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Waterville Opera House Welcomes Cowboy Junkies and More! (June 2012)


Now Announcing a New Concert!

We are pleased to announce a new addition to our schedule: COWBOY JUNKIES! Cowboy Junkies is an alternative country/blues/folk rock band with a very mellow tone. You can read more about them and hear a clip of their music below.

In other scheduling news, ACAT's production of "The Race" has been postponed. The director felt it was necessary to wait until next year in order to do justice to Beth Eisen's story. We look forward to its future debut.


With a busy summer on the horizon, be sure to mark your calendars for Bossov Ballet's Cinderella and Missoula Children's Theatre Summer Camp. (Please note we have changed the Saturday performance times for theater camp to 2:00 p.m. for all three sessions.)

More Information

Cowboy Junkies

Missoula Children's Theatre

Cinderella

Equus

Behind the Curtain...


Contact Us

(207) 873-7000

operainfo@operahouse.org

Box Office

93 Main Street, Third Floor

Waterville, ME 04901

Open 11-4 Tuesday-Friday

www.operahouse.org


Cowboy Junkies

August 11 at 8:00pm
Main Stage

Tickets: $35 orchestra, $25 balcony

To purchase tickets, click here.

For more than 20 years, Cowboy Junkies have remained true to their unique artistic vision and to the introspective, quiet intensity that is their musical signature, creating a critically acclaimed body of original work that has endeared them to an audience unwavering in its loyalty. The band has appeared on countless major television shows in North America from Saturday Night Live to Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show. Their music has been featured in dozens of television programs and feature films. They released The Wilderness, Volume 4 of The Nomad Series in March 2012, marking the conclusion of an ambitious schedule of four releases over an 18-month period.

To have a taste of the Cowboy Junkies' sound, click here to hear one of their songs.

Missoula Children's Theatre

Registration Materials Still Available for Three Fantastic Sessions!
Open for Children Entering Grades 1-8 in the Fall

July 30-August 4
Sponsored by Belgrade Lakes Resources, LLC

Somewhere in desert country, the inhabitants of West Sandy Bottoms are preparing for the highlight of their year - the annual race between the Reptiles and the Mammals. A company of strolling actors attempts to tell the tale in classical fashion. The Hare's weasely managers brag about their racing star as the various reptiles assemble to choose their candidate. Fan clubs are preparing their cheers as the big day draws near. Philoh Ferret reminds the racing fans that his service station is for "mammals only." As we see the race through the eyes of a TV news team covering the event, we soon discover that there is more than a sporting rivalry between the brown animals and the green animals. Loyalties to their specific colors create a real animosity among these creatures. Sound familiar? As the race proceeds, a tiny bunny is lost in the wilds of Tornado Gulch and, almost miraculously, color is forgotten as the mammals and reptiles join in the search. The wisdom of the old tortoise and the lesson learned by the cocky hare remind us all that "color is just a color -- it's just decorated skin." In the end, the animals realize the folly of their ways and live happily together in their sandy home.

August 6-11
Sponsored in memory of Robert Dubord by Mrs. Beatrice Dubord
Deep in the royal swamp, a lonely Frog retrieves a golden ball for Princess Prim in exchange for friendship and comfort. The spoiled princess doesn't want to live up to her part of the bargain, and puts her royal Knights on alert. And so the trouble begins. Luckily, Frog gets some good advice from Ollie the wise old Aspen tree, the well-read Alligator, and the kindly Swamp Things. The Ducks, a busy Fly and dancing Flamingos also come to Frog's assistance as the Frog's kindly servant tirelessly tries to set things right. Even the Queen, kindly Princess Proper, and spunky Princess Peppy get involved and, despite the trouble caused by the nasty Venus Fly Traps, all ends happily. Our hero becomes a Prince (formerly known as Frog) and realizes that friendships are made, not bought -- and he discovers that it is not what you are but who you are that counts.


August 13-18
Sponsored by Fred's Coffee

Poor Hank and Gretchen! All of their friends, off to summer camp, have left them behind. And their Mom, struggling alone to make ends meet, seems to have time for nothing but work. While waiting for dinner, prepared by eccentric but lovable Uncle Wally, Hank and Gretchen fall asleep and dream their way to times gone by. They wake with a start! Their clothes are so strange -- and so are their names. Lost in the deep dark woods, Hansel and Gretel search for the path which will lead them to better times at home. But as evening approaches and the moon rises above the trees, Hansel and Gretel are not alone! Nasty Nasties dart from tree to tree as sweet little Wallybirds innocently munch on the cookie crumbs left as a map on the forest floor. Crafty cooks and Gingerbread Men lead our heroes to a colorful cottage concocted completely of candy and cakes, where Hansel and Gretel unravel the secret of the Wildwood Witch. There's music and laughter and thrills and chills. So join the fun as Hansel and Gretel's dream is mysteriously blended with real life, and the lessons of one apply to the other. You'll learn the secret of the Wildwood -- but, shhh -- don't tell!

Camp runs Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4:00pm at the Waterville Opera House, with a Saturday performance at 3:00pm. Tuition is $200 per session, or $500 for all three sessions. A sibling discount and some scholarships are available. To register, download the form available here. If you have any questions, please call or email.

The Saturday performances are open to the public, for affordable family entertainment or for those children who may be interested in attending Missoula Children's Theatre in the future. Tickets are $7 adults, $5 seniors and children.

Cinderella

Presented by Bossov Ballet Theatre

From 2010's Sleeping Beauty.

July 27 and 28 at 7:00pm

Main Stage

Tickets: $15 Adults, $13 Seniors or Youths

To purchase tickets, click here.

If you enjoyed Circus at Opening Night, here's your opportunity to see Bossov Ballet's adaptation of one of the world's greatest stories!

We know
Cinderella from children's story books, from Disney - the gentle girl with the broom, her stepmother and her comical stepsisters, the transformative magic of the Fairy Godmother, the Prince and the lavish ball, and, of course, the lost glass slipper. But Andrei Bossov's world-class choreography makes the story we know and love unique and gives it profound impact. Featuring Prokofiev's masterful score, Bossov-trained virtuoso dancers drawn from across the nation, and bright and beautiful costumes, audiences of all ages will love it.

Equus

By Peter Shaffer

Directed by Debra Susi

August 17, 18, 24, and 25 at 7:30pm
August 19 and 26 at 2:00pm
Studio Theater
Tickets: $12 Adults, $10 Seniors or Youths
To purchase tickets, click
here.

Dr. Martin Dysart is confronted with Alan Strang, a boy who has blinded six horses in a violent fit of passion. To the boy's parents it is a hideous mystery; Alan has always adored horses. To Dysart it is a psychological puzzle that leads both doctor and patient to a complex and disturbingly dramatic confrontation. This international success reached new acclaim in London and on Broadway when revived in 2008 featuring Daniel Radcliffe.

Behind the Curtain...

As anyone who has traveled Front Street might have seen, the exterior
of the addition is nearly completed. For those who may not have viewed the progress, here are some images from the outside.

The exterior receives its vibrant finish. (The color was picked to reflect the interior of the Opera House, as well as mesh well with the existing masonwork.)

A view of the scene-construction shop from Front Street. (We made sure there was a window so the technical director could get his weekly allotment of Vitamin D.
When a performance is in the last week of rehearsals, it may be the only sun he gets!)

A glimpse inside of the scene-construction shop. With its access to the freight elevator, loading in sets, as well as touring concerts, will be so much easier!

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