TRI-STATE ACTORS THEATER PRESENTS THE WIZARD OF VERSE 

Sussex…Saturday, May 17 will be a busy day on Main Street in Sussex and throughout the borough. Tri-State Actors
Theater will begin its day with an outdoor table at the Borough wide yard sale on Saturday (and also, Sunday.) Young
performers, 13 to 18, are invited to audition for Tri-State Summer Intern program, Charlotte’s Web the Musical from
1:00 to 5:00 pm. And Tri-State ends the day hosting the Delaware Valley Opera at 8:00 pm. All events will be held at
the historic Crescent Theater, 74 Main St., Sussex.
   
The Delaware Valley Opera, under the new artistic leadership of Jim Blanton, has been presenting quality opera and
Broadway productions in the Delaware Valley region for over 20 years. Performing at the charming Tusten Theater in
Narrowsburg, NY, Seelig Theatre at the Sullivan County Community College and Ritz Theatre in Hawley, PA, the
company presents regionally and nationally known singers in its celebrated Summer Festival and in school and community
outreach programs. 

The Wizard of Oz, Finian’s Rainbow and Brother, Can You Spare a Dime ? are just a few of many familiar titles
presented in a program of Broadway and popular songs with lyrics by Yip Harburg. The distinguished area performers of
The Delaware Valley Opera include pianist and director Jim Blanton, mezzo soprano Carol Diefenbach, soprano Jody
Weatherstone and bass baritone Eric Barsness. Breathing new life into “hit” songs from the not-so-distant past, the
performers delight audiences young and old with Somewhere Over the Rainbow, It’s Only a Paper Moon, April in Paris and
many more favorites by the master wordsmith. For those who find today’s music a bit “shocking,” Blanton’s rendition of
Lydia, the Tattooed Lady proves that pushing the musical envelope did not begin with songs from the 1960′s! Yip
Harburg’s prolific output spanned the 1930′s into the 1970′s. Collaborating with such composers as Harold Arlen
and Burton Lane, Harburg became famous in the Hollywood, Broadway and popular music realms. He lived not only in New
York and Beverly Hills, but resided for a while in nearby Deerpark, NY, where he wrote the lyrics to his first hit,
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? For more information on the Delaware Opera, call 845-252-3136. 

Tickets for the Delaware Valley Opera at Tri-State are $20.00 each. The theater is wheel chair accessible. On
street parking for Saturday, May 17 may be limited due to yard sale. Patrons are encouraged to use the free municipal
parking lot on Harrison Street, directly behind the theater. Please call the Box Office at 973 875-2950 to order your
tickets or for additional information on Tri-State’s 2008 Season.