Boundless! A Musical Journey

Boundless a musical journey, takes the audience on the trek and combines the recollected stories of Delawareans with disabilities and the sometimes-difficult history of our Nation’s struggle to ensure dignity and justice for all. Theater allows patrons to ponder and celebrate the intricacies of our shared humanity through campfire stories of hardship, resilience and celebration.

The team assembled by Playwright George Purefoy Tilson weaves a collective team of talent into the development and music for the show.

Orlando Cotto — Music Director
Orlando, originally from Puerto Rico, was raised in the traditions of Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican music, is a Baltimore Percussion Specialist. His impressive performance list reads like a who’s who in the music industry including the Telluride Jazz Festival and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He was the first marimbist to receive the Artist Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Annie Coffman — Choreography
Annie, a native of Northern Virginia, received a bachelors and master’s degree in music from Towson University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, respectively. She has performed in a number of operas and musicals with various companies throughout DC, MD, and VA, and has sung with the National Philharmonic Chorale as well. She is a staff singer at St. John’s Lafayette Square in Washington, DC. Annie is currently an Assistant Director and mentor with one of ArtStream’s inclusive theater companies in Arlington, VA, and has also worked as Choreographer. She’s extremely proud to have worked with ArtStream for the past eight years, helping to produce original musicals with, and on behalf of, people with intellectual disabilities.

Alex Diaz — Music Composer
Alex, grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he learned to sing with the Alabama Choir School. He spent four years at the Alabama School of Fine Arts as a voice major. He went on to study Vocal Performance, Music Composition, and Japanese Language at Bennington College in Vermont, where he was involved in several operas, musicals, and staged song cycles. He also worked locally as a freelance pianist, vocalist, and music instructor. He spent a year teaching piano and voice privately in Seattle, and has been back in Alabama working for the Choir School as their Administrator, Assistant Conductor, and Composer-in-Residence since 2016. In addition to his Choir School dues, he composes pieces for choral and instrumental ensembles, and teaches privately. He also directs and arranges music for his church’s Handbell Choir, and is the Choral Instructor for the Sisterhood of Tuscaloosa Chinese School. He is looking forward to premiering his piece “This Holiday” with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra and a 200 voice choir in December 2018.

Don Lonski — Director
Don has been working in theatre, in one capacity or another, for over 30 years. He is a Delaware native but has lived many places in his lifetime. Don studied theatre in NYC in the early 90’s and was active on the stand-up comedy circuit. He has portrayed a variety of characters in nearly 80 productions, has worked in touring companies, and has directed over 30 productions. Don is truly humbled to be working on this project and wishes to thank his wife, children, cast, and crew for making this possible.

Janelle Robinson — Production Advisor
Janelle is on the faculty of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and Hartt Community Division currently an adjunct instructor at Western Connecticut State University. She has numerous Broadway/national tour credits: Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Oklahoma!, Show Boat. Off-Broadway: Slag Heap (Cherry Lane). Regional: Cinderella (Paper Mill), Tin Pan Alley Rag (Cleveland Play House), Carousel (NSMT). TV/film: “Criminal Intent,” Day Zero, Aftermath.

Joy Pritchett — Production Coordinator
Joy organized auditions throughout the state of Delaware. She was responsible for organizing the cast, scheduling rehearsals, reminding cast of rehearsals, cast rehearsal attendance and communications with the parents of young actors and more. Joy has a Master’s degree in gerontology, has been an advocate for care at home, for all—regardless of diagnosis for over thirty years.

George Purefoy Tilson — Playwright, Book and Lyrics
George is a Maryland-based playwright, librettist and composer whose 20 plays (including 3 musicals for which he also wrote lyrics) span all genres. His work has been presented by the New York Theatre Workshop, the Harlem Rep Company, Roy Arias Studios, Catonsville (MD) Community College, Spotlighters in Baltimore, and the Washington, DC Fringe Festival (2010). He has had readings of 4 plays at the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage Festival, including “Holler” at the Millennium Stage. That play also received a staged reading at the famed Player’s Club in NYC. “Rudy Doo”—a theatrical romp about a brain-injured hockey player, a writer with cerebral palsy and a runaway heiress – won first place production in the 2007 Baltimore Playwrights Festival. George wrote the words to “This Holiday” with composer Alex Diaz, a piece that will receive its world premiere by the Tuscaloosa Symphony and a 200-voice choir, in December 2018. George is a longtime teacher and advocate for people with disabilities and others who live on the margins of our communities. Their lives have impacted him greatly, as a person and as a creative artist. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Boundless a musical journey will be performed Friday, October 19 at 7pm and October 20 at Noon & 5pm in the Theater at Dover High School located on 1 Dover High Drive, in Dover, Delaware. Tickets to the incredible event are FREE and can be obtained at https://boundlessmusical.eventbrite.com. For additional information call 302-739-4553.


Jack A. Markell Trail Connecting Wilmington to New Castle Opens

Delaware’s Congressional delegation, Governor John Carney, former Governor Jack Markell, State Representative Valerie Longhurst, DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan, DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin, and other state and local officials gathered on Wednesday at the DuPont Environmental Education Center at the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge in Wilmington, to open the new 7.9-mile trail named after former Governor Jack Markell.

The new trail links Wilmington’s Riverfront to historic Old New Castle, and connects to a 3,000 mile East Coast Greenway that traverses Maine to Florida. The trail includes a 300 foot-long pedestrian/bicycle crossing over the Christiana River and an elevated 2,300 foot-long boardwalk through the Peterson Wildlife Refuge with paved pathways. The elevated boardwalk section is the largest pedestrian/bicycle bridge in the state.

The trail was dedicated during a ribbon-cutting ceremony as the “Jack A. Markell Trail,” in honor of the former First State’s Governor, who spearheaded the dramatic expansion of bicycle and pedestrian trails and pathways throughout Delaware during his two terms in office.

“Today’s groundbreaking on the final phase of this trail that connects the beautiful Wilmington Riverfront to Historic Old New Castle is a part of a national trail that reaches across more than 3,000 miles of our country,” said U.S. Senator Tom Carper. “Governor Markell’s hard work and dedication to creating a more walkable, bikeable Delaware can be seen in the great trails we have that span our state from Wilmington to the Bayshore. It’s a lasting legacy that will be enjoyed for generations to come.”

“I am proud to have had a small part in establishing this track, when I served as New Castle County Executive, and I am equally pleased this trail will be named for Governor Markell, recognizing his championing of accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians, and his vision for connecting all of Delaware through trails and greenways,” said U.S. Senator Chris Coons.

“This exciting project further connects the communities of Wilmington and New Castle,” said Governor John Carney. “It provides more opportunities for walkers and cyclists to enjoy a beautiful part of our state. It gives those living near the trail another option for their morning commute. And, it finalizes a critical link that incorporates Delaware into a vast network of trails in our region and along the East Coast. None of this would have been possible without the vision and leadership of Governor Markell and his Trails and Pathways Initiative. Naming this trail in his honor is a fitting recognition of his efforts to promote healthier living, increase tourism, and bring together towns and communities in our state. I’m looking forward to its opening, and I know the Governor will be one of the first ones out here to ride it.”

“I’m thrilled that we’re opening this trail, which establishes a critical new link within our state’s trail network and the East Coast greenway,” said former Governor Jack Markell. “Dozens of miles of new trails and pathways have been constructed to more fully integrate our hundreds of miles of existing routes into a world-class regional trail network. Doing so strengthens the quality of life of people in our state, while helping attract more people to live and work here.”

“Governor Markell has done more to advance the idea of a walkable, bikeable Delaware than any other elected official, and that’s not hyperbole, that’s simply a fact,” said House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst, an avid cyclist who has biked with the Governor on several occasions. “During his time in office, Governor Markell has proposed, fought for, and helped secure tens of millions of dollars in funding for Delaware to invest in cycling and pedestrian trails up and down the state. As a result of many of these improvements, we’ve seen Delaware’s ranking by the League of American Bicyclists climb from 31st in 2008, to 18th in 2011, all the way up to 3rd last year. Thanks to Governor Markell, Delawareans and visitors to our state have an unprecedented opportunity to see our state as never before.”

“Thanks to Governor Markell, this trail – and many others already completed under his visionary First State Trails and Pathways Initiative – will continue to link people with opportunities for health, education, recreation and employment for decades to come,” said Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan.

“It is appropriate that we name our newest trail in Delaware after Governor Jack Markell,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. “We continue to realize his vision to build a world-class trail network across the state that enhances recreational options for residents and visitors, provides alternative transportation routes, and benefits the environment. We are connecting more residents and visitors to the outdoors, and it is a wonderful legacy for our current and future generations.”

The $22.5 million project was completed by JJID Inc. of Bear.

For further information visit www.deldot.gov, or contact DelDOT Community Relations at 1-800-652-5600 or 302-760-2080, or contact DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.


Visit Delaware Showcases Endless Discoveries with 360 Virtual Tour for National Travel and Tourism Week

WILMINGTON – You can now see Delaware like never before with a breathtaking virtual tour of the state’s endless discoveries.

At Nemours Estate Monday, as part of National Travel and Tourism Week (May 6-12), Governor John Carney, Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock and Delaware Tourism Director Liz Keller showcased the experience that takes visitors on a sweeping, 360-degree journey of Delaware.

The virtual reality tour includes the experience of canoeing through Trap Pond State Park, strolling the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk and walking the lavish grounds of Nemours Estate.

The tour is another exciting tool for the Delaware Tourism Office to introduce Delaware to potential out-of-state visitors. It is available to view at VisitDelaware.com to spark travelers’ inspiration as they plan their trips.

“With the launch of this new virtual tour, the Delaware Tourism Office is embracing new technologies when marketing the state’s ‘Endless Discoveries’ at time when, as a state, we are working to grow innovation and the high-tech sector to move the economy forward,” said Gov. Carney.

“The tourism industry is vitally important to Delaware,” Sec. Bullock said. “The sector employs almost 43,000 people thanks in large part to the hard work and ingenuity of small business owners and entrepreneurs, who are a backbone of the state’s economy and who help make the visitor experience here so incredible.”

A record 9 million people visited Delaware in 2016, contributing a record $3.3 billion to the state’s economy, according to the latest Value of Tourism report.

“One of the most important ways the state tourism office works to drive out-of-state visitation to Delaware is by keeping on top of the changing landscape of technology,” Delaware Tourism Director Liz Keller said. “Staying at the forefront means adopting new technologies, listening to customers and engaging with them.”

Nemours Estate expects that being featured in the tourism office’s first-ever virtual tour will help continue the tremendous growth in visitation it has seen recently. The number of visitors grew to 25,000 in 2017, up from 15,000 in 2016.

“The virtual tour will introduce people, who may not yet be familiar with Nemours Estate, to the beauty of our mansion, gardens and grounds,” said John Rumm, executive director of Nemours Estate. “We’re confident that once people see us on a virtual tour they will want to visit us in person.”

Travelers stopping at the Delaware Welcome Center Travel Plaza on I-95 Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. have the chance to put on the headset for themselves to take the tour in celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week.

The Delaware Tourism Office, 99 Kings Highway in Dover, part of the Delaware Division of Small Business, promotes tourism and economic growth in Delaware. For more information, visit the official Delaware Tourism website at http://www.visitdelaware.com or call toll-free at (866) 284-7483.

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Study: Delaware Tourism has another record-breaking year

A record nine million people visited Delaware in 2016, marking increases in visitors, dollars spent in Delaware and an even greater impact on the state’s economy.

Those visitors contributed $3.3 billion to Delaware’s gross domestic product in 2016, according to data released today from the Delaware Tourism Office.

“Tourism is a crucial part of Delaware’s economy,” said Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock. “The tourism industry has proven to be an important source of revenue for state and local governments and an industry of increasing growth.”

Tourism generated more than $504 million in taxes and fees for state and local governments in 2016. Without it, each Delaware household would have to pay an additional $1,434 in taxes.

“Tourism is Delaware’s fourth largest private industry sector, employing almost 43,000 people,” said Linda Parkowski, acting director of the Division of Small Business, Development & Tourism. “As small business owners and entrepreneurs open new ventures or expand their existing businesses, the industry will continue to remain strong and move forward.”

The state tourism office’s “Endless Discoveries” campaign continues to raise awareness of Delaware as a vacation destination through an award-winning statewide travel guide, captivating broadcast and print advertising, the launch of the Delaware on Tap mobile application and more.

“The Delaware Tourism Office continues to move forward with highly successful, integrated marketing campaigns that highlight all that Delaware has to offer,” said Liz Keller, director of the Delaware Tourism Office. “By listening to the traveler’s interest, we are delivering targeted messaging in innovative ways which continue to drive visitation to the state.”

Nearby metros remain the biggest sources of visitation for Delaware with people from Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York and Washington, D.C., accounting for more than two-thirds of travelers to the state.

Beaches, dining and tax-free shopping continue to be popular activities for visitors, who spent an average of $384 per trip to the state in 2016.

The Delaware Tourism Office, 99 Kings Highway in Dover, Del., is a division of the Delaware Division of Small Business, Development & Tourism. The DTO promotes tourism and economic growth in Delaware. For more information, visit the official Delaware Tourism website at www.visitdelaware.com or call toll-free (866) 284-7483.

Sources: D.K. Shifflet & Associates and Rockport Analytics. For the 2016 Delaware tourism industry report, visit http://www.visitdelaware.com/industry/tourism-statistics.


Governor Carney Welcomes Firefly Music Festival to Delaware

DOVER, Del.Governor John Carney released the following statement on Thursday, noting the economic benefits of the four-day Firefly Music Festival at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway.

“Firefly brings tens of thousands of visitors to Delaware from every state and dozens of countries,” said Governor Carney. “Not only does the festival have an impressive annual economic impact on the state, it also provides the opportunity to leave visitors, many of them first-time, with a great impression of Delaware and a desire to explore its endless discoveries beyond The Woodlands. I’m pleased to welcome the artists, vendors and fans. I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable weekend.”

Visit Delaware invites festival attendees to stop by the beach volleyball courts in the Northeast Hub and experience fun statewide attractions during and after Firefly.

With the increase in visitors in and around Dover, residents and visitors are encouraged to use DelDOT’s Smartphone application for up-to-the-minute traffic conditions and to adjust their routes. The DelDOT App is available and can be downloaded free at the Google Play and App Store, search for “DelDOT.” WTMC 1380 AM is also available through the DelDOT App.

 

Download the free DelDOT app:

App Store: https://goo.gl/OucvFY
Google Play Store: https://goo.gl/dpHCMm

 

For more information, visit:

Firefly Music Festival’s website at www.fireflyfestival.com
Delaware Tourism’s website at www.visitdelaware.com
DelDOT’s website at www.deldot.gov
Dover International Speedway’s website at www.doverspeedway.com

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