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OPERA HOUSE ARTS GEARS UP FOR A WINTER FILLED WITH ACTION AND ACTIVITY

Stonington –  The sun may be setting by 4:30pm but the Stonington Opera House is increasingly illuminated, thanks to an augmented and robust stream of programming this winter.

As always, the Opera House screens newly-released mainstream and art-house movies every weekend throughout the winter months. Coming up in December, the movies run the gamut, from the documentary JANE about the life and work of Jane Goodall on December 1-3, to the newest release in the Marvel Universe, THOR: RAGNAROK on December 8-10. Other upcoming titles include THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI, LADY BIRD and WONDER.

The Opera House is also serving an expanded menu of home-made flatbread pizzas, desserts, and snacks, with the lobby café opening at 5:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays and at 12:30pm on Sundays for patrons to enjoy a full meal before the screening.

“Two years ago, the Opera House board, under Linda Nelson’s leadership, completed the gorgeous new lobby space at the Opera House,” says Meg Taintor, OHA’s director. “This winter, we are filling that space with programming and activity – it has truly become the gathering space it was designed to be.”

In addition to movies, the Opera House team is hard at work with education and community work. Registration is now open for the second annual PlayPen Youth Theatre, OHA’s friendly, fun and creative program to give young island actors their moment on the stage. Students in grades K-5 are invited to participate in this month-long after-school program culminating on Sat Feb 10 and Sunday February 11 in public performances of “The Stonecutter”, a new play with music adapted from a classic folk tale. The process, which runs from January 15, 2018 through February 11, involves three weekly rehearsals, where students will learn the basics of acting, singing and working together as a group. Registration is $150 per student, with need-based scholarships available.

Finally, the team at the Opera House is updating the organization’s strategic plan and is soliciting feedback from audience and community members to help the organization plan and grow. A short questionnaire is available on the Opera House website through December 15, and members of the community are encouraged to share thoughts and feedback.
For more information on winter programming and events, please email [email protected], visit www.operahousearts.org, or call 207-367-2788.

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