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Stuart's Opera House

52 Public Square
Nelsonville, Ohio 45764
Phone: 740-753-1924
Overview
Stuart's Opera House is an historic theatre that hosts over 75 events a year including concerts, theatre, films, and hosts the annual Nelsonville Music Festival.

The fully restored nineteenth century theater offers a variety of scheduled events; from community theater and art openings to nationally and internationally recognized performers.

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Calendar of Events
Kitchenfest
Sat Aug 26

11:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Live Healthy Appalachia is thrilled to announce the first ever Kitchen Fest. Kitchen Fest is a celebration of the time we spend in our kitchens cooking and sharing food with friends and family.

A limited number of -All You Can Eat- passes are available for $50. These passes cover all workshop fees and attendees get a Kitchen Fest swag bag. OR you can pay for workshops individually on the day of for $10 each.

All You Can Eat Pass (Admission + Workshop Fees)

$50.00

Admission to KitchenFest is $5 and all workshops are $10 each.

Workshops include - Kitchen Organization Methods, Entertaining 101: How to Plan a Dinner Party, Pastabilities: A Pasta-Making Introduction, Cultivating the Cooking Connection with Kids, Preserving Garden Goodies: Easy Food Preservation Revealed, Meal Planning Lifehacks: Good Food-Easy Prep, How to Create a Better Kitchen on a Budget, Cooking with Confidence: Kitchen Basics and Safety, Plantification: Re-Engineering Recipes with the Power of Plants, The Art and Science of Homebrewing, Introduction to Winemaking, and DIY Cleaning Supplies.

Cost: $5-50 per person

Contact: Live Healthy Appalachia, Phone: 740-856-6100

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Summer Wine Express
Sat Aug 26

7:00 pm.

Coach - $30

First Class - $40

Take a ride on the Stuarts Summer Wine Express. This beautiful train ride on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway includes wine, cheese, and more and its all for a good cause... to raise money for Stuarts Opera House. Show your support for Stuarts and join us for this great event, take a ride on a historic railway and enjoy wine and good company.

The entire train ride is roughly an hour and a half.

You will receive three drink tickets while boarding the train and you can exchange one ticket for a glass of wine. If you would like to purchase more drink tickets you can purchase additional tickets for $5 a ticket. No outside alcohol is permitted. Feel free to bring snacks in additional to the snacks provided. We hand out food boxes with a little bit of bread, cheese, fruit, and some candy when we reach the turn around point half way through the trip.

Cost: $30-40 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
The Stray Birds
Wed Aug 30

8:00 pm.

Stuarts welcomes The Stray Birds for a show in our brand new space at 30 Public Square. All originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds started as a duo of acoustic buskers in early 2010 when Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven met with their instruments, their voices, and their songs. It did not take much convincing to get bassist Charlie Muench on board, and with the addition of a third unique and powerful voice, the group began to define its captivating sound. Seven years, three original records, and some six hundred performances later, the band is best known today for its songwriting, its tight and forthcoming vocal harmony blend and its commitment to an impassioned delivery of original material, both on stage and in the studio. They have been seen from LA to London, sung songs from Dallas to Denmark, and played tunes from New York to New Orleans. Their 2016 Yep Roc Records release Magic Fire was produced by Grammy-winner Larry Campbell and earned much praise, including being named by NPR as one of Folk Alleys Top Ten Records of 2016. With time, their sound has evolved to a palate broader than what it first was on the street corners and in the markets, but this much remains true: The Stray Birds is a band of musicians as subtle and nuanced as they are energetic, a band of writers as blatant and bold as they are coy, and perhaps most importantly, a band of people as friendly and compassionate as they are talented. It is safe to imagine that most who hear their music come back for another listen, time and again.

Cost: $14-17 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Galumpha
Thu Sep 14

7:30 pm.

Galumpha combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography. The three performers create a sensory feast of images ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, drawn together into a seamless whole, consistently bringing audiences to their feet. Galumpha is a triumphant mix of art and entertainment, offering world-class, award winning choreography (Edinburgh Festival Critics Choice Award, Moers International Comedy Arts Prize).

Formed in 2002 by Andy Horowitz and Greg OBrien, Galumpha delivers a fast-paced, athletic brand of movement, distinctive for its ingenuity. Highlights include -Velcro- as seen on The Late Show with David Letterman, Crook and Chase (TNN) and the 2002 MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon, and -Clackers- seen on MTV, Showtime, A and E, Just for Laughs in Montreal, and by over one billion television viewers around the globe. Other pieces feature experiments in human architecture set to music by Rachmaninov, Mahler and the virtuoso Czech band Jablkon, making for an exceptionally entertaining program.

Cost: Free Show

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Trio da Kali
Sun Oct 1

5:30 pm Community Potluck

7:00 pm Show

Ohio University African Studies and Ohio University Performing Arts Series are sponsoring this event.

Trio Da Kali unites three outstanding musicians from the Mande culture of southern Mali who come from a long line of distinguished griots (hereditary musicians). Formed of voice, balafon and bass ngoni, the Trio aim to bring a contemporary twist to ancient and neglected repertoires.

Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, daughter of the legendary griot singer Kassé Mady Diabaté, is the Trios vocalist. Her rich, expressive voice and her natural vibrato have brought comparisons with Mahalia Jackson, Americas great gospel singer. The Trios musical director is master balafonist Lassana Diabaté. One of Malis most astonishing musicians, Lassana has recorded and toured with many of West Africas foremost artists including Toumani Diabates Grammy-Award nominated Afrocubism album and Symmetric Orchestra project. The youngest member of the Trio is bass ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté. Still in his mid-twenties, the eldest son of world-renowned Grammy nominated ngoni player Bassekou Kouyaté brings a contemporary feel to the traditions he has learnt from his father.

Cost: Free Show

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
An Evening with Shovels and Rope
Fri Oct 6

8:00 pm.

Stuarts is thrilled to welcome back one of our favorite acts, Shovels and Rope for an evening of music. Little Seeds, the electrifying New West Records bow by Shovels and Rope, finds the award-winning South Carolina duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst exploring fresh dimensions in their sound with a brace of bold, candid, highly personal new songs. The 12-song collection, produced by Trent at the couples home studio in Charleston, succeeds 2014s Swimmin Time and 2012s O Be Joyful; the latter title garnered the twosome Americana Music Awards for Song of the Year (for -Birmingham-) and Emerging Artist of the Year. Last years Busted Jukebox, Volume 1 was a collaborative collection of covers featuring such top talents as the Milk Carton Kids, Lucius, JD McPherson and Butch Walker.

Cost: Sold Out

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
The Everly Brothers Experience by The Bird Dogs
Sat Oct 7

7:00 pm

The Bird Dogs come to the Stuarts stage to present a genuine and youthful Everly Brothers experience. The Zmed brothers, Dylan and Zachary, celebrate the genetic intimacy so ever present in the harmonies created by Don and Phil Everly. When the guitar became electric, The Everly Brothers bridged the gap between Country and Rock and Roll. With countless hits and classics, The Everly Brothers inspired bands like The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, The Kinks, Buddy Holly, and many groups that utilize the blend of two part harmony. Their career spanned three decades and continues to influence artists around the world.

Floor: $20 advance $25 door,

Balcony: $17 advance $22 door,

Box: $25 advance $30 door

Cost: $17-30 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Joan Shelley
Fri Oct 13

8:00 pm

James Elkington will open the show. Stuarts is thrilled to welcome back Joan Shelley to Nelsonville for a set in our brand new space The Stage at 30 Public Square. The stunning, self-titled fourth album from the Kentucky singer, songwriter, and guitarist Joan Shelley began, surprisingly, with a fiddle. In the summer of 2014, Shelley fell for -Hog of the Forsaken,- a bowed rollick at the end of Michael Hurleys wayward folk circus, Long Journey, then nearly forty years old. Hurleys voice, it seemed to Shelley, clung to the fiddles melody, dipping where it dipped and climbing where it climbed. This was a small, significant revelation, prompting the guitarist to trade temporarily six strings for four and, as she puts it, -try to play like Michael.- That is, she wanted to sing what she played, to play what she sang. She tried it, for a spell, with the fiddle.

JAMES ELKINGTON

Drawing from British folk, avant-rock, and jazz traditions alike, Wintres Woma-- Old English for -the sound of winter--- is James Elkingtons debut solo record, but you have likely heard his masterful guitar playing and arranging, even if you did not realize it. Elkington (an Englishman living in Chicago) is an inveterate collaborator who brings his lyrical compositional and improvisational sensibilities to any group. He has toured, recorded, and/or collaborated with Jeff Tweedy, Richard Thompson, Steve Gunn, Michael Chapman, Joan Shelley, Nathan Salsburg and Brokeback, to name just a few of his many enthusiastic admirers. His assured album, recorded at Wilcos Loft, is baroquely detailed and beautifully constructed, featuring both his baritone vocals and some of Chicagos finest, including Tomeka Reid.

Cost: $17-22 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
ABC Players present Godspell
Thu Oct 19Fri Oct 20Sat Oct 21Sun Oct 22

7:30 pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday

2:00 pm Saturday, Sunday.

The ABC Players present -Godspell- the timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew. Directed by Chris Parsons.

Cost: $12/adults, $8/Students

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
An Evening with Noam Pikelny
Sat Nov 4

8:00 pm

Noam Pikelny has emerged as the preeminent banjoist of his generation and we welcome him to Stuarts for an evening of music. He is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a 3-time Grammy Nominee and was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass in 2010. Universal Favorite is the fourth record Noam Pikelny has released under his own name, but it is truly his solo debut. His previous efforts—including 2011s Beat the Devil and Carry a Rail and 2014s landmark Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe—were full-band affairs that revealed his abilities as a dynamic bandleader while reinforcing his reputation as an inventive accompanist. The new release features only the man himself, playing lovely originals and covers that showcase his unique approach to the instrument and compositional flair. He recorded them live in the studio without accompaniment, coaxing a wide array of sounds and colors out of his instruments, embracing the challenges and exploring the new possibilities of the solo setting.

Cost: $19-34 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
The Wood Brothers
Thu Nov 9

8:00 pm

Dubbed -masters of soulful folk- by Paste, The Wood Brothers released their debut studio album, -Ways Not To Lose,- on Blue Note in 2006.

In a career chock full of highlights, The Wood Brothers hold a special place in their hearts for their performances at Levon Helms legendary Midnight Ramble. As repeat special guests at Helms famed Woodstock barn, the trio—guitarist Oliver Wood, bassist Chris Wood, and drummer Jano Rix— developed a cherished friendship with the late icon that transcended simple musical collaboration and left an indelible mark on their songs and their lives. Live At The Barn follows 2015s critically acclaimed Paradise, which the band recorded at Dan Auerbachs Easy Eye studio in their adopted hometown of Nashville, TN. Hailed by Rolling Stone for songwriting -that hits both the heart and head- and praised by American Songwriter for its -spry, soulful folk-rock,- the album debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and launched The Wood Brothers into the most successful year of their career, with performances everywhere from Bonnaroo to Red Rocks to Carnegie Hall.

Cost: $24-39 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
ABC Players present Elf - The Musical Jr.
Fri Dec 1Sat Dec 2Sun Dec 3

7:30 pm Friday, Saturday

2:00 pm Saturday, Sunday.

The ABC Players present -Elf - the Musical Jr.- the story of Buddy, a human boy who was raised as one of Santas elves. Directed by Jodi MacNeal.

Cost: $12/adults, $8/Students

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Rhonda Vincent and The Rage
Sun Jan 14

3:00 pm

Special Sunday Bluegrass Matinee. A firecracker of talent that powers one of the hottest shows in any genre of music. World Class Musicians, and an Award Winning Voice seamlessly set the stage for a breath-taking, one-of-a-kind, must-see performance; that reaches beyond the boundaries of bluegrass music. Written words can give you but a glimpse of the artist known as The Queen of Bluegrass, as deemed by the Wall Street Journal. But it is only when you see this artist, that you can feel the energy and experience the excitement of her music, to truly know why she and her amazing band are the -Most Award Winning Band in Bluegrass Music History, with over 100 awards.-

Cost: $28-38 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Nelsonville Music Festival 2018
Thu May 31Fri Jun 1Sat Jun 2Sun Jun 3

SAVE THE DATES. The 14th annual Nelsonville Music Festival takes place at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. Presented by Stuarts Opera House, a non-profit historic theater and performing arts center in Nelsonville, NMF features over 60 musical acts in four days on multiple stages plus on-site camping, kids activities, food, a beer garden, artisan vendors, and much more. Billboard has called Nelsonville Music Festival -one of the best kept secrets of the U.S. music festival circuit-, and Andrew Bird said, -It is the perfect size festival. Any bigger and you would lose something.- The Nelsonville Music Festival continues to be one of the best in the region and one of the most unique music festivals in the country. Set in the beautiful, rolling hills of Southeast Ohio, this small and intimate festival continues to gain fans who want a music festival with a more personal experience. Catch live music on multiple stages including a small -no-fi- cabin and a picturesque -porch- stage in addition to our main stage. We take pride in offering a warm, accepting environment where local artisans can sell and be recognized for their work, where local, regional and national musicians instill their awe-inspiring talents and festival goers can relax and enjoy the fruits of our regional flavor. 2017 artists included Ween, they Might Be giants, Emmylou Harris, Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis, Rodriguez, and many more.

Cost: $30-140 per person

Contact: Stuart's Opera House, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Website: www.stuartsoperahouse.org/
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