Second Street Players announce 2016 season: Call for Directors

art 05aMILFORD — The Second Street Players announce their upcoming 2016 season which includes five Main Stage Shows and three Children’s Theater shows.
Main Stage

Winter Drama: “A Murder is Announced” by Agatha Christie will run Feb. 12-14 and Feb. 19-21. An announcement in the local paper states the time and place of a murder to occur. When the victim falls, Miss Marple is on hand to provide the final solution.

Spring Musical: “Fiddler on the Roof” by Joseph Stein will run May 6-8 and May 13-15. It is based on Tevye and his Daughters – or Tevye the Dairyman – and other tales by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religion and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters, who wish to marry for love – each one’s choice of a husband moves further away from the customs of his faith – and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village.

Summer Comedy: “Drop Dead!” by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore will run July 22-24 and July 29-31. A cast of has-been actors plan to revive their careers in “Drop Dead!,” a potboiler murder mystery directed by “Wonder Child of the Broadway Stage” Victor Le Pewe – a psychotic eye twitching megalomaniac. But when the murders and mysteries exceed those in the script – these thespians must save the show and their careers as well as their lives!

Fall Comedy: “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward will run Sept. 9-11 and Sept. 16-18. This much-revived classic, hit of London and Broadway stages, from the playwright of “Private Lives” offers up fussy, cantakerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted – literally – by the ghost of his late first wife, Elvira, who is called up by a visiting “happy medium” Madame Arcati. As the personalities clash, Charles’ current wife Ruth is accidentally killed, passes over, joins Elvira and the two “blithe spirits” haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.
Holiday Show: “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens will run Nov. 25-27 and Dec. 2-4. Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly, cold-hearted creditor, continues his stingy, greedy ways on Christmas Eve. He rejects a Christmas dinner invitation, and all the good tidings of the holiday, from his jolly nephew, Fred. He yells at charity workers and he overworks his employee, Bob Cratchit. At night, Scrooge’s former partner Jacob Marley, dead for seven years, visits him in the form of a ghost. Marley’s spirit has been wandering since he died as punishment for being consumed with business and not with people while alive. He has come to warn Scrooge and perhaps save him from the same fate. He tells him Three Spirits will come to him over the next three nights.

Children’s Theater

“Snow Queen” by Stacie Lane will run March 11-13. A magical, wintry wonderland awaits in this charming children’s show, closely adapted from the same Hans Christian Andersen tale as Disney’s Frozen. The Flurries, the icy imps of the Snow Queen, conjure up a cruel spell to make a magical mirror that reflects the ugly side of humanity. Hardly impressed, the Snow Queen smashes the mirror to set her more dastardly plan into motion. While cousins Gerda and Kay play tag, Kay gets a shard of the shattered mirror stuck in his eye, and it turns him into a rotten brat. The Snow Queen kidnaps the boy and takes him to her Ice Castle. Timid Gerda is determined to rescue her best friend, armed only with a Gypsy’s jar of warm wishes and giggle-inducing snickerdoodles. On her journey, she encounters a cursed gardener, talking flowers, a mischievous fox, a know-it-all crow, a generous princess and rowdy robbers. Once at the castle, Gerda uses the jar of warm wishes to melt the Flurries and the magical cookies to warm Kay’s heart again. Thanks to Gerda’s own warm heart and her loving, forgiving nature, the Snow Queen transforms into the Sun Queen and the Flurries return as Sunbeams.

“Pinocchio” will run June 3-5. “Pinocchio” by Carlos Collodi was written in 1883. The story is about a wooden marionette named Pinocchio. He spends his whole childhood wanting to become a real boy, but is misguided by troublesome schoolboys and two con artists. Through Pinocchio’s adventures, he understands how he was defiant and naïve. At the end of the story his compassion and gratefulness overcame his misguided decisions..

“Charlotte’s Web” by Joseph Robinette will run Oct. 7-9. Joseph Robinette, working with the advice of E.B. White, has created a play that captures this work in a thrilling and utterly practical theatrical presentation. All the enchanting characters are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.” Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the “miracle” of her web in which she writes, “Some pig.” It’s the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte.

Any Directors interested in working on these shows, submit a letter of interest to Matjead@comcast.net or P.O Box 470, Milford, Del, 19963. All submissions must be in by no later than Aug. 31, 2015.

Second Street Players is planning a Meet the Directors evening on the evening of Friday, Oct. 30 to help introduce the Directors to the Second Street Players membership, and provide a time where Directors can meet potential volunteers. Please indicate if you are able to attend this event on your application.

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