Opera House Theatre Company

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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AUDITIONS!!!

Opera House Theatre Company announces auditions for the first show of our 30th Anniversary Season

 

Sweeney Todd

 

Auditions for Sweeney Todd are SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2014, at 2:00 pm.

Roles are available for women and men in a wide range of ages; there are no roles for children.

Everyone should bring a prepared song and sheet music; an accompanist will be provided.  The role of “Sweeney Todd”… has already been cast.

 

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.

 

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

Rehearsals will begin in mid-January 2015.

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

 

Performance Dates

 

Wednesday, February 25 – Sunday, March 1,  and Friday, March 6 – Sunday, March 8

 

Sweeney Todd Book by Hugh Wheeler Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Based on an adaptation by Christopher Bond

Director/Choreographer -  Ray Kennedy

Assistant Director and Choreographer – Jason Aycock

Music Director – Lorene Walsh

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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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Opening February 19… EVITA

EVITA

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