Highlights of our 2021 season

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.


Bud Carter Memorial Scholarship Concert

Saturday, June 12

Live! for $5—an intergenerational family series

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

  • 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)

  • Vanessa Anspaugh, July 28 (dance)

  • Shank Painters, August 4 (a pirate-themed folk music trio)

  • The Gawler Sisters, August 11 (music)

  • Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings, September 1 (music)

  • Gina Williams, September 15, (music)

Opera House Arts’ 2nd Virtual Gala

July 6

Noel Paul Stookey in Concert

July 10

at the Stonington Ball Field

21st Annual Deer Isle Jazz Festival 

July 16-17

percussionist Hamid Drake
 returns to headline this year's festival

co-curated with Larry Blumenfeld

In the Stonington Opera House

Vanessa Anspaugh, dancer/choreographer/performer, “Funerals for the Ocean,”

July 28

In collaboration with the Bates Dance Festival

at Sand Beach in Deer Isle

Shakespeare’s Othello

July 30-31

an "Our Own” Community Playreading

directed by Cait Robinson

In the Stonington Opera House

Broadway Comes to Stonington

August 1

Hugh Panaro, Leenya Rideout and special guests

In the Stonington Opera House

One For Stevie

August 7

Steve Robbins Jr. – who led the Returnables with his energy and humor as much as his faithful Martin guitar, powerful voice, and ever-present cigar – passed away in July of 2020.  This summer, on August 7th, his bandmates will pay tribute to him at the Stonington Ball Field.

at the Stonington Ball Field

Shakespeare in Stonington

Desdemona, a play about a handkerchief

August 13-29

by Paula Vogel
Directed by Julia Sears
at Nervous Nellie's

Soprano Katie Zaffrann in Concert

August 24

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

at the Stonington Ball Field

Worksongs Week Concert With Bennett Konesni

Friday, September 10 at 6pm

Bennett Konesni of worksongs.org in Belfast, sings and leads the audience with worksongs of days gone by, often sung as a way of making work more like play. This concert is presented in collaboration with Bagaduce Music as the closing concert of their Worksongs Week.

at the Stonington Ball Field​


Opera House Arts is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act from the National Endowment for the Arts