Here are a few nifty events outside of Dover that you should consider checking out this weekend.
'Cinderella’ ballet opens at Grand Opera House
WHAT 'Cinderella’ ballet, presented by First State Ballet Theatre
WHEN 7 p.m., Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday
WHERE Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington
COST $28-$48 for adults; students age 18 or younger receive 50 percent off adult price; seniors, groups and military will receive $5 off
INFO Visit firststateballet.com or call (800) 37-GRAND
Audiences will experience a night of dancing from one of fairytale’s most famous princesses in First State Ballet Theatre’s "Cinderella,” opening at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington on Saturday.
"FSBT’s Cinderella presents the classic fairytale with the ultimate happy ending,” said First State Ballet Executive Director Robert Grenfell. "Goodness prevails, evil is thwarted, justice triumphs and joy reigns supreme. It’s a humorous, uplifting, joyful show sure to delight patrons of all ages and is ideal entertainment for families.”
The production features more than 40 astonishing costumes (most of them designed in Russia) and stylish choreography by Alex Bucker, who’s a 2013-14 recipient of Delaware Division of the Arts’ Individual Artist Fellowship Grant for choreography in the category of Emerging Artist.
'Xanadu’ rolls to Clear Space Theatre
WHAT 'Xanadu,’ presented by Clear Space Theatre
WHEN 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m., Sunday
WHERE Clear Space Theatre, 20 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach
INFO Visit clearspacetheatre.org or call (302) 227-2270
Who would’ve thought that you could create a hit musical involving Greek muses, roller skates and the 1980s?
As silly as it sounds, those three ingredients have produced the award-winning musical "Xanadu,”opening tonight at Clear Space Theatre in Rehoboth Beach.
Clear Space’s rendition of the musical is a children’s production, featuring the top students from its educational programs.
"Xanadu” tells of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, Calif., in 1980. Kira’s on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time: the first roller disco. But when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds.
This zany musical, written by Douglas Carter Beane, emphasizes the importance of following your heart to an original hit score composed by pop-rock legends Jeff Lynne and John Farrar.
Director David Button feels the fantastical nature of "Xanadu” makes it a great fit for young actors and actresses to perform.
Possum Point Players venture to 'South Pacific’
WHAT "South Pacific,” presented by Possum Point Players
WHEN 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday
WHERE Possum Hall, 441 Old Laurel Road, Georgetown
COST $23 for adults; $22 for seniors and students
INFO Visit possumpointplayers.org or call (302) 856-4560
Set on an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war in the musical "South Pacific,” presented this entire weekend by the Possum Point Players at Possum Hall in Georgetown.
In the musical, Nellie Forbush, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter and widower, Emile de Becque. Emile’s a wealthy man with two young children, Jerome and Ngana. Nellie learns that Emile’s wife was an island native and ─ since she’s unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised on in Arkansas ─ refuses Emile’s proposal of marriage.
Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable is a U.S. Marine who denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl he’s fallen in love with, for he fears his family back in America wouldn’t accept her.