Second Street Players seek directors, announce 2017 main stage shows

MILFORD — Second Street Players are seeking directors for the upcoming 2017 season. If you are interested in directing any shows for the 2017 season, submit a letter of intent to jgross@atlanticrhc.com no later than August 31. Any submissions after that date will not be considered.

2017 season main stage shows

“The Sunshine Boys” by Neil Simon showing Feb. 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19. Al and Willie as “Leis and Clark” were top billed vaudevillians for more than forty years. Now they aren’t even speaking. When CBS requests them for a “History of Comedy” retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries and laughs.

“Nunsense A-AMEN!” by Dan Goggin showing May 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14. This show is basically the original “Nunsense” show with all of the characters being portrayed by men. Think of it as “Mrs. Doubtfire enters the convent.” Productions have boasted such stars as Arte Johnson from “Laugh-In” as Mother Superior and Olympic champion Greg Louganis as Sister Robert Anne.

“Grease” by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey showing July 28, 29, 30 Aug. 4, 5, 6. Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck tailed, hot rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum- snapping, hip- shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin,” “Its’s Raining on Prom Night,” and “Alone at the Drive-In Movie.” An eight year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals, along with innumerable school and community productions, place “Grease” among the world’s most popular musicals.

“The Canterville Ghost” by Pat Cook showing Sept. 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24. Hiram and Lucy Otis can’t wait to move into their pastoral English manor house – just as soon as the ghost moves out. That’s right, Canterville Hall comes complete with a howling, green ghoul, but only if Sir Simon (the ghost) can remember to bring the green mist with him. This classic Oscar Wilde tale spins the Otis family through a maze of dithering maids, blustering bosses and an English realtor who’s always looking for a free lunch. The mystery unfolds amid flashes of thunder and disappearing guests. Only when the Otises can figure out the curse of Canterville Hall can Sir Simon rest in peace. A play with lots of human comedy and just a touch of sentiment.

“The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of -Christmas Carol” by David Mcgillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr. showing Nov. 24, 25, 26 and Dec. 1, 2, 3. In a festive mood, the ladies of the Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society mount another assault on the classics with their stage version of “A Christmas Carol.” They enthusiastically portray a dizzy array of characters from the Dickensian favorite – and a few which aren’t, engineer some novel audience participation while bravely contending with an intrusive PA system and, in a real Farndale first, rap their vocal cords and feet around two original, show stopping songs.

Children’s Theater shows

“The Adventures of Robin Hood” by Michele L. Vacca showing March 10, 11, 12. Robin and his Merrie Band are looking for an opportunity to perform their usual daring, dashing deeds in their customary fun-loving fashion. When they encounter Alfred the Saxon, who alerts them that the nasty and nefarious sheriff is about to collect taxes – again – in the nearby village of Edwinstowe, they immediately don disguises, and dash into town. After a series of clever ploys, the sheriff is temporarily foiled, and the Merrie Band retires to Sherwood Forest to await his inevitable pursuit “The Never Ending Story” by Adapted by David S. Craig and based upon the novel by Michael Ende showing June 2, 3, 4. Told with all the thrills of a classic adventure, the story begins with Bastian, -lonely boy, who stumbles into a curious bookshop where he discovers a curious book “The Never Ending Story.” Bastian hides in the attic of his school and begins to read, and -huge adventure surges into life. Fantastica, a land of stories, is being destroyed by “the Nothing.” The Childlike Empress has chosen Atreyu, -young hunter, to be the hero of the great quest. Atreyu, an orphan, is an unlikely choice, but he accepts and with his horse and companion, Artax, rides to face the menace.

“Dorothy In Wonderland” by Brian D. Taylor showing Oct. 6, 7, 8. The worlds of Oz and Wonderland collide in this fantastically fun romp, cleverly and carefully adapted from the works of L. Frank Baum and Lewis Carroll. Dorothy Gale has made her way to the end of the yellow brick road, and the wonderful Wizard of Oz is just about to help her get back home to Kansas. But before she can hop into the wizard’s balloon, another whirlwind appears over the Emerald City, sweeping Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion away to Wonderland. Equipped with their new assets — brains, heart and courage — Dorothy’s friends try to help her find her way home, meeting many other interesting characters along the way, including Alice, the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, March Hare, the Cheshire Cat and many more.

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