Opera House Arts to stage live shows outdoors

STONINGTON — From Shakespeare to an outdoor play at Nervous Nellie’s Jams & Jellies, Opera House Arts will offer a full lineup of live, outdoor performances throughout this summer. The program kicked off Memorial Day weekend with a drive-in screening of “Field of Dreams.” Next up is “The Chronicles of Narnia, Friday-Saturday, June 4-5, at 8:45 p.m. at the Stonington Ball Field. 

In its 22nd year, Opera House Arts has Tony Adams on deck as its new executive director.

“We are excited to produce live performances once again this summer; live music, theater and dance returns,” Adams says. “Last year, we wanted to offer a breath of fresh air and hope amidst the pandemic. Our community came together to build a drive-in movie screen and outdoor stage, which felt like a perfect encapsulation of why the Opera House has been such an important gathering place for 100 years.”

On tap, in June too, is the popular Bud Carter Memorial Scholarship Concert for music lovers’ listening pleasure. Atlantic Clarion Steel Band Concert and Workshop June 23. 

In July, onstage outdoors, Blue Hill’s Noel Paul Stookey, of the famous acoustic folk trio of the 1960s, Peter Paul and Mary, will perform July 10. For all ages, Hilby the Skinny German Juggling Boy will entertain July 14. OHA will stage its 21st Annual Deer Isle Jazz Festival, highlighting percussionist Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang as well as Indigenous Mind and Solitude Friday-Saturday, July 16-17.  Capping the month is dancer Vanessa Anspaugh Vanessa Anspaugh.

In August, the month kicks off with “Broadway Comes to Stonington,” a fun featuring Broadway stars Hugh Panaro (“Phantom of the Opera,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Lestat,” “Showboat,” “Side Show” and “Les Misérables”) and Leenya Rideout (“Cabaret,” “Company,” “Cyrano” and “War Horse”) and friends.

The pirate-themed folk trio “The Shank Painters” follow on Aug. 4. Next up are The Gawler Sisters, Molly, Edith and Elsie, Aug. 11. Paula Vogel’s play “Desdemona,” a play about a handkerchief, runs Aug. 12-29 at Nervous Nellie’s in Deer Isle. Comedian Michel Lauzière takes the stage Aug. 18. Classical musician Katie Zaffrann rounds out the season Aug. 24.

Tickets for many summer events must be purchased in advance online at operahousearts.org. For more info, call 367-2788, email [email protected] and visit operahousearts.org.