"Neverland," that magical, mysterious place of uninterrupted youth, home to Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, Lost Boys, pirates and clock-eating alligators will be relocated to the Schwartz Center this weekend when The Children's Theatre, Inc. takes over with its production of "Peter Pan" this weekend.
As most people know, the story follows a mischievous little boy who can fly. And, as if that's not amazing enough, he never ages, either. He spends his never-ending childhood having adventures on the small island of Neverland, where he leads a rag-tag bunch known as the Lost Boys. They interact with mermaids, Native Americans, fairies, pirates and mortal children. On any given day, there is adventure and lots of pretending.
The cast features more than 30 children who have been rehearsing for weeks.
Eight-year-old Logan Babenko will be portraying Michael Darling, one of the few mortal children in the play. Babenko is excited about his first time on the Schwartz Center stage and hopes his classmates at Clayton Elementary get to come out to see and the rest of the cast.
"There's a lot of action," said Babenko enthusiastically. "I think people will like it, especially when I'm on stage."
BIDS, BARGAINS AND BUYS
WHAT Annual Auction and Flea Market
WHERE Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, 866 N. Dupont Highway, Dover
There's only one place that shoppers can find a cobbler's bench, a Trent Cole-signed football, a restored 100-year-old Kenton school desk, Delaware milk bottles and two three-day Firefly festival passes: The Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village's annual auction and flea market.
The doors will open bright and early at 8 a.m. this year. Once the doors open, you've got an hour to peruse all of this year's auction items.
"There are tons of deals to be had," said DAMV Director Di Rafter. "Stop by and bid on certificates to your favorite restaurants and car washes. And, remember that for the first time we will have baskets of cheer and Firefly passes. It's the best indoor auction of the year."
This year's auction will not only feature new items, it will also feature a new auctioneer, Ben Twilley, who was recommended by one of the museum's regular auctioneers and volunteer Cliff Hudson.
Refreshments will also be available so people are encouraged to take their time and make a day of it. And, just to make purchases as easy as possible, cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.
Gina Scarnati will be in Dover Saturday at the Biggs Museum. You don't know her? Well, it's likely you know her work. It's been seen in hit films like "The Hunger Games" and "Snow White and the Huntsman" as well as the hit HBO series, "True Blood."
Scarnati is a costume designer and craftsperson who actually hails from Delaware. Film buffs and fashionistas will be treated to her take on the design process, from conceptualization to realization. And, with the help of a few visual aids and the exploration of various films, she will illustrate how vital costumes are to the storyline development.
"Costumes are integral to defining the overall look of a film, and make an immediate and powerful visual statement to the audience by providing information about a character's age, social status and sense of style," shared Biggs Museum Curator Ryan Grover. "It is very exciting that Gina is coming back to Delaware to give us this exclusive glimpse into Hollywood costume design."
All ages are welcome and the event is free to the public. For more information, visit www.biggsmuseum.org.
LOOKING AHEAD: WEDNESDAY IS THE NEW SATURDAY
WHAT Movie Night at the Brewery
WHERE Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company, 1284 Mc D Drive, Dover
Starting next week, Wednesday is the new Saturday at Fordham and Dominion Brewing Company. They're bringing back Movie Night at the Brewery, with a one-of-a-kind movie experience featuring a classic film, a few beers and, of course, popcorn.
The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the night will begin with Community Center, an indie Delmarva band, featuring six old friends who have a penchant for unconventional instruments like the glockenspiel and the accordion.
Then, at 7:30 p.m., settle in on the front lawn (with your own comfy chair or blanket) for the 1978 classic, "Animal House." Admission to the movie is $10, but unlike a trip to the corporate movie theater, each ticket holder will receive three 10-ounce beers and a bottomless supply of popcorn.
"Movie Night at the Brewery is one of my favorite events," said Jim Lutz, president and CEO of Fordham and Old Dominion. "I am particularly excited for this movie because nothing pairs better than 'Animal House' and beer."
LIVE ON STAGE IN DOVER
A cover charge may apply to some events. To submit Live on Stage entertainment or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 346-5437.
Friday, March 22
33 West: Surf Scoundrels
Bonz**: DJ Bob-E, 9 p.m.
Cowboy Up: Adam Ritchie
Fire & Ice*: Love Seed Mama Jump, 9:30 p.m.
Gold Room: Four Tops tribute, 6 and 8 p.m.
Green Stinger: Results May Vary
Irish Mike's: Stacks Entertainment, 10 p.m.
Valerie's Bar & Grill: Karaoke, 10 p.m.
Walter L. Fox American Legion***: Karaoke, 8 p.m.
Young Bean: Hot Breakfast
ZBar: Be a Star Karaoke, 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 23
Bonz**: Mason Dixon Band, 9 p.m.
Cowboy Up: Tearing Up Jake, St. Patrick's Day celebration