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You may have never heard of the award-winning show Violet, though it premiered off-Broadway back in 1997. The musical has received more attention and increased production in the last few years after a 2014 Broadway revival. Opera House Theatre Company brings it to Thalian Hall.

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The film came out in 1950, and the musical hit Broadway in 1994. It took nearly 25 years after that for the noir classic Sunset Boulevard to hit the stage in Wilmington. Opera House Theatre Company presents the award-winning musical at Thalian Hall through Sunday, August 19. 

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Elvis Presley, Peggy Lee, The Coasters, Christine Kitrell, The Drifters--these great acts (and more) performed music written by the dynamic songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller. Opera House Theatre Company presents the musical revue of their most popular tunes, spanning from the early '50s to the early '80s. 

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Director Ray Kennedy loves the musical Nine so much, he's seen it too many times to count-including a performance in Swedish. (I don't think he speaks Swedish.) The show, presented by Opera House Theatre Company, is onstage at Thalian Hall through March 11. 

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It's time for the 2nd Annual Arts in Wilmington Awards. Creator Craig Stinson tells us about the party--Saturday, January 20th at EXPO 216 on Front Street, 6:00pm-9:00pm. He also tells us this year's winners.

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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the musical that premiered in Wilmington back in February, is back onstage at Thalian Hall. The show is the centerpiece for Thalian Hall's New Year's Eve Gala with dinner, penny drinks, dancing, and more. The show runs through January 21st.

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You know the story of Peter Pan-Wendy, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, the crocodile, and all the rest...but you may not know how the story began. Opera House Theatre Company presents a play that will answer all your curiosities: Peter and the Starcatcher, adapted from the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (definitely a comedy). The show won 5 Tony Awards (and a heap of other awards) after its premiere in 2011. 

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Opera House Theatre Company brings the musical Camelot to the Thalian Hall stage this month. This tale has staying power-who knows how long this legend of King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, Merlin, Lancelot and the rest has been told? We know the musical is 67 years old...but don't expect your grandmother's Camelot. Director Shane Fernando talks about crafting this production for 21st century audiences, and why the tale is as relevant as ever. Listen above and see an extended transcript (and photos) below. 

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Opera House Theatre Company presents Jesus Christ Superstar, the "rock opera" from 1970. Director Suellen Yates and actor Jason Aycock, playing the title role, joined us in the studio. The show is onstage at Thalian Hall through June 25: June 7-11, 16-18, and 23-25. Performances are at 8:00pm except Sundays, which are at 3:00pm. Listen to Suellen and Jason discuss the show above; see a transcript below.

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Get your umbrella-it's going to be Raining Men at Thalian Hall this weekend (and through March 12) with the premiere of the disco-drenched spectacle, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. You may have seen or heard of this 1994 film, but this is the musical, which premiered on Broadway in 2011. When the rights were opened up to community theaters, Opera House Theatre Company jumped on it. One cast member told me that the show is "thought-provoking and fabulously entertaining." Director/Choreographer Ray Kennedy agrees; listen above to Ray and actress/singer Michelle Braxton talk about the show and see photos below.

Kendra Goehring-Garret stars in Opera House Theatre Company's latest offering, City of Angels. The story, set around 1940, is about a writer named Stine crafting a screenplay. The script of the film comes to life right before the eyes of the audience as Stine types it out-the audience even gets to see edits as they happen. The main character in the film is a detective (think film noir) named Stone, who is basically a better version of Stine himself.

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Do you know Will Rogers? If you don't, you still might be familiar with many of his quotes (and those attributed to him because they sound like something he would say).  For instance: Everything is funny, as long as it's happening to somebody else. Or, Be it pestilence, war, or famine, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. The poor even help arrange it. Many of his thoughts were timeless, which is why they stick with us.

The musical 1776 premiered in 1969, winning 3 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Clive Barnes reviewed the original production in The New York Times, saying it was a "most striking, most gripping musical." Locally, Opera House Theatre Company produced the show 10 years ago, and they hope to hit a chord with the community again. This election season seems like a good time, according to director Ray Kennedy. 

Opera House Theatre Company is kicking off its summer season with Monty Python's Spamalot. This award-winning musical-3 Tonys, 3 Drama Desks, 1 Theatre World, and 1 Grammy-is onstage at Thalian Hall through June 26th.  Director Jason Aycock joined us to talk about the show.

Last Weekend for "Carousel" at Thalian Hall

Mar 4, 2016

Opera House Theatre Company presents a short run of beloved musical "Carousel."  Final performances are Friday-Sunday, March 4th-6th.  Showtimes are 8:00 Friday & Saturday, 3:00 Sunday on Thalian Hall's Mainstage.

Funny Things Happen with Anthony Lawson

Sep 4, 2015

Opera House Theatre Company has one more show before the 2014-15 season is put to bed:  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.  The company's season has been successful with audiences and critics so far...will this production rise to the occasion?  That's on director Anthony Lawson's mind the day before the opening of the show. 

Ray Kennedy is wearing the director's hat and the choreographer's cravat for Chicago, produced by Opera House Theatre Company at Thalian Hall.   Ray and actress Michelle Braxton (Mama Morton) came into the studio to tell us all about the show-a fun conversation about the history of the show, Reality TV, and the top-notch performers in this production. 

The Newest Gershwin Musical: Crazy for You

Jul 10, 2015

In 1992,  a Gershwin musical from 1930, Girl Crazy, was adapted into Crazy for You.  This musical has been extraordinarily popular since its release, at least partly because audiences hear some of the most beloved songs from Ira & George Gershwin over the years, including "I Got Rhythm," "Bidin' My Time," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," and "Embraceable You."

Wilmington Premiere: "Mary Poppins"

Jun 10, 2015

We all know that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down-and we learned it from Mary Poppins, the nanny we all wished we had.   For decades, our vision of the story and characters created by author P. L. Travers was defined through reading the series or watching Disney's 1964 film (most of us, the latter).

Midday Interview: The 5th Annual Womanless Beauty Pageant

Oct 30, 2014

Today's guests were from Opera House Theatre Company, here to discuss their upcoming fabulous fundraiser, The 5th Annual Womanless Beauty Pageant. There is only one performance, this Saturday, November 1 at 8pm. The show will be performed at Thalian Hall's Main Stage, located at 310 Chestnut Street in downtown Wilmington. For tickets please go to the Center Box Office at Thalian Hall, call 910.632.2285, or visit thalianhall.org. *

*There is no audio for this interview. 


Opera House Theatre Company presents the Cole Porter musical Kiss Me, Kate! starring Nygel Robinson and Kendra Goehring-Garrett. The play features a sparring ex-husband and wife who are attempting to stage a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, in which they will play Petrucchio and Kate. WHQR goddess Jemila Ericson speaks with director/choreographer Ray Kennedy and actor/singer/dancer Nygel Robinson. 

Tickets: 910-632-2285 or Thalianhall.com 

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Opera House Theatre Company presents The Wizard of Oz.  This stage version was created by the Royal Shakespeare Company and follows the classic 1939 film almost exactly, but making all those cinematic special effects work on stage is a challenge!  Director Suellen Yates and actor Tony Rivenbark (who plays Professor Marvel and The Wizard) tell us about this huge undertaking. 

The show opens June 4th and runs through June 22nd.  Tickets available at ThalianHall.org or 910-632-2285.

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Director Ray Kennedy and actress Kendra Goehring-Garrett visited with Jemila to talk about the upcoming presentation of Evita, the opening production for the 2014 season from Opera House Theatre Company.

Full schedule and details available here.