The Big List

Senior editor Maria Hess chats about Delaware’s arts scene.

Welcome to Delaware Today’s arts blog, the spot to dish on the many cultural opportunities available to Delaware audiences. We’ll cover as many genres as possible, and note great events offered by organizations large and small, in all three counties.

It’s Tradition

Most arts venues are producing traditional holiday shows this weekend. Expect to see variations of the same show or the same premise. That’s a good thing. Traditions keep us grounded.

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The most helpful way to share with you the many events happening this week is to provide a simple list that’s geographically spread out. That way, you’re apt to find a show nearby. This information came from the Delaware Today calendar, compiled by Web content administrator and all-around data guru, Katie McCabe. If you’d like to check out myriad other events, visit

Here goes:

Holiday House Tours

Dec. 12 Spirit of Christmas
    This special town-wide event in New Castle offers tours of decorated historic buildings and churches, music, shopping and other seasonal festivities. For more, call 328-3279, or visit 
Dec. 12 Seaford’s Victorian Christmas
    Holiday activities, sounds and sights enliven the Ross Mansion in Seaford. For more, call 628-2984, or visit
Dec. 12 Holiday House Tour
    A tour of unique Wilmington-area homes and artists’ studios decorated for the holidays is sponsored by the Delaware Art Museum. For more, call 571-9590, or visit
Dec. 13 Holiday Home Tour
    Take a tour of finely decorated homes and buildings in Kennett Square, Pa. Call (610) 444-8188, or visit

“The Nutcracker”

The Anna Marie Dance Studio
    Dec. 12-13 Archmere Academy Theatre, 3600 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, 475-3949
Ballet Theatre of Dover
    Dec. 11 Schwartz Center for the Arts, North and State streets, Dover, 734-9717
Brandywine Ballet 
    Dec. 11-20 Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, West Chester University, West Chester, Pa., (610) 692-6402
The Delaware Ballet
    Dec. 4-6 Delaware State University Arts and Humanities Bldg., 1200 N. Dupont Hwy., Dover, 678-9090
Delaware Dance Company
    Dec. 12-13 John Dickinson Theatre, 1801 Milltown Road, Wilmington, 738-2023
Diamond Dance Company
    Dec. 5-6 Milford Senior High School Auditorium, 1019 N. Walnut St., Milford, 943-7339
DuPont Theatre
    Dec. 19-20 Hotel du Pont, 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington, 656-4401,
First State Ballet Theatre
    Dec. 12, 19-20  Delaware Technical and Community College, Georgetown; The Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington; (800) 37-GRAND
Mid-Atlantic Ballet
    Dec. 18-19  UD’s Mitchell Hall, Newark, 266-6362

Theatrical Holiday Shows and Parades

Chapel Street Players
    27 N. Chapel St., Newark, 368-2041
    Thru Dec. 12 “A Christmas Carol”
City Theater Company
    818 N. Market St., Wilmington, 658-7897
    Dec. 4-19 “Sweeney Todd”
Delaware Theatre Company
    200 Water St., Wilmington, 594-1100
    Dec. 1-20 “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”
The New Candlelight Theatre
    2208 Millers Road, Ardentown, 475-2313
    Thru Dec. 20 “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
Premier Centre for the Arts
    27 Anderson St., Middletown, 378-1384
    Thru Dec. 13 “The Wizard of Oz”
    December “Babes in Toyland”
Wilmington Drama League
    10 West Lea Blvd., Wilmington, 764-1172
    Dec. 11-29 “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

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Dec. 13 Elsmere Christmas Parade
    Elsmere celebrates the holidays with a parade. It’s also the town’s 100th anniversary, so expect plenty of other festivities. For more, call 999-0183.


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