Possums staging ‘A Night Before the Oscars’ fundraiser

GEORGETOWN — The Possum Point Players community theater group is staging a festive fundraiser that coincides in part with the 2019 Academy Awards.

Coined “A Night Before the Oscars,” the red-carpet affair on Saturday, Feb. 23 will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, several high-dollar auction items and the show.

Tickets are $150 per couple, and $80 for a single ticket.

The show is an original musical revue entitled “Let it Go,” conceived and written by Donna DeKuyper and Doug Yetter, featuring Oscar-winning songs. Mr. Yetter is the musical director.

Show time is 6:30 p.m.

“Let It Go” stars some of the most talented locals performing everything from Sinatra to Streisand to Sondheim, and also includes, among others, Oscar-winning songs “My Heart Will Go On,” “Moon River,” “Mona Lisa,” “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,” “Fame,” “White Christmas” and of course a Disney medley.

The “Let It Go” cast includes Claudius Bowden, Georgetown; Dawn Conaway, Seaford; Kyra Cutsail, Laurel; Max Dick, Rehoboth; Alonzo Dixon, Bridgeville; Val Harmon, Millsboro; John Hulse of Rehoboth; Dulcena Kemmerlin, Milford; Lorraine Steinhoff, Milford; John Zinzi, Milton.

Event/stage design by Kenney Workman of Milford.

Show hosts are Jim Hartzell and Don Megee, both of Georgetown.

In addition to Academy Award-winning songs, the entertainment features the tradition of the “backstage-show-within-a-show” musical.

An affectionately bickering 17 time-nominated songwriting team are once again up for the coveted Best Original Song in a Motion Picture prize. Can our celebrity hosts, The Smoother Brothers, keep the couple’s back stage shenanigans from derailing the 91st Academy Awards Show?

Spinning off the glitz and atmosphere that abounds at the Oscars, photograph opportunities will be available for patrons as they arrive.

“Just like they do at the Oscars, hopefully, people will dress up, like they are going to the Oscars,” said Louise Hartzell, Possum Point Players founding member. “It should be a very fun evening.”

Proceeds are tentatively earmarked for an additional storage project needed at Possum Hall.

“We are busting out at the seams,” said Jim Hartzell, like his wife, a Possum Point Players co-founder. “The props room, you can’t even get through unless you can turn sideways. We need some storage. That is the thrust of this fundraiser.”

In October, proceeds from a fundraiser that featured Motown classics are earmarked for a paint makeover at Possum Hall, located on Old Laurel Road off U.S. 113 in Georgetown.

This year’s Academy Awards are Sunday night, Feb. 24.

For tickets, call 302-856-4560 or visit possumpointplayers.org.

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