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Theater review – Wilmington ‘Nunsense’ transcends puns

"Nunsense" is the latest show from Opera House Theatre Company. Front row, Left to right- Denise S. Bass, Michelle Reiff and Lorene Walsh.

By Catherine Bayley
StarNews Correspondent

Published: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 10:07 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 10:07 a.m.

A group of nuns have come to town kickin’ it old skool, and that’s not a reference to corporal punishment. With references to Mary Pickford, Carmen Miranda and Mary Hartman, the 1985 musical “Nunsense” can’t reach much further back for its punch lines. That said, Opera House Theatre Company’s production of this puntastic show manages to transcend the cornball humor and elicit …READ MORE

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Tickets for Nunsense and Five Guys Named Moe are on sale now!

ickets for Nunsense and Five Guys Named Moe are on sale now!

Tickets for Nunsense and Five Guys Named Moe are on sale now at the Center Box office, located in the lobby of Thalian Hall and can be ordered by phone (910) 632-2285 and on the internet – thalianhall.org

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Opera House Theatre Company Announces Auditions for the 2010 Season

Opera House Theatre Company announces auditions for the 2010 Season. 

Opera House Theatre Company announces auditions for the 2010 Season

Auditions on SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2010, will be for the productions of Five Guys Named Moe, Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, Anything Goes, and The Secret Garden.  Auditions for children 13 and younger will be from 9:00 am until 11:00 am, and auditions for adults and teens over 13 will begin at 11:00 am.

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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 five shows are available for men and women in a wide range of ages; there are multiple roles available for children in Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, and The Secret Garden.

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For more information, call the Opera House Office – (910) 762-4234.  Production information is listed below.

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Five Guys Named Moe
Directed and Choreographed by Ray Kennedy
Performance Dates: Wednesday, April 28 – Sunday, May 2 &   Friday, May 7 – Sunday, May 9
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Fiddler on the Roof
Directed and Choreographed by Ray Kennedy
Performance Dates: Wednesday, June 9 – Sunday, June 13
   Friday, June 18 – Sunday, June 20
   Friday, June 25 – Sunday, June 27
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The Music Man
Directed and Choreographed by Ray Kennedy
Performance Dates: Wednesday, July 7 – Sunday, July 11
   Friday, July 16 – Sunday, July 18
   Friday, July 23 – Sunday, July 25
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Anything Goes
Directed and Choreographed by Ray Kennedy
Performance Dates: Wednesday, August 4 – Sunday, August 8
   Friday, August 13 – Sunday, August 15
   Friday, August 20 – Sunday, August 22
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The Secret Garden
Directed by Lou Criscuolo
Performance Dates: Wednesday, September 1 – Sunday, September 5
   Friday, September 10 – Sunday, September 12
   Schedule Change:  Please note that we are running The Secret Garden for two weeks instead of the three we originally announced.  Due to scheduling issues at Thalian Hall, we were not able to book the third weekend.  Thanks for understanding.

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Opera House Theatre Company 25th Anniversary Season 2010

 
Opera House Theatre Company

Opera House Theatre Company

25th Anniversary Season

2010 ORDER FORM

 

The first two shows will be performed at the Scottish Rite Temple, 1415 South 17th Street.

 
Nunsense

.Nunsense Auditions on SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2010, at 11:00 am

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Dan Goggin
Wednesday, February 17 – Sunday, February 21
Friday, February 26 – Sunday, February 28
The Little Sisters of Hoboken have been struck by tragedy – 52 of the sisters have succumbed to botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia, Child of God.  Even worse, the nunnery’s coffers lack the funds to pay for a decent burial for all of the sisters, leaving four of them in cold storage.  To raise the money, the remaining “Little Hobos” have decided to parade their talents in a variety show – an outrageously wacky show packed with music, dancing, jokes, and nun-puns.  This night of inspired madness is quick-paced, raucous, touching, and totally wonderful.  Winner of four Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Off-Broadway Musical, Nunsense has become a must-see international phenomenon, proving conclusively that nun rhymes with fun!

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Five Guys Named Moe

Five Guys Named MoeBook by Clarke Peters
Music and Lyrics by Louis Jordan
Wednesday, April 28 – Sunday, May 2
Friday, May 7 – Sunday, May 9
His woman left him, he’s broke, and it’s almost 5 o’clock in the morning; Nomax slumps in his chair, drowning his misery.  Suddenly, five hipsters appear – Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, Little Moe, and No Moe – to deliver the lessons Nomax needs, lessons in the mysteries of life and love.  For the next two hours, they cajole, wheedle, comfort, and jazz him – and delight the audience – with the classic songs of Louis Jordan, the King of the Jukebox.  Featuring 20 of his greatest up-tempo, sing-along musical sensations, including “Saturday Night Fish Fry”, “Let the Good Times Roll”, “Caldonia”, “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying”, and “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby?”, Five Guys Named Moe is guaranteed to lift your spirits and leave you dancing in the aisles!
 
The rest of the shows will be performed on the Main Stage of Thalian Hall.

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Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the RoofBook by Joseph Stein
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Based on Sholom Aleichem’s stories by special permission of Arnold Perl
Wednesday, June 9 – Sunday, June 13
Friday, June 18 – Sunday, June 20
Friday, June 25 – Sunday, June 27
In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, is searching for appropriate husbands for his three eldest daughters.  Old World ways collide with modernity as the daughters reject their father’s wishes and marry the men they love, each daughter’s choice moving her further away from the customs of her faith.  A tale of love and laughter, devotion and defiance, tradition and change, Fiddler on the Roof is one of Broadway’s greatest musicals of all time.  This was the first musical Opera House produced, and we are excited to bring it back for the first time in 25 years!

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The Music Man

The Music Man
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Meredith Wilson
Based on a story by Meredith Wilson and Franklin Lacey
Wednesday, July 7 – Sunday, July 11
Friday, July 16 – Sunday, July 18
Friday, July 23 – Sunday, July 25
Fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill has hit River City, Iowa looking to con the townspeople into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef.  Instead he surprises himself and everyone else by coloring the town with openhearted possibility, and love makes River City the end of the line for him.  Meredith Wilson’s marvelous confection of Midwestern corn and Broadway hot diggety doggedness is sure to entertain, delight, and captivate the entire family.  The bouncy, joyous score is full of showstoppers like “Seventy-Six Trombones”, “Marian the Librarian”, “Pick a Little, Talk a Little”, and “Trouble”.  Don’t miss The Music Man, the happiest musical in America!
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Anything Goes

anything_goes
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Original Book by P. G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Linsay & Russel Crouse
New Book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman
Originally produced by Lincoln Center Theatre, New York
Wednesday, August 4 – Sunday, August 8
Friday, August 13 – Sunday, August 15
Friday, August 20 – Sunday, August 22
Welcome aboard the S.S. American for a gloriously funny screwball comedy where anything goes!  The zany passenger list includes disguised gangsters, tap-dancing sailors, high-kicking chorus girls, mismatched lovers, and women who could have slunk straight off the pages of Vogue in the 30s.  The tune-filled, dance-peppered Cole Porter score is a bubbly delight of songs you love – “I Get a Kick out of You”, “It’s De-Lovely”, “All Through the Night”, “You’re the Top”, “Blow, Gabriel, Blow”, “Buddie Beware”, “Easy to Love”, and of course the title song.  This wacky tale of mistaken identities on the high seas is full of raucous frivolity and is as snappy, effervescent, and fizzy as a bottle of champagne.  Bon voyage!

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The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Wednesday, September 1 – Sunday, September 5
Friday, September 10 – Sunday, September 12
Schedule Change:  Please note that we are running The Secret Garden for two weeks instead of the three we originally announced.  Due to scheduling issues at Thalian Hall, we were not able to book the third weekend.  Thanks for understanding.

After the death of her parents in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox is sent to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald.  Still lost in mourning his wife, Lily, after ten years, Archibald has little interest in his new charge.  Lonely and bored, Mary sets about discovering the secrets of the house, from the walled and locked garden to the crying that haunts the manor late at night.  When spring comes again, the garden is brought back to life – and so are those who encounter it.  The Secret Garden will enchant audiences with its cherished story told anew in an unforgettable musical all about the power of love and the miracle of rebirth.
 
 
All performances begin at 8:00 pm EXCEPT for ALL SUNDAY PERFORMANCES,
which are matinees and begin at 3:00 pm.

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Auditions for ‘Nunsense’ ~ SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2010, at 11:00 am

Nunsense Auditions on SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2010, at 11:00 am

 

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Opera House Theatre Company announces auditions for the first show of our 25th Anniversary Season, the 2010 Season, Nunsense.

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Auditions for Nunsense are SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2010, at 11:00 am.  Roles are available for five women of a wide range of ages.  There are no roles for children or for men.  Everyone should bring a prepared song and sheet music; an accompanist will be provided.  Also, come prepared for a dance audition.

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

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For more information, call the Opera House Office – (910) 762-4234.  Production dates are listed below.

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Nunsense

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Dan Goggin

Directed by Suellen Yates

Performance Dates:         Wednesday, February 17 – Sunday, February 21

                                      Friday, February 26 – Sunday, February 28

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Star News Review: Musical ‘Grey Gardens’ follows mother and daughter’s decline

Robin Dale Robertson (from left), Dan Morris, Heather Dahlberg and Terrill Williams star in Grey Gardens, the latest production from the Opera House Theatre Company.

By John Staton,
John.Staton@StarNewsOnline.com
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Published: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 10:22 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 10:22 a.m.
There aren’t many stories more tragic than the one told in “Grey Gardens.”
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For all of the documentary film-turned-musical’s humor, wackiness and jaw-dropping, I-can’t-believe-people-lived-like-this moments, it is at its core a tale of broken dreams.
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“I was the girl who had everything,” says an offstage “Little Edie” Beale (Heather Dahlberg…READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE

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Encore Review: Grey Gardens

 

 A Shade of Grey:

‘Grey Gardens’ satisfies in a melancholy performance

By: Lisa Huynh – September 8th, 2009

BAND OF BOUVIERS: Alexandra Henderson AS Jackie Bouvier; Madelaine Hasson as Little Edie Bouvier; Heather Dahlberg as Edith Bouvier Beale; and Lily Zukerman as Lee Bouvier in ‘Grey Gardens..”

 

By: Lisa Huynh – September 8th, 2009

The moving performance of the cast, matched with the heavy, doleful music in Opera House Theatre Company’s “Grey Gardens” tugs audience’s heartstrings until they, too, turn into a shade of grey. It’s a story that has seen a resurgence in fame thanks to Drew Barrymore’s and Jessica Lange’s HBO movie, released last spring, and based on the notorious 1975 documentary, Grey Gardens. Both movie and play showcase the complex lives of the Bouvier women, Big Edie and Little Edie, who were the kinship to America’s favorite idol, Jackie Kennedy. Yet, they were the yin to Jackie’s yang, quite never reaching legacy status and losing their fame, fortune and even sanity along the way.

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Viewers become immersed into Opera House’s version… READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE

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GREY GARDENS
Opera House Theater Company
Performed at City Stage
21 N Front St.
September 11th-13th, 18th-20th, 8pm
Sun. matinees, 3pm
$18-$27 • (910) 343-3664

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Holiday weekend packed with Wilmington plays

Grey Gardens is the latest production from the Opera House Theatre Company. Paul Teal and Maddie Hasson

By John Staton,
John.Staton@StarNewsOnline.com
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‘Grey Gardens’
For anyone who’s seen “Grey Gardens,” the devastating 1975 documentary by Albert and David Maysles about a mother and daughter, fallen socialites both, living in squalor in a decrepit Hamptons mansion, the prospect of a musical based on this unforgettable film had to be a little jarring.

But in 2006 the unlikely occurred, and “Grey G…READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE

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Aristocratic Crazy: Opera House presents ‘Grey Gardens’

Aristocratic Crazy:

Opera House presents ‘Grey Gardens’

By: MJ Pendleton – September 2nd, 2009

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Grey Gardens 

The musical “Grey Gardens” is based on a 1975 documentary film by Albert and David Maysles. It depicts the lives of a mother and daughter, Big Edie and Little Edie, who live in an East-Hampton mansion, which, in Act II, is scandalously unsanitary, with 52 cats, raccoons, fleas and no running water. Even more fascinating is that the Edies were the aunt and first cousin of Jackie Kennedy Onassis. The documentary is a shocking…READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE 

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GREY GARDENS
Preview
Opera House Theater Company
City Stage/Level 5, 21 N. Front St.
September 2-6, 11-13, 18-20; 8pm
Saturday matineés, 3pm
Tickets: (910) 343-3664

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Upbeat songs keep Opera House’s ‘Smokey Joe’s’ going (Star News Review)

 

Katherine Vernon (from left), Kendra Goehring-Garrett and Joy Gregory of "Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller." Staff Photo By Matt Born

By John Staton,
John.Staton@StarNewsOnline.com

Published: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 9:36 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 9:36 a.m.
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You know an audience is responding to a play when you scan a packed house and see smiles all around.

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That’s the effect “Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller,” has on folks. Opera House Theatre Company’s production of the musical revue of classic ’50s and ‘ 60s pop hits has some less-than-compelling moments, but on the whole, it’s a swingin’ good time.

Director Ray K…. READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE

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