Ambitious schedule by Ocean Pines Players

The following is a release from the Ocean Pines Players:

Company to bring four stage shows in four months to area theater goers

Live theater lovers in Ocean City/Berlin and surrounding areas can look forward to an ambitious and versatile fall season by the Ocean Pines Players, with a new production each month, September through December. Some of the productions will be seen for the first time in this area.

Up first is a tribute Salute to Elton John, on September 9 and 16 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on 103rd Street in Ocean City. In October the company will perform Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, the first staging of this poignant work in the Ocean City area. That will be followed in November by the zany Assisted Living, the Musical. Then, in December, in its first joint production with Pocomoke’s historic Mar-VA Theater, OPP will stage the comedy, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Again, this will be the first time this magical holiday play will be performed in in the area.

In Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, by American playwright Richard Alfieri, Delaware residents Victoria Cook and Thom Harris play Lily Harrison, a self-described “old biddy” who lives alone, and Michael Minetti, her dance instructor who was forced to leave his life as a chorus boy on Broadway behind. The witty dialogue supports the moving relationship that develops between the two. Six Dances will be performed October 4, 5 and 7 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on 103rd Street in Ocean City at 7 p.m.; October 6 at St. Peter’s for a 2 p.m. matinee; and in a first for OPP, a performance at the Mar-VA Theater in Pocomoke on October 13 at 2 p.m.

The November production of Assisted Living the Musical by Rick Compton and Betsy Bennett is an ambitious project for OPP. It is a vaudeville-style show of songs and skits for as many as 18 characters. For 90 minutes, the audience will be entertained by the residents of Pelican Roost, a “full-service retirement home for those drifting into their twilight years, but further away from sanity.” Pelican Roost is home to colorful characters, a place where buffoonery lives next door to screwball, just across the way from cockamamie. The play will be performed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church November 22 and 25 at 7 p.m., November 24 at 2 p.m., and again at St. Peter’s at 7 p.m. for a full evening performance the same day.

In December, the Ocean Pines Players and the Mar-VA Theater of Pocomoke will present their first joint production, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Ken Ludwig, in which a mouse, an elf, and a spunky girl, Emily, who won’t take no for an answer, go on a quest to find out why Santa missed their house last year. The play is a joyful tribute to the holiday season. Performances will take place on the weekend of December 7/8, only at the Mar-VA Theater Preforming Arts Center.

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