Opera House Theatre Company

SUMMER SEASON AUDITION INFORMATION!!!

Opera House Theatre Company announces auditions for the 2015 Summer Season

 

Auditions will be for the productions of

Mary Poppins, Crazy for You, Chicago, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

 

Auditions for children under the age of 13 are

FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015 beginning at 6:30PM  

 

Auditions for everyone 13 and over will begin at 9:00AM SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015.   

 

Auditions will be held at the Lucile Shuffler Center

2011 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC.

 

For auditions, bring a prepared song and sheet music (an accompanist will be provided)

Also come prepared to dance

 

Roles in all four shows are available for men and women in a wide range of ages, including teenagers.

There are roles for 2 children in Mary Poppins.

 

For more information, call the Opera House Office – (910) 762-4234

Production information is listed below.

 

Mary Poppins

Directed and Choreographed by Jason Aycock

Performance Dates: Wednesday, June 10 – Sunday, June 14

Friday, June 19 – Sunday, June 21

Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28

 

Crazy for You

Directed and Choreographed by Ron Chisholm

Performance Dates: Wednesday, July 8 – Sunday, July 12

   Friday, July 17 – Sunday, July 19

   Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26

 

Chicago

Directed and Choreographed by Ray Kennedy

Performance Dates: Wednesday, August 5 – Sunday, August 9

Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16

Friday, August 21 – Sunday, August 23

 

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Directed by Anthony Lawson

Performance Dates: Wednesday, September 2 – Sunday, September 6

   Friday, September 11 – Sunday, September 13

 

 

Auditions will be held at the Lucile Shuffler Center, 2011 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC.

For more information, contact the Opera House Office – (910) 762-4234 or operahousetheatre@yahoo.com.

 

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30th Season Dates and Times Announced!!!

This past season, Opera House Theatre Company took audiences to Argentina, then went from Kansas to the Emerald City. After celebrating on the town, we tamed a shrew and learned some Shakespeare and then went into the woods to learn what happens after happily ever after. It was a wild ride!!

 

But that is nothing compared to what will happen in our 30th Season!

 

In 2015, we will start in London for some tasty pies, dance on a few rooftops with some chimney sweeps while we are there, dance and sing our way into New York for a little Gershwin, and then hit Chicago before we end up at the Forum.

 

(And you thought we couldn’t top 2014)

 

Sweeney Todd:  The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Book by Hugh Wheeler

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Based on an adaptation by Christopher Bond

Wednesday, February 25 – Sunday, March 1

Friday, March 6 – Sunday, March 8

Widely acknowledged as Sondheim’s masterpiece, this macabre musical thriller is set in the dark, feral streets of 19th century London.  The story begins with Benjamin Barker’s return home after 15 years of unjust imprisonment in a penal colony.  Filled with loathing for the lecherous judge who destroyed his life, he joins up with Mrs. Lovett, the proprietress of a failing pie shop, changes his name, and begins to exact his razor-sharp revenge.  Combining comic turns and chilling drama, an inventive score and hauntingly romantic songs, Sweeney Todd offers a fascinating portrait of a man driven to madness by injustice.  Don’t miss this tasty, thrilling theatrical treat that has simultaneously shocked, awed, and delighted audiences across the world.

  Poppins

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s

Mary Poppins

A musical based on the stories of P. L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film

Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

Book by Julian Fellowes

New Songs and Additional Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe

Wednesday, June 10 – Sunday, June 14

Friday, June 19 – Sunday, June 21

Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28

Based on the timeless books of P.L. Travers and the classic Disney movie, Mary Poppins has arrived to sweep you off your feet!  Young Jane and Michael Banks have sent many a nanny packing before the practically perfect Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep and turns their family’s world upside down.  Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “anything can happen if you let it.”  A joyous journey through the fantasies and foibles of childhood and jam-packed with unforgettable theatrical magic, this entertaining new Broadway smash features brand-new music, plus the irresistible songs from the movie – “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Feed the Birds,” “Step in Time”, “Jolly Holiday”, and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”  Seeing the musical theater version of Mary Poppins is like meeting old friends for the very first time. You don’t know Mary until you’ve met her in person!

 

Crazy for You

 Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin

Book by Ken Ludwig

Co-Conception by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent

 Inspired by Material by Guy Bolton and John McGowan

Wednesday, July 8 – Sunday, July 12

Friday, July 17 – Sunday, July 19

Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26

Crazy for You is a delightful boy-meets-girl story that takes a 1930s playboy all the way from New York to a tiny Nevada mining town to find the girl of his dreams.  This bubbly musical theatre cocktail is brimming with singing cowboys, tap-dancing showgirls, screwball comedy, and an earnest let’s-put-on-a-show enthusiasm that is intoxicating.  Full of unforgettable Gershwin tunes – “I Got Rhythm”, “But Not for Me”, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”, “Someone to Watch over Me”, “I Can’t Be Bothered Now”, “Naughty Baby”, “They Can’t Take That Away from Me”, “Embraceable You” -  this rambunctious explosion of song and dance is full of youthful exuberance and sassy joie de vivre.  Featuring all the glamour and romance of Broadway in its heyday, Crazy for You is everything you love about musical comedy!

Chicago

Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse

Music by John Kander

Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Based on the play Chicago by Maurine Dallas Watkins

Wednesday, August 5 – Sunday, August 9

Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16

Friday, August 21 – Sunday, August 23

Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart await trial in Cook County Jail, each for their own impulsive homicide.  Both are guilty, but can they scheme their way out of a conviction and into their fifteen minutes of fame?  Is there room on top for two Merry Murderesses?  This dark parable of American justice is both a scathing satire and the sexiest musical Bob Fosse ever created.  The Kander and Ebb score is filled with songs that are now theatre classics, including “All That Jazz”, “Cell Block Tango”, “We Both Reached for the Gun”, “Mister Cellophane”, “Class”, and “Nowadays”, and the dancing is clever, smoldering, and non-stop.  With a cynical (and timely) view of murder as a game and celebrity the top prize, Chicago tells the story of its homicidal heroines with all the razzle dazzle the roaring 20s have to offer.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Based on the plays of Plautus

Wednesday, September 2 – Sunday, September 6

Friday, September 11 – Sunday, September 13

Broadway’s greatest farce is witty, fast-paced, irreverent, and one of the funniest musicals ever written.  A joyous romp through ancient Rome, Forum is the story of Pseudolus, a crafty slave always scheming to earn his freedom.  His latest plan revolves around his young master, Hero, who has fallen in love with the courtesan next door, the lovely virgin Philia.  Filled with mistaken identities, pirates, kidnappings, groanworthy puns, stunning surprises, wild chases, bawdy humor, masquerades, deceptions, and the infectious energy of classic vaudeville, the plot follows Pseudolus’s long, convoluted, and hilarious path to freedom.  A 50 year-old musical based on 2,000 year-old plays, Forum remains a breath of fresh comic air, perfect for a summer evening.  Full of good clean dirty fun and fueled by infectious tunes and laugh-out loud lyrics, this is one toga party you do not want to miss!  It’s a comedy tonight!

All shows will be performed on the Main Stage of Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 pm.

Sunday performances begin at 3:00 pm.

 

Individual tickets are on sale at the Center Box Office beginning 

Monday, December 15, 2014 

(910) 632-2285 or thalianhall.com

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It is with immense regret that we announce that Lou Criscuolo, Founder of Opera House Theatre Company, made his final curtain speech just after 8pm on December 13, 2014.

 

We ask that you keep his family in your prayers at this difficult time.

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We Need a Little Christmas…Right This Very Minute!!

2014 Blockade Show

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They Are Back!!! They Are Bold!!! And They Are Beautiful!!!

OHTD Womanless Pageant 2014

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Opening tonight!!!! INTO THE WOODS!!!!

INTO THE WOODS

Book by James Lapine Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Wednesday, August 27 – Sunday, August 31 Friday, September 5 – Sunday, September 7

Directed and Choreographed by Jason Aycock

This funny and delightful Tony-award winning musical is divided into two very different acts.  Act One is traditional:  Cinderella goes to the ball and captures the heart of the prince, Jack climbs the beanstalk and slays the giant, Little Red Riding Hood is saved from the wolf, and Rapunzel escapes her lonely tower.  Meanwhile the Baker and his wife, on a quest to break the curse they are under, weave their way through the storybook characters to collect a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, a slipper as pure as gold, and hair as yellow as corn.  As intermission approaches, all wishes have been granted and happily ever after is at hand.  Act Two, however, deals with what happens after happily ever after – the consequences that traditional fairy tales ignore and the responsibilities that come with getting what you want.  Together both acts create an unforgettable show that brings new meaning to the stories we tell our children.

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Brush up Your Shakespeare and Come See Kiss Me Kate!!!

KISS ME, KATE

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Bella and Samuel Spewack

 

Wednesday, July 30 – Sunday, August 3
Friday, August 8 – Sunday, August 10
Friday, August 15 – Sunday, August 17

 

Directed and Choreographed by Ray Kennedy

Assistant Director Jason Aycock

Musical Direction Lorene Walsh

 

Kiss Me, Kate won the very first Tony for best musical in 1949 and has been delighting audiences ever since.  This raucous and riotously funny play-within-a-play features two divorced – and flamboyantly egocentric – performers starring opposite one another in a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew.  Tensions mount and tempers flare as Fred and Lilli’s backstage battle spills out onto the stage.  Lilli is ready to dump the show – and Fred – mid-performance to be the wife of a domineering U.S. Army general, but the show must go on – even if it’s at gunpoint!  It seems a pair of unexpectedly erudite gangsters, looking to collect a gambling debt, are deeply invested in the show’s success.  Eighteen of Cole Porter’s greatest songs are featured in this dazzling, charming, and romantic score, including “Another Op’nin’, Another Show”, “Wunderbar”, “So in Love”, “Always True to You in My Fashion”, “Brush up Your Shakespeare”, and “Too Darn Hot”.  Witty, wondrous, and wickedly entertaining, Kiss Me, Kate is a valentine to show business in all its greasepaint and glory and will have you humming long after you leave the theatre.

 

 

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NOW OPEN!! Come downtown to see ON THE TOWN at Thalian Hall!!

ON THE TOWN

Music by Leonard Bernstein
Book and Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Based on an idea by Jerome Robbins

 

Wednesday, July 2 – Sunday, July 6
Friday, July 11 – Sunday, July 13
Friday, July 18 – Sunday, July 20

 

Directed and Choreographed by Judy Greenhut

 

Straight from the Golden Age of Broadway comes one of the most energetic and inventive of musicals – On the Town.  It is 1944, and three sailors – Chip, Ozzie, and Gabey – have a 24-hour leave in New York City; they are determined to see all the sights and find some romance along the way.  In the subway, Gabey falls in love with a poster of Miss Turnstyles and is determined to find the girl of his dreams in a city of millions.  Chip and Ozzie join the search but are quickly distracted.  Chip gets taken for a ride by enthusiastic cab driver Hildy Esterhazy, and Ozzie is distracted by engaged anthropology student Claire de Loon.  Featuring a rambunctious, beautiful score by Leonard Bernstein, a wacky book and wonderful lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and show-stopping dances based on Jerome Robbins’s original choreography, On the Town hums with bounding energy.  You’ll be whisked back to a time when “New York, New York” was a wonderland of pleasure, romance, and hot fun as the cast of singing sailors hits the city like fireworks.

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NOW OPEN!!! Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Thalian Hall and Meet the Wizard!!

THE WIZARD OF OZ

By L. Frank Baum
Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg; Background Music by Herbert Stothart
Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard; Orchestrations by Larry Wilcox
Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company
Based upon the classical Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.

 

Wednesday, June 4 – Sunday, June 8
Friday, June 13 – Sunday, June 15
Friday, June 20 – Sunday, June 22

 

Directed by Suellen Yates

 

Based on Frank Baum’s enduring novel and the unforgettable 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz is a spectacle to delight the entire family.  In a fantastical tale we all know by heart, Dorothy Gale is transported by a tornado from Kansas to the magical land of Oz.  Determined to return home, Dorothy sets off down the Yellow Brick Road; befriends the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion; and is menaced by the Wicked Witch of the West.  This stage version features the beloved songs from the movie, including “Over the Rainbow”, “Ding Dong!  The Witch Is Dead!”, “If I Only Had a Brain”, “We’re off to See the Wizard”, “The Merry Old Land of Oz”, and  “If I Were King of the Forest”, as well as the number cut from the movie, “The Jitterbug”.  A perfect show for young people and those young at heart, The Wizard of Oz is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face!

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THANK YOU TO ALL WHO AUDITIONED!!!

THE SUMMER SEASON PLAYERS ARE BEING DECIDED!!

WHO WILL PLAY WHAT?

WHATEVER THE DECISIONS, OPERA HOUSE THEATRE COMPANY IS GEARING UP FOR ANOTHER FANTASTIC SUMMER!!!

DON’T BE LEFT OUT IN THE LOBBY!

MAKE YOUR PLANS NOW TO SEE THE SHOWS!!!

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