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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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Successful OKLAHOMA ends run with Curly and Laurie riding off in the surry with the fringe on top!

 

 

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RENT Closes Its Season of Love

RENT

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Les Miserables ends Successful Run!!

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Our 2013 Summer Season!!

Les Miserables

Music composed by Claude-Michel Schonberg
Libretto written by Alain Boublil
Lyrics for the English Adaptation by Herbert Kretzmer
Based on the book Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

 Wednesday, June 5 – Sunday, June 9

Friday, June 14 – Sunday, June 16

Friday, June 21 – Sunday, June 23

Billed as the world’s longest running musical, Opera House Theatre Company is proud to present this astounding story for the first time in Wilmington. Discover a nation in the grip of revolution, where convict Jean Valjean is on the run. Hunted relentlessly by the policeman Javert for breaking his parole, he must leave his past behind and keep his vow to raise the young orphaned Cosette. But with revolution in the air and Javert closing in, Jean Valjean has no choice but to fight for his life and sacrifice everything to protect the people he loves. This is a must-see show!

 

Rent

 Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

Wednesday, July 3 – Sunday, July 7

Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14

Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21

 Passionate and joyous, Rent is a pop culture phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates.  Set in the East Village of New York, this classic musical tells the unforgettable story of a group of young artists falling in love, finding their voices, and living for today.  How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread of this compelling and memorable show.  Rent is loosely based on the Puccini opera, La Boheme; the tuberculosis plague of the late 19th century is replaced by the modern-day plague of AIDS, but where La Boheme romanticizes death, Rent celebrates life.  Winner of both the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent is “the most exuberant and original American musical to come along”.  Don’t miss the show that transformed how a generation feels about theatre and changed Broadway forever.

Oklahoma!

Music by Richard Rodgers

Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Original dances by Agnes de Mille

Based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs

Wednesday, July 31 – Sunday, August 4

Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11

Friday, August 16 – Sunday, August 18

When Oklahoma! premiered, it was revolutionary; it launched a new era in American musicals and began the most successful songwriting partnership in Broadway history.  Set in the Oklahoma Territory in 1906, it tells the story of Laurey, a headstrong farm girl, who is courted by two very different men:  Curly, a brash cowboy, and Jud, a surly farmhand.  Laurey’s friend, Ado Annie, is also torn between two men:  the charming Will Parker, who is trying to earn the $50 Annie’s father says he needs to marry her, and the Persian peddler man, Ali Hakim, whose sale pitches – whether they be for egg beaters or stolen kisses – always leave her swooning.  Oklahoma! features some of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s best known songs, including “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’”, “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top”, “Kansas City”, “I Cain’t Say No”, “Many a New Day”, “People Will Say We’re in Love”, “Pore Jud is Daid”, and “Oklahoma!”  Bring the whole family and rediscover this classic musical. Forget baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie:  nothing is more American than Oklahoma!

 

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, Seymourlongs 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 Seymourbegins 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 Seymourjust 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.

 

Season tickets on sale through the Opera House office – (910) 762-4234.

Individual tickets go on sale at the Center Box Office on Monday, December 10, 2012 – (910) 632-2285 or thalianhall.com

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“She Loves Me” Opens Tonight!!!!

She Loves Me

Book by Joe Masteroff

Music by Jerry Bock

Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Based on a play by Mikos Laszio

Wednesday, February 20 – Sunday, February 24

Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 3

One of the most charming musicals ever written, She Loves Me is about the many entanglements of love.  George and Amalia, both perfume shop clerks, spend their days bickering and their nights falling in love as secret pen pals.  Funny and intelligent, She Loves Me is a warm, romantic comedy with a touch of old world elegance and nostalgia, but it is still as relevant as ever in this age of internet romance.  Based on the same play as The Shop around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail, She Loves Me was created by the minds behind both Fiddler on the Roof and Cabaret.  Bring your loved ones to this bonbon of a musical for a night of sheer enchantment and complete escape.

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.

Show tickets on sale at the Center Box Office – (910) 632-2285 or thalianhall.co

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AUDITIONS FOR SUMMER 2013…

Opera House Theatre Company announces auditions for the 2013 Season

 

Auditions will be for the productions of Les Misérables; Rent; Oklahoma!; and Little Shop of Horrors.

 

Auditions for children under the age of 13 will be on FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013 from 6:30 until 8:30 pm.

 

Auditions for everyone 13 and over will begin at 9:00 am on SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2013.

 

For auditions, bring a prepared song and sheet music (an accompanist will be provided).  Also come prepared to dance.   

 

Auditions will be held at the LucileShufflerCenter, 2011 Carolina Beach Road,Wilmington,NC.

 

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 Les Misérables only.

 

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

 

LesMisérables

Directed by Suellen Yates

 

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

 

                                    Friday, June 14 – Sunday, June 16

 

                                    Friday, June 21 – Sunday, June 23

 

Rent

Directed and Choreographed by Kendra Goehring-Garrett

 

Performance Dates:      Wednesday, July 3 – Sunday, July 7

 

                                    Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14

 

                                    Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21

 

Oklahoma!

Directed and Choreographed by Ray Kennedy

 

Performance Dates:      Wednesday, July 31 – Sunday, August 4

 

                                    Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11

 

                                    Friday, August 16 – Sunday, August 18

 

Little Shop of Horrors

Directed and Choreographed by Jason Aycock

 

Performance Dates:      Wednesday, August 28 – Sunday, September 1

 

                                    Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8

 

 

 

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Our 2013 Summer Season!!!

 

Les Miserables

 

Wednesday, June 5 – Sunday, June 9

Friday, June 14 – Sunday, June 16

Friday, June 21 – Sunday, June 23

 

Billed as the world’s longest running musical, Opera House Theatre Company is proud to present this astounding story for the first time at Thalian Hall. Discover a nation in the grip of revolution, where convict Jean Valjean is on the run. Hunted relentlessly by the policeman Javert for breaking his parole, he must leave his past behind and keep his vow to raise the young orphaned Cosette. But with revolution in the air and Javert closing in, Jean Valjean has no choice but to fight for his life and sacrifice everything to protect the people he loves. This is a must-see show!

 

 

Rent

 Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

Wednesday, July 3 – Sunday, July 7

Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14

Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21

 Passionate and joyous, Rent is a pop culture phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates.  Set in the East Village of New York, this classic musical tells the unforgettable story of a group of young artists falling in love, finding their voices, and living for today.  How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread of this compelling and memorable show.  Rent is loosely based on the Puccini opera, La Boheme; the tuberculosis plague of the late 19th century is replaced by the modern-day plague of AIDS, but where La Boheme romanticizes death, Rent celebrates life.  Winner of both the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent is “the most exuberant and original American musical to come along”.  Don’t miss the show that transformed how a generation feels about theatre and changed Broadway forever.

 

Oklahoma!

Music by Richard Rodgers

Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Original dances by Agnes de Mille

Based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs

Wednesday, July 31 – Sunday, August 4

Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11

Friday, August 16 – Sunday, August 18

When Oklahoma! premiered, it was revolutionary; it launched a new era in American musicals and began the most successful songwriting partnership in Broadway history.  Set in the Oklahoma Territory in 1906, it tells the story of Laurey, a headstrong farm girl, who is courted by two very different men:  Curly, a brash cowboy, and Jud, a surly farmhand.  Laurey’s friend, Ado Annie, is also torn between two men:  the charming Will Parker, who is trying to earn the $50 Annie’s father says he needs to marry her, and the Persian peddler man, Ali Hakim, whose sale pitches – whether they be for egg beaters or stolen kisses – always leave her swooning.  Oklahoma! features some of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s best known songs, including “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’”, “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top”, “Kansas City”, “I Cain’t Say No”, “Many a New Day”, “People Will Say We’re in Love”, “Pore Jud is Daid”, and “Oklahoma!”  Bring the whole family and rediscover this classic musical. Forget baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie:  nothing is more American than Oklahoma!

 

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, Seymourlongs 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 Seymourbegins 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 Seymourjust 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.

 

Season tickets on sale through the Opera House office – (910) 762-4234.

Individual tickets go on sale at the Center Box Office on Monday, December 10, 2012 – (910) 632-2285 or thalianhall.co

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