is a volunteer community theater organization.
All productions take place at POSSUM HALL,
our 184-seat handicapped-accessible facility.
If you wish to use our Assistive Listening System during one of our performances, please ask at the box office when you arrive for the show.

Possum Hall is located at
441 Old Laurel Rd, Georgetown, DE.

Our mailing address is
PO Box 96, Georgetown DE 19947

TICKETLINE:  (302) 856-4560
Office Phone: (302) 856-3460

Email us at: mail@possumpointplayers.org
Our Proud History

In the Beginning

The Possum Point Players (PPP) was formed, "to contribute to the cultural diversity and vitality of Sussex County, Delaware, by bringing the experience of live theater for education and enjoyment to residents and visitors alike." Our non-profit community theater group has achieved that goal annually since April of 1973, and has earned a reputation for bringing to the stage productions that have been consistently well received by critics and the community.
441 Old Laurel Road - Georgetown, Delaware     /     Mailing Address: P O Box 96, Georgetown DE 19947     /     Office Phone: 302-856-3460
TICKETLINE: 302-856-4560     /     EMAIL:  mail@possumpointplayers.org
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But our organization has achieved much more than the small group of founders envisioned when they first met in a Millsboro living room more than 30 years ago. Perhaps it is the enduring influence of so many teachers among the early Possums, but our players have always believed in the power of theater to both educate and entertain people of all ages. One testament to the success of our efforts has been receiving the 2003 Delaware Technical and Community College Arts and Humanities Award. It is presented to honor "an individual, business or organization for outstanding accomplishments in artistic or humanitarian endeavors which have positively impacted our greater community."
Our Shows

With support of all kinds from Sussex County and the surrounding community, PPP has experienced phenomenal growth over the years.  Our theater offerings total hundreds of different shows including dozens of Broadway or full length musicals.
PPP has staged comedies, dramas, Christmas shows, children's shows, and musical reviews, It has produced performances by the Possum Juniors, historical productions, readers theater events, melodramas, and one woman shows. PPP has also presented dozens of shows in dinner theater and "champagne dessert" theater formats.
True Community Theater

PPP is truly a "community" theater group. Our productions are staged by unpaid amateurs. The actors and directors, costumers and stage crew, ushers, ticket takers and bartenders, lighting designers and technicians, musicians, and other volunteers could be your family members, neighbors, your accountant, or the kid down the street. Among PPP participants have been a preacher, hospital administrator, public health nurse, medical technician, doctor, dentist, music therapist, painter, engineer, architect, plumber, pipe fitter, carpet layer, lawyer, phone company executive, newspaper reporter, social worker, counselor, accountant, public official, CEO, teacher, school administrator, and lots of students.
But a number of members came to the Players from professional theater and at least three went on to a professional career on stage or in television. Possum Point Players is the Sussex County equivalent of the Wilmington Drama League and the Kent County Theater Guild. The original Players consciously chose the Possums name to project a "grass roots" image, inviting participants and audience members from throughout the community.
Our Home: Possum Hall

Our organization has had several "homes" over the years after beginning with meetings in members homes and constructing their sets in local high schools. PPP's first permanent location, in 1975 was the former H. W. T. Purnell Hardware store on North Bedford Street in Georgetown. The storefront was used for set construction and storage. One year later, the organization moved to Millsboro where we took up rented residence in the A. E. Moore warehouse on Washington Street. It was the Players' first true home as we held meetings, constructed sets, stored "all our worldly belongings" and even presented a few shows there.
In 1985, PPP purchased a vacant metal building from the Town of Georgetown originally constructed to house youth recreation programs.  Significant improvements and additions were made to "Possum Hall" over the years. The most recent was a major capital improvement  program costing more than $800,000 in 1999 that transformed the humble metal building into a palatial community theater setting. Its purpose is primarily to improve the comfort,  convenience, accessibility and safety of the our patrons.
Our Cultural Partnerships

PPP has long enjoyed the support of the Delaware State Arts Council and the state Division of the Arts, as well as collegial and collaborative relationships with the states major arts organizations: Grand Opera House, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Theatre Company, The Playhouse, the Rehoboth Art League, Opera Delaware, and the Southern Delaware Choral Society. Several PPP members have been named to the governor-appointed Delaware State Arts Council; many have participated on agency peer review panels, which evaluate grant requests and make recommendations for re-granting monies from the National Endowment for the Arts.
A Delaware State Arts Council grant in the 1980's enabled the Possum Point Players to launch an education initiative in cooperation with teachers from Indian River and Sussex Central High Schools to encourage the use of drama in curriculum-related classroom learning activities. At present, a DSAC grant is supporting a partnership between the Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Possum Point Players to develop a theater curriculum for the charter middle school using the PPP building. Several PPP members served on the state Arts Curriculum Frameworks Commission, which developed state standards in the arts music, theater, dance, and art immediately following creation of Delaware's language arts, mathematics, science and social studies standards.
Outreach Programs for All Ages

As a part of their desire for both varied and educational theater experiences, the Possum Point Players have been the foundation for several related groups.  Arguably the most prolific spin off of the parent organization has been the Possum Juniors. This group of secondary school age youth has its own set of by-laws, conducts its own meetings and workshops, and ultimately produces its own shows taking responsibility for all phases of the production under the watchful eye of an adult mentor.
A Shakespeare readers group meets monthly and several other groups have staged risk-taking theater ventures. The Ad Hoc Touring Company has performed readers theater for several years in such venues as libraries, fire halls, churches and retirement homes.  The Players penchant for education has also taken the form of productions to celebrate various national, state and county historical events and the booking of three professional children's theater productions each school year at the Delaware Technical and Community College theater in Georgetown.
Another education initiative is the PPP Summer Theater Academy, first offered as a camp in 1989 and now an annual tradition. This "summer school" that kids love to attend was designed to introduce elementary age children to the theater arts: costumes, makeup, set design and construction, lighting, props, and, of course, acting. The children stage a small-scale production at the end of the camp.
Our Growing Membership

PPP's membership has grown from about 15 charter members to nearly 200, and our mailing list of those who have indicated interest in PPP workshops, productions, and other activities is well over 5,000.  It is impossible to accurately calculate the volunteer hours which have been put into the efforts of our energetic group of people. The number of people required to present these performances to the public goes well beyond the actors which patrons see on stage, of course. While a cast can range from as little as one person to 30 or 40, the number of people who do not appear on stage can range from about 25 to well over 150!
Suffice it to say that volunteer hours--including those put in away from the theater in learning lines, making costumes, phone calling volunteers, finding props, writing news releases, drawing light plots and set designs--easily reaches into the thousands.
The Future of Possum Point Players

From our modest beginnings through the significant contribution the PPP has made to the cultural life of the Sussex County community, the organization has always strived to bring quality theater at a reasonable price. To that end, ticket sales have never covered all the costs of keeping the organization ongoing. Less than 50% of our annual operating expenses are covered by tickets sales. PPP has always had to rely on grants, memberships, donations and other sources of  funding to survive.
Recently, an endowment fund was established in the hope that our funding will some day reach a level which will permit the organization to meet its mission relatively free, not only from the burden of constant, significant fund raising, but from the necessity of having projected income constantly dictate what shows are performed as opposed to the desire for a variety of theatrical experiences.

PPP holds open auditions for its productions. Audition notices for each show will appear as soon as dates are established. That information will be linked on the website home page.

PPP Board of Trustees 2019

Executive Committee
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month

President – Kenney Workman
Vice President – Michael Murnin
Secretary – Leslie Snowden-Jones
Treasurer - Louise Hartzell

Fundraising - Cheryl Graves
Building and Grounds - Michael Barlow
Member-At-Large #1 - Gwyneth Sharp
Member-At-Large #2 - Cat Baker
Artistic Cmte. Rep. #1 - Lorraine Steinhoff
Artistic Cmte. Rep. #2 - Rosanne Pack

Artistic Committee 2019
Meets the 1st Thursday of each month

Costumes - Marsha Shull (cmte. chair)
Director Selection - Donna de Kuyper
Dreamers United – Claudius Bowden
Lights – Ed Guinan
Makeup - John Hulse
Possum Point Shakespeare Players - Richard Huffman
On the Edge - Jill Lewandowski
Possum Juniors President - Braeden Swain
Possum Juniors Advisor – Lorraine Steinhoff
Possum Juniors Assistant Advisor - Ashlie Workman
PPP Radio Theater – Bernie Noeller
Props - (vacant)
Publicity - Rosanne Pack
Reading Committee – Nina Galerstein (cmte. secretary)
Set Construction – Fred Dean
Sound - Charles Cutsail

Executive Administrator – Dawn Conaway
Adminsitrative Assistant - Gail Brown
Join us there!
Are you interested in directing a show?  PPP encourages both experienced directors and PPP newcomers to apply.
Click on one of our application forms at the right, fill it out, and send it in!

For details about the shows of
PPP's Season 2020
click here
Mail completed form to:  Possum Point Players
PO Box 96  /  Georgetown, DE 19947
Questions about directing for PPP? Email
Jim Hartzell at jlhart8@mchsi.com
Possum Point Players Seek Main Stage Directors for 2020

Guess Who’s Coming to DinnerGodspell
Hay FeverThe Producers
The Homecoming

PPP welcomes those familiar with the local theater scene, as well as the many thespians new to the area. Please contact Donna de Kuyper, Director Liaison and Selection Chair who will be happy to discuss the shows, the process, or answer any other questions they may have about Possum Point Players. She can be reached at donnadek@comcast.net or send a private message to her via Facebook.

The shows, with title, author(s), publishing house, show type and approximate 2020 production time frame (Subject to change.) are:

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
written by Todd Kreidler, based on the screenplay "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" by William Rose, Playscripts, late January, Comedy/Drama;

book by John Michael Tebelak, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Music Theater International, Spring Musical; Hay Fever, written by Noel Coward, Samuel French, Summer Comedy;

The Producers
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, Music Theater International, Fall Broadway musical;

The Homecoming
adapted by Christopher Sergel from Earl Hamner, Jr., Dramatic Publishing, Christmas show.

Anyone wishing to be considered for directing any of these shows should review and complete one of the applications which can be found at the links below. Please note: There are two application forms for potential directors, one for those who have directed shows at PPP before, and one for those who have not.

Completed applications, or any questions concerning the shows or the process, should be sent to Donna de Kuyper at donnadek@comcast.net (preferred) or mailed to Executive Administrator Dawn Conaway, Possum Point Players, PO Box 96, Georgetown DE 19947.

Mail completed form to:  Possum Point Players
PO Box 96  /  Georgetown, DE 19947
Questions about directing for PPP? Email
Donna de Kuyper at donnadek@comcast.net