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2022 Programs

We are excited to bring a mix of returning favorites, Maine artists we’re welcoming for the first time, and nationally acclaimed performers to the historic Stonington Opera House in 2022.

 

 

This year's highlights include an outdoor production of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, nationally acclaimed jazz pianist Craig Taborn headlining the 22nd Annual Deer Isle Jazz Festival, concerts by Paul Sullivan and Mali Obomsawin, and the New England premiere of World Builders by Johnna Adams and directed by Cait Robinson, Artistic Director, along with more programming year-round.

Tickets are on sale now.

Find out more about the latest health and safety protocols regarding Covid-19 and vaccination/testing requirements. 

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SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

June 29 - July 17

Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare

directed by Emma Rosa Went

The boys are back from fighting, and now the 'merry war' begins. When Don Pedro and his soldiers return to Leonato's house, old sparring-partners Beatrice and Benedick are reunited and the party can finally start. While friends and family scheme to bring them closer to the altar, another plot is being laid that will test the community, and rewrite what old friends think they know about each other. This outdoor performance includes live music by folk composer Ray Duncan. With its themes of redemption and collective growth, the production celebrates our abiding love for one another and shared connection even through trying times.

July 29-30

The Deer Isle Jazz Festival—Featuring Craig Taborn

For its 22nd year, the jazz festival returns to the historic Stonington Opera House with its charmed acoustics. Headliner Craig Taborn, “has become one of the best jazz pianists alive,” says New York Times Magazine. “The experience of sharing live music is more potent than ever right now,” comments Jazz Fest co-founder Larry Blumenfeld,  “And the magic of Craig Taborn’s piano playing makes a great match for our intimate, acoustically charmed opera house. Meditative musical moods will envelop us, sonic surprises will ring out, and overtones will dance around the rafters.”

 

  • Friday, July 29 features Craig Taborn in a solo piano performance

  • Saturday, July 30 features Craig Taborn (piano) headlining a trio with Mary Halvorson (guitar) and Ches Smith (drums). 

 

August 10-28

World Builders​

by Johnna Adams

directed by Artistic Director Cait Robinson

In this dark romantic comedy, Whitney and Max both have personality disorders that cause them to retreat into imaginary worlds–until a new treatment offers them a chance to dramatically change their lives. As the pills take effect and the fantasies subside, Max and Whitney must weigh the costs of entering the “real” world versus leaving their own behind. This New England premiere will be performed at the historic Stonington Opera House.

 

Summer Concert Series

  • Saturday, June 4—Broadway Comes to Stonington: Pride!

  • Friday, June 17—Paul Sullivan 

  • Saturday, June 25—The Bud Carter Memorial Scholarship Concert

  • Saturday, July 23—Mali Obomsawin 

  • Friday and Saturday, July 29-30—The Deer Isle Jazz Festival

Live! for $5 Performances

  • February 26—Half Moon Jug Band

  • March 19—Karen Montanaro Tanzspiel 2022—Dance

  • April 23—Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers—Puppet Theatre

  • May 7—Stann Champion—Music 

  • June 22—Caroline Cotter—Music 

  • July 27—Thom Wall—Master of Modern Vaudeville

  • August 3—Don Roy Fiddlers—Music
    at the Stonington Ball Field stage

  • August 17—Summer Sing with George Emlen and Friends—Music
    at the Stonington Ball Field stage

  • September 17—Halcyon String Quartet—Music
    performing a piece based on the book Burt Dow 

 

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

Opera House Arts is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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 and the American Rescue Plan from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Opera House arts is additionally supported in part by a grant from the Onion Foundation.

Live! for $5 performances are sponsored in part by the W.F. Whitman Family Foundation, in honor of Maia Aprahamian, with additional support from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust.

*Hancock County students attend all Live performances for FREE. If you have a student that qualifies please call our box office before purchasing your ticket and we’ll apply the discount and help you complete your purchase.

GETTING HERE
Stonington Opera House

1 Opera House Lane

Stonington, ME 04681

Burnt Cove Church

17 Airport Road

Stonington, ME 04681