|by Beth Fitton|
I love the theatre! For many years, I would spend long weekends in New York a couple of times a year and see several plays while I was there. As New York became less affordable and my life more complicated, I fell out of the habit.
Lucky! I found Mary and she enjoys the theatre as much as I do. We rarely make the trip to Manhattan but we are season subscribers to the Dupont Theatre in Wilmington. We have found the productions in Wilmington on par with New York theatre and often are treated to actors from Broadway. (This coming season, for example, Mandy Patinkin and Patti Lupone are doing an evening of music from Broadway shows.)
Throughout past summer seasons in Rehoboth Beach, we have enjoyed the local entertainment provided by CAMP Rehoboth, ELBoW Productions, Henlopen Theater Project and Clear Space Productions. If there is ever anything that one of these shows may lack, we feel that it would be more than offset by the audience of friends and neighbors that we get to visit with before the show and during intermission.
Two weeks ago, Mary and I went to the opening weekend of the Rehoboth Beach Theatre of the Arts' presentation of Broadway Fever. The Theatre is housed in the building that had been Epworth United Methodist Church. We had a very pleasant evening! From George M. Cohen through burlesque, the roaring twenties, Tim Rice and Elton John up to selections from Wicked, Rent, and Hairspray, there was something for everyone. (Actually, it was a very ambitious undertaking considering all of the costume changes and the size of the cast.) For future productions, the Theatre is scheduled to offer a combined ticket price for dinner in their Ovations Restaurant along with the show. All in all, the Theatre is a great addition to the Rehoboth Beach communitycertainly a welcome venue in which to entertain visiting friends and relatives. CAMP Rehoboth looks forward to working with this new business in the future.
If you are a resident of Rehoboth Beach or a frequent visitor, you may have noticed a slight decline in the number of tourists this year. Regardless of your view of the economy, real or perceived, not quite so many people are spending their money on vacation activities this summer. This has prompted me to dust off my speech about local businesses and non-profits. Basically, my message is this: If we don't come out to support the things we value during tight times, they may not be here for the boom times.For those of you who do have a few disposable dollars, please consider spending your money with the local community. CAMP Rehoboth will be very grateful if you chose to support our upcoming Follies and Sundance fundraisers. As you know, you will have a great time with your friends and neighbors if you choose to be a part of either event.
Beth Fitton is Development Director of CAMP Rehoboth. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 302-227-5620.
LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 18, No. 10 July 25, 2008