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!
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.
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