Delaware Children's Theatre

Delaware Children's Theatre, Wilmington: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Delaware Children's Theatre Reviews: 4.5/5

Delaware Children's Theatre

Delaware Children's Theatre
4.5
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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daisyferret1
By daisyferret1
The Adventures of Princess Truheart
Apr 2019
We attended a showing of The Adventures of Princess Truheart at the Delaware Children's Theatre one Saturday afternoon. This was our second time seeing a play here. When we arrived, the theatre was pretty empty, which was a big difference as compared to our first visit here. I'm guessing it was because this was an ORIGINIAL play instead of a well-known headline show. We sat near the front in the center section. We also chose to sit on the end as the performers go up and down the aisles during the show. The kids find this exciting! The show started promptly and on time. Halfway through the show, there is an intermission to allow you to get up to stretch your legs, use the restroom and get a snack/souvenir. This showing only offered snacks like bagged pretzels and snack packs of Oreos. They also sell bottled water, juice pouches and canned sodas. We were a little disappointed that they did NOT have cupcakes this time. We were a little shocked that they did NOT have Unicorn or rainbow colored icing cupcakes since the play contained a Unicorn, Prancy, with a rainbow mane. Also, the toys offered up for souvenirs were heart shaped necklaces and stuffed frogs. They also missed the mark on toy souvenirs. Most of the stuff seems like items ordered from the trading supplies magazine OR from the local dollar store. I would like to see better quality merchandise that is theme appropriate for the actual play. Unicorn or princess headbands, stuffed unicorn toys, fairy wings, etc. would have been good selections for this play since ONE of the characters was a Unicorn and others were princesses/fairies. They missed the mark. I personally think they could do a much better job on concessions and sales in general. During this time you can also purchase raffle tickets for the basket they are raffling off. This time it was a basket full of plush animals. After about a 10-15 minute break, the show resumes for the second half. After the second half of the show, the cast can briefly be found in the concession space. Here they do sort of a meet & greet with the kids. They take photos and sign autographs. Of course the kids loved meeting the princesses (Snow White and Cinderella) and Prancy, the unicorn pony. Princess Tru, Queen Beatrix and Prancy were very gracious and kind in meeting with the children. Overall, we enjoyed our visit with this theatre. The shows we have seen have been well done. This show in particular was very cute, humorous at times and had a good life lesson/message. It was sort of like a mash-up of princess shows and the Wizard of Oz, but a truly original play. All of the actors did a great job, but I really thought the Great Zabraca (Michael Hynson) really stood out in this play. His performance was amazing. Stumbelina (Kristina Williams) and Prancy (Emily Woznicki) both had amazing voices in song. The kids loved it & were amazed with the confetti shower at the end!! Bottom Line: Great Theatre to take the kids for an afternoon show. Place could use some general repairs and better concessions/souvenirs. Plan to spend about 1 & 1/2 to just under 2 hours here from arrival to meet & greet. I would recommend for families with small children. The kids will love it!
daisyferret1
By daisyferret1
Beauty & the Beast
Oct 2018
We went here for their showing of Beauty & the Beast. As far as I could tell, there is NO on-site parking. We were told by staff, when we inquired, to park at a nearby business that was closed for the day and to walk to the theater. There was a police offer on duty when we arrived that was directing traffic and serving as a crossing guard in front of the theater. That was helpful. Once at the building, we walked up a set of stairs to enter the theater. Once inside the building, we proceeded through the foyer to the end of the hallway. Here our tickets that we had purchased online were scanned. We were told to sit anywhere in the theater, but to know that the actors will go up and down the aisles. So, children may want to sit on the ends of the rows for a full experience. Before the show started, the actors came around asking IF we wanted to purchase raffle tickets for a basket they were raffling off. I inquired as to what was in the basket. We were told to go up front and read the list of items. I said I would go look and decide. I did go up and look at the list. Back at my seat, I tried to flag down one of the actors to purchase raffle tickets. I was ignored! One actor stood beside me and sold tickets to someone sitting behind me. I had my money out in hand and tried to buy tickets. I was still ignored. I finally put it away. During this time, they were also selling souvenir light up roses. The show itself was pretty good. The actors are volunteers. Many of them were very young. They were not amazing, but decent. The kids enjoyed the show for the most part. Set design was minimal. It reminded me of a high school production. Part way through the show, they took an intermission. At that time, guests were told they could purchase snacks in the side room. They had homemade cupcakes ($3 each), can soda/bottled water ($2), packed Oreos ($2), snack-size bagged pretzels ($1) and Capri Sun pouches ($1). We did purchase a few cupcakes at $3 a piece. To be honest, they were really good. In this room they were also selling various toys (fairy wings, wreath headbands, plus unicorns, lite-up roses, etc) and raffle tickets. After about 10 minutes or so, they announced that the princess parade was about to begin in the theater. { When we purchased tickets, we had read that kids may want to dress up in their princess or prince costume for this parade.} Back in the theater, children basically lined up, walked up to the stage to see the actors, give a high-five and walk off stage. Once this concluded the second act began. At the end of the show, they set off some sort of smoke as a special effect allowing the Beast to transform into the Prince. The smoke filled the theater and it smelled terrible. It caused people to cough and choke up. There should have been some sort of warning about this. I worry about people with medical conditions that may NOT respond well to this sort of effect. My kids did NOT like it and neither did I! Once the show was over, we exited back through the side room. Here the cast was there to do a meet and greet with the kids. Belle was there signing autographs and taking pictures with all of the kids. I thought that was great! She was so gracious and kind to the children. Overall, I would say that the kids enjoyed the show. I would recommend this theater for families with YOUNG children. I think teens and older kids would be bored with the performances here. Start to finish, we were here for about 1 hour 45 minutes.

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daisyferret1
Bear, DE24,855 contributions
The Adventures of Princess Truheart
Apr 2019 • Family
We attended a showing of The Adventures of Princess Truheart at the Delaware Children's Theatre one Saturday afternoon. This was our second time seeing a play here. When we arrived, the theatre was pretty empty, which was a big difference as compared to our first visit here. I'm guessing it was because this was an ORIGINIAL play instead of a well-known headline show. We sat near the front in the center section. We also chose to sit on the end as the performers go up and down the aisles during the show. The kids find this exciting!

The show started promptly and on time. Halfway through the show, there is an intermission to allow you to get up to stretch your legs, use the restroom and get a snack/souvenir. This showing only offered snacks like bagged pretzels and snack packs of Oreos. They also sell bottled water, juice pouches and canned sodas. We were a little disappointed that they did NOT have cupcakes this time. We were a little shocked that they did NOT have Unicorn or rainbow colored icing cupcakes since the play contained a Unicorn, Prancy, with a rainbow mane. Also, the toys offered up for souvenirs were heart shaped necklaces and stuffed frogs. They also missed the mark on toy souvenirs. Most of the stuff seems like items ordered from the trading supplies magazine OR from the local dollar store. I would like to see better quality merchandise that is theme appropriate for the actual play. Unicorn or princess headbands, stuffed unicorn toys, fairy wings, etc. would have been good selections for this play since ONE of the characters was a Unicorn and others were princesses/fairies. They missed the mark. I personally think they could do a much better job on concessions and sales in general. During this time you can also purchase raffle tickets for the basket they are raffling off. This time it was a basket full of plush animals. After about a 10-15 minute break, the show resumes for the second half.

After the second half of the show, the cast can briefly be found in the concession space. Here they do sort of a meet & greet with the kids. They take photos and sign autographs. Of course the kids loved meeting the princesses (Snow White and Cinderella) and Prancy, the unicorn pony. Princess Tru, Queen Beatrix and Prancy were very gracious and kind in meeting with the children.

Overall, we enjoyed our visit with this theatre. The shows we have seen have been well done. This show in particular was very cute, humorous at times and had a good life lesson/message. It was sort of like a mash-up of princess shows and the Wizard of Oz, but a truly original play. All of the actors did a great job, but I really thought the Great Zabraca (Michael Hynson) really stood out in this play. His performance was amazing. Stumbelina (Kristina Williams) and Prancy (Emily Woznicki) both had amazing voices in song. The kids loved it & were amazed with the confetti shower at the end!!

Bottom Line: Great Theatre to take the kids for an afternoon show. Place could use some general repairs and better concessions/souvenirs. Plan to spend about 1 & 1/2 to just under 2 hours here from arrival to meet & greet. I would recommend for families with small children. The kids will love it!
Written April 25, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

daisyferret1
Bear, DE24,855 contributions
Beauty & the Beast
Oct 2018 • Family
We went here for their showing of Beauty & the Beast. As far as I could tell, there is NO on-site parking. We were told by staff, when we inquired, to park at a nearby business that was closed for the day and to walk to the theater. There was a police offer on duty when we arrived that was directing traffic and serving as a crossing guard in front of the theater. That was helpful.

Once at the building, we walked up a set of stairs to enter the theater. Once inside the building, we proceeded through the foyer to the end of the hallway. Here our tickets that we had purchased online were scanned. We were told to sit anywhere in the theater, but to know that the actors will go up and down the aisles. So, children may want to sit on the ends of the rows for a full experience.

Before the show started, the actors came around asking IF we wanted to purchase raffle tickets for a basket they were raffling off. I inquired as to what was in the basket. We were told to go up front and read the list of items. I said I would go look and decide. I did go up and look at the list. Back at my seat, I tried to flag down one of the actors to purchase raffle tickets. I was ignored! One actor stood beside me and sold tickets to someone sitting behind me. I had my money out in hand and tried to buy tickets. I was still ignored. I finally put it away. During this time, they were also selling souvenir light up roses.

The show itself was pretty good. The actors are volunteers. Many of them were very young. They were not amazing, but decent. The kids enjoyed the show for the most part. Set design was minimal. It reminded me of a high school production.

Part way through the show, they took an intermission. At that time, guests were told they could purchase snacks in the side room. They had homemade cupcakes ($3 each), can soda/bottled water ($2), packed Oreos ($2), snack-size bagged pretzels ($1) and Capri Sun pouches ($1). We did purchase a few cupcakes at $3 a piece. To be honest, they were really good. In this room they were also selling various toys (fairy wings, wreath headbands, plus unicorns, lite-up roses, etc) and raffle tickets.

After about 10 minutes or so, they announced that the princess parade was about to begin in the theater. { When we purchased tickets, we had read that kids may want to dress up in their princess or prince costume for this parade.} Back in the theater, children basically lined up, walked up to the stage to see the actors, give a high-five and walk off stage. Once this concluded the second act began.

At the end of the show, they set off some sort of smoke as a special effect allowing the Beast to transform into the Prince. The smoke filled the theater and it smelled terrible. It caused people to cough and choke up. There should have been some sort of warning about this. I worry about people with medical conditions that may NOT respond well to this sort of effect. My kids did NOT like it and neither did I!

Once the show was over, we exited back through the side room. Here the cast was there to do a meet and greet with the kids. Belle was there signing autographs and taking pictures with all of the kids. I thought that was great! She was so gracious and kind to the children.

Overall, I would say that the kids enjoyed the show. I would recommend this theater for families with YOUNG children. I think teens and older kids would be bored with the performances here. Start to finish, we were here for about 1 hour 45 minutes.
Written January 11, 2019
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Elizabeth M
Middletown, DE240 contributions
Very good production
Dec 2018 • Family
Saw Scrooge with my granddaughters. I was surprised at the professionalism of all the actors. We had an excellent time.

Snacks and beer offered at intermission. A bit about the building...it is an older building so be ready for oddly spaced stairs getting to your seats. Otherwise it’s easy to find and parking across the street.
Written December 2, 2018
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MrsJASr
New Castle, DE9 contributions
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Jan 2017 • Family
Our church sponsored a trip for 20 of our youth to see the performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The ages ranged from 6 to 15 years old and we had a blast! The production was awesome. The performers were amazing and put together an awesome show. They had a few adult scenes, which were a little inappropriate for some of the Children, but it was still a wonderful enactment of a well known Bible story... The staff reserved our seats and went out of their way to make us feel welcomed and comfortable. A memorable time that won't soon be forgotten by our youth!
Written January 22, 2017
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william c
Surfside Beach, SC39 contributions
A fun night
Apr 2016
We were given tickets as a gift for an eighties and nineties concert at the theatre. Usually know for children's shows. I was amazed at the building and theatre. The staff was all volunteer, the snacks and drinks were by appropriate donation and the parking was free. Like I said the building is 19th century, very old, very intimate, the theatre holds about 200 people. The show was very good and the staff very friendly.
Written April 24, 2016
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mark g
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States231 contributions
Worth the ride
Dec 2015 • Family
I live about 1 hour away on Bucks County PA. Took my kids to see Mary Poppins yesterday 12/6/15. It was a great production for a children's theater. It really felt like it rivaled some professional productions I saw in Philadelphia. Definitely a very high quality performance for a family/kids theater.

The only complaint I have is that the seats are on a flat floor which makes it difficult to see past large adult heads. We adjusted and made it work but it was not very comfortable.

However for the price of tickets and quality of performance you cannot beat value anywhere!

Good job guys!!
Written December 7, 2015
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Jen L
Wilmington, DE17 contributions
An incredible gem with wonderful people
Apr 2014 • Family
Oh how I love this place. The shows are heartfelt, the casts are extremely talented, and the creative team are so passionate about what they do. I love bringing kids to see the shows and watch as they are just mesmerized. Definitely worth a visit.
Written April 7, 2014
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travelingmary16
5 contributions
An amazing little theater!
May 2013
The name is "Delaware's Children's Theater" but so not underestimate the quality!!! I am always amazed at the beauty of shows. The acting is superb and the singing is phenomenal! Oh - and the costumes are so delightful. I recently attended the Snow White showand the theater's daughter actually wrote the script, putting her own little spin to it. It was very enjoyable! It is very clean and the seats are comfortable. They usually have an intermission where they offer little snacks and beverages - very affordable. The building has a feel of an old Victorian house (in my opinion) and you might laugh - but take a trip to the bathrooms!

All around - an amazing theather and I truly reccomend it to anyone of any age.
Written May 22, 2013
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