Elton John up next for Ocean Pines Players

With an eight-week run of an original play on the Ocean City, Md., boardwalk behind them, where they paid tribute to the women pioneers who they said all but made Ocean City the thriving resort town it is today, the Ocean Pines Players (OPP) will highlight their versatility with a “Salute to Elton John,” another tribute, to be performed in Ocean City in September.

The show, co-produced by Amy Morgan and OPP President Karen McClure, will be performed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on 103rd Street in Ocean City on successive Mondays, Sept. 9 and 16, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at the door.

Show producer Amy Morgan said the Ocean Pines Players decided to pay tribute to Elton John because “this year is the 50th anniversary of his first album, ‘Empty Sky,’ released in 1969 in the United Kingdom, and because of the release of ‘Rocket Man,’ the highly popular movie of his life released earlier this year.

“We knew the timing was right for this, and if our rehearsals are any indication, we were right. They have been mega-fun and very productive. Our goal is to be highly electric and a little over-the-top, in true Elton John style,” Morgan said. “We are especially delighted about the addition of two new, young cast members, Zander Jett and Will Devokees. They bring a fresh outlook and energy to the show, making it truly multi-generational and a show meant for the entire family.”

The program of almost two dozen songs includes the 1995 Academy Award-winning “Can you Feel the Love Tonight,” from the animated movie “The Lion King,” as well as two Academy Award-nominated songs from the same movie, “Hakuna Matata” and “Circle of Life.” Other Elton John songs on the program are “Rocket Man,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart.”

In addition to producers Morgan and McClure, Jett and Devokees, the other cast members also are local performers, Dan Carney, Jerry Gietka, Brenda Golden, Dorothy Shelton and Sharon Sorrentino.

The Ocean Pines Players is a local community theater group that has been entertaining audiences in the area for more than 40 years. Membership in the organization is open to all area residents of all ages.

For further information, call Ed Pinto at (703) 901-5544, or visit www.oceanpinesplayers.com.