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The historic Abbeville Opera House is winding down the 40th summer theatre season with two more weekends of 7 KEYS TO BALDPATE and we are more popular now than ever before. The doors first opened one hundred and ten 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 39 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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NOW PLAYING AT THE ABBEVILLE OPERA HOUSE

NOW PLAYING AT THE ABBEVILLE OPERA HOUSE

One of the best murder mysteries of all time, SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE by George M. Cohan, will close the 40th summer theatre season at the historic Abbeville Opera House. The story centers around writer William Hallowell Magee who has bet that he can finish a story in twenty four hours at rural resort Baldpate Inn now closed for the winter. The owner has given him the "only" key to the front door. But there are six other keys, and peculiar characters, some of them up to no good, keep turning up as the mystery deepens. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8pm on August 10, 11, 17, 18 and 24. There will be three Saturday matinees at 3pm on August 11, 18 and 25. For more information or for reservations call the Abbeville Opera House at (864) 366-2157 or buy tickets on line by going to the top of this page and click on SHOWS.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Grainger Hines as Clarence Darrow

JUST ANNOUNCED: Grainger Hines as Clarence Darrow

Just Announced: Grainger Hines starring in CLARENCE DARROW at The Abbeville Opera House directed by Michael Genevie. Performance dates are September 13, 14, 15 and 16 – 2018.. Ticket prices for this fundraiser are: $25. See it here first before this wonderful production goes on the road. Clarence Darrow is a play about the famous attorney reminiscing over his long and renowned career, touching on many of his famous trials, including the "Monkey" trial and the sensational Leopold-Loeb case. Darrow reviews much of America's legal history with salty humor, courtroom gusto, and human relish. His private life and many contemporary events, including labor conditions, are woven into this story of a man who accepted unpopular cases and defended unpopular causes. This champion of dissenters and underdogs was also a writer and lecturer, and he conjures up many famous people from his life and times. Grainger is a veteran actor with numerous credits and an amazing career consisting of more than 40 years in the entertainment business. He has a starring role in the upcoming Coen Brothers film, THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS, which is having its world premiere this September at the Venice Intentional Film Festival. The North American premiere will be in October at the New York Film Festival. Grainger spent two seasons on Steven Soderbergh's, Cinemax series, THE KNICK, with Clive Owen and played, Doc Whitehead in the AMC western drama, HELL ON WHEELS. A long career guest-starring on television, in such shows as, Bull, Elementary, Criminal Minds, Castle, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, CSI, and many, more. He played the Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles in Steven Spielberg’s, LINCOLN. Other recent films are, THE FINAL INTERVIEW, which is being released on Blu-Ray in November and the recently released, FAMILY FANG, directed by Jason Bateman with Nicole Kidman. It has been thirty years since Grainger performed at the Opera House and worked with Michael Genevie. Their last collaboration was, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOOS NEST, in 1988. To purchase tickets for Clarence Darrow, call the Abbeville Opera House Box Office at (864) 366-2157 or scroll to the top of this page and click on shows. Scroll down to the performance you wish to attend and buy your tickets on line.

Announcing the 2018-2019 Winter Season

Announcing the 2018-2019 Winter Season

This winter season, the historic Abbeville Opera House will be taking you all over the world. You will begin the season in France, travel to a remote island somewhere in the Pacific, then off to a small town in Maine. After that it’s off to the magical land of Oz and then you’ll be travelling the highways with one of the greatest country-western singers and writers of all time. And as an added bonus, at Christmas time, you will be travelling to a little house out on the prairie. “How’s that for a great season?” asks Executive Director Michael Genevie. Here's a quick run down of the upcoming season: "See You in Saint –Lo" - September 21, 22, 28 at 8pm and September 22 and 29 at 3pm -Written by Shelley Reid and Directed by Brad Christie. " Gilligan’s Island:The Musical" - October 12, 13, 19 at 8pm and October 13 and 20 at 3pm -- Written by Hope Juber, Laurence Juber and Directed by David LaTorre. "Almost Maine" - November 9, 10, 16 at 8pm and November 10 and 17 at 3pm - written by John Cariani and Directed by David LaTorre. "The Wizard of Oz" - March 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 - at 7:30 and March 2, 9 and 16 at 3pm - 2019 -- Written by L.Frank Baum and Directed by Kathy Genevie. HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY - April 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 at 8pm and April 6, 13, 20 at 3pm - 2019 -- Written by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik and Directed by Jimmy Burdette. For more information about the shows or for tickets call the box office at (864) 366-2157 or scroll to the top of the page and click on SHOWS.

Now Playing . . . SUMMER SEASON 2018

Now Playing . . . SUMMER SEASON 2018

The Summer Theatre Season at the historic Abbeville Opera House has twice received the South Carolina Governors Travel Award for Tourism and this summer promises to be one of the best. We opened with GRITS, THE MUSICAL, an Erica Allen McGee Musical, directed by Jimmy O. Burdette. ur second production of the 40th Summer Theatre Season is up next and will be SOCIAL SECURITY by Andrew Bergman playing July 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28. And closing out the summer season will be 7 KEYS TO BALDPATE by George M. Cohan on August 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25. For more information on the shows scroll to the top of this page and click on SHOWS. We look forward to seeing you at the biggest and best summer theatre season ever at the Abbeville Opera House - SUMMER SEASON 2018, the 40th Summer Season at the official state theatre of South Carolina, 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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