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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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Opening February 19… EVITA

EVITA

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TIME TO SWING, SING, AND LET JINGLE BELLS RING!! – HURRY! TICKETS GOING FAST!

CHRISTMAS FUNDRAISER!!

 

Hark the Herald Angels Swing V!

A Christmas Cabaret

 

Where: The Blockade Runner
Wrightsville Beach, NC
 
When: Saturday, December 14th
Sunday, December 15th
 
Cocktails: 6:00pm
Dinner and show: 7:00 pm
($35 prix fixe)
 
Cover Charge $20
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: (910) 256-2251
 
Featuring Michelle Braxton and the Opera House Theatre Company performers

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2014 Season Auditions and Schedule of Performances

Opera House Theatre Company announces auditions for the first show of the 2014 Season, EVITA.
 
Auditions for EVITA are SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013, at 1:30 pm.  Roles are available for women and men in a wide range of ages, and some children.  Everyone should bring a prepared song and sheet music; an accompanist will be provided.  Also, come prepared for a dance audition.
 
Auditions will be held at the Lucile Shuffler Center, 2011 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC.
 
Rehearsals will begin in January.
 
Evita is a sung-through musical that tells the life story of Eva Peron, first lady of Argentina.
 
For more information, contact the Opera House Office – (910) 762-4234.
 

SUMMER AUDITIONS

 

Opera House Theatre Company announces auditions for the 2014 Summer Season. 
 
Auditions will be for the productions of The Wizard of Oz; On the Town; Kiss Me, Kate; and Into the Woods.  Auditions for children under the age of 13 will be on FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014 will begin at 6:30 pm.  Auditions for everyone 13 and over will begin at 9:00 am on SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 2014.   
 
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 children in The Wizard of Oz only.
 
For more information, call the Opera House Office – (910) 762-4234
 

EVITA

Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

 

Wednesday, February 19 – Sunday, February 23
Friday, February 28 – Sunday, March 2

 

Director/Choreographer - Ray Kennedy
Assistant Director and Choreographer – Jason Aycock

 

Told entirely through song and dance, Evita is the story of the dynamic, larger-than-life Eva Peron, wife of Argentine dictator Juan Peron.  As an illegitimate 15 year old, Eva escaped her dirt-poor existence for the bright lights of Buenos Aires.  Driven by ambition and blessed with charisma, she was a starlet at 22, the president’s mistress at 24, First Lady at 27, and dead at 33.   The stunning, powerful score features the internationally acclaimed hit “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina”.  A saint to the working class, reviled by the aristocracy, and mistrusted by the military, Eva Peron was a complicated woman, and Evita is a gripping theatrical experience as entertaining as the woman herself.
 

THE WIZARD OF OZ

By L. Frank Baum
With 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!

 

 

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.


 

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

 

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.

 

 

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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Opening August 28!!!! Audrey II is back and Better than Ever!!!!

 

Little Shop of Horrors

Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman

Music by Alan Menken

Based on the film by Roger Corman with screenplay by Charles Griffith

Wednesday, August 28 – Sunday, September 1

Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8

Love!  Deception!  Murder!  Aliens!  This comedy horror rock musical has it all!  Slaving away in Mushnik’s Flower Shop, Seymour longs to escape his dreary life on Skid Row.  In the meantime, he offers his tender love and care to a strange and unusual plant that only thrives when Seymour begins feeding it blood.  As Audrey II begins to grow, so does the flower shop’s business.  Keeping the R&B singing carnivore happy is the only way out, but is Seymour just a pawn in this paranormal plant’s diabolical scheme?  A gleefully gruesome musical spoof of early sci-fi movies, Little Shop is a twisted comedy that is smart as a pistil.  Fun and witty, full of dark humor and irresistible music, this show will make you scream with laughter.

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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