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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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OPENING AUGUST 29….

The Most Happy Fella

Based on Sidney Howard’s They Knew What They Wanted

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

Wednesday, August 29 – Sunday, September 2

Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9

Tony, a middle-aged vineyard owner, has everything a fella needs to call himself happy – except the love of a good woman.  All that changes when he meets Rosabella, a young waitress in San Francisco.  He falls for her at first sight, but she doesn’t remember him.  After months of exchanging letters she asks Tony to send her a picture, but he is afraid she will not love him as he is so he sends a picture of his young, handsome foreman, Joe. Misunderstandings, mistakes, and a May-December love story fraught with deception yet full of romance unfold until the show’s happy conclusion.  Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying) created his masterpiece with this touching love story.  Full of soaring romantic melodies and catchy show-stoppers, (including “Standing on the Corner” and “Big D”)  The Most Happy Fella is a melodic and lyric triumph that is wise to the ways of the heart.

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Now Playing!!!

Hello, Dolly!



Book by Michael Stewart

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman

Based on the play The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder

 


Wednesday, August 1 – Sunday, August 5

Friday, August 10 – Sunday, August 12

Friday, August 17 – Sunday, August 19

 


“Some people paint, some sew…I meddle.”  And just like that, we’re off on a whirlwind race around turn-of-the-century New York as we follow Dolly Gallagher Levi, a matchmaker, on her adventures.  Hired to find a wife for Horace Vanderlgelder, the well-known half-millionaire, Dolly tinkers and interferes in the lives of those around her until everyone – Cornelius and  Irene Malloy, Barnaby and Minnie, Ambrose and Ermengarde, and even Dolly and Horace themselves – end up with the right mate.  Charged with high-energy choreography, glittering with joyful tunes (especially the unforgettable title tune), alive with the personality of one of the most fabulous characters on the musical stage, Hello, Dolly! is a delectable treat for musical theatre lovers of all ages.

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A 5-6-7-8!! A Chorus Line opens July 4th…

 

A Chorus Line

 Conceived and Originally Directed and Choreographed by Michael Bennett

Book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante

Music by Marvin Hamlisch

Lyrics by Edward Kleban

Wednesday, July 4 – Sunday, July 8

Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15

Friday, July 20 – Sunday, July 22

 On a bare stage in an empty theatre, casting for the chorus of a new Broadway musical is almost complete.  It’s down to 17 finalists, but only 8 are
needed for the show.  During the audition, the director asks the performers to talk about themselves. Each of the usually anonymous chorus members steps into the spotlight to tell their story, sharing their ambitions, heartbreaks, and struggles, speaking to anyone who’s ever put themselves on the line to land a job.  The story of those who make it and those who don’t, the winner of every prize the theatre can offer, the dance sensation that rocked Broadway and conquered the world:  Michael Bennett’s masterpiece, A Chorus Line.


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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OMIGOD!! LOOK WHAT’S PLAYING NOW!!!

 

Legally Blonde

Book by Heather Hach

Music and Lyrics by Laurence
O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin

Based on the novel by Amanda
Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture

Wednesday, June 6 – Sunday, June 10

Friday, June 15 – Sunday, June 17

Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24

OMIGOD!  The hilarious MGM movie is now a smash hit musical!  Perky, sweet, and strikingly blonde sorority girl Elle Woods is dumped by Warner, her college sweetheart, for someone more serious.  Unwilling to give up on love, Elle follows Warner to Harvard Law School.  Mocked for her positive outlook and girly wardrobe, Elle proves by her hard work and determination that being true to your self never goes out of style.  This fresh and effervescent show is packed with fun and frolic and is absolutely enjoyable from start to finish.  Don’t miss this all-singing, all-dancing, feel-good musical comedy – it’s so packed with pleasures it should be illegal!   If you loved Hairspray, you’re gonna love Legally Blonde!

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