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Still Dancing

After All These Years

DuPont Theatre’s Centennial Celebration

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• What’s ‘IN’ for October Complete andon Line-Up of Performers page 9 • ASchedule Festive Fall the Riverfront ALSO INSIDE: Finalists of Riverfront • Cool Ways to Dress Up thePhoto Arts Contest page 12

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October 2012 volume 4, issue 4

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100 and Counting! Still Wilmington’s answer to Broadway, the Dupont Theatre schedules a season loaded with musical hits. By Scott Pruden Wilmington native writes history of DuPont Theatre.

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100 –– and ––

Counting Still Wilmington’s answer to Broadway, the DuPont Theatre, née Playhouse, schedules a season packed with musical hits By Scott Pruden


nnmarie D. O’Hara-Townshend finds herself in the unique position of running two venerable Wilmington landmarks—the DuPont Theatre and the adjacent Hotel DuPont. From her office on the hotel’s mezzanine level, she can gaze down into the lobby to watch the ebb and flow of tourists and business travelers. But it’s around the corner, at the historic DuPont Theatre— formerly known as the Playhouse—where a different display of near constant activity is hidden from view. There, workers are completing a significant sprucing up of the auditorium in preparation for this, the theater’s centennial season. One hundred years of uninterrupted seasons is a milestone that is significant not just to Wilmington but to the entire live theater community. Why? Because it makes DuPont the oldest continually operated legitimate theater in the United States. “We are very proud of that special distinction,” says O’HaraTownshend. “In all those seasons, the theater has never gone dark.” The theater reflects an early commitment to the arts by what was then the dominant corporate presence in the state. Originally

commissioned by DuPont executives John J. Raskob, Pierre S. du Pont and R.R.M. Carpenter, the Playhouse, as it was called, was designed to provide Broadway-caliber entertainment for residents who previously had to travel to Broadway to enjoy. “Wilmington has just been a great place to be able to come and enjoy the arts,” O’Hara-Townshend says. “The du Pont and Raskob families have really supported having theater and live entertainment.” The 100-man crew began preparing the site for its groundbreaking in April of 1913 and construction proceeded for 150 consecutive days, with work wrapping up two days before its first show, Bought and Paid For, opened on Oct. 15 of that year. Significant in the original plan was the location of the theater— right next to the recently completed Hotel Du Pont and smack in the center of Wilmington. That connection to the hotel and its amenities has been a special asset to the theater over its century of operation. “I think it’s a very nice driver,” says O’Hara-Townshend. “I think it has a lot to do with the success” of the theater. She notes that both the hotel and The Green Room, the hotel’s upscale dining room,



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maintain Four Diamond ratings from AAA. “You could make this just a whole experience here. And we design packages around that so people can come in, have dinner in the Green Room, take in a show and, as we say, take the elevator home.” That deep connection was emphasized even more when, in 2003, the theater’s name was changed from the Playhouse to DuPont Theatre to allow for better branding and to further link it to its sister properties—the hotel and the DuPont Country Club— also operated under the banner of DuPont Hospitality. The theater itself was built with the biggest shows of the time in mind and with all the opulence and filigree associated with architecture in the Victorian period. But it wasn’t just size for size’s sake. In aspiring to host Broadway productions, Raskob, du Pont and Carpenter proposed that the theater should also serve as a dress rehearsal venue for shows preparing for a New York debut, and as a “preview” theater for shows touring to work out the kinks before heading to the Great White Way. Among those to use the theater before moving on to Broadway greatness was the original version of Cabaret, starring Joel Grey. Flashdance, which is part of the theater’s 2012 season, is also previewing at the DuPont before it goes to New York City. “Being the special clearinghouse for shows to debut before they make their way to Broadway, we’ve been very fortunate and blessed to have those things working in our favor,” says O’HaraTownshend. “Delaware’s Broadway Experience is part of our tagline, and we never had to act as a movie theater, as lots of theaters did back then to keep things going. The Victorian-style

theaters, there are so few of them, so we’re very proud that we could keep things in the original state.” These days the only factor limiting what shows can play the DuPont is size. “We’re not a huge theater—1252 seats—but we are a Broadway theater,” O’Hara-Townshend says. “The challenges are some of the larger shows fitting into the theater. For instance, with Mary Poppins, the house [from the production] wouldn’t fit into our house.” This season there might not be any flying English nannies, but there will be a celebration of the music of the 1930s through the 1980s. The 2012 Broadway Series features the 1930s swing music of Anything Goes, the rock of Elvis Presley in Elvis Lives, the soul of Motown and 1960s R&B radio in Dreamgirls and Memphis, respectively, the 1980s sizzle of Flashdance, and the kid-friendliness of Shrek The Musical. The season kicks off on Monday, Oct. 1, with an Elvis-themed Centennial Celebration in Rodney Square starting at noon, followed by the opening of Elvis Lives at 7:30 p.m. the next day. “Of the six shows that we have, five of them have never been here before,” says O’Hara-Townshend. “It’s a very unique season.” She admits that many of the theater’s subscribers skew older, but she and her staff are continuing to pursue those new to live theater, whether they are young adults or school-age children, with shows like Shrek. For adults, new subscription options developed over the last two years help take off some of the pressure to see all six performances, allowing patrons to mix and match the shows they want to see. To order your tickets, call 800-338-0881 or 302-656-4401, or go to

Wilmington Native Writes History of DuPont Theatre


uPont has always been part of the life of Wilmington native Joanna L. Arat. Her father worked for the company for 24 years, and after Arat graduated from the University of Delaware with an English degree, she also became a DuPont employee. As a member of the Hospitality Marketing Team, she was offered an opportunity to write the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series—DuPont Theatre. Filled with more than 200 vintage images, as well as anecdotes and facts, the book commemorates the theater’s 100th season. It explores its ups and downs, including the effect of the 1929 stock market crash, the Great Depression, multiple wars, and the rise of new media. DuPont Theatre (128 pgs.) $21.99, Arcadia Publishing. Available at local retailers, online bookstores, or through Arcadia Publishing at or (888) 313-2665 —Krista Connor



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Two Music Scenes, One Night

Dress Up

Your October

Arts By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald


love October: fiery-colored leaves, cool temps, abundant Arts options. Mostly, I love October because of Halloween. I just enjoy the whole festive, kooky, dress-up-as-anyone-butyourself thing. In honor of that, I’m giving you a few fun, Arty reasons to get costumed up before All Hallows Eve.

Murder, in a Rock-n-Roll Style

City Theater Company rolls out the spooky season right with its fall fundraiser, Murder at the Mansion: The Comeback Tour. It’s a murderous evening of rock-n-roll whodunit that only CTC can deliver: A beloved rock star holes up in “Bellevue Manor” rehearsing for his comeback tour…but never makes it out alive. Who killed our fave rocker—his weary wife? the jealous bandmate? a crazed stalker? Or you? CTC producer and actor Kevin Regan describes the “feel” of the event: “Murder. Mystery. Made up on the spot. Come see City Theater Company’s improv’d murder mystery show. See if you can figure out who did it, before we do!” Affordable tickets, too: $40/person or $75/couple (includes beer and wine bar and lite fare). Get ‘em now at Be as involved as you want—wear a vintage concert tee, dress as a slick record exec, or simply be part of the observing “audience”—but don’t miss the fun—on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Bellevue Hall in Bellevue State Park.

On Friday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m., Christina Cultural Arts Center kicks off its music season with Friday Live, with The Sharon Sable & Shawn “Q” Quartet. Sharon’s lyrical, sensitive approach has made her a sought-after vocalist both locally and nationally. Her voice is soothing and rich, like losing yourself in a decadent dessert. They’ll be playing Brazilian bossa novas and some of their favorite pop songs, with tributes to composers like Chick Corea, Cy Coleman and Dizzy Gillespie. The ensemble performs in CCAC’s intimate Clifford Brown Performance Space at 705 N. Market St. Tickets are only $10 in advance (at or $15 at the door. At 8 p.m., Delaware’s beloved Joe Trainor Trio (Joe Trainor, piano and vocals; Kevin Niemi, bass and Jeff Dement, drums—JT3 to fans) celebrates the release of their new full-length album, Twelve Stories. They’ll host an old-fashioned release party and performance at World Café Live at the Queen. The trio’s sophomore effort encompasses not only unabashed rock-n-roll but also sweeping epics with orchestral arrangements. “While it was important to have songs that showed the trio in its most honest form, there are tracks where we incorporate horn and string sections to create pieces that tell the story musically as well as lyrically,” Joe says of the project. Opening for JT3 are the area’s most awesome (and likely only) premier “dork-rock” duo, HOT BREAKFAST! (Matt Casarino and Jill Knapp). Tickets are $12 at Throw on your hippest jazz or rock duds and play up to our City’s “see-andbe-seen” thing.

Go “A Little Bit” Country with Art

Perhaps you’re “a little bit country,” not “a little bit rock-nroll.” If so, this one’s for you. To get you in the mood for their November fundraiser, “Contemporary Country,” the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts presents “Young Country,” an exhibition of rural themes in American art. Depicting subjects like horse racing, honky tonks, and homesteading, this exhibit addresses how a region’s visual culture often shapes perception and identity, and aims to redefine ideas of “country” in America. The opening reception is Friday, Oct. 5, and features a performance by The Bullets. Jump in to the theme—grab your boots, your 10-gallon hat and your bandana, and saddle up for a trip to DCCA.

Fancy Music, Casual Wear

For these last two options, you won’t spend a lot on costume or admission, but you’ll get a wealth of music — it’s casual dress with fancy tunes. Market Street Music Thursday Noontime Concerts are held over lunchtime at First & Central Presbyterian Church. The mid-month lineup features two fabulous musical “x-factors”: Pyxis Piano Quartet on Thursday, Oct. 11, and SPARX Flute & Harp Duo on Thursday, Oct. 18. Pyxis (Meredith Amado, Amy Leonard, Jie Jin and Hiroko Yamazaki) is known for playing to packed houses as Artists-in-Residence at the Delaware Art Museum; SPARX (Joan Sparks and Anne Sullivan) has been wowing regional audiences for nearly two decades with unique repertoire and relaxed, fun performances. Best of all, you can enjoy them both while sporting unfussy garb with a $3 ticket tucked into your jeans. Embrace the holiday—dress yourself up as a Wilmo Arts Aficionado! Want more ArtStuff ? Follow Michelle @ArtsinMedia.


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MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER 5K WALK & RUN October 21 Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park

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Delaware Tech Community College Stanton and Wilmington-Alumni and Friends 5K Run/Walk October 3, Registration begins at 6pm Dravo Plaza Canoeing the River and Marsh October 5, 2-6pm Canoe the Christina River and through the heart of our marshes’ winding guts to search for flora and fauna. DuPont Environmental Education Center DSWA Collection Event- Household Hazardous Waste/Electronic Goods October 6, 8am The Delaware Solid Waste Authority is proud to host special collection event for Household Hazardous Waste/Electronic Goods. Frawley Stadium Head of the Christina Regatta October 7, 8am There will be live jazz music, good food, competitive racing, and unique medals for first place in each event. Wilmington Youth Rowing Association Delaware Distance Classic 15K & 5K Road Races October 7, 8:30am Presented by M&T Bank. Inaugural 5K run/walk. All proceeds benefit PCVRC, Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation, and the Mike Clark Legacy Foundation Frawley Stadium Preston Poe, YouTunes October 7, 12pm-5pm This new media artist, will perform a live- five hour marathon interactive work in which the artist will spontaneously write, play, sing, and record your personal custom song on the spot! Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts Vendemmia da Vinci October 7, 2pm Sample Italian wines, enjoy fantastic food and entertainment all day long. And more! Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park River Walk & Wine October 9, 5:30-8pm Enjoy an interpretive walk of the Wilmington Riverfront’s cultural and natural history with Sally O’Byrne, author of Wilmington’s. Finish at Veritas. DuPont Environmental Education Center The Outgoing Tide October 10-28, Show times vary This transformative piece offers surprising humor as it thoughtfully explores the ebb and flow of a family dynamic. Delaware Theatre Company


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Fantastic Mr. Fox October 11, 10-11:30am Enter the world of the red fox. Make a sly mask, read the parable of the fox and grapes and leap for a snack. Dupont Environmental Education Center Parents Night Out- Bug Out! October 12, 6:30-8:30pm Set mom and dad loose to have dinner along Wilmington’s Riverfront while the kids stay at DEEC and have all the fun with games! Dinner provided. Parents receive a discount coupon for Timothy’s Riverfront Grill. Dupont Environmental Education Center Delaware Home Show October 13,10-6pm and October 14, 11-4pm Be inspired with give-aways, demos, workshops and more! FREE pansies to the first 500 attendees. Chase Center on the Riverfront Rivers of Wilmington Wine Cruise October 13, 1-3pm Take a scenic boat cruise along the Christina River and enjoy a fun and lively interpretation of the rivers history, while enjoying sampling wine. DuPont Environmental Education Center 2012 Light the Night Walk October 13 Registration begins at 5pm Opening ceremonies begin at 7pm Frawley Stadium Christina River Cruise October 13-14, Cruise times vary Enjoy this 1.5 hour cruise along the Christina River on the Kalmar Nyckel, The Tall Ship of Delaware. Call 302-429-7447 for more information. Kalmar Nyckel Big Sit Birding Competitions October 14, 4am-7pm Join birding enthusiasts for this 24 hour unique birding experience. Teams of birders stay at one location for up to 24 hours and identify every bird species they see or hear. Join anytime during the event on the DEEC boardwalk! DuPont Environmental Education Center 2012 Wilmington Kidney Walk October 14 Check in and Family fun begins at 8:30am Walk begins at 10am Dravo Plaza DelawareValley?pg=entry&fr_id=4740

New Age Brass in Concert October 14, 7pm New Age Brass has been bringing music to audiences around the world with energizing interactive performances that push the boundaries of standard chamber music repertoire. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts 2012 Walk to End Alzheimer’s October 20 Check in begins at 8am Walk begins at 9:30am Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk & Run October 21 Registration begins at 8am Walk begins at 10am The journey to end breast cancer starts with a single step. Join us in the fight to end breast cancer forever! Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park MakingStridesAgainstBreastCancer/ MSABCFY13SA?pg=entry&fr_id=47539 Pro Bono Celebration 5K Run/Walk October 24 Registration begins at 8:15am, Race begins at 9:00am Dravo Plaza Inaugural ATI Physical Therapy 5k Run Walk Roll & Chili Cook Off October 27 Registration begins at 9:30am 5K begins at 10:30am Frawley Stadium Fall Family Canoe October 27, 10-12:30pm Canoe in the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge with the whole family. Enjoy the fall foliage from the water. DuPont Environmental Education Center 2nd Annual Kind To Kids Halloween Hoopla 5k October 27 Registration begins at 3pm Dravo Plaza Canoeing the lower Brandywine and Christina October 31, 12:30-3:30pm Paddle at the height of fall splendor while exploring Wilmington’s urban wilderness with Sally O’Byrne, author of Wilmington’s Waterfront. DuPont Environmental Education Center

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CITY NOTES October is National Walking Month! From boosting your mood to helping you shed weight, exercise can improve your life. It’s also a great way to give back to the community. Most run/ walks are for local charities, so you can support a cause while benefiting from the exercise. Put your best foot forward: check out these walk/run events throughout October: 10/3: Del Tech Community College Stanton & Wilmington Alumni and Friends 5K 10/6: 4th Pearls of Hope 5K 10/7: 30th Annual Delaware Distance Classic 15K & 5K 10/9: River Walk & Wine 10/13: Inaugural Lt. Joseph Szczerba Memorial 5K, Salesianum Homecoming 5K, 2012 Light the Night Walk

Welcome to the Neighborhood! Ninth Street just got four new neighbors: DunnBetter Sweets, 316 W. 9th, is a sweet shop boutique offering candies and baked goods. Look for DunnBetter Sweets on Facebook. Just down the street, at 209 W. 9th St., is Mr. Chris’ Hair Design. Whether you want a cut and color or a brand new look, they have what you need at prices you can afford. For more information, visit mrchrishairdesigns. com/index.html or call 658-2121. Pochi Chilean Cuisine & Wine Bar at 220 W. 9th specializes in Chilean food and an extensive wine selection. Great for lunch and business meetings (free Wi-Fi) with an excellent dinner menu with cocktails. Check it out on Facebook. Le Ann’s Bridal, at 105 W. 9th, features a selection of gowns for pageants, weddings, proms and quinceaneras. Sizes range from 2 to 52. If you’re preparing for a special occasion, be sure to stop in. Look for Le Ann’s Bridal on Facebook or call 636-9344.

10/14: 3rd SOAR 5K, Wilmington Kidney Walk 10/20: Wilmington Walk to End Alzheimer’s 10/21: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Wilmington 10/24: Pro Bono Celebration 5K Run/Walk 10/27: 2nd Annual Kind to Kids Halloween Hoopla 5K, Inaugural ATI Physical Therapy 5K Run Walk 10/28: Walk to Cure Diabetes, 10th Annual E-Racing the Blues Run/Walk


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ctober is rolling in with fall temperatures and plenty of fun activities. Get a first look at the 2013 lineup of cars and trucks at the 2012 Delaware Auto Show, Oct. 5–7, at the Chase Center. For more information, visit The Head of the Christina Regatta will be held Sunday, Oct. 7, at 8 a.m. Novice through top-skilled boats; sculling and sweep; youth through masters; open and club; schools and open youth. There will be live jazz, good food, racing and medals for first place in each event. Register today by writing to or The Delaware Home Show is set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13-14, at the Chase Center. Tickets are $7 per person. Free pansies to the first 500 attendees. For more information: LOOKING AHEAD…. Bring the family to Wilmington Renaissance Corporation’s Downtown Family Fitness Festival on Saturday, Nov. 3, from noon to 4 p.m. This year’s festival will focus on wellness and children’s sports, with moon bounces, youth bands and an autograph tent, as well as sports areas for baseball, football, lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, running, soccer and other kids’ activities. Representatives from area youth sports and wellness organizations will discuss their programs. The free event is set for the Rodney Square area. Don’t miss the CityLife Awards on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 500 N. Market St. The event recognizes individuals, companies and organizations that have championed the City in the past year. Award categories are Wilmingtonian of the Year, Rising Star of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Neighbor/Neighborhood of the Year, and Partnership of the Year. Honorary co-chairs are Hal Real, president and CEO of World Cafe Live and Real World Entertainment, and John Hawkins, president and CEO of ab+c creative intelligence. Both are past CLA winners. Attendees will enjoy classic Sinatra sounds from Sean Reilly, great Motown grooves, hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and a silent auction along with the awards presentation. Go to for more information on both events. To keep up on happenings in the city, sign up for the weekly WRC’s Downtown News. For a detailed calendar of events, see the INWilmington campaign’s website:

STAFF PICKS Every month we feature a few of the staff ’s favorite things that are happening in the city. Our favorites for October: • The Delaware Theatre Company’s season opener, The Outgoing Tide, by Bruce Graham, runs Oct. 10–28 and features Emmy winners Peter Strauss and Michael Learned. Running at DTC before its New York premiere, this feature offers surprising humor as it explores a family dynamic. In a summer cottage on Chesapeake Bay, Gunner has hatched an unorthodox plan to secure his family’s future but meets with resistance from his wife and grown son. For more information or tickets, visit or call 594-1100. • On Sunday, Oct. 7, from 2 to 6 p.m. (rain date: Oct. 14), celebrate the 9th Annual Vendemmia Harvest of the Grapes Wine Festival at Tubman-Garrett Park on the Riverfront with the da Vinci Society of Delaware. Enjoy wines from Italy, food from 32 restaurants and food vendors, a silent auction with more than 60 items, and operatic performances and classic Italian and contemporary music, as well as the annual homemade gravy and winemaking contests. For more information or tickets, visit vendemmia.htm or call 877-731-5790. • On Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m., Blues Traveler comes to The Grand. The band is best known for its Top 40 singles “But Anyway,” “Run-Around” and “Hook.” Its newest album, Suzie Cracks the Whip, released on June 26, is Blues Traveler’s highest-charting album (#91 on Billboard’s Top 200) in more than a decade. For more information or tickets, visit or call 652.5577/800-37-GRAND. • Turning Delaware Pink—Join the American Cancer society in partnership with the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition for this Breast Cancer Awareness Event, Oct. 1-31, to bathe Delaware’s buildings, shopping centers, bridges, fountains and streets in pink. For more information, contact Rene Hiles at 669-6313.


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IN Wilmington - October 2012  
IN Wilmington - October 2012  

IN Wilmington Magazine