Friends of the Opera House is pleased to announce our 2015/2016 theatrical season.
Filled with comedy, optimisms, beauty and passion, our next season is cued up to be one of our best. We have something for everyone and we invite you to join us for each of these amazing shows. Watch them come alive on the magical Elgin Opera House stage. If you love music this season will not disappoint.
Starting with Little Shop of Horrors in September, Directed by Terry Hale, this show will dazzle the funny bone and drop your jaw as Audrey 2 comes for you. Don't miss this doo-wop, bee bop, finger snapping parody filled with fun and satire.
In November we are thrilled to present the Opera House revival of Annie. With a brilliant new look, fresh direction and a cast featuring amazing young actors that are sure to delight and inspire. A must see family favorite directed by Terry Hale.
After five years of trying, we are ecstatic to finally have been granted the rights to stage one of the most acclaimed musicals to ever grace the theater. Opening next February, My Fair Lady, Directed by Michael Frasier is sure to become one of your Opera House favorites. With an all star cast, beautiful sets and costumes, you are certain to be enchanted by this truly stunning production.
One of the great American stories is brought to life by some of the valley's best musicians. Ring of Fire, the Johnny Cash story features 24 of Cash's favorite songs. Whether you are a Cash fan or just an admirer of his passion for music, you will be treated to an evening of pure inspiration and entertainment. Directed by Brent and Jeannette Smith, this show finishes our season with a bang...playing April and May of 2016.
Leapin' Lizards! The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals.
Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a world-wide phenomenon and was the winner of seven TONY Awards including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by TONY Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written including "Tomorrow". With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
Directed by Terry Hale Music Direction by Jeannette Smith Choreography by McKaye Harris
February 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th March 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th -- 7:30 PM 2016
February 20th, 27th, March 5th, 12th -- 2:30 PM
This show is the standard by which all others are measured. Based on Shaw’s play and Pascal’s movie “Pygmalion,” with book, music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe, MY FAIR LADY is triumphant. With Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?, With a Little Bit of Luck, The Rain in Spain, I Could Have Danced All Night, On the Street Where You Live, Get Me to the Church on Time and I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face it’s no wonder everyone — not just Henry Higgins — falls in love with Eliza Doolittle.
Stage and music direction by Michael Frasier Choreography by Becky Thompson
Auditions will be held on September 28th, 29th and 30th
April 29th, 30th, May 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th - 7:30 PM April 30th, May 7th, 14th - 2:30 PM 2016
Johnny Cash's remarkable life story told through his music.
From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family. More than two dozen classic hits—including “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune—performed by a multi-talented cast of some of Eastern Oregon’s finest musicians, paint a musical portrait of The Man in Black that promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to a uniquely American legend! Johnny Cash's remarkable life story is told through his music, climaxing in a concert that will both move and exhilarate!
Directed by Brent and Jeanette Smith
Tickets on sale now! Ask about season tickets! For the best seats contact our box office for advance seating with a season ticket. Ask about group discounts. 541-663-6324
Disney's The Little Mermaid Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater Book by Doug Wright
In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above.
Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl," and "Part of Your World."
Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above and bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.
Fridays and Saturdays - September 2nd - 24th, 2016
Casting information Audition date: To be announced
Cast size: Large (21 and Up), Flexible Cast Type: Ensemble Cast - Many featured roles, Showcases trained dancers, Star Vehicle - Female, Strong/Large Chorus, Teenage Roles Dance requirement: Standard (Musical Staging/Some Dance/Optional) Character Breakdown
Ariel A mermaid and King Triton's youngest daughter. She is obsessed with everything about the human world, and dreams of becoming a part of life above the water. Hardheaded, naive, and emotional, but also kind hearted. Female, 16-25 yrs old Range: Ab3 - Gb5
Prince Eric A human monarch who has no interest of taking the crown. A handsome, affable lad with a buoyant, adventurous nature. After Ariel saves his life, he becomes obsessed with finding her and hearing her voice once more. Male, 20-30 yrs old Range: B2 - G4
Grimsby Prince Eric's British guardian. Droll, stuffy, and constantly urging Eric towards his royal duties, specifically marriage. Male, 40-60 yrs old Range: C3 - C4 Flounder A fish and smitten with Ariel, his best friend. Rambunctious but cautious, fearful of the dangers that lurk in and above the water. Male, 15-20 yrs old Range: A2 - G4
Scuttle A disheveled seagull and expert in human artifacts. Loudmouthed, optimistic, and a bit ignorant, despite his supposed expertise. Male, 25-40 yrs old Range: C3 - G4
King Triton King of the Sea and Ariel's father. Beneath his imposing presence and commanding nature lurks a harried single father who will do anything to protect his daughters. The death of his wife has also given him an irrational fear of humans. Male, 35-45 yrs old Range: Ab2 - F4
Sebastian A crab and advisor to King Triton. A musical virtuoso who is constantly distraught from keeping after Ariel. Despite his paranoia, he can't bring himself to stand in Ariel's way. Male, 30-45 yrs old Range: Bb2 - C5
Flotsam An eel and one of Ursula's lackeys. Oily and spineless, he will say anything you want or need to hear. Male, 20-40 yrs old Range: E3 - C5
Jetsam An eel and one of Ursula's lackeys. Oily and spineless, he will say anything you want or need to hear. Male, 20-40 yrs old Range: B2 - A4
Ursula The banished Sea Witch and sister of King Triton. Supposedly spurned at childhood, she will use whatever method necessary to steal the kingdom and claim it as her own. Malevolent, calculating, and deceptive. Female, 35-45 yrs old Range: Eb3 - C5
Chef Louis The French palace chef, diabolical and violent. A culinary perfectionist with an affinity for blades, seafood in particular. Male, 30-50 yrs old Range: Bb2 - A4