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.
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.
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 delawaretoday.com.
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 newcastlehistory.org.
Dec. 12 Seaford’s Victorian Christmas
Holiday activities, sounds and sights enliven the Ross Mansion in Seaford. For more, call 628-2984, or visit seafordhistoricalsociety.org.
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 delart.org.
Dec. 13 Holiday Home Tour
Take a tour of finely decorated homes and buildings in Kennett Square, Pa. Call (610) 444-8188, or visit historickennettsquare.com.
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
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
Dec. 19-20 Hotel du Pont, 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington, 656-4401, duponttheatre.com
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
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”
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.