We offer a year-round schedule of professional theater, music, film, dance, educational programs, community events, and more. Opera House Arts' programs serve all of Hancock County's winter and summer residents and visitors, with a special emphasis on the residents of Deer Isle and the Blue Hill Peninsula.
Opera House Arts has built a legacy of cultivating both original and site-specific work over the past twenty years, featuring both classical and contemporary plays. Theatre performances take place in multiple venues, including the Stonington Opera House, the restored Burnt Cove Church Community Center, and at site-specific locations across Deer Isle and Stonington, Maine.
Opera House Arts presents a wide ranging annual concert series featuring musicians across genres. Featured concerts have included grammy winning artists, future stars and local favorites performing broadway hits, classical, chamber, folk, rock, blues, jazz, americana, roots, gospel and more.
The Deer Isle Jazz Festival
The Deer Isle Jazz Festival has been a cornerstone of Opera House Arts' year round programming since 2001. Co-founded with national jazz and cultural critic Larry Blumenfeld, the Festival has hosted international jazz stars; up and coming artists; and Maine-based jazz talent, with a particular annual focus on spotlighting the George Stevens Academy's award-winning combos. The Deer Isle Jazz Festival is made possible in part by the generous support of Rich & Mary Howe.
Live! For $5
Live! for $5 is an annual series of live performances, available to all for a ticket price of only $5. The series features a wide variety of performances for intergenerational audiences and participants. Live for $5 is made possible by the generous support of the W. F. Whitman Family Foundation, in honor of Maia Aprahamian, with additional support from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust.
Opera House Arts presents a year-round schedule of first run movies, film festivals, beloved classics and more. In 1918, shortly after the birth of the movie business, Noyes’ Stonington Opera Company was issued a license to “use cinematographic apparatus,” and movies have been shown at the Opera House ever since.
Originally constructed as a dance hall, the Stonington Opera House has a long history with dance. Since our founding, Opera House Arts has presented and commissioned contemporary dance pieces along with hosting community dances.
Community & Learning
Programs For Youth
With over a decade of deep collaboration with our local school district, Opera House Arts has developed an accessible program for creative learning through the arts in the classroom, in the community, and on the stage. Studies have shown that learning through the arts is critical to the comprehension of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Opera House Arts’ Education Program supports STEAM education in the state of Maine while fostering a love for the arts.
Programs for Community
The Opera House has held community playreadings, workshops, classes, community discussions, book launches, community meetings and gatherings and more. These programs are currently on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are redeveloping many of these programs to serve you even better, and will soon be announcing a variety of upcoming opportunities.
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