On Friday, May 5th at 8:30 pm, the Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center will celebrate the history and future of Washington Square with a special event for the benefit of the public in Newport’s Washington Square. The event will feature music, remarks from City officials, representatives of the Opera House Theater and the Washington Square Advisory Commission, along with a light show finale highlighting historic Washington Square and its surrounding buildings. Though weather forecasts show a potential of rain and inclement weather, our Washington Square extravaganza featuring music and a light show will continue as planned. Rain or shine, the event goes on!

The birthplace of Newport, Washington Square has long served as a cultural and civic hub. In the year of the Opera House Theater’s 150th anniversary, this occasion is evocative of the famous public events and celebrations common in Washington Square’s past, which will be closed to vehicular traffic for the duration of the event.

“I’m proud of all the progress we’ve made and look forward to a spectacular opening on our 150th anniversary!” said Alison Vareika, Board of Directors Chairperson of the Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center. With restoration and renovation of the historic 1867 Opera House Theater, we will not only restore an architectural treasure in Washington Square but once again invigorate the heart of Newport as an epicenter for culture with year-round live entertainment. “This wonderful event is a chance to see again the importance of Washington Square and the role the Opera House will play as a cultural and civic hub,” adds Tom Hockaday, Boardmember and Chair of the May 5th event. We invite you to join us on this journey as we celebrate a revitalized Washington Square!

Preceding their celebration of Washington Square – it’s past, present and future – the Opera House Theater will hold their annual fundraising event.

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