We remain in a lull these first few weeks of the year, at least in terms of annual events and happenings we can promote here in our regularly scheduled “Weekender Blog,” posted each Wednesday on thecoastalcompass.com.
But while this second weekend of January doesn’t include any big local events to talk about, what we can do is tell you about a few fun things happening during the winter months at and near the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
We featured our fantastic state park system last week, and today we’re going to discuss events this winter at several local theaters and indoor venues.
So don’t let the cold temperatures keep you inside. Old Man Winter may be in charge outdoors right now, but there’s still lots to do here in the coastal region.
That of course includes our eclectic restaurant scene, so get out there and enjoy your favorite local eateries while they’re a bit less crowded than they are during the spring and summer.
But this week, we’re focusing on indoor venues. So let’s get started…
Clear Space Theatre – Rehoboth Beach
Located on Baltimore Avenue, in the heart of Rehoboth Beach, Clear Space Theatre has been a leader in southern Delaware’s performing arts community since it’s founding in 2004.
The theater group is comprised of a professional acting company, an arts institute offering educational programs to area students and its “On Tour” group, which is offered in cooperation with local civic organizations.
The theater is located on Baltimore Avenue, just a short walk from the beach and Boardwalk, and can seat 250 people.
Shows coming up at Clear Space over the next few weeks include:
Clue on Stage. Running between Friday, January 24, and Sunday, February 9, this show is based on the movie, as well as the popular board game.
Join Colonel Mustard and the gang as they search for the murderer in Boddy Manor, and see if you can figure out who the culprit is before your friends do.
This comedy promises lots of twists and turns, as well as a surprise ending. So check it out this winter at Clear Space Theatre.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. Running for just two days on February 29 and March 1, this show is being held as a benefit fundraiser for the theater, as well as for the Children’s Beach House.
The show concerns a 15-year-old boy who’s found next to a dead dog, and becomes one of the chief suspects in the canine’s murder. He transforms into an amateur sleuth and ends up embarking on a dangerous journey that turns his world upside down.
Riverfront Theater – Milford
Riverfront Theater is the home of the Second Street Players, a theater group that produces several shows a year in a selection of different genres.
In addition to the main theater group, Second Street also features a Children’s Dessert Theater and cooperative productions with local schools and other groups.
The theater is located on South Walnut Street in Milford, on the banks of the picturesque Mispillion River.
Second Street’s winter show begins at the end of January, and for 2020 will be:
Moon Over Buffalo. Running from Friday, January 31, to Sunday, February 9, this comic farce is the story of an acting couple on tour in Buffalo in the 1950s and was written by Ken Ludwig.
Six performances of the show are planned in Milford. Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees will start promptly at 2 p.m.
For more information, visit www.secondstreetplayers.com.
Possum Point Players – Georgetown
Possum Point Players was formed in 1973 as a way to “contribute to the cultural diversity and vitality of Sussex County, Delaware, by bringing the experience of live theater for education and enjoyment to residents and visitors alike.”
The group is centered at Possum Hall, a 184 seat beautifully refurbished building located on Old Laurel Road in Georgetown.
In addition to the main theater group, Possum Point also includes the Possum Juniors, the Ad Hoc Touring Company and the Possum Point Players Summer Theater Academy.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? This year’s winter show at Possum Point Players revolves around a progressive couple’s liberal sensibilities, which are put to the test when their daughter brings home a fiancé that is anything but what they were expecting.
This play is an adaptation of the iconic film and is scheduled to run from Friday, January 31, through Sunday, February 9.
Learn more at www.possumpointplayers.org.
Milton Theatre – Milton
The historic Milton Theater is always hopping, regardless of the time of year, and 2020 is certainly no exception as scores of shows are planned over the next few weeks at this one-of-a-kind venue.
There are so many, in fact, that we can’t even begin to mention them all in the space that we have available. But we’ll hit on a few of the highlights below, with the full schedule available at www.miltontheatre.com.
Delaware Comedy Theater (January 10). A night of improv, beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $15.
Gone With the Wind Screening (January 15). Scheduled for showings at both 2 and 7 p.m., this event marks the 80th anniversary of the historic film. Tickets are $8 and $10.
Delmarva Big Band (January 26). With a big band comes a big sound! This show is scheduled for 7 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $12 to $17.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (February 7). This cult classic returns once again to the Milton Theater. The show begins at 9 p.m. Ticket prices are $8 and $10.
Dirty Dancing (February 13). Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day 2020 with a special showing of this all-time favorite film? Show times are 2 and 7 p.m., and ticket prices are $8 and $10.
Dickens Parlour Theatre – Millville
This charming magic theater located just west of Bethany Beach features some of the greatest regional magicians, including owner Rich Bloch himself.
The theatre features a full slate of shows during the warm weather months, but does taper off significantly during the winter. That being said, there are a couple of great shows coming up that you might want to check out.
Learn much more about this gem of coastal Delaware by visiting www.dptmagic.com.
Delmarva Improv Group (January 27). We’ll start this one out by stressing that this show is for adults only, so please leave the kids at home.
Similar to the old “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” starring Drew Carey, this show features the Delmarva Improv Group and is meant to develop funny scenes off the cuff that will engage and entertain the audience.
This show is scheduled for Monday, January 27, beginning at 7 p.m.
Notes on the Beach (February 14-15). This group features a pair of long-time Washington, D.C. musicians who perform in a unique style using piano and bass.
Song choices for the performance will include songs from the 1930s to the 1950s.
Shows are scheduled for Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15.
Ocean City Performing Arts Center – Ocean City
This state-of-the-art theater in Ocean City is a fantastic venue for watching a number of different types of events, including concerts, musicals, plays and even dance performances.
It’s located in the busy Roland E. Powell Convention Center on Coastal Highway and features both orchestra and balcony seating for a multitude of events scheduled throughout the year.
Like most of Ocean City, the schedule does slow down quite a bit during the winter months. But there are a couple of shows between now and April that you may want to put on your calendar.
Legally Blonde, Jr. This performance of the Ocean Pines Children’s Theater is scheduled for January 17 and 18. Tickets will run you $20 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster or at the Ocean City Convention Center Box Office.
The High Kings With Special Guests Dublin 5 and Gerry Timlin. This special performance is scheduled for Monday, March 11, beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets cost between $39 and $49 and can also be purchased at Ticketmaster or at the Ocean City Convention Center Box Office.
Whatever you choose to do this winter, we hope you have a fun and exciting time in the coastal region.
And be sure to check back here next week in our “Weekender Blog” for more great happenings at and near the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
Have a great weekend everyone!