Twin City Opera House 125th Anniversary
By Matt Morris:
The Twin City Opera House in McConnelsville will be celebrating 125 years of Music, Movies and Magic. 2017 will feature a variety of exciting events that bring headline acts at affordable prices into southeastern Ohio.
“125 years of Music, Movies and Magic” is a series of anniversary events that commemorate the multiple eras of entertainment the Opera House has featured throughout its history. From silent films to computer generated movies, from storytelling to life-sized puppets, and from acoustic music to rock and roll, the Opera House has scheduled events that will showcase the best of the past, and inspire for the future.
Visitors will be treated to some truly rare entertainment events, all set in the grand old theater.
“125 years of Music, Movies and Magic” will begin with “Transformation of Vaudeville: A Magical Tribute to MacDonald Birch” on Saturday April 29. McDonald “Mac” Birch was a native of Morgan County who gained national notoriety as an accomplished magician. Birch was highly regarded by fellow magicians who admired his mastery of the craft and his command of the stage.
Drew Hastings will return to the Twin City Opera House Saturday, May 13, for a night of laughs. The comedian, who has been featured on the Midwestern syndicated, Bob and Tom radio show, performed to a sell-out crowd in 2014.
The Southeast Ohio Symphony String Quartet will bring an evening of classical music to the Twin City Opera House on Saturday, June 3.
Phil Dirt and the Dozers will be in town Saturday July 1. The Twin City Opera House will be partnering with the Village of McConnelsville in celebration of the village’s 200th anniversary by hosting the public performance on the village square.
“Shades of Blue and Grey: Ghost Stories of the Civil War” will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Morgan County Civil War Re-enactment. The Twin City Opera House will host the literary event conducted by Mark Dawidziak, a professor at Kent state University.
The McCartney Project: A Tribute to Paul McCartney will take place Friday, Sept. 1.
“A Force of Nature” will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30. Dawidziak will conduct another literary presentation featuring Theodore Roosevelt and the formation of the National Park System.
McGuffey Lane will perform Saturday, Oct. 28. The wildly popular Ohio band will fit the stage perfectly for fans in the Opera House.
A Classic Movie Marathon will run on the weekend of Nov. 24-26. The marathon will feature films from the silent era to the digitally produced movies of today.
The Mad Cap Puppet Theater will present A Puppet Christmas Carol on Saturday, Dec. 9. Life-sized puppets will take over the stage to re-tell the classic Dickens tale in a most unique way.
For more information and ticket purchase, visit operahouseinc.com/125-anniversary.htm