Hanover Theatre receives grant for outdoor stage, expansion projects

By Richard Duckett, Telegram & Gazette

This article was originally published on telegram.com.

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The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., has received a $250,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation in support of expansion of the theater and conservatory and improved open space including a pedestrian plaza and a new outdoor stage in front of the theater.

The open space will be designed and built as part of the city of Worcester's Main Street Reimagined project. "The project will support the vision of a growing cultural center downtown," The Hanover Theatre said in an announcement Sept. 12.

"With Bank of America's support, the new outdoor stage will give us the opportunity to bring performances outside our traditional walls and create a whole new level of vitality to the Theater District for those that live or work downtown," said Troy Siebels, president and CEO of The Hanover Theatre.

In recognition of the gift, Bank of America will have the opportunity to name the new outdoor stage on the plaza, which will be used during the temperate months of the year.

According to the announcement, Bank of America has been a benefactor of The Hanover Theatre for many years. "The Hanover Theatre touches well over a quarter million patrons every year and is a staple in the local arts community," said Ed Shea, Bank of America's Central Massachusetts market president. "In addition to the positive impact that performing arts has on the community, the improvements to the theater also play an important role in the rebirth of downtown Worcester."


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