Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Guiding Light meets Eastern Shore Theater


PRESS RELEASE: The Guiding Light meets Eastern Shore Theater
It is no secret soap opera fans develop a bond with their favorite characters. If you turn to your left, it is likely that person can tell you which character pulled at their heartstrings or which soap stars got under their skin. So when the fan favorite Guiding Light ended after a record-breaking 57 year run, some felt they lost longtime friends. Now, thanks to the Lower Shore Performing Art Company, LSPAC, fans will have the opportunity to meet some of the Guiding Light leads they loved, hated and sympathized with in a new setting. In August, LSPAC will present Breathing Under Dirt, a stage play written by and starring Guiding Light’s Michael O’Leary.

Breathing Under Dirt stars familiar faces from television and the big screen. Heading the all-star cast is Emmy winner Cynthia Watros, who you will recognize as Libby from ever popular ABC television show (and cult favorite) Lost. She has starred in a host of other shows and movies including House MD, The Drew Carey Show, The Young and the Restless and Guiding Light. Watros will join other Guiding Light alum O’Leary, Tina Sloan (also a playwright; her play Changing Shoes is currently gracing stages across the United States), and Grant Aleksander in the award winning play. Breathing Under Dirt is set against the backdrop of the 1950s South and details the generational effects of an unforgiving family. O’Leary writes “we bear witness with a mother and daughter grapple with their deep resentments toward each other. The ultimate message and hope of 'Breathing Under Dirt' is that we can reach reconciliation and forgiveness with loved ones while we still have life”. Breathing Under Dirt is the winner of the Manhattan Repertory Theatre competition held in March of this year.
This event will mark the inauguration of the Lower Shore Performing Arts Company. Founded by theater veterans and based on the principles of artistic responsibility and stewardship to the community, the group is “committed to expanding the arts on the Eastern Shore through advocacy, education, leadership, and financial support of the arts”. LSPAC is a non-profit organization

Breathing Under Dirt will feature local actors from the Eastern Shore and will make its world premiere on August 13-14 at the Ella Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to the Community Players? They were a great volunteer theater group in Salisbury for many years. Are they still around?

Anonymous said...

PHILLIP SPAULDING :):):)

Anonymous said...

Yes, my brother Pete is a member! (He played Gomez Addams in October and George Hay in "Moon Over Buffalo" this past spring. Google them for the season schedule and tickets.

Anonymous said...

Did you know what Dr. Robert Adkins' daughter, Cathy, of Star Search Fame ( she won in Acting Category in 1985 ) appeared many times on Guiding Light. Her longest role was as Amber Novack, a Medical Student! in the accelerated program who tried to save Rick from his drug problem. Cathy was appearing on Broadway in A Chorus Line at that time. Earlier, she had played a nurse, a call girl, a babysitter, and other roles before playing Amber for about a year. She and her hubby live on the ESVA now. One of our very own!!! She was Betty Webster's student before going off to The Academy of The Washington Ballet and then studying theatre at Salisbury University under Dr. Leland Starnes. Then off to NYC and the rest is history!!! I guess they didn't know she was local and one of our very own star makers! Go, Cathy! Her Dad is/was Dr. Adkins of the Robert T. Adkins, MD ER/Trauma Center at PRMC in Salisbury. A man who saved so many lives and was a "guiding light" in his own right. I think her brother Hal is the Director of Public Works for the City of Ocean City. Right here on the Shore! We may have a lot of dirt on the Shore in our fields but we have our bonafide stars, too. :-)

Anonymous said...

Did you know what Dr. Robert Adkins' daughter, Cathy, of Star Search Fame ( she won in Acting Category in 1985 ) appeared many times on Guiding Light. Her longest role was as Amber Novack, a Medical Student! in the accelerated program who tried to save Rick from his drug problem. Cathy was appearing on Broadway in A Chorus Line at that time. Earlier, she had played a nurse, a call girl, a babysitter, and other roles before playing Amber for about a year. She and her hubby live on the ESVA now. One of our very own!!! She was Betty Webster's student before going off to The Academy of The Washington Ballet and then studying theatre at Salisbury University under Dr. Leland Starnes. Then off to NYC and the rest is history!!! I guess they didn't know she was local and one of our very own star makers! Go, Cathy! Her Dad is/was Dr. Adkins of the Robert T. Adkins, MD ER/Trauma Center at PRMC in Salisbury. A man who saved so many lives and was a "guiding light" in his own right. I think her brother Hal is the Director of Public Works for the City of Ocean City. Right here on the Shore! We may have a lot of dirt on the Shore in our fields but we have our bonafide stars, too. :-)

Anonymous said...

Did you know that Dr. Robert Adkins' daughter, Cathy, of Star Search Fame ( she won in Acting Category in 1985 ) appeared many times on Guiding Light. Her longest role was as Amber Novack, a Medical Student! in the accelerated program who tried to save Rick from his drug problem. Cathy was appearing on Broadway in A Chorus Line at that time. Earlier, she had played a nurse, a call girl, a babysitter, and other roles before playing Amber for about a year. She and her hubby live on the ESVA now. One of our very own!!! She was Betty Webster's student before going off to The Academy of The Washington Ballet and then studying theatre at Salisbury University under Dr. Leland Starnes. Then off to NYC and the rest is history!!! I guess they didn't know she was local and one of our very own star makers! Go, Cathy! Her Dad is/was Dr. Adkins of the Robert T. Adkins, MD ER/Trauma Center at PRMC in Salisbury. A man who saved so many lives and was a "guiding light" in his own right. I think her brother Hal is the Director of Public Works for the City of Ocean City. Right here on the Shore! We may have a lot of dirt on the Shore in our fields but we have our bonafide stars, too. :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi, I know Catherine. She's great! Her other GL connection is that she began teaching dance to Rachel Miner, Michelle Bauer, at the age of 8 and they continued their private studies until Rachel married Macullay Culkin and eventually left NYC. Cat was wiith her when Rachel secured her first Broadway show. That was 'The Diary of Anne Frank" starring Natalia Portman and Austin Pendleton. Austin was an old students of Leland Starne's from his directing years at Yale. Worked out great. Cat introduced everybody and the show was super. Rachel was so excited for her first Broadway show. When she got married, she invited Cat and she and Natalia shared the same limo to the secret CT locations. The stories are great fun. I know Catherine loved working on Guiding Light very much. She worked on all the other soap operas, too. Edge of Night, All My Children, One Life To Live, As The World Turns, even the ones in California. I think Guiding Light was her favorite , but I can't speak for her. She loved being close to Rachel. They has a long relationship and the family was close. I remember she said the wedding was so beautiful that she couldn't stop crying. Rachel looked like a princess. The are still in touch from what I know. Kinda strange that Cat got left out of the loop on this being a local AND having the GL connection. Cat went on to work with some major stars. Peter Falk, Robert Morse, Bebe Neuwirth,Fritz Weaver, Nancy Marchand, Debra Rush, Stephen Culp, David Harbour, and plenty more. Well, who knows. Show business. I just hope this is fun and folks can afford it. we'r teachers, farmers, fisherman, construction workers, Sysco, PRMC, the University, Salisbury and UMES. I can't afford it because I have to help with family medical bills. Boy, I just went on and on. Must be my night off and thinking aout the show. Kim Zimmer was so much fun!!! What a hoot. loved watching her. Well, thank you for your time. been nice.