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The historic Abbeville Opera House is celebrating its 109th Winter Theatre Season and we are more popular now than ever before. The doors to this wonderful old theatre opened on October 10, 1908 and in the first five years of its existence, Abbeville audiences enjoyed approximately 260 live performances on the magnificent 7500 square foot Opera House stage. We have twice received the South Carolina Governors Travel Award for Tourism and each season - as the Official State Theatre of South Carolina - we attract over 17,000 theatre patrons to our wonderful community each year. The historic Abbeville Opera House is located in Abbeville, South Carolina -- conveniently situated mid-way between New York City and Miami Beach. The theatre maintains an outstanding company of talented performers, technicians and staff - presenting two exciting and challenging theatre seasons totaling over 36 weekends of live theatre a year. The Abbeville Opera House is generally considered to be the catalyst for the revitalization of our historic community filled with antique, gift and curio shops, restaurants, hotels and bed and breakfasts. We invite you to join us and welcome you to our turn-of-the-century theatre.

Michael Genevie Michael Genevie Executive Director

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Call for Directors

Call for Directors

The Abbeville Opera House is looking for directors for our 2018-2019 season. In order to achieve the high quality to which we aspire, we are looking for creative, talented, and experienced directors who are interested in creating theatrical magic on our stage. If you are interested in working with us, call (864)-366-2157 and visit http://www.theabbevilleoperahouse.com/ApplicationforDirectors for application.

AUDITIONS for THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

AUDITIONS for THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

This classic family play, The Wind in the Willows, is based on a children's novel by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908, the year the Abbeville Opera House first opened its doors. The play focuses on four anthropomorphized animals and their adventures through the English country. Ideal for all ages, The Wind in the Willows is notable for its mixture of mysticism, adventure, morality and camaraderie. Don't miss this terrific family production suitable for all groups and all ages! Directed by Michael Genevie. Many roles available for all ages.

DEARLY DEPARTED replaces JB as the closing show!

DEARLY DEPARTED replaces JB as the closing show!

The final production of the 109th Winter Theatre Season at the Abbeville Opera House will be the hysterically funny southern comedy DEARLY DEPARTED replacing the previously announced JB. This deliciously hilarious comedy deals with a group of small town southerners, trying to get through a family funeral without causing even more grief. Performances are the same as they were for JB - April 6, 7, 8, 13 and 14. For more information, call the Abbeville Opera House Box Office at (864) 366-2157.

The Wind in the Willows - March 9, 10, 11, 16 & 17

The Wind in the Willows - March 9, 10, 11, 16 & 17

This classic family play, The Wind in the Willows, is based on a children's novel by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908, the year the Abbeville Opera House first opened its doors. The play focuses on four anthropomorphized animals and their adventures through the English country. Ideal for all ages, The Wind in the Willows is notable for its mixture of mysticism, adventure, morality and camaraderie. Don't miss this terrific family production suitable for all groups and all ages!

Abbeville Opera House Frequently Asked Questions .....

Abbeville Opera House Frequently Asked Questions .....

Q: What are your box office hours? I like to talk to a real live person instead of an answering machine. A: Monday through Friday, our box office volunteers start off slow around 10am and taper off from there until 2pm. To speak to a real live person call between 10am and 2pm. You can at anytime and leave a message on our answering machine and a “real live” person will return your call the next day. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Q: How are the plays selected? A: The plays are selected by the Abbeville Opera House Play Reading Committee and presented to the Board of Governors for approval. Suggestions for plays you would like to see are always welcome.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Q: Are Abbeville Opera House shows appropriate for kids? A: That isn’t our call to make. Some shows do require that we warn our patrons about specific content, but those should be only seen as suggestions. It is up to the parent or guardian to determine what’s okay for their kids to see. Except for our Abbeville Opera House Youth Theatre programs, we do not admit children under the age of six. Get a babysitter. You will enjoy the show a lot more, and so will those people sitting around you. If you have questions about the content of any of our shows, call the Box Office at (864) 366-2157. --------------------------------------------- Q: Can I order tickets on line? A: Yes. Just go to the top of this page, click on SHOWS and scroll down to the show you would like to see and click on ORDER TICKETS. It's as easy as that!---------------------------- Q: Does the Abbeville Opera House have a dress code? A: We like to call our dress code SOUTH CAROLINA CASUAL. Some patrons dress up for a special occasion but we want you to be comfortable at the Abbeville Opera House. Everything from casual to elegant is accepted.---------------------------------------- Q: Are my seats facing the stage? A: Yes. If you sit in them correctly.------------------------------------------------ Q: Can I snap photos or take video during the show? A: Unfortunately, you cannot. We want each and every performance to be an amazing experience for all those involved, including our artists. Recording devices tend to get in the way and are a distraction to people in their seats and on the stage. You can, however, snap photos in our lobby.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Q. Do I have to prepare anything for auditions, or just show up? A. In most cases you can just show up and you'll be given a script to look over and then present, after you've filled out the auditions info form. However, there are some productions that may require "prepared" auditions, which means that you'll be expected to memorize and rehearse something to present at the auditions. Always check the auditions page on the Opera House web site to be sure.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Q: Do you offer group discounts? A: Yes. Groups of 10 or more receive a two dollar discount ($18 per ticket) and groups of twenty or more receive a complimentary ticket for the bus driver. Just inquire at the box office when making your reservation.----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Q: Why is it that when you blow in a dog's face he gets mad at you, but when you take him in a car he sticks his head out of the window? A: Maybe it has something to do with your breath.

Get more enjoyment out of your theatre experience!

Get more enjoyment out of your theatre experience!

At The Abbeville Opera House, we are committed to giving you the very best theatre experience possible from the moment you walk through the door and that includes helping you make informed decisions about which productions to see with your children. Be sure to inquire at the box office if the play is family friendly. In consideration of our many adult patrons, we ask that you do not bring children under the age of six into the theatre - except for our Youth Theatre performances. We appreciate your understanding. “Get a babysitter. You’ll enjoy the show a whole lot more … and so will the people around you.”

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