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.
A Midnight Halloween Performance of CARRIE added!10/20/2014
It looks like the historic Abbeville Opera House has got a Halloween hit on its hands! Box Office and Business Manager Kathy Genevie announced today that the 106 year old theatre has added a special “midnight performance” of their current production Carrie: The Musical on Halloween night, Friday, October 31. The performance that night will begin at 11:00 pm. The musical, written by Lawrence D. Cohen, is based on the novel by Stephen King. With lyrics by Dean Pitchford and music by Michael Gore, Carrie is directed by Jimmy O. Burdette with Musical Direction by Nathan Holbin and Choreography by Wendy Cox Capps. “Translating a classic hit movie into a stage show comes with its share of challenges,” says Opera House Executive Director Michael Genevie, “especially when it’ssomething you’d think could never be turned into a musical becomes one. But Carrie has not only become a musical, it has become an incredibly powerful one.” Genevie goes on to say that “there are some places where I think the musical is actually better than the movie. One of them is in the development of the secondary characters in the show.” The story, starring MaryJaneSwygert as Margaret White and Mary Evan Giles as Carrie, is set in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, Carrie is a misfit. At school, she's an outcast who is bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she's at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie has just discovered that she's got a special power, and if pushed too far, she's not afraid to use it! The Opera House is making a special offer to those audience members attending the late night Halloween performance that begins at 11:00 pm. If you come in a Halloween costume or in prom attire, or if you bring your ticket stub from any of the Oct. 31stFriday night high school football games in the area – you will receive a $2 discount. Regular ticket prices are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students. Reservations may be made by calling the Abbeville Opera House Box Office at (864) 366-2157. Carrie may look perfectly innocent but she'll SHOCK you right out of your seat...and that's a promise! If you've got a taste for terror, take Carrie to the prom.
The 2014-2015 Winter Season10/3/2014
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.
Now Playing CARRIE: The Musical5/18/2014
>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.
COMING SOON A Special Holiday Show IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE5/17/2014
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 Web5/17/2014
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!
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 Island5/15/2014
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!