30 MINUTES TO WOW
WHAT April Singer-Songwriter Showcase
WHERE World Café Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington
WHEN 7 p.m., Saturday, April 13
Six up-and-coming artists will share the stage Saturday night, each vying for your attention during World Café Live at the Queen's April Singer-Songwriter Showcase. Artists from all over routinely fill the bill for this event, often including a recognizable name or two.
This month, the line-up includes Charlotte Sometimes, who is a VH1 "Your Oughta Know" artist as well as a season two finalist from NBC's "The Voice."
Sometimes will likely perform songs from her new EP, "Circus Head," a five song album that highlights her signature style: strong, attention-grabbing vocals combined with perfectly crafted pop lyrics.
However, like the other five artists – Adams Wilson, James Gabbard, James Hearne, Maggie Gabbard and Moonflower – she only has 30 minutes to knock your socks off. But, 30 minutes is all it takes, sometimes.
The best part of the show might be the price, though. At $10 per person, patrons are basically paying less than $2 per act.
SNOW WHITE TELLS A NEW STORY
WHAT "Snow White"
WHERE Delaware Children's Theatre, 1014 Delaware Avenue, Wilmington
WHEN 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
COST $11 in advance; $14 at the door
The Delaware Children's Theatre begins a nine-show run of an original production of "Snow White" tomorrow at 2 p.m. The show is a part of the theatre's 40th anniversary celebration and it is the first original production DCT has done in more than a decade.
All the usual characters are there, including the Evil Queen (who helped give step-mothers everywhere a bad name), the talking mirror, the seven dwarves, a host of talking foxes and wizards and , of course, the charming Prince. Snow White's new story also weaves in an anti-bullying theme, giving an old story some new significance.
Like all DCT shows, this production features a strong cast, including newcomer Danielle Alura, who casts a spell as Snow White. She will be joined on stage by Julian Manjerico as the Prince alongside DCT alumni like Lilly Nordheimer, Brandon Flecher and Will Rotsch, who will be bringing some of the dwarves to life.
The fanciful imagery will not be confined to the stage either. Costumes are welcome and children are encouraged to dress up.
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WHAT Fox and Branch
WHERE Kennett Flash, 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, Pa.
WHEN 11:30 a.m., Sunday
COST $8 in advance, $10 at the door
Playing a timeless mix of old blues, jug band songs and fiddle tunes, Fox and Branch always please the young and the young at heart. Saturday's show is a family show, which means lots and lots of audience participation. As a matter of fact, they don't even like to use the word "audience," preferring to see shows as just one big group having fun.
Coaxing participation comes easy for these two, both teachers. Dave Fox has been an elementary teacher for many years while Will Branch makes his living teaching music at Montessori schools and private lessons for children.
For all the fun they have, music is a serious passion for these two. Over the years, they've released six self-produced CDs, that include classic tracks like "What a Wonderful World" juxtaposed with other tunes like "You Can't Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd."
BLONDE AMBITION SET TO MUSIC
WHAT "Legally Blonde: The Musical"
WHERE New Candlelight Theatre, 2208 Millers Road, Ardentown
WHEN 6 p.m., tonight; continues weekends and select weeknights through May 19
COST $33 to $56
Much like the successful movie franchise starring Reese Witherspoon, "Legally Blonde: The Musical" follows Elle Woods, a recently dumped college co-ed, who manages to snare a spot at Harvard Law School alongside the very boy who broke her heart.
Determined to prove she is more than just a ditsy fahionista, Elle hits the books and proves that good grades have nothing to do with the color of a girl's hair. Along the way, she also discovers that being true to yourself never goes out of style.
The show also includes several dinner options. One of Delaware's best kept secrets, the New Candlelight Theatre provides an all-inclusive dinner theater experience, with plenty of wine and cheese options as well as a dessert buffet.