N. Charleston Dinner Theatre series sings the blues with Ball

Laura Ball and her blues trio will provide the entertainment at Friday's North Charleston Dinner Theater.

On Friday night, enjoy dinner and some live entertainment celebrating America's gifted women of the blues, organized by the talented Laura Ball for the North Charleston Dinner Theatre series.

"Giving voice to the female singers who put blues on the American map, Miss Ball and her blues trio, The Gentle Time Band, will take audiences on a musical journey from the Mississippi Delta to the back alleys of New Orleans to the Charleston Lowcountry," says North Charleston Arts Coordinator Ann Simmons.

"A native Charlestonian, Laura Ball is an active teacher, music director, composer and performer known for her innovative collaborations across musical genres and her explorations of contemporary chamber music practices."

This "Black & Blues" evening will take place at the Charleston Area Convention Center Ballroom, 5001 Coliseum Drive, in North Charleston. Tickets are $40, which includes dinner, performance and gratuity. Tickets for just the performance are also available for $15. There will be a cash bar.

To purchase tickets, call 740-5847.

Ready to be invaded by disco glam rock space vixens?

What If? Productions is at it again with a fun, glitzy show, this time full of sexy disco space bunnies in their newest show, "Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens."

What If?'s artistic director, Kyle Barnette, provides a synopsis: "Unburdened by taste, this hedonistic haven for Disco Bunnies is a murder mystery electronica musical set in the seedy outer space underworld of Saucy Jack's Cabaret Bar on the distant planet of Frottage III, where disco has become a religion and glitter boots have the power to save lives.

Join the crew of this intergalactic cabaret madness of disco-heavy electronica, complete with laser beams, black lights and glitter.

Adding to the appeal, the performance is an interactive one, as audience members can order drinks from the bar alongside the characters in the show.

This space disco glitterbomb will take place Thursday-Feb. 8 at the American Theater, 446 King St. Tickets are $25 for adults; special student and senior rates are also available.

For more information, call 410-1950 or go to www.whatifproductions.org.

"Sarah Elizabeth is a girl who lives at the edge of a small village. Ever since she could remember, her father and her big sister, Mary, have treated her like a small child. Not only does her mother constantly compare her unfavorably to Mary, who is the perfect daughter, but they call her Goldilocks, a pet name that stuck because of the color of her hair.

"Sarah Elizabeth is not happy, and lets everyone know it by being loud, disrespectful and mischievous. In the meantime, in a small blue-collar house in the great woods lives a family of bears," Rachel Britt of Creative Spark Center for the Arts says regarding the newest Sprouts performance, "Goldilocks & the Three Bears."

The updated version of the tale teaches lessons in being grateful for what you have and the pitfalls of being a brat.

Performances will be put on Friday-Sunday and Feb. 7-9 at various times. The performances are just under an hour and tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Creative Spark is located at 757 Long Point Road, Suite D, in Mount Pleasant.

For more, call 881-3780 or go to www.creativespark.org.

Footlight Players' newest show "Deathtrap" is a rare blend of a thriller and a comedy.

Directed by Jo Ellen Aspinwall, this definitely sounds like it will be an interesting show.

"Cunningly clever and comically twisted, 'Deathtrap' is a murder mystery masterpiece that is so wickedly good ... it's to die for," says Chrissy Oddi of the Footlight Players.

"When a once successful Broadway playwright struggles to overcome a dry spell that's resulted in a string of flops and a shortage of funds, anxiety ensues. His fortunes turn when one of his students shares a brilliant new script with blockbuster potential. Resolved to resurrect his collapsing career, the covetous playwright conceives of a treacherous trap to snare the script and take credit for its creation."

The show will start Friday, with dates running through Feb. 16. The Footlight Players Theatre is at 20 Queen St. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for military and seniors, and $15 for students. Purchase online at www.FootlightPlayers.net or by calling 722-4487.