Second Street Players Announces its 2020 Season of Shows
Second Street Players, located at Riverfront Theater, 2 S. Walnut Street, Milford, Delaware, proudly announces its five Main Stage and three Children's Theater shows for its 40th anniversary season in 2020.
Second Street Players offers something for everyone next year with its featured Main Stage productions, ranging from side-splitting comedies to a Tony-winning musical to a thought-provoking drama to a heart-warming holiday standard. The 2020 season's five Main Stage shows (with performance dates) are:
Moon Over Buffalo (Jan. 31; Feb. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9). This madcap screwball comedy by Ken Ludwig, about the larger-than-life personalities that inhabit the world of the theatre, was nominated for two Tony Awards when it ran on Broadway. In the play, George and Charlotte Hay, two fading stars of the 1950s, are performing onstage in Buffalo, NY, their marriage on the rocks after George’s dalliance with a young ingenue. Then they learn that famed director Frank Capra is coming to town to see their show and may cast them in his next movie. Unfortunately, everything that can go wrong onstage does go wrong as hilarious misunderstandings and backstage shenanigans pile upon each other.
Caught in the Net (April 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26). Ray Cooney's hilarious, fast-paced sequel to Run for Your Wife (Second Street's Fall 2019 show), finds the bigamist taxi driver John Smith still keeping his two families in different parts of London, both happy and blissfully unaware of each other. However, his teenage children, a girl from one family and a boy from the other, have met on the Internet and are anxious to meet in person since they have so much in common! Keeping them apart plunges John into a situation that quickly spirals out of control as the kids' dad juggles outrageously with the truth.
Oliver! (July 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26). This Tony-winning musical, based on Charles Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist, is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece. The streets of Victorian England will come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. The boy escapes to London and finds temporary acceptance with a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly but sinister Fagin. Oliver! won three Tony Awards and features such memorable songs as “Consider Yourself,” “As Long As He Needs Me,” and “Food Glorious Food.”
The Best Man (Sept. 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20). Two presidential front-runners – a principled statesman and a candidate of the people – vie for their party's nomination at the summer National Convention. Both fight for the support of the popular former president and ultimately resort to vicious mudslinging in a very nasty and public contest. Written in 1960, Gore Vidal's Tony-winning drama was revived on Broadway in 2000 and again in 2012 and is still just as timely and sharp-witted today.
It's A Wonderful Life (Nov. 27, 28, 29; Dec, 4, 5, 6). Everyone knows this heartwarming holiday story of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty, whose guardian angel comes on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him – by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born – that his has been, after all, a wonderful life. This faithful adaptation by James Rodgers has all of your favorite characters celebrating the faith of the season and reminding us that the love and support of family and community will always be rewarded.
All tickets for Second Street Players' 2020 season of Main Stage shows are reserved seats and priced at $17 for Moon Over Buffalo, Caught in the Net, The Best Man, and It's A Wonderful Life. Tickets for the musical Oliver! are $20. A one dollar discount is offered to seniors (age 65 and over) and students (18 and under) for Sunday matinees. Tickets at the door may be purchased with cash, personal check or charged with MasterCard, VISA, or Discover.
Tickets may be also reserved by credit card by calling 800-838-3006 or online by visiting www.secondstreetplayers.com and clicking on Box Office. A small service fee is charged for credit card purchases.
Don't miss a show next year – and save on ticket prices – by ordering a season ticket subscription for $85 each or $80 for a Senior/Student Season Sunday Ticket. Each subscription includes one ticket per show and the discounted price is for Sunday matinees only. To order season tickets and choose your seats, or for more information, go online to www.secondstreetplayers.com.
Second Street Players' Children's Theater provides families with high fun, low cost live entertainment. These shows can be enjoyed by anyone from four-years-old and up. They are specifically designed so that young people can experience and discover the magic of live onstage performances. The 2020 season's three Children's Theater shows (with performance dates) are:
Sally Cotter and the Prisoner of Ala Katraz (Feb. 28, 29, March 1). Sally Cotter is back, after appearing in this popular parody series on the Riverfront stage in 2019, and she is once again dreaming that she is a student at the bewitching Frogbull Academy of Sorcery. But this time she's caught up in teenage drama as well as dealing with mysterious escaped convict Taurus Ford and battling her rival, Ursa Malaise, in the Gauntlet of Ire. Will she triumph at the expense of helping her best friends, Dave and Harmonica, with their romantic woes, all while evading Murderdeath and his terrifying Demeaners?
Bedtime Stories (As Told By Our Dad) (Who Messed Them Up) (May 15, 16, 17). It's Dad's turn to tell his three rambunctious kids their bedtime stories, but when he gets fuzzy on the details, the classics get creative: a prince with a snoring problem spices up The Princess and The Pea, The Boy Who Cried Wolf cries dinosaur instead, and Rumpelstiltskin helps turn all that pesky gold into straw. You may think you know your fairy tales, but not the way Dad tells them!
The Big Bad Musical (Oct. 9, 10, 11). A courtroom has never been more lively and fun than in this smart and wickedly funny musical where the audience serves as the jury in the biggest trial ever in the fairy-tale world! The notorious Big Bad Wolf is being slapped with a class-action lawsuit by storybooks of quirky characters who want to get even: Little Red Riding Hood, her Grandmother, the Three Little Pigs and the Shepherd in charge of the Boy Who Cried Wolf. With Sydney Grimm as the commentator on live Court TV, the two greatest legal minds in the Enchanted Forest – the Evil Stepmother and the Fairy Godmother – clash in a trial that will be remembered forever after.
Children's Theater tickets are $10 for each show and are sold separately from Second Street's Main Stage Season Ticket subscriptions. Seating is general admission open seating so no reservations are necessary. Groups are encouraged to attend and can arrange a special discount rate by calling the theatre at 302-422-0220.
Second Street Players is a year-round community theater which, since 1980, has produced shows covering practically every genre. Information about shows, auditions, special events, and other announcements can be found at www.secondstreetplayers.com and on Facebook. The newly renovated Riverfront Theater, home of Second Street Players, is located at 2 South Walnut Street on the south bank of the Mispillion River in scenic downtown Milford, Delaware. The theater is handicapped accessible and can accommodate the hearing impaired. Nearby parking is plentiful and free. Shows begin at 7 pm for Friday and Saturday evening performances, and at 2 pm for Sunday matinees.
Auditions for all of Second Street's shows, whether for the Main Stage or Children's Theater, are open to the public. Audition dates and casting information are always posted online at www.secondstreetplayers.com. Second Street's directors, musical directors, and choreographers make the process easy and fun, especially for first-time auditioners. Second Street Players is an all volunteer organization and it takes the entire community getting involved to make community theatre possible.
Second Street Players is supported, in part, by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events online at www.DelawareScene.com.