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The historic Abbeville Opera House opened its 106th Winter Theatre Season in September. We just completed our 36th Summer Theatre Season in August and our theatre is more popular now than ever before. We have twice received the South Carolina Governors Travel Award for Tourism and each season - as the Official State Theatre of South Carolina - we attract over 17,000 theatre patrons to our wonderful community. The historic Abbeville Opera House is located in Abbeville, South Carolina -- conveniently situated mid-way between New York City and Miami Beach. The theatre maintains an outstanding company of talented performers, technicians and staff - presenting two exciting and challenging theatre seasons totaling over 36 weekends of live theatre a year. The Abbeville Opera House is generally considered to be the catalyst for the revitalization of our historic community filled with antique, gift and curio shops, restaurants, hotels and bed and breakfasts. We invite you to join us and welcome you to our turn-of-the-century theatre.

Michael Genevie Michael Genevie Executive Director

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NOW PLAYING - 2014-2015 Winter Season

NOW PLAYING - 2014-2015 Winter Season

The 106th Winter Theatre Season at the historic Abbeville Opera House is now underway. Make your plans now because you don't want to miss any of the upcoming shows at the Official State Theatre of South Carolina - the historic Abbeville Opera House. This 2014 -2015 season opens with the classic story of CINDERELLA, followed by CARRIE: The Musical. In February 2015 we have Agatha Christie's THE SPIDERS WEB and then a brilliantly funny new comedy, UNNECESSARY FARCE. Closing the 106th Winter Theatre Season will be the wonderful classic TREASURE ISLAND. Call the Abbeville Opera House Box Office at (864) 366-2157.

Coming Soon CARRIE: The Musical

Coming Soon    CARRIE: The Musical

>October 24, 25, 31, November 1, 7, 8 - 2014 * With a book by Lawrence D. Cohen, lyrics by Dean Pitchford and music by Michael Gore, Carrie: The Musical is adapted from the Stephen King novel, Carrie. The story focuses on an awkward teenage girl, played by Mary Evan Giles, with telekinetic powers whose lonely life is dominated by an oppressive religious fanatic mother played by Mary Jane Swygert. When she is humiliated by classmates at the high school prom, she wreaks havoc on everyone and everything in her path. A chilling blend of music, magic and terror! If The Exorcist made you shudder, Carrie will make you scream! Directed by Jimmy O. Burdette - Musical Direction by Nathan Holben - Pianist Joyce Bley Thompson - Choreography by Wendy Cox Capps - Vocal Coach Paul Criswell - Lighting Design and Special Effects by Michael Genevie.

A SPECIAL HOLIDAY SHOW * * * * * * * * * It's a Wonderful Life

A SPECIAL HOLIDAY SHOW * * * * * * * * *  It's a Wonderful Life

A limited engagement - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND - December 4, 5, 6, 7 -2014 -- A special non-season ticket Christmas show on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8pm. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm. This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students. For more information call (864) 366-2157.

Agatha Christie's The Spider's Web

Agatha Christie's The Spider's Web

February 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 - 2015 * Another Agatha Christie classic comes to the Abbeville Opera House stage. Clarissa, the second wife of Henry Hailsham Brown, is adept at spinning tales of adventure for their bored diplomatic circle. When a murder takes place in her drawing room she finds live drama much harder to cope with, especially as she suspects the murderer might be her young stepdaughter, Pippa. Worse still, the victim is the man who broke up Henry's first marriage! Clarissa's fast talking places her in some hair raising experiences, as she comes to learn that the facts are much more terrifying than fiction. This is Agatha Christie at her best! Don't miss it!

Unnecessary Farce

Unnecessary Farce

March 20, 21, 27 and 28 - 2015 * "Two cops. three crooks. Eight doors. Go." In an economy motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant. In the room next door, two undercover cops are supposed to catch the meeting on videotape. But there's some confusion as to who's occupying which room, who's watching the video, who's taken the money, who's hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes. One of the funniest comedies to come along in a long while.

Winter Season closes with Treasure Island

Winter Season  closes with Treasure Island

April 10, 11, 17 and 18 - 2015 * Ken Ludwig has adapted the story from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Winner of the 2009 AATE Distinguished Play Award. "Five Stars! Yo-ho-ho! A festive treat to treasure. X marks the spot of a bona-fide classic treat!" Treasure Island is the answer to everyone's adventure-starved prayers: a racy, pacy, tough-as-old-boots adaptation of the swashbuckling classic yarn of piracy on the tropical seas. At the center of it all are Jim Hawkins, a 14 year old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is a complex study of good and evil, perhaps the most famous hero-villain of all time. A wonderfully classic way to bring the 106th Winter Season to a close. You don't want to miss this one!

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