Celebrating the whole of Worcester: New outdoor stage at the Hanover Theater hosts free downtown public performances

Celebrating the whole of Worcester: New outdoor stage at the Hanover Theater hosts free downtown public performances

Francis Carroll Plaza, a free man in Worcester, saw the young woman's voice on Wednesday night. His messages entertained Hannover theater speakers through an acoustic guitar.

Inside the building, officials announced a plan for the Bank of America stage, where he could one day perform in front of many. The stage, scheduled for spring 2021, will bring free public performances to the walls of the Hanover Theater.

"This exciting new project supports the vision of a growing downtown in a cultural hub, adds to the vitality of the area and gives the inexplicable reasons to take advantage of everything we have to offer," said Bank of America Vice President. President Edwin Shea handed over a $ 250,000 check to the Hanover Theater for the project.

"We thought we were doing something there to let people know that something was going to happen," said Troy Siebels, president and CEO of the Hanover Theater.

The area of ​​Southbridge Street directly in front of the theater is closed. Traffic is redirected to the main street. The open area provides a stage, courtyard and fountain that is intended to become a public home for everyday performances.

"(They) help us celebrate the whole of Worcester, not just those who come through the door and buy a ticket to see something in a closed theater," Siebels said.

The project is part of the ongoing reconstruction of the main street, which will create several pedestrian "nodes" in front of major cultural institutions such as Hanover, Mechanics Hall and Palladium.

"What I like most about what's happening in Worcester right now and how this project is contributing is no longer the island city where you come to the theater, you have a great experience, but then you come back to your care to go somewhere else for dinner," said Mayor Ed Augustus Jr.

After the groundbreaking project, scheduled for spring 2020, it should take about a year to complete, said Bill McGrath, a senior associate at the construction company.

“You are thinking of bringing more market-rate housing and more people to the city center. More people who live here full time want to do things, ”said Lieutenant Karyn Polito. “Great restaurants to go to. Art and culture to enjoy. And it really helps to define the quality of life. "

Shrewsbury native Polito remembered when the theater was vacant. He congratulated those present on this resurrection. Wednesday's announcement was the final step in the process.

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