Ocean Pines PLAYERS P. O. Box 1566 Berlin, MD 21811 email@example.com 703-901-5544 PRESS RELEASE 10/05/2019
Ocean Pines Players and Radio Airwaves Combining Talents To Bring a Whole New Wave of Entertainment to Ocean City
Lovers of live theater and old-time radio can look forward to exciting new experiences with the combining of the Ocean Pines Players and the Radio Airwaves ensembles. The two community entertainment groups have announced their merger, with Radio Airwaves joining Ocean Pines Players. The Ocean Pines Players have been performing in and around Ocean City for more than 40 years, since 1974. Radio Airwaves has been reproducing old-time radio programs since 2004 and is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of this traditional American art form. The newly merged group is now planning a busy 2020 season that includes plays, musical theater, cabarets, radio plays, and museum collaborations. In its most recent shows, Radio Airwaves performed a George Burns and Gracie Allen comedy standard Income Tax Problems, originally aired March 8, 1950, and My Favorite Husband, first broadcast on April 30, 1950, starring Lucille Ball and Richard Denning as Liz and George Cooper, a married couple “who live together and like it.” The Ocean Pines Players’ season for the remainder of the year is set, with the zany comedy, Assisted Living the Musical, by Rick Compton and Betsy Bennett, in November, followed by December’s joint production of ’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 Ocean Pines Players is a local, all-volunteer, 501 (c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. For more details on these productions and for more information on the Ocean Pines Players follow us on Facebook or our web page at www.oceanpinesplayers.com.
Ambitious Schedule by Ocean Pines Players Brings Four Stage Shows in Four Months to Area Theater Goers
Live theater lovers in Ocean City/Berlin and surrounding areas are looking forward to an ambitious and versatile finale to the 2019 season of 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 was a tribute Salute to Elton John, with performances scheduled for September 9 and 16 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on 103rd Street in Ocean City. In October the company scheduled 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 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 on 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 zany 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 on November 22 and 25 at 7 p.m., November 24 at 2 p.m., followed by an evening performance at St. Peter’s at 7 p.m.
In December, the Ocean Pines Players and the Mar-VA Theater of Pocomoke will present their first joint production, ’Twas the Night Before Christmasby 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 Performing Arts C
For more details on these productions and for more information on the Ocean Pines Players follow us on Facebook or our web page at www.oceanpinesplayers.com.
Ocean Pines Players P. O. Box 1566 Berlin, MD 21811 703-901-5544 firstname.lastname@example.org Elton John Up Next for Ocean Pines Players in an Anniversary Tribute to His Genius With a successful 8-week run of an original play on the Ocean City Boardwalk behind them, where they paid tribute to the women pioneers who all but made Ocean City the thriving resort town it is today, the Ocean Pines Players (OPP) will highlight their versatility with a Salute to Elton John in another tribute, to be performed in Ocean City in September. The show, co-produced by Amy Morgan and OPP President Karen McClure, will be performed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on 103rd Street in Ocean City on successive Mondays, September 9 and 16, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door.
Show producer Amy Morgan said the Ocean Pines Players decided to pay tribute to Elton John because “this year is the 50th anniversary of his first album, Empty Sky, released in 1969 in the United Kingdom, and because of the release of Rocket Man, the highly popular movie of his life released earlier this year.
“We knew the timing was right for this, and if our rehearsals are any indication, we were right. They have been mega fun and very productive. Our goal is to be highly electric and a little over the top in true Elton John style, Amy said." We are especially delighted about the addition of two new, young cast members, Zander Jett and Will Devokees. They bring a fresh outlook and energy to the show, making it truly multi-generational and a show meant for the entire family.”
The program of almost two dozen songs includes the 1995 Academy Award winning Can you Feel the Love Tonight, from the hit movie The Lion King, as well as Academy Award nominated songs from the same movie, Hakuna Matata and Circle of Life. Other Elton John favorites on the program are Rocket Man, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and Don’t Go Breakin’ My heart.
In addition to producers Morgan and McClure, Zett and Devokees, the other cast members also are local performers, Dan Carney, Jerry Gietka, Brenda Golden, Dorothy Shelton, and Sharon Sorrentino.
The Ocean Pines Players is a local community theater group that has been entertaining audiences in this area for more than 40 years. Membership in the organization is open to all area residents of all ages.
For further information, call Ed Pinto at 703-901-5544. Follow us on Facebook or on our website at www.oceanpinesplayers.com.