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A Month of Music at the Waterville Opera House (Sept. 2012)

A Month of Music

Are you looking to add some harmony to your life? The Opera House is happy to bring a variety of music this fall, with September concerts featuring Mary Chapin Carpenter, the Colby Faculty Jazz Ensemble, and Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio, and the Barbershop Harmony Show and Inland Hospital Pops coming up in October. Read on for more information!

Attention teachers! With the school year back in session, now is the time to think about reserving space for our school shows. There are four great productions scheduled, something for every grade level. More information below.

If your child enjoys performing, consider bringing them to auditions for our two fall productions of
Jekyll & Hyde and Scrooge! on Sunday. Both productions need young people to complete their casts...and if you wanted to join them, there might be a role for you, too! For proof of how much fun kids can have onstage, check out Behind the Curtain..., where we have some photos from our summer theater camp.

More Information
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Bela Fleck & The Marcus Roberts Trio
Tribute to Herbie Hancock
KV Chordsmen
Bob Marley
School Shows
Auditions
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

  

Mary Chapin Carpenter

 

September 12 at 8:00pm
Main Stage

Tickets: $45 orchestra and side balcony, $35 other balcony

To purchase tickets, click here.
 

 

D.C.-bred country-singer-turned-folkie Mary Chapin Carpenter performs her most confessional record yet during a quietly spellbinding performance. Carpenter's work is critically renowned; throughout her career she has won five Grammy Awards and performed on Late Night with David Letterman. MSN Music praises Mary Chapin Carpenter's latest album Ashes and Roses: "Anyone who's a fan of real emotion and real life in their music will find something to love here."

Click here to hear a taste of her music. 

Béla Fleck & The Marcus Roberts Trio

  

September 29 at 8:00pm
Main Stage

Tickets: $50 orchestra and center balcony, $40 side balcony

To purchase tickets, click here.

 

Originally inspired by the bluegrass of Flatt & Scruggs, New York City native Béla Fleck has gone on to become the world's premier banjo player. Since 1998, Fleck has been nominated for over 30 Grammys--in more different categories than anyone in the award's history--and has won a total of 14. He will be joined onstage by virtuosic classic jazz torchbearers Marcus Roberts Trio, led by Roberts on piano, Jason Marsalis on drums and Rodney Jordan on bass. The mix of these four -- Roberts, Fleck, Jordan, Marsalis -- promises a bold new jazz experience, pulling from the extensive and eclectic musical backgrounds and journeys of all its members.

Click here to hear a taste of their music. 

Music from Colby:
A Tribute to Herbie Hancock

  

September 22 at 7:30pm  
Main Stage

This event is FREE and open to the public.

 

To present the first Music from Colby concert from the Waterville Opera House, the Colby College Faculty Jazz Ensemble will be joined by guest artists Jesse Feinberg (piano) and Wells Gordon (double bass) for a tribute to Herbie Hancock. Hancock has had a major influence on the evolution of jazz. In his album The New Standard, Hancock adopted the age-old technique of crafting "new standards" by retooling the music of artists from Nirvana and Sade. The ensemble interprets Hancock's hits from the Hidden Voyage and Head Hunters with a few compositional twists from composer-performers Carl Dimow, Mark Tipton, and Eric Thomas.

The 40th Annual
Barbershop Harmony Show

  

October 6 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm   
Main Stage

Tickets: $12 matinee
$14 evening

To purchase tickets, click here.

 

The Kennebec Valley Chordsmen mark their 40th anniversary with a concert featuring an acapella chorus and guest quartets from across the state.

Bob Marley

  

October 13 at 7:00pm and 9:00pm  
Main Stage

Tickets: $22.50 each

To purchase tickets, click here.

 

Maine's most renowned comedian returns to the Opera House with two shows!

Originally from Maine, Bob Marley began performing stand-up comedy in his hometown of Portland. He moved to Boston early in his career, gaining experience in a city known for spawning comedy all-stars. He now has a weekly radio call-in segment with several radio stations around the country called "The World According to Bob."

School Shows

  

 We the People
 
Presented by TheatreWorks USA
 Recommended for grades 4-8
 November 7 at 9:30am and noon

 

A rock musical that makes civics and social studies topics fun and accessible, coming to the Opera House the day after the election! Topics covered include the creation of American government, the First Amendment, the two houses of Congress, checks and balances, and the electoral process.

**Attention 7th and 8th grade teachers! Due to the generosity of the Borman Family Foundation, all 7th and 8th grade students will be able to attend the show at the reduced rate of $1 per student!
 

Junie B. Jones
Presented by TheatreWorks USA
Recommended for grades K-3
November 19 at 9:30am and noon

 

Outspoken, precocious, lovable Junie B. Jones stars in a colorful, funny, fast-paced musical about new friends, new glasses, the annual kickball tournament, and other first grade angst-ridden situations. Based on the series of novels by Barbara Park.
Excellent availability for the noon performance!


A Midsummer Night's Dream
Presented by Shakespeare & Company
Recommended for grades 6 and up
March 21 at 9:30am

Two young couples journey into a moonlit forest, where their romantic intrigues are complicated by the mischievous Puck. Throw in the quarreling King and Queen of the Fairies and an amateur troupe of performances and you have one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies. The story is fun for younger viewers, while older students can appreciate the wit of Shakespeare's wordplay.

The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
Presented by TheatreIV
Recommended for grades K-2
April 4 at 9:30am and noon

A square-dance-meets-sock-hop retelling of the classic Aesop fable.
There is limited availability for both the 9:30am and noon performances - perfect for small school groups and home-school groups.

Tickets are $3 per student. For every five students, schools are granted a free teacher or chaperone. To reserve space for your students, download the reservation form at www.operahouse.org and send it in with your deposit.

Auditions for Kids...and Adults!

Jekyll & Hyde and Scrooge! 
 
  

If your child has ever wanted to appear on stage, the Waterville Opera House has two great opportunities coming up! Kids' auditions for Jekyll & Hyde and Scrooge will be held on September 9 in the Waterville Opera House Dance Studio, 93 Main Street (Third Floor) from noon to 3pm.

Either of these shows would be the perfect chance to experience the excitement and camaraderie of being onstage. Please note that the rehearsal schedule for these productions will be staggered, so it is possible to participate in both shows.

We will also be holding additional adult auditions for Scrooge! at this time. All roles are still available. This is a great opportunity for those who would like to be in a show, but don't want the pressure of singing solo. There are many small supporting roles with a few lines and plenty of chorus singing and celebrating.


For additional information including actor's sides, character lists, and music, click here. For children auditions, please review specifically the "Scrooge & Child" side and "The Beautiful Day" music.

Behind the Curtain...

      

With a rainy week ahead, we'd like to share a few photos from our Missoula Children's Theatre Summer Camp to brighten your day. Over 100 children participated in at least one of the weeks of camp, which were a great deal of fun for everyone. These photos are from The Frog Prince, taken by Eve Schultz.

 

The Swamp Things surround Princess Prim on her visit to the swamp.
    
The Venus Fly Traps await their prey.
The good knights of the castle protect the exasperated Prim.

Missoula Children's Theatre will be returning in February with their unique adaptation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Register your child before September 15 and receive a $25 discount on tuition. More details available at our website.

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