From concerts and movies to special events for the whole family, there is always something to see and do in Delaware. Here are some of our picks.
New Castle County The Comedy of Errors, July 30th & 31st
Delaware Shakespeare Festival’s Producing Artistic Director David Stradley follows on his successful productions of The Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Hamlet with Shakespeare’s madcap romp of mistaken identity. Bring your own blankets or chairs, pack a picnic, come for the pre-show entertainment, and enjoy Shakespeare outdoors at what Delaware Today calls “summer’s must-do event.” Rockwood Mansion Park, Wilmington.
Gerald Charles Dickens, great-great-grandson of the author Charles Dickens, returns by popular demand after his sold-out performances at Winterthur of A Christmas Carol. His fascination with the life and works of Charles Dickens led him to write and direct further one-man shows. This performance features two, one-hour shows—A Child’s Journey with Dickens and Mr. Dickens Is Coming!. There is one intermission and a meet and greet follows the performance. $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember. $8 for children 12 and under. Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.
First launched in 2013 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of the beloved children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons is a retrospective exhibition celebrating the life and art of the iconic author and illustrator, Maurice Sendak. The exhibit will be on display at the Dover Public Library and the Biggs Museum of American Art between July 29 and September 11, 2016. The exhibition includes a wide variety of Sendak’s art, from an illustrated book report on Macbeth to opera set designs, and of course, illustrations from his children’s books. The original works are accompanied by quotes from presidents, illustrators, friends, and celebrities discussing Sendak’s influence on their own lives.
The 1977 George Lucas hit movie that started it all is back at the Schwartz. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was the Oscar winner for Best Visual Effects; Special Achievement, and Sound Effects. Today, it is often regarded as one of the best films of all time, as well as one of the most important films in the history of motion pictures. This Sci-fi epic, that set the bar, follows Luke Skywalker in his quest to become a Jedi Knight and master “The Force.” For more information about the entire COMIC CON event which continues on Saturday, visit the Dover Public Library. Schwartz Center for the Arts, Dover.
Jungle John’s Jurassic Journey is an educational and fun show, highlighting dinosaur facts, sharing dinosaur artifacts, and doing live demonstrations with Dolly the T-Rex. “Jungle John” has been entertaining in the Tri-State area, and around the United States, since 1988. After receiving a degree in zoo keeping from Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida, he became supervisor at the Brandywine Zoo in Wilmington, Delaware for over six years. In addition to animal care and supervisory responsibilities, he did animal shows for their traveling zoo program. The Freeman Stage at Bayside, Selbyville.
A poor miller gives his son the family cat and sends the boy out in the world to make his own way. To his great surprise, the son discovers the cat is enchanted. The clever, fashion-forward feline promises to help the young lad win the hand of the beautiful princess. Clothed in a fine outfit including stylish boots, the cat finds the princess’ missing crown, rids the land of a wicked ogre and presents the ogre’s castle to the happy couple as wedding gift. The cat shows us all how important it is to “dress for success!” Epworth United Methodist Church, Rehoboth Beach.