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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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Abracadabra: A Performance Beyond Belief

Abracadabra:  A Performance Beyond Belief

Many great magicians have appeared on the Abbeville Opera House stage over the past 109 years. Two of the greatest will return to the turn-of-the-century stage on Friday and Saturday, January 19 and 20 at 8pm. Abracadabra: A Performance Beyond Belief starring Mary Rose McDaniel and Professor Winchester Genovesee present an elegant evening at the historic Opera House filled with a stage full of wonders and a performance beyond belief for the entire family. This wonderful interactive Opera House production stars Michael Genevie as the Professor and Lisa McConnell as Mary Rose. Opera House Business Manager Kathy Genevie says, “tickets are $15 per person and $25 per couple”. For more information or for reservations call the Abbeville Opera House Box Office at (864) 366-2157 or buy tickets on line by scrolling to the top of this page, click on shows and follow the instructions. See you at the theatre!

CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS final matinee SOLD OUT!

CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS final matinee SOLD OUT!

Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies weaves together nostalgia, music and merriment in this brand new seasonal classic. A holiday show for people of all ages and all faiths, CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS introduces us to Shirley Abramowitz, a young Jewish girl who (much to her immigrant parents' exasperation) is cast as Jesus in the school's Christmas pageant. As Shirley, now much older, recounts the memorable story to her great-granddaughter, the play captures a timeless and universal tale of what it means to be an American during the holidays. This show is destined to become a holiday classic. See it first at the Abbeville Opera House. Performances are December 15 and 16.

Gift Cards make great Christmas Gifts!

Gift Cards make great Christmas Gifts!

This Christmas give the gift of LIVE THEATRE. Abbeville Opera House Gift Cards are perfect gifts for that hard to shop for person on you Christmas list. Starting at $18 for seniors and $20 for adults, they make great stocking stuffers. To order them, call the Abbeville Opera House Box Office at (864) 366-2157.

A Sneak Peek at the rest of the Winter Theatre Season!

A Sneak Peek at the rest of the Winter Theatre Season!

Here's a sneak peek at the rest of the shows coming soon to the Winter Theatre Season at the Abbeville Opera House. CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS by Donald Margulies plays on December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 - 2017. VANYA, SONIA, MASHA AND SPIKE by Christopher Durang playing February 2, 3, 9 and 10 - 2018. THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS by Kenneth Grahame on March 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17 - 2018 and JB by Archibald MacLeish playing April 6, 7, 8, 13 & 14 - 2018. Scroll down for more information about each of the shows or click on SHOWS at the top of this page. See you at the Abbeville Opera House.

Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike - Feb. 2, 3, 9 & 10

Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike - Feb. 2, 3, 9 & 10

The first show of 2018, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a comedy play written by Christopher Durang. The story revolves around the relationships of three middle-aged single siblings, two of whom live together, and takes place during a visit by the third, Masha, who supports them. They discuss their lives and loves, argue, and Masha threatens to sell the house. Some of the show's elements were derived from works of Anton Chekhov, including several character names, the play's setting in a cherry orchard, and the theme of the possible loss of an ancestral home. Critics praised Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike as a humorous adaptation of Chekhov themes that doesn't require familiarity with Chekhov. The original Broadway production proved to be a commercial success, recouping its $2.75 million investment in under four months. In 2013, it won the Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, among many other awards. Don’t miss this hot new comedy!

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!

J.B.- April 6, 7, 8, 13 & 14

J.B.- April 6, 7, 8, 13 & 14

JB, by American playwright and poet laureate Archibald MacLeish, is a brilliant re-imagining of the story of the biblical figure Job. A rich, intelligent, entertaining and absorbing work. The Abbeville Opera House production of J.B., starring Tony Award-winning JAY JOHNSON in the title role, is a terrific way to bring our 109th Winter Theatre to a close. Jay, as an actor and ventriloquist, is best known for his role on the television comedy “Soap”. Along with his life-long success as a variety performer, Jay has starred and guest-starred in, hosted and produced numerous televison productions. His Tony Award winning live performance, “Jay Johnson: The Two and Only”, played on Broadway to rave reviews at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Co-starring with Jay will be HARRY ANDERSON, MICHAEL GENEVIE and LISA MCCONNELL. Harry is a familiar Opera House face for his performances in THE ODD COUPLE, THE SUNSHINE BOYS and WISEGUY. Best remembered for his Emmy nominated performance as Judge Harry Stone in NIGHT COURT, this actor, magician, writer and director is responsible for many television, film and live stage productions. Michael Genevie is the Executive Director of the historic Abbeville Opera House who is completing his 39th season at the state theatre of South Carolina. He has over 75 roles to his credit in film and television. Lisa McConnell is a very familiar face to Opera House audiences. She has dozens of roles to her credit on stages throughout the southeast. Order your tickets now. JB is a sure-fire guaranteed SELL OUT!

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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