been cast." The first show of the season, Dean said, is Possums' traditional dinner theater, Scheduled for the last weekend in January and the first weekend in February, "Dial M for Murder" is an "exciting melodrama that tingles with ex- citement," Dean said. "We are al- so serving a wonderful dinner, creating a great evening of food and mystery. Louise Hartzell, one of the founders of Possum Point Players, will again be in the kitchen, working her magic. Twenty-seven years ago, a very small group of Sussex Countians took on a major project - produc- ing a major musical. That musical was "1776," and today, as that small band of actors has grown into a major community theater, Possum Point will again stage "1776." The show will be directed by H. Barlow, who directed the show in 1976. 'q'he show will be kept in period," Dean said. "Fun costumes, wigs and make up, along with great sets, will make this a must-see production." The show will be performed the last weekend in March and the first weekend in April. Possum Point Players' summer comedy will be a presentation of Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs." The play tells the tale of a teenager from Brooklyn com- ing of age in the pre-World War II era. "Brighton Beach Memoirs" will be performed the weekends of June 6 and 13. "Shall We Dance" is a Rogers and Hammerstein musical revue that will be performed the week- ends of Oct. 10 and 17. Kenney Workman, director of the revue, said, "The music of shows like "Oklahoma," "South Pacific," "Carousel," and "The King and I" has to be at the top of the list of any true lover of Broadway mu- sic. I am looking forward to as- sembling some of the best vocal- ists Sussex County has to offer to showcase these classic hits." The 30th anniversary of Pos- sum Point Players will conclude with "Nuncrackers," a Nunsense Christmas musical. The story of the Sisters of Mount Saint Helen's Convent and their adventures as the produce a television show, "Nuncrackers" is filled with Christmas joy and funny dia- logue. "Nuncrackers" will be per- formed the weekends of Dec. 5 and 12. 'q'his 30th year season, as you can tell, is something that will be fun, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable," said Dean. Season tickets are available for $90 per person or $85 for seniors and stu- dents. For a brochure, call the Possum Point office at 856-3460. I ........ " Now Open I I|/L I  Hours: lO-6 p.m. FrL, SaL & Sun. I whiz I I1i  y Broadkill Beach vv-- vv- v,.,.v the week of Christmas 2001 alone the album was downloaded from more than 10,000 times and more than 38,000 times since its release 12 months ago. Following its release, the con- gregational compilation remained No. 1 on's folk charts for six weeks and nine of the 18 songs occupied the site's Top I0 folk singles list for two months. During the year from rehearsal to release, Short, now 37, the al- bum's executive producer and lead singer, and collaborators, in- eluding producer Ed Shockley (who stepped in after original pro- ducer Kenny Martin passed sud- denly from liver cancer during the projec0, realized the project was becoming something extraordi- nary. "It's been one of the most special projects that I've ever been involved with," said Short, who owns Mid-South Audio in Georgetown, which has been of- fering recording studio, sound system installation and event sound equipment services for 15 years. For Short and Shockley, the key to the "Little is Much" phenome- non is the music. "A lot of these songs were written back in the Continued on page 95 redfin SEAFOOD GRILL Classic EastcoaSt Cuisine www, redflnseafoodgrill,com Open Year Round Dinner Wed. - Sun. North Bethany Beach, De Free Parking 537-0100