This weekend, Polytech High School drama students will take over the stage at the Schwartz Center with the feel-good comedy classic, "Bye, Bye Birdie."
The production tells the story of a famous rock n' roll singer, who's facing induction into the army and the town of Sweet Apple, Ohio. The whole town, including the McAfee family, goes bananas when that singer, Conrad Birdie, comes to town to serenade one lucky fan. Kim McAfee wins the honor of receiving a kiss from Conrad and chaos ensues.
Eavan Caulfield, who portrays Mr. McAfee, said that he thinks audiences will enjoy the energy of the show as well as the music.
"I think people will love this one moment in one of my songs, 'Ed Sullivan,' where I just stop and scream, 'Ed, I love you!'" said Caufield. "My own favorite moment is this line that another actor has about getting looped from drinking milk."
Long time drama instructor Sharon Crossen said the students have all been working really hard and are looking forward to performing for a big audience at the Schwartz Center.
"They've been having so much fun reliving the '50s and they're putting tons of energy into this play," said Crossen. "I'm so excited for them to perform it and I'm really excited about a surprise that's in store for the actors. The whole performance is going to be a huge hit and I expect that the laughter that night will bring the house down."
DANCING FOR DOLLARS
WHAT Dancing with the Delaware Stars
WHERE Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, 1131 N. Dupont Highway, Dover
Delaware's best and brightest will be in Dover this weekend, cutting a rug at "Dancing with the Delaware Stars," an event benefiting the Mom's House of Dover.
The competition is the Delaware version of the popular television show, "Dancing with the Stars." However, this adaptation features local celebrities and professional dancers. Eight non-dancers agreed to put themselves through the paces, including Dover's own Glenenise Parks, a state correctional officer.
"It's been going great," said Parks, who was paired up with Richard Normington, a professional dancer in Smyrna. "It's a really fun dance that we're working on. I can tell you that much but we're really trying to keep the routine a surprise."
Mom's House of Dover is a program that offers single parents the opportunity to continue their education by providing childcare services free of charge. Dancing with the Delaware Stars is one of the program's biggest fundraisers.
The night includes cocktails and dinner for $100 but those tickets have already sold out. Spectators can still come support the dancers, though, for $40.
People also have the opportunity to vote for Parks or any competing dancer by visiting www.dancingdestars.org. Each online vote requires a $1 donation but online votes count towards one-third of the dancers' total scores. The rest of the score will be comprised of the scores given out by the judges and attending guests.
WHERE Bubba's Rock Shack, 865 N. Dupont Highway, Dover
WHEN 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday
COST $5 to $10
INFO (302) 730-8445
Bubba's Rock Shack is getting serious this weekend. Well, sort-of. The drinks will still be flowing and the music will still be blaring but, this weekend, it will all be for a good cause: breast cancer awareness.
The party starts at 8 p.m. with drink specials all night, including $2 drinks until 10 p.m. Bubba's owner Charlie Lyon said that the drinks are just the beginning.
"The Magic of Guido will be walking around doing tricks and demonstrating that the hand is quicker than the eye," Lyon said. "His magic is something to be seen and he always leaves everyone wanting more."
And, Mike Hines and the Look as well as deejay Manny Mann plan to keep "the shack" rocking all night.
"Mike Hines and the Look is the ultimate party band. They are a six-piece group that always gets the crowd involved," Lyon said. "But, the fundraiser is really due to deejay Manny. He's very passionate about it."
It's a passion that Mann doesn't deny. Three and a half years ago, just two weeks before tying the knot to the love of his live, Mann and his beloved learned that his wife, Debbie,had breast cancer.
"With the help of her doctors and support from friends and family, she is currently cancer free," Mann said. "But, my wife is not the only person I know who has been victimized by this terrible disease. With today's technology, we are closer than ever to a cure, which means every effort counts."
Proceeds will benefit the Helen F. Graham Center at Christiana Care Center in Newark.