Second Street Players’ (SSP) 2015 season of shows promises something for everyone – a touching drama, a musical comedy revue, a hilarious summer farce, a theatrical behind-the-scenes comedy in the fall and a family classic for the holidays. All shows are presented at the Riverfront Theatre, 2 S. Walnut Street in Downtown Milford, DE.
Directors for all five main stage shows are being sought and individuals that are interested in directing a show should submit a request, including relevant experience, to SSP through their website at secondstreetplayers.com. Perusal scripts of each show may be borrowed upon request. All inquires must be in writing and submitted by September 1. All Directors will be approved by the Second Street Players Board of Directors. Next year’s main stage shows will include Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence, Spamalot by Monty Python Show, Faith County- Somewhere in the middle of Nowhere by Mark Landon Smith, Noises Off by Michael Frayn and A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd.
Inherit the Wind, by Jerome Lawrence, opens Second Street’s 37th season on Friday, February 13. The play is a parable that fictionalizes the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trials where a man deliberately breaks the law in an effort to publicly discuss the then-contemporary McCarthy trials. Written in response to the effect of the McCarthy era investigations on intellectual discourse, the play debates creationism versus evolution as a high school science teacher is put on trail for teaching Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Show Dates run for two weekends, February 13, 14, 15, and February 20, 21,and 22
Spamalot by Monty Python Show, is an award-winning musical comedy adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Medieval knights take audience members on a journey of King Arthur’s quest for the Holy Grail in a farce that is world renowned, winning three Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical of the 2004–2005 season and receiving 14 Tony Award nominations. Show Dates will be April 24, 25, 25, May 1, 2, and 3.
Faith County- Somewhere in the middle of Nowhere, by Mark Landon Smith, is a colorful collection of good ole’ southern folks as they prepare for the county fair. Landon describes the play as “Somewhere in the middle of nowhere in the south, there’s a place where the bee-hive hairdo is still the rage and Saturday nights are reserved for the tractor pull in nearby Pickler.” Show Dates July 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19.
Noises Off,by Michael Frayn, is a behind-the-scenes look at the production of a play titled Nothing On, a silly, sexual comedy. The performance follows the director and his mediocre cast and crew as they endure the dress rehearsal, backstage antics and the final performance of Nothing On. It takes its title from the theatrical stage direction indicating sounds coming from offstage. Show Dates are September 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27
In the final Main Stage production of the 2015 season, the Second Street Players actors will perform the humorous, nostalgic holiday classic, A Christmas Story, by Jean Shepherd. The book inspired the 1983 film which has become a Christmas perennial over the years as it follows an American family in Depression-era Indiana through the eyes of a school-age child. Show dates will be November 27, 28 and 29.
The Riverfront Theatre will also host the Second Street Players’ Children’s Dessert Theatre as they perform Peter Pan on March 6,7 and 8; Cinderella’s Glass Slipper on May 22, 23, and 24; and The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe on October 9, 10, and 11. The 2015 Summer Street Kids will perform James and Giant Peach on July 31, August 1 and 2.
The 2015 season tickets will go on sale on September 1, 2014. Individuals are encouraged to visit the theatre’s website at secondstreetplayers.com for more information. The website also has information about all of Second Street’s current and upcoming main stage and children’s theatre shows, auditions, educational events, and ticket reservations for the remaining productions of the 2014 season.