Playhouse in the Park (4851 Museum Drive) will present its original version of a timeless classic when “Cinderella — The Musical” opens this month. The family-friendly, rags-to-riches tale will be presented in colorful fashion, complete with enchanting special effects.

The musical runs July 20 to Aug. 12. Friday and Saturday curtain is at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $16 and $14 for children, students and seniors.

A presentation for daycare audiences will be held July 19 at 10:30 a.m. — one day only, limited availability. Tickets for that performance are $8 for students and chaperones, free for teachers.

Reservations recommended; call 251-602-0630 or visit for details.

Multi-talented Blake is focus at MMoA

Poet, painter and printmaker William Blake was a true artist. The Londoner’s creativity poured forth during his life with little recognition, and only after his 1827 death did he earn acclaim as one of the giants of the Romantic Era.

Blake’s views were startlingly progressive for his day. His influence has endured across the centuries, cited among such diverse artists as 19th century writer William Rossetti, the Beat generation and Bob Dylan.

Mobile Museum of Art Director Deborah Velders will discuss Blake’s wide and profound legacy at MMoA (4850 Museum Drive) on Thursday, July 19, 6 p.m. Museum entrance is free on Thursdays for Mobile County residents. The talk is free for MMoA members and $5 for non-members.

For more information, call 251-208-5200 or visit

Sinful seven at MAC for July

Fairhope printmaker and illustrator Sarah Dittman might have relocated to Appleton, Wisconsin, but her work will have a place at Mobile Arts Council (318 Dauphin St.) during July. The University of South Alabama grad depicted the seven deadly sins as royalty along with prints of skulls and crystals.

Self-taught artist Shawn Berdux will debut her first solo exhibition. The mixed media show of sculptures, paintings and prints — titled “Rise like the lotus from muddy waters” — will occupy the Small Room in July.

The Skinny Gallery will feature work by the youngsters in the ChARTing New Directions summer art camps. MAC and Alabama Contemporary Art Center partnered to provide free camps for kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs who worked in ceramics, painting, stenciling, paper-making, yarn-bombing and public art projects. Their works will be installed in downtown’s Lost Garden off Dauphin Street next month.

An opening reception will be held during the July 13 LoDa ArtWalk.

A closing reception for camp participants and their families will take place July 31, 4-6 p.m., and is open to the public.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and during Saturday Market in the Park.

For more information, call 251-432-9796 or go to