Opera House Theatre Company

Opening September 2!!

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.

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CHICAGO OPENS AT THALIAN HALL!!

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.

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He had it comin

Directed and Choreographed by Ray Kennedy

Music Direction by Lorene Walsh

Costume Design by Juli Harvey

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.

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Opera House Presents “CRAZY FOR YOU” at Thalian Hall!!!

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!

Directed and Choreographed by Ron Chisolm

Music Direction by Lorene Walsh

Costume Design by Debbie Scheu

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.

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Opening at Thalian Hall – MARY POPPINS!!!

Opera House Theatre Company is proud to present a musical that’s “practically perfect in every way”!!

  MaryPoppinsCast MaryPoppins

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

Directed and Choreographed by Jason Aycock

Musical Direction by Lorene Walsh

Costume Design by Juli Harvey

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!

 

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.

 

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Be Sure to Watch the TONY Awards tonight!! Sunday June 7, 2015

Opera House Theatre Company has always taken pride on hiring the most talented directors, casts, and crews to perform each year. It makes us shout from the mountain tops when one of our past performers is awarded the inaugural TONY Award for Excellence in Theatre Education!! Congratulations Corey for this outstanding achievement!!

Corey Mitchell

 

 

We also understand that Opera House Theatre Company Founder Lou Criscuolo will be honored in tonight’s telecast as part of the In Memoriam section of the awards ceremony. So happy that the TONY committee  recognizes Lou and his work on Broadway, and we all know about his extensive Motion Pictures and Television career. Lou’s knowledge and passion about theatre made everyone he ever worked with a better performer. It is a fitting tribute to remember him on such an important evening in the theatre community.

Lou Criscuolo

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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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