Since being built in 1904, the building at 226 S. State St., has been an opera house, a movie theater, and a performing arts center. The Schwartz Center for the Arts is gearing up for its 10th season since re-opening in 2001, and here’s what it has in store.


Since being built in 1904, the building at 226 S. State St., has been an opera house, a movie theater, and a performing arts center. The Schwartz Center for the Arts is gearing up for its 10th season since re-opening in 2001, and here’s what it has in store.

1 Season for all
The theater offers a bit of everything, including traveling children’s programming, a few live music performances, some Broadway hits and a touch of dance. The season starts off with “Madeline and the Bad Hat” by Arts Power National Touring Theatre on Oct. 6, and continues with the following:

The Drifters: Then and Now, Oct. 22 Alvin Ailey II Dance Company, Nov. 3 Broadway Rhythms by Clear Space Theatre Company, Nov. 18 Preservation Hall Jazz Band 10th Anniversary Special Holiday Performance, Creole Christmas, Dec. 17 Journey of the Spirit: A Celebration of African American Heritage through Music, Feb. 17 “Fish Face” by Arts Power National Touring Theatre, March 1 Four Sides of 40, March 16 “My Fair Lady” by Clear Space Theatre Company, April 13 and 14 Let’s Hang On! 10th Anniversary Special Performance honoring D. Wayne and Betsy Holden, April 21

2 Anniversary specials
The Schwartz is holding two fundraisers this season that also celebrate its anniversary. The first half of the season has Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Creole Christmas on Dec. 17, and the season closes out with “Let’s Hang On!” tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Both of the shows will have pre-concert talks and include receptions for VIP ticket holders.

3 Stepping up
The Ailey II dance company — a dynamic, young branch of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre — will be coming to the Schwartz Nov. 3, much to the delight of Schwartz Center Executive Director Sandra Conner.
“This show has lots of elements, a free lecture/demonstration at 11 a.m. on the [Nov.] 3, held at the DSU campus, a pre-concert talk as well as the show,” she said. “We are so excited to have this company coming to Dover!”

4 Price break
Patrons can purchase create-your-own-season tickets by choosing four or more events (excluding the two 10th anniversary special performances) at a discounted price. Season tickets are on sale, and tickets for single events go on sale Thursday, Sept. 1.

5 Children’s hour
Although the Children’s Theatre of Dover and Kent County is based in Reith Hall on New Street, it still performs its four shows of the season on the Schwartz Center stage. It recently set its season of classic tales, including “Oliver” on Nov. 5 and 6; “The Three Musketeers” on Jan. 14 and 15; “Raggedy Ann & Andy” on March 10 and 11; and “Snow White” on April 28 and 29. Individual and season tickets are available at www.schwartzcenter.com.