Captured the Essence
Thank you to everyone who was involved in today's production of Macbeth. Please send along my deepest appreciation to the cast and crew for their work today. I felt that the Macbeth and Lady Macbeth interaction captured the essence of their relationship... stormy, manipulative, seductive, and euphoric.

Most Impressed
I grew up in Somersworth and have been
living in Florida for 20 years. I've known very little about the Rochester Opera House. Our family, including my 91 year-old father, had the distinct pleasure on January 3, 2015, to attend the afternoon performance of GODSPELL. We were all most impressed both by the wonderful performance and by the Rochester Opera House itself. Kudos to the actors/singers, staff, and all who volunteer their time and effort to make it possible. The Rochester Opera House is a true gem, and it's the people who make it possible. Let's hope it is able to continue for many years to come.
   ~ David

Wonderful Evening
Once again, I am writing to say thank you for such a wonderful evening with LeAnn Rimes. My son bought the tickets for my birthday and we got to spend a special evening together. Happy Holidays to all of you who work so hard to bring us wonderful entertainment all year long. 
   ~ Mary

Fabulous Show

Just wanted to write a quick note and let you all know what a fabulous show we saw today, and how much talent was up on that stage in The Wizard of Oz! The show was seamless, the sound system was perfect, and we enjoyed every minute of it! Thanks for your great work! 
   ~ Stacy

There is NO facet of this production [Shrek The Musical] that isn't absolute perfection - from the music, to the costumes, to the set, to the performances. I wish I'd seen it last weekend so I could've seen it twice. HUGE kudos to everyone involved - I was totally enchanted! 
   ~ Chris

Having done musical theater professionally for most of my life, I have great respect for the work that goes into these shows. The ROH production [Shrek the Musical] is amazing. It has heart, the performers and crew are clearly invested in it and talented, the ensemble scenes in particular are stronger than almost any I have seen. The audience, many of whom also do theater professionally, was astounded. People could not stop talking about how they'd never been there before and now they would come to as many shows as possible. These are some pretty critical theater folks saying this stuff.
     ~ Jonathan, Portsmouth, NH

Wonderful Voices, Fine Direction
All Shook Up is shakin' up the winter doldrums at the Rochester Opera House. It's a fast-paced production, featuring strong vocals. The score includes classics such as Jailhouse Rock, Heartbreak Hotel, Can't Help Falling In Love and others made popular by the King; some toe-tappers, others, thanks to a truly wonderful collection of voices, follicle raising. This entertaining production has a number of things going for it; the lodestone is seriously fine direction by Steve Small.
   ~ Jeanne McCartin,
Portsmouth Herald Spotlight

Awesome Annie!
at the Rochester Opera House is a delightful production- Annie-fied in the best sense of the word, and cram-packed with talent. Every lead, feature and child, not to mention the dog, gives a strong to exceptional performance, giving us all something to sing about.
   ~ Jeanne McCartin, 
Portsmouth Herald Spotlight

Loved The Show!
Thank you for a MOST enjoyable experience! Three of my friends and myself attended last evenings' production of "Shout, The Mod Musical!" Loved the show, wonderful talent was showcased and we were so thrilled to find this little gem of a theatre. The cabaret seating was most comfortable, enjoyed some delicious food and beverage and most of all was thrilled with the show! I am a SHOUT groupie so it was a pleasure!! Wonderful interpretation of the characters and a super delivery of the fabulous music that we all know so well!! I am hoping to get back to your hidden little gem of a town in the near future, perhaps in the daylight so as to explore the up and coming arts community that I was told about! Good luck with the rest of the run and with all the upcoming events! I certainly will share my excitement with all my friends!! 
   ~ Keith, Manchester NH

Hello! I attended last Friday's Acting Out! show (Summer Theatre Camp performance) - it was wonderful. Thanks very much - GREAT JOB BY ALL!
   ~ Marcia 

BEST local productions!
I attended yesterday's performance of Cinderella and I wanted to write and tell you how impressed I was.  I lived in NY for a few years and attended many Broadway shows.  I have been attending local theatre with my daughter to introduce her to the arts and this was by far one of the BEST local productions I have seen. The actors did an incredible job, the scenes were well done and the costumes were terrific. Thank you so much, we had a great time and my daughter is still talking about getting to go up on the real stage and meet Cinderella.
   ~ Tamara

Blown Away!
Can't even begin to say how much I enjoyed Cabaret last night. The cast was its entirety. I came because I knew a couple of folks in it, but just didn't expect to be blown away so by the whole production! And the Cabaret set-up was pure genius!!! (and the food to die for, though I wish you'd advertised its extent...When I read "light refreshments" I figured I'd need to feed my hungry hubby before we went and there was no we were too full to purchase as much as we would have liked to have tried!). Huge kudos to cast, crew & staff at the Opera House...with productions like this, you'll be packing the place!!!
     ~ Susan, Eliot, ME

Terrific Time
I wanted to write to thank Susan Page and Cathy Taylor for inviting me to participate in the fundraiser [Rochester Follies: Show of Shows] for the Opera House. I had a great time and met some terrific people. Thanks to all who came out to support this event.
      ~ Bill Powers

Great Time
Just wanted to let you know that I had a great time at the Crystal Gayle concert. That was my first concert at the Opera House and it won't be my last. I truly enjoy the old time theater style venue and its size is perfect to make every seat in the house a good seat. Great job to all the staff.
      ~ Tom

The Strafford Wind Symphony was awesome!!!! They were delightfull; a little touch of the Boston Pops in Rochester.
      ~ Toni 

A New Fan
Tonight's performance of the Shanghai Circus was the first time I have been to the Opera House. I can't wait for Beatlemania [Now] to get here. What a lovely building...helpful staff and the show tonight was fantastic. A new fan of the Rochester Opera House!
      ~ Lyndalee

Georgeous and Intimate
My husband and I attended the Jim Brickman/Anne Cochrane concert last night and had a wonderful time. The theatre is gorgeous and intimate; what a fabulous place to attend a concert. I know I will return to your theatre in the future...the ushers were so friendly. You folks are top notch!  
     ~ Jody

Heads Up!
I have been to the show "Cabaret" and what a great performance! I loved it very much and it was so entertaining and well done!!! Heads up... the Opera House is such a beautiful building and hopefully will be able to survive with donations from supporters for the future. It would be a shame to lose it and the opportunities for people to see great shows, plays, stars, etc.... right out our doorstep and don't have to drive to the big cities of Boston and New York to see something great and have a good night out.
    ~ K.S.

Upcoming Events at Rochester Opera House

Summer Box Office Hours: Wednesday & Friday Noon - 5:00 pm
and one hour prior to showtime.
Telephone: (603) 335-1992


Wed & Thurs, August 5 & 6, 2015
7:00 PM

Tickets: $6
Purchase Tickets at the Door


Dom Cobb is a professional thief who steals corporate secrets from sleeping minds. Now this hot commodity in the world of corporate espionage must pull off the inverse task of planting an idea in the mind of a target's subconscious.

Mystery/Science Fiction (PG 13) 2010
Director:  Christopher Nolan
Starring:  Leonardo DiCaprio

*Shown on one of the largest movie screens (28 x 17.5 feet) in the area with digital projection.
*Handicap access, balcony only


Broadway Kids
(Ages 4-7)
July 27 - August 7
Mon-Fri from 9 AM - 2 PM

Broadway Kids
(ages 6-7) join Acting Out (ages 8-12) FULL
August 10 - August 21
Mon-Fri from 9 AM - 2 PM


Lights!  Sound!  Action!

Rochester Opera House Summer Theatre Camp is a joyous hands-on theatre experience for children ages four and up.  Our program, offering all levels of training in theatre techniques, is a great opportunity for children around the region to dance, sing, learn and grow on the stage at our grand historic theatre.  On the final day of each camp, students showcase their skills with an evening performance for family, friends and the public. We look forward to introducing your children to the wonders of the performing arts!

“Both my kids love this camp.  It’s fun, active, they learn about stage production, they sing and dance.”
~ Parent

“It’s so much fun and you get to act, sing and dance.”
~ Student

“You provide kids with a warm, fun, safe environment in which they can develop a voice and have a great time.”

~ Parent

“Everyone was really nice and extraordinarily welcoming.”
~ Parent

"OMG I love this camp!"
~ Student


Wed & Thurs, August 12 & 13, 2015
7:00 PM

Tickets: $6
Purchase Tickets at the Door


After she shatters the games forever, Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 faced with a decision that could sway the fate of a nation. The brave young heroine heeds the advice of her friends to fight to save Peeta and the nation moved by her courage.

Fantasy/Science Fiction (PG 13) 2014
Director:  Francis Lawrence
Starring:  Jennifer Lawrence

*Shown on one of the largest movie screens (28 x 17.5 feet) in the area with digital projection.
*Handicap access, balcony only


Fri, August 14, 2015
8:00 (Doors 7:00 PM)

Get Tickets: $12 advance/$14 door


Southern Rock Fire

Vyntyge Skynyrd celebrates the iconic '70s era of Lynyrd Skynyrd by replicating their music as it was originally recorded and performed. The Skynyrd Tribute captures the fire of the Southern hard-rock band and the soulful vocals of their late, great leader Ronnie Van Zant.

*Cash bar
*Patrons under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
*Handicap access, balcony only


Wed & Thurs, August 19 & 20, 2015
7:00 PM

Tickets: $6
Purchase Tickets at the Door


"Life moves pretty fast: if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it!" Determined to cut class one more time before high-school graduation, Ferris Bueller calls in sick, "borrows" a Ferrari and takes off through the streets of Chicago with Principal Rooney in hot pursuit.

Comedy (PG 13) 1986
Director:  John Hughes
Starring:  Matthew Broderick

*Shown on one of the largest movie screens (28 x 17.5 feet) in the area with digital projection.

*Handicap access, balcony only


Wed & Thurs, August 26 & 27, 2015
7:00 PM

Tickets: $6
Purchase Tickets at the Door


After making it through high school... twice, big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko, when they go undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit and on the football team and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership.

Action/Comedy (R) 2014
Director:  Chris Miller, Phil Lord
Starring:  Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum

*Shown on one of the largest movie screens (28 x 17.5 feet) in the area with digital projection.
*Handicap access, balcony only


Sat, August 29, 2015
8:00 (Doors 7:00 PM)

Get Tickets: $14 advance/$16 door


Deadheads Unite! 

The Half Step tribute to the great Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead lights up the stage with a jammin’ night of Dead music.  With attention to detail the band uses similar instruments, amplifiers and effects to closely authenticate the sound of the Grateful Dead, the “pioneering godfathers of the jam band world." To enhance the experience, the band plays sets in the sequence fans might have heard at a Grateful Dead concert years ago.

*Cash bar
*Patrons under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

*Handicap access, balcony only


Wed & Thurs, September 2 & 3, 2015
7:00 PM

Tickets: $6
Purchase Tickets at the Door


Fairy tales collide in a modern musical twist on Happily Ever After. Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel find their fates intertwined with a humble baker and his wife, whose longing to have a child sends them on a spellbinding quest to reverse the curse of a witch.

Fantasy/Adventure (PG) 2014
Director:  Rob Marshall
Starring:  Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine

*Shown on one of the largest movie screens (28 x 17.5 feet) in the area with digital projection.
*Handicap access, balcony only


Fri, September 18, 2015
7:30 PM

Get Tickets: $25

    Starring TONY SANDS

Celebrate A Legend

Take a multi-media, musical journey through Sinatra's career... from the early days with Tommy Dorsey, to the bright lights of New York City, to the silver screen of Hollywood. With his extraordinary resemblances to Frank Sinatra, Tony Sands mesmerizes audiences with the same smooth voice and stage presence of Ol' Blue Eyes himself. Celebrate the songs and the life and times of the legendary music of Frank Sinatra. As well as touring across the United States with his multi-media Sinatra Tribute, Tony Sands has appeared on stage in Ol' Blue Eyes in Atlantic City NJ and Reno and Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

*Cash bar.
*Patrons under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


Sat, September 19, 2015
1:00 PM

Gallery Reading Tickets: $15
Available at the ROH box office
(603) 335-1992


Rochester Main Street and Jetpack Comics are pleased to partner with the Rochester Opera House in hosting a Gallery Reading with noted medium Antje Bourdages as part of the September 19, 2015, Rochester Paranormal/UFO Festival. A true renaissance medium, Antje is a woman of many talents. In addition to helping clear people & places energetically, she helps people discover what lies beyond their awareness and connects them with their deceased loved ones and guides. Antje also assists people in spiritual/energetic balancing and healing through focused transformational energy work and life path advancement and consulting. Join us in the audience for an experience that you will not soon forget.

Other events that day include a "Haunted History Walking Tour" ($5 tickets must be reserved in advance through paypal at ) at 11:00am and again at 3:00pm with medium Isabeau Esby and local historian Martha Wingate.  A free "Skywatch" (weather permitting) on Friday, September 18 at the Rochester Common with the NH Astronomical Society, lecturers and vendors at the Knights of Columbus Exhibit Hall, free movies at the Rochester Public Library, and special activities at participating businesses. For more information go to .


Sat, November 14, 2015
8:00 PM

Get Tickets: $24/$22


Let There Be Rock!

Take an unpredictable thrill ride with the nation's number one AC/DC Tribute Band Dirty Deeds, back by popular demand. It's high energy and wild entertainment, when Dirty Deeds delivers the on stage antics and theatrics of AC/DC, one of the world's best rock and roll bands. With a reputation for detail, Dirty Deeds incorporates authentic props throughout the concert to produce the consummate AC/DC experience. Escape into pure rock n' roll for an evening of the timeless hits of the great AC/DC!

*Cash bar.
*Patrons under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


Fri, November 27, 2015
8:00 PM

Get Tickets: $75/$55/$45

Presented by Rochester Opera House and First City Cars & Trucks

Hurry, Don't Be Late...

Famous for their mega hits Lonesome Loser, Lady, Cool Change and Reminiscing, the Little River Band, formed in Australia, soared to the top as one of the great vocal bands during the seventies and eighties. Touring internationally and headlining concerts across America, Little River Band stops on our stage to bring you these glorious, enduring hits and many more classics like It's A Long Way There and Take It Easy On Me.

With powerful vocals and guitar harmonies, the band set a record for remaining on the Top Ten chart for six consecutive years. BMI recognized Reminiscing, with over five million airplays, as one of the most frequently played songs in the history of American radio. Lady follows close behind with over four million airplays. Hear these super hits live on stage.

*Cash Bar
*Patrons under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


Thurs, March 10, 2016
8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Get Tickets: $28 Premium/$24/$22

The Buddy Holly Experience

Celebrate a Legend!

Thrill to an electrifying, high-energy rock n' roll extravaganza featuring Billy McGuigan, America's premiere Buddy Holly Interpreter and dead-ringer for the legendary rocker. In this rock n' roll tour-de-force, Billy and the Rave On Band ignite the stage with favorite Buddy Holly hits like That'll Be the Day, Peggy Sue, True Love Ways and Rave On. Then, with an added crowd-pleasing twist, Billy as Buddy, celebrates the birth of an era as he pays homage to fellow rockers; Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper.

Across the country, Billy McGuigan appeared in over four hundred performances of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, breaking box office and attendance records. The talented artist received critical acclaim for his realistic, sincere portrayal of Buddy Holly and was crowned the "Preferred Buddy Holly" by writers and producers. After that success, Billy developed his exciting one-of-a-kind Rave On! tribute to a legend.

*Cash bar.
*Patrons under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


Friday, April 15, 2016
8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Get Tickets: $34/$30

Featuring Former Stars of FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS

Oh What A Night!

Gerry Polci and Lee Shapiro toured the world with Frankie Valli and sang lead vocals on the all-time Seasons' greatest hit... Oh What A Night. Spurred by the runaway success of Jersey Boys the Tony-Award-winning Broadway musical based on the Four Seasons' career, Polci and Shapiro decided to reunite. The former stars of the hit-making factory Frankie Vallie & The Four Seasons, Polci and Shapiro are now touring as The Hit Men with a group of fellow A-list musicians from the 60s and 70s era.

The Hit Men includes an impressive line-up of musicians, who have performed and recorded with dozens of mega-stars: Jimmy Ryan (Carly Simon, Elton John, Jim Croce, Paul McCartney); Russ Velazquez (The Ramones, LL Cool J, Chicago); Lee Shapiro (Four Seasons, Barry Manilow, The Shondells); Larry Gates (Bon Jovi, Carol King, Phoebe Snow); Gerry Polci (Barry Manilow, Four Seasons).

Take a one-of-a-kind trip through the glory days of rock and roll with The Hit Men. Immerse yourself in the sounds of your favorite mega-hits of the era: songs from The Four Seasons' songbook like Rag Doll, Walk Like A Man, Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You, Marianne and Sherry; plus Cat Stevens' Peace Train, Jim Croce's Leroy Brown, Carly Simon's You're So Vain and Tommy James Mony, Mony.

*Cash bar.
*Patrons under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

SUMMER HOURS: Wed & Fri Noon-5pm
BOX OFFICE: (603) 335-1992 
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