A Grand Night for Singing

Press Release – It’s a Grand Night for Singing at Sandwich Town Hall

For Immediate Release:

Contact: David Kuehn, Executive Director

Cotuit Center for the Arts

Phone: (508) 428-0669

Email: David@cotuitcenterforthearts.org

Website: ArtsOnTheCape.org


“It’s A Grand Night For Singing” encore performance at Sandwich Town Hall

Cotuit Center for the Arts in partnership with the Glass Town Cultural District Presents “It’s a Grand Night For Singing: The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein” in a special encore performance Saturday, March 9 at 7pm.

Melinda Gallant, of Sandwich, directs this musical revue of  solos, duets, and medleys from 11 shows, including all the big hits: “Oklahoma,” “South Pacific,” “The Sound of Music,” “The King and I,” and “Carousel,” and some lesser-known shows like “Allegro,” “ Pipe Dream,” and “Me and Juliet.”

“A Grand Night for Singing” opened on Broadway in 1993; it was originally presented cabaret-style at Rainbow & Stars at the top of Rockefeller Center. The musical tells a story through song; there is no dialogue, but the tales are familiar: “boy meets girl; boy loses girl; girl meets boy; boy finds girl; some girls are left out; some find true love.”

On the program are such favorites as “Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “Honey Bun,” “The Gentleman is a Dope,” “If I Loved You,” Kansas City,” “This Nearly Was Mine,” and “Some Enchanted Evening.”

“This is marvelous music, beloved by all,” said Gallant, “and the arrangements are superb, very rich, harmonious, and beautiful to listen to. The show opens on Valentine’s Day, perfect for this music and this setting. It is all about love—love of music, love of people.”

Music direction is by Henry Buck and choreography is by Melissa Morin. The show stars Maria Marasco, Stephen Colella, Laura Shea, Elizabeth Moore, and Anthony Texiera.

“Henry Lee Buck, the music director is only 23, but he really knows his stuff,” said Gallant. Buck is a resident of Bourne and he will also be music director for the Falmouth Theatre Guild’s spring production of “The Music Man.”

This is Melissa Makarewicz Morin’s debut as a choreographer. “She has many innovative ideas and helping to make the show sparkle,” said Gallant.

Maria Marasco is the leading lady. A GED teacher at the county jail by day, Marasco is new to local community theater, but has, according to Gallant, “the most spectacular soprano voice—it just fills the theater. She is an unbelievably graceful actress, with great phrasing.”

The Restoration

SCTV’s Melinda Gallant interviews Town Manager Bud Dunham who describes the restoration:


The preservation and restoration of the 1834 Sandwich Town Hall was begun in July 2009 following several years of study & planning, initially by a committee of citizens and later by a task force of town staff & citizens, and with the aid of Community Preservation funds of 3.1 million authorized by three successive Town Meetings.

Historic preservation & restoration, under the direction of a leading Massachusetts historic preservation architect, was focused on retaining the historic character-defining features of the Town Hall and specificallyon restoring:
• linear first floor corridor and rear doorway
• original Meeting Hall and 1870’s stenciled ceiling
• 1914 extension and stage
• historic exterior and original paint colors

Major adaptive changes to ensure functional use were: raising the main granite entrance-way & installation of an elevator–for the handicapped and physically challenged; reconfiguration of first floor Town administration
office spaces; installation of new/additional toilets on both floors; installation throughout of multi-zoned heating & air conditioning, and complying with all ADA and Building Code safety requirements.
Major corrective changes included: new supporting piers throughout the cellar; covering, channeling, and suppressing cellar water intrusion; and a pair of enclosed steel “summer” beams to support the second floor Meeting Hall.


Click for a Slide Show of the Restoration  (credit: Cape Cod Times)
Click for a Slide Show of the Restoration
(credit: Cape Cod Times)


October 2, 2010 Rededication – 1834 Sandwich Town Hall

The Sandwich Town Hall reflects over 175 years of Sandwich’s history, government and culture as well as the larger issues of State and National life that have had an impact on the Sandwich community. The Town Hall has been in active use as the seat of Town government for every one of those 175 years. There are few towns that can make this claim.
In 2010 the Oldest Town on Cape Cod “Celebrated History & Celebrated Sandwich” with the completion of the historic preservation and restoration of the Sandwich Town Hall, the Town’s most significant structure architecturally and historically, and a vital presence in the living history of the Town of Sandwich.

Prepared by Jonathan A. Shaw,
Sandwich Historical Commission


Sandwich Massachusetts Town Hall RestorationSandwich Town Hall Restoration PDF
Built in 1833-4, the first floor was originally rented out as commercial retail space, just as Boston’s Fanuel Hall is today. Sandwich Town Hall LanternEventually, as fortunes changed in the town, the first floor was taken over by town administrative offices and the second floor ball room was relegated to use as attic storage. The entire building was restored to its former glory in 2009 through the urging of many town citizens and the Historical Commission.

The project was selected for a Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award for 2011. The work would not have been feasible without Community Preservation Act funds.

MHC – 2011 Preservation Award

Sandwich Town Hall CeilingThe second floor ballroom is particularly beautiful with its historically accurate stenciling of tan and brown paint and gold leaf, theatrical stage, balcony seating and fully restored historic shuttered windows.

The entire buildSandwich MA Town Hall 1st Flooring is open to the public with the first floor occupied by town administrative offices. Groups and individuals are invited to rent the town hall for non-political events.

Amenities include a professional sound system, refreshment galley and new accessible restrooms and elevator.

Contact the Town Manager’s office for details. Phone: (508) 888-5144

Email: townhall@townofsandwich.net