Music and Mangia on Sea Pines Airlines
Dinner Theatre at Sea Pines Inn is a smash hit for palates & players
By Libby Hughes, for cape cod today
Buckle up. The Sea Pines Airlines is scheduled for take off every Sunday night with three female musicteers, flying through a medley of 44 songs amid your four course dinner. It all takes place on the air-conditioned porch of the historic Sea Pines Inn, nestled in the trees along Route 6A in Brewster.
“Come Fly With Me” is the theme of the evening. You’ll fly musically from Paris to London to Hawaii to San Francisco and New York to Chicago and Oklahoma. But you’ll end up on Old Cape Cod by the end of dessert. From beachwear to sexy black pantsuits, the ladies will put sparkle on your dinner plates. (Above on right; Celeste, Wendy & Donna belt out a show tune)
You’ll be seated at tables for four or six around tablecloths of lime green and white. The piano will be inconspicuous in the left hand corner.
Trio of Divas delight
After a fruit cup appetizer, Celeste Howe, Wendy Watson, and Donna Credit warm you up for the airline flight to your fantasy places. Scott Storr will slide in through the verandah door to settle at the piano and guide the gals through their musical repertoire.
Scott Storr, on right, has directed the trio to weave through the dining audience and to station themselves at pillars to deliver their solos and harmonies. With only the use of stools, shawls, and very few props, the ladies never let a beat drop. Storr has insured a perfect pace to keep the sizzle going.
Each femme fatale has her own individuality and style. Wendy Watson is a pro. She has great timing, phrasing, and delicious humor with her southern drawl. Donna Credit gives Liza Minneli a run for her money. She wowed us with her South American slapstick humor and costumes in “It’s Delightful down in Chile.” Celeste Howe was very much the Edith Piaf or Marlene Dietrich (tongue-in-cheek) in her “French Song.” For the most part, their harmonizing was impeccable. They strayed slightly off key in “Lounging at the Waldorf,” but who cared—it was a hard piece. They recovered in “Chicago, Illinois.: It was their best along with “Oklahoma.”
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For $52 (including taxes and gratuities) the dinner is a winner! There is a fruit cup opener, followed by a European salad mix, and main entrée choices of prime rib or cranberry glazed stuffed chicken or orange/ginger glazed salmon. For dessert is a wedge of not overly sweet cheese cake, drizzled with raspberry sauce. Champagne and coffee compose the finale. Cash bar.
The ambiance of the hundred-year-old Sea Pines Inn is worth the visit. It oozes old Cape Cod charm with wooden floors, wicker furniture, rocking chairs, old time desks, and a fireplace. Weddings and receptions are in demand. At one time, the Inn was a school for girls and then became the forerunner to Cape Cod Academy. www.oldseapinesinn.com .
The Sunday schedule through September 17 will include Mondays in August, starting at 6:30 for drinks and snacks (cash bar). At 7:30 is the seating in the dining porch and by 10:00 p.m,, you’ll be on your way home, stuffed and entertained.
Call 508-896-6114 for reservations. They are already flooded with requests, so call early.
Photos courtesy FocalPoint Studio, Robert Tucker