REHOBOTH GETS SUMMER STOCK
NEW YORK PROFESSIONAL CAST
Rehoboth Beach: Professional entertainment is on its way to this ocean side resort, at the
Blue Han Playhouse located at All Saints Episcopal Church on Olive Avenue, on June 24th.
Mrs. Sullivan of the Patrican Inn, Olive Avenue, was instrumental in the efforts to bring show's to Rehoboth through her good friend Frieda Arth of New York City.
The idea to bring summer stock tp Rehoboth Beach was that of Mrs. John Sullivan of the Patrician Inn on Olive Avenue who had originally planned to host it in her hotel dinning room.
But, the rector of All Saints Episcopal Church, Rev. R. S. Bailey, got word of it and offered the Church Parish Hall. Rehearsals begin Monday with the producer and directors already in Rehoboth at the Patrician Lodge.
Playhouse will open a three week run of Neil Simons “Star Spangled Girl” , followd by
“The Owl and Pusseycat”, “Private Ear and Pubic Ear”, and last with “Luv”. Shows are nightly except Sunday, at 9 pm.
Mrs Frieda Arth, a New York theater producer, with Mrs Sulivan's prompting brought
“Blue Hen Theater” into existence in May . The chairman of the “Playhouse” is Mrs Charles Robb, with the Delaware Governor and Rehoboth Beach Mayor, as honorary sponsors. Mrs Arth has produced such shows as “Irma la Duce” “ Music Man “ and “Oliver”. Mrs Rob, whose husband,
Captain Charles Robb is currently serving in Vietnam, is expected to visit Rehoboth Beach again this
'Blue Hen' Playhouse was named after the Revolutionary War Regiment from Delaware, known as the Fighting Blue Hens. The Blue Hen is also the State Bird.
A group of Washington residents with the Chairmanship of Mrs. Robert Kintner have 500 patrons for the Playhouse signed up from the D. C. area. Another group of Capitol Hill workers,
dubbed the “Blue Han Chickens”, are also aiding the venture.
The Playhouse auditorium at the Episcopal Hall seats up to 100 persons and those involved
are looking into building a permanent Playhouse if things go over good this summer. The cost of each production cost about $3000, according to Mrs . Arth.
Source: Salisbury Daily Times, Salisbury, Maryland , Sunday June 6 1968
Abstract; Harrison Howeth, 2017