Possum Point players to stage A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND KILLING

Slated for Friday, April 22, comedy “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” was named Best Musical of 2014. It was the season’s most nominated show for Tonys, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards. . The dates of the shows are April 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and May 1.

Tickets are $27 for adults and $25 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased at www.possumpointplayers or by calling the box office at 302-856-4560. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Possum Hall is located at 441 Old Laurel Road, Georgetown, DE.

With a sly wink and tongue in cheek, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” follows the story of a destitute young man as he leaps the corporate ladder to success and undertakes to climb the family tree to a high position. The only problem is that he has to remove a branch from the tree with each assent to the next level.

As Montague Navarro, Felton’s Steven Dow portrays a low-born working-class guy who discovers he’s actually a member of the aristocratic D’Ysquith family. He could even inherit the earldom of the landed gentry. All that stands between him, wealth and reputation, are eight other D’Ysquiths of varying ages, interests and viability. Dow had to transform into Elf shoes and become a character who develops a means to an end, or ends his loved ones to become a man of means.

As parents will, a host of D’Ysquiths all bear a family resemblance in life and in a series of comic deaths on stage at Possum Hall. This is directed by Len Hedges-Goettl of Rehoboth Beach who fills the roles of all of the family members dressed in slacks, cassocks, or skirts.

Smyrna/Felton’s Julianna Markel as Sibella and Sharptown, MD’s Shelbie Thompson as Phoebe provide the “Love” aspect in the Tony Award-winning comedy. Sibella is much loved by Monty but remains a very married mistress, and Phoebe, Monty’s fiancée, is charming and promises to be a practical countess when he leads the way in her earldom.

A cast of singing and dancing actors help keep the dwindling D’Ysquiths in order and provide interlocutor information about each person’s past, present, and potential future. Support characters who are loved and those who need to be murdered are

Georgetown residents Cat Baker, Claudius Bowden and Matthew Jenkins, all Ensemble members; Greg Breitkreitz, ensemble, viola; Whitney Cook, Miss Barley/Together, Selbyville; and Brian Flint, Ensemble, Ocean View.

Cheryl Graves, Miss Shingle/Ensemble, and Barb Hedges-Goettl, Ensemble, are both from Rehoboth Beach; and John Moller, Inspector Pinckney/Ensemble, is from Woodside. Rounding out the cast, Marsha Shull, Eugenia/Ensemble, Frankford; and Kenney Workman, Magistrate/Together, Milford.

Director Jim Hartzell and Musical Director Diane Trautman are from Georgetown and choreographer Bliss Soucek is from Milford.

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