Mark your calendars and plan your Maine vacations! Opera House Arts (OHA) returns with a full lineup of live music, dance and theater beginning June 12 with the return of the popular Bud Carter Memorial Scholarship concert, benefiting music education for island students. July and August bring weekly Live! for $5 intergenerational family programs; a very special concert appearance by Noel Paul Stookey; the 21st annual Deer Isle Jazz Festival; an Evening of Broadway; and a dual billing of Shakespeare in Stonington.


All shows are currently booked as outdoor performances, with the majority of these at the new Stonington Ball Field stage thanks to a collaboration with the Town of Stonington. Other locations TBA.


  Highlights for Summer 2021


Friday and Saturday Nights, Beginning Memorial Day Weekend:

Drive-in Movies

Saturday, June 12:

Bud Carter Memorial Scholarship Concert

Every Wednesday in July and August, Rain Dates on Thursday’s

Live! for $5—an intergenerational family series

  • Atlantic Clarion Steel Band, June 23 (music)

  • The Fourth Wall, June 30 (variety act)

  • Hilby the Skinny German Juggling Boy, July 14 (juggling comedy show)

  • TBD, July 21

  • Vanessa Anspaugh, July 28 (dance)

  • The Gawler Sisters, August 11 (music)

  • Michel Lauziere, August 18 (variety act)

July 6:

Opera House Arts’ 2nd Virtual Gala


July 10:

Noel Paul Stookey in Concert

July 16-17:

21st Annual Deer Isle Jazz Festival 

percussionist Hamid Drake
 returns to headline this year's festival

co-curated with Larry Blumenfeld


July 28:

Vanessa Anspaugh, dancer/choreographer/performer, “Funerals for the Ocean,”
In collaboration with the Bates Dance Festival

at Burnt Cove Community Church


July 30-31:

Shakespeare’s Othello

an "Our Own” Community Playreading

directed by Bari Robinson

August 1:

Evening of Broadway

Norm Lewis, John McVeigh and special guests


August 13-29:

Shakespeare in Stonington: Desdemona, a play about a handkerchief
by Paula Vogel
Directed by Julia Sears
at Nervous Nellie's

August 24:

Soprano Katie Zaffrann in Concert

Zaffrann sings poems by Ruth Moore and others set to music.