TSD Review Sept 29

Town Square LIVE Weekly Review – September 29, 2022

Sonja Frey Town Square Live, Weekly Review

Click on the image below to view the PDF This Week’s Top Headlines Include: Community Grand Gala returns with ‘Hamilton’ star on stage Private schools go into overdrive with open houses Diocese of Wilmington to honor first responders, lawyers State seeks input on plan for Cooch’s Bridge site Food & Drink Dogfish, Dewey Beer, Fifer Orchards team up on autumn …

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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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Finally! Broadway’s Brian Stokes Mitchell to play Delaware

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

    When acclaimed Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell was in high school, his drama teacher told the class to notice the actors and actresses whose faces they recognized in television and movies. “You may not know their names, but they’ve been working for years,” Anne Kill said. They had built a careers that lasted, she said, and anyone who …

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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 …

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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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Bubbles and bikes help Grand Prix spin through Wilmington Saturday

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

It won’t only be bikes gliding through downtown Wilmington Saturday as part of the Wilmington Grand Prix Criterium Races. Bubbles will be, too. The Grand Prix offers both professional and amateur races, and this year will add a community ride Saturday, which will mark the start of street festival along Market Street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. As part …

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Symphony to keep mask, vaccine rules for March 11 concert

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Conductor David Amado, center, leads the Delaware Symphony Orchestra in its February performance. Photo by Martin Martinez.   Even though The Grand Opera House in Wilmington has dropped its face mask and vaccine rules, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra will continue to require them for its March 11 concert there. J.C. Barker, executive director of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, said while …

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The Grand lifts mask, vaccine requirements for audiences

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

While The Grand has dropped its mask, vaccine requirements, it recommends people continue to wear them during performances because it draws patrons from such a large area. Photo by Joe del Tufo/Moonloop Photography   Well, you can whoop it up all you like at The Grand Opera House’s performances now that the venue has suspended its COVID-19 mask mandate and …

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36 arts groups, 13 artists get chunk of Rescue Plan cash

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

The Grand was one of three arts groups to get $45,000 in American Rescue Plan money.     The Delaware Division of the Arts has given 36 arts organizations and 13 artists grants from its $753,000 in American Rescue Plan Art money designed to secure jobs and support artists and nonprofit arts organizations. The grants ranged from $900 for an …

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Rising COVID cases force postponement of New Year’s Eve concert

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

A concert planned for New Year’s Eve will be moved into 2022 to avoid rising COVID-19 cases.   A New Year’s Eve concert planned by the The Grand, Delaware Symphony Orchestra and OperaDelaware has been postponed. The concert, which would have seen the symphony and the OperaDelaware play in the first half and Tony-award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell play in …