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The historic Abbeville Opera House is celebrating its 40th Summer Theatre Season from June 7 through August 17 and we are more popular now than ever before. The doors first opened one hundred and eleven years ago 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. In the 40 years I have been here, I have staged more shows than I can count. 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 as many as 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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Coming Soon - M*A*S*H

Coming Soon -  M*A*S*H

The 40th Summer Theatre Season at the historic Abbeville Opera House will open on Friday, June 7 at 8pm with an all-star stage production of the hit film and television series, M*A*S*H. That's right! This summer, Opera House audiences will be able to see their favorite television characters live, on stage in Abbeville. Members of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital care for the injured during the Korean War and use humor to escape from the horror and depression of the situation. Among the 4077's people are Captains. Benjamin "Hawkeye" Pierce and "Trapper John" McIntire, Majors Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan, Frank Burns, and Corporal Walter "Radar" O'Reilly, to name only a few of the many endearing characters that audiences have come to love. The stage play features over thirty actors and actresses with performances set for June 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21 and 22. For reservations, call the Box Office at (864) 366-2157 or scroll to the top of this page, click on shows and buy tickets on line for any of the Summer Season 2019 shows!

Announcing the 2019 Summer Season

Announcing the 2019 Summer Season

This summer season, the historic Abbeville Opera House will be giving you the opportunity to see all your favorite television and film characters LIVE ON STAGE! Opening the season will be M*A*S*H based on the film and television series dramatized from the book by Richard Hooker. Members of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital care for the injured during the Korean War and use humor to escape from the horror and depression of the situation. Among the 4077's people are Captains. Benjamin "Hawkeye" Pierce and "Trapper John" McIntire, Majors Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan, Frank Burns, and Corporal Walter "Radar" O'Reilly, to name only a few of the many endearing characters that audiences have come to love. The stage play features over thirty actors and actresses with performances set for June 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21 and 22. The July production will be the brand-new comedy, RIPCORD by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire playing July 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 26, 27. Director Michael Genevie describes the play as being based on television templates like the long-time classic tv series, "On Golden Girls" and new and popular Netflix series "Grace and Frankie." Set in a sunny room on an upper floor in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, cantankerous Abby finds herself forced to share her quarters with new arrival Marilyn. She has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly-chipper woman by any means necessary. Genevie describes the new play as “having a wicked sense of humor - a la Golden Girls - and an entertaining story of these two women thrown together by a comic cosmic force - a la "Frankie and Grace.” The Youth Theatre/Summer Camp will culminate this summer with a Rising Stars production of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain on August 1, 2, 3 and 4. Tom Sawyer has been made into dozens of feature films and television shows and this large cast Opera House production evokes the world of boyhood in nineteenth-century rural American. In this classic story, Mark Twain re-created a long-ago world of freshly whitewashed fences and Sunday school picnics into which some very interesting characters intrude. This play, according to Rising Stars Director Kathy Genevie, “powerfully appeals to both adult nostalgia and young imaginations.” And closing the 40th Summer Theatre Season on August 9, 10, 16 and 17 will be the Pulitzer nominated classic, LOVE LETTERS by A.R. Gurney. This incredible show provides us with a radical departure from many of our recent productions and a perfect way to bring our 40th Summer Theatre Season to a close. This brilliantly written romantic story begins in the late 1930’s featuring a series of letters that chart the forty-year long relationship between two friends, Andrew Ladd and Melissa Gardner from privileged adolescence to adulthood and the circumstances that keep them apart. Both funny and touching, Love Letters will feature a different cast of veteran Opera House performers sharing the stage for each performance – guaranteeing that each show will be different and will come alive with brilliant acting and a rich and vibrant energy. Make your plans now to join us for this exciting 40th Summer Theatre Season at the Abbeville Opera House.

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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