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Grand Gala returns with ‘Hamilton’ star on stage

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Dig 0ut your party hats. The Grand Gala is returning Dec. 3 with a show headlined by Tony Award-winning “Hamilton” star Renée Elise Goldsberry, with the traditional afterparty at The Grand Opera House. It will feature food, drink and entertainment spread out throughout the 150-year-old building. A major fundraiser for the opera house’s community engagement programs, the 2020 gala was …

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The Grand chooses from inside for new executive director

Betsy Price Business, Headlines

  Longtime Grand Opera House administrator Pamelyn Manocchio will head the downtown Wilmington theater when the current executive editor bikes into retirement in September. Manocchio, who has been working at The Grand since 2006 in a variety of roles, most recently has served as managing director. Executive Director Mark Fields will continue to work with Manocchio through the end of …

TSD Review June 30

Town Square LIVE Weekly Review – June 30, 2022

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Click on the image below to view the PDF This Week’s Top Headlines Include: COMMUNITY Mark Fields to retire from The Grand after 16 years Mt. Cuba’s 5 kestrel chicks get banded Longwood Gardens to light up June 30 with Munro exhibit Brandywine Zoo pudu Haechan dies after short illness Your guide to Delaware fireworks, and so Fourth BUSINESS Abandoned …

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Mark Fields to retire from The Grand after 16 years

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

The executive director of The Grand Opera House will retire in September after 16 years of steering the fortunes of Wilmington’s premier performing arts institution. Mark Fields started with The Grand in 2006 as a marketing consultant, was appointed managing director in December of that year and then swapped jobs with the-then executive director in December 2014. “It does seem …

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The Grand to mark 150th anniversary with ribbon cutting Wednesday

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

The Grand Opera House will celebrate its 150th birthday by re-enacting its original ribbon cutting.   The Grand Opera House will celebrate its 15oth anniversary Wednesday with a recreation of its inaugural ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. The building, with its facade made of cast iron, had been an anchor of Market Street, where it sits at 818 N. Market. …

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‘Waitress’ to hit Playhouse with new lead actress, seats – but no pie

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Jisel Soleil Ayon stars in “Waitress,” which starts Nov. 18 at the newly renovated Playhouse on Rodney Square. Photo by Jeremy Daniel When “Waitress” opens Nov. 18, it becomes the first show on stage in 617 days for the Playhouse on Rodney Square, which will be showing off a $1.3 million renovation. Jisel Soleil Ayon will take the stage as …

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Arts venues celebrate receiving cash from federal Shuttered Venue grants

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

  Brian DiSabatino, chairman of the board of The Grand Opera House, talks about how federal Shuttered Venue funds will help the state.   It’s been 527 days since a live performance was presented on the main stage of The Grand Opera House, executive director Mark Fields said Friday. “I’m pleased to say it will only be another 37 days …