Sylvia (B.A. Dario) Bacchiocchi


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September 10, 1911 - April 18, 2013


In Fond Remembrance of Mrs. B.A. (Sylvia) Dario.

1911-2013 (101 Years Old)

The Board of Trustees and staff of PPAC sadly mark the passing of the Theatre’s greatest champion, Mrs. B.A. (Sylvia) Dario.

Mrs. Dario was instrumental in saving the Theatre from demolition in the 1970s. Her husband, B.A. Dario, privately owned the Theatre during this time and was going to sell the property to be turned into a parking lot. Mrs. Dario urged her husband to reconsider and in 1978, the Theatre was purchased and has lived on to become one of the top-notch Theatres to present touring National Broadway Shows.

Joe Walsh, Esq., Chairman of the Board of Trustees, said “Sylvia Dario was one-of-a-kind. She loved the Theatre and everything related to it. She was always interested and engaged in what shows were at the Theatre. Her dedication to PPAC was apparent to anyone who met her. She was a great lady and will be truly missed.”

J.L. “Lynn” Singleton, President of the Providence Performing Arts Center, said, “Mrs. Dario always looked forward to the PPAC Galas and she always charmed her large circle of family and friends to attend with her. At every event, she had a line of fans, eager to say hello. She was unfailingly gracious and she will be missed at future Galas.”

P.J. Prokop, Director of Marketing, said, “Mrs. Dario was beloved by all PPAC staff. A woman of style, she was the epitome of true beauty and grace. Sadly, her passing marks the end of an era. We will never forget her.”

Mrs. Dario’s family has generously requested that contributions should be made in her memory to the Providence Performing Arts Center. If writing a check, please address it to “PPAC” and include in a note on the check, “In Memory of Mrs. B.A. (Sylvia) Dario;” send to the attention of the Development Office, Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI 02903.

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