Like many New York City actors, Heather Shields makes a good deal of her living as a waitress. But a road trip that led to a full-length musical may have the Linwood native out of restaurants and into more theaters.

Shields and her friends started While We Wait Productions, named because many of its members are waiting tables while waiting for their big breaks, and they are also tired of waiting for someone else to give them an opportunity.

Their latest project was "Blue Plate Broadway," where they, along with teachers and other New York artists, worked with students to stage a production at the University of Alabama.

The production? "Huckleberry Haywood," a full-length musical that was written on the trip to Alabama.

Shields, a five-piece band and other area performers, including Linwood's Jenna Miller, Margate's Ken Handler, Northfield's Larissa Averbahk and Ventnor's Gina Lynn Liscio, will stage "Lucky's Rockin' Beach Base" 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Lucy the Elephant at Atlantic and Decatur avenues in Margate. The concert will offer a taste of "Huckleberry Haywood" as well as other rock songs. The $10 event is a benefit for the musical and the local landmark. Tickets are available at Lucy.

"It's amazing that an artist retreat turned into all of this," Shields said. "It shows what could happen when you get creative people away from everything that weighs on you and stops you from being at your optimum creativity level. We really think it has a future on Broadway."

Short Stories

Ocean City's Tom Heist IV has a long history with the Ocean City Community Center Association, even though it was just established this year. The OCCCA is based on an organization that existed decades ago with a similar purpose - to create and maintain a community center in Ocean City. Heist's father, Tom Heist III, was a member of the original association. The new OCCCA held its first fundraiser June 11, nearly 31 years to the day the Ocean City Community Center opened. The association raised $2,800 to aid the continuing enhancement of the building. Ocean City's John Shirk, Fred Marcell and Wendy Moyle also helped organize the event. ... Two Mays Landing residents recently made names for themselves at the Babcock Community Church Scholarship and Outreach Golf Tournament, an annual fundraiser held at the Mays Landing Country Club. Joshua McKensie, 10, and his great-grandfather Emerson Warwick, 90, were recognized as the youngest and oldest participants. McKensie earned additional recognition when he shot the straightest drive in the tournament. The young golfer received a new hybrid golf club for his win.

Short Stories compiled by Emily Brill.

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