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 pleasre!! 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

Regular Box Office hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
and two hours prior to showtime.
Telephone: (603) 335-1992


Get Family Night Tickets: $12
Thur, April 10, 2014
7:00 PM

Fri & Sat, April 11 & 12, 2014
Thur-Sat, April 17-19, 2014
Thur-Sat, April 24-26, 2014
7:00 PM

Sat & Sun, April 12 & 13, 2014
Sat, April 19, 2014
Sat & Sun, April 26 & 27, 204
2:00 PM

Get Tickets: $22/$18


Fri, April 11, 2014
Thur, April 17, 2014 SOLD OUT
Fri, April 18, 2014
10:00 AM

Tickets: $7
Call the box office: (603) 335-1992
or email


Click Your Heels Together

Take the whole family on a magical musical journey to the Emerald City with Dorothy and her little dog, Toto, when Rochester Opera House Productions presents The Wizard of Oz. Audiences can expect an entirely new production with surprising special effects and visuals, created by Director Seraphina Caligiure and Scenic Designer Jerard-James Craven. The production features aerial dancers, flying with artistry and grace, throughout the performance. Enhancing this musical treat is live music directed by the masterful Kathy Fink. Before the show, children and their families can skip down a real-life Yellow Brick Road leading the way to the theatre in Rochester City Hall.

As audiences travel down the Road with Dorothy (Meghan D. Morash) and Toto (Pie), they meet Scarecrow (Aaron Howland), Tin Woodman (Adam MacDougall) and Cowardly Lion (Robert Collinge II) in their quest to find the Wizard of Oz (Mike Coppinger). Dorothy and her friends must watch for the Wicked Witch of the West (Heather Glenn-Wixson) and her Winged Monkeys, while seeking help from the Good Witch of the South (Samantha Bagdon).  Transport your family to the wonderful Wizard of Oz.

*Fog is used during some scenes in this performance.



Friday, May 2, 2014
5:30 PM
Get Tickets: $100
(admits two)


Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Celebrate! The theatre bursts with color at the Rochester Opera House Lottery Cocktail Party with a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. Be part of this premier fundraising event featuring hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, music, games and a live & silent auction plus the chance to win the $10,000 Grand Prize! Only 300 tickets are sold and the last ten lucky ticket holders split cash totaling $13,000. Enjoy a fine evening of entertainment while supporting the arts at the historic Rochester Opera House.

Funds raised during this event substantially impact operations and our ability to present outstanding programming for adults, families, children and teens. We invite you to consider donating goods, services, gift certificates or gift baskets for this special evening. Rochester Opera House is a not-for-profit organization so all donations are tax deductible. All donors are recognized in the program. You also might consider supporting this fundraising event with the purchase of a program ad. 

Click here for the auction item donation/program ad form.

Each season, we focus on expanding and enhancing our programming for families and children in our community and the region. We recently received an award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theatre from the New England Theatre Conference. With your support we can continue our growing success as a performing arts venue with a mission to present Arts for All and to preserve the legacy of this historic theatre.

More from Foster's Showcase

*Cash bar with flat floor.
*Patrons under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
*Wheelchair/Handicap access available in balcony only.


Sat, May 3, 2014
7:00 PM (Doors 6:00 PM)

Get Tickets: $12


One Wild Night

The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute Band performs all the great Bon Jovi songs from their very first album all the way to their latest. Formerly known as Jovi and winner of Limelight Magazine's 2010 Tribute Band of the Year, Bon Jersey packs houses throughout New England and has performed in notable venues like the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston, the B.B. King Blues Club and the Canal Room in New York City. Bearing a striking resemblance to Jon Bon Jovi is frontman Joe Ventura along with Rich Antonelli, Ross Pelletier and John Dischert.

*Cash bar with flat floor.
*Patrons under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
*Wheelchair/Handicap seating available in balcony only.


Sat, May 10, 2014
8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Get Tickets: $32/$28


Fantastic Musical Celebration of Motown

Take a trip back when the great songs of Motown ruled the charts. The national touring musical revue Motor City Fever is a phenomenal concert featuring dozens of legendary Motown hits. The incredibly talented artists, who have shared the stage with Motown legends, are backed by an outstanding live band. The spectacular show features amazing costume changes and great choreography, straight from Detroit. Thrill to all the magnificent hits by famous Motown legends like Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and many, many more!

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



Fri, May 16, 2014
7:00 PM

Get Tickets: $12/Adults
$7/12 and under


Eclectic Fusion

Eclectic Fusion features all kinds of thrilling rhythmic and melodic compositions! Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, one of the most recognizable classical music pieces ever written will set the stage with powerful pulses. Variations on a Theme of Robert Schumann encompasses contrasting and intervallic relationships. The Strafford Wind Symphony is also thrilled to feature two of its own as soloists: Concerto for Saxophone in three movements, an original composition by local artist, Dr. Morton Gold, will be played by alto saxophonist Deb Gardell who is a music educator in Berwick, ME. SWS's talented percussionist, Retired USAF David Long, will take to the mallets for Peter Tanner's Sonata for Marimba. Stir in a dash of melodic pieces and you're listening to pure harmony of lyrical diversity. Put a spring into your step with this unparalleled annual May concert!

Receive 10% off dinner at Fat Tony's Italian Grill (61 N. Main Street) or Spaulding Steak & Ale at the Governor's Inn (78 Wakefield Street) on this SWS performance date with your show ticket or stub.

Visit Strafford Wind Symphony online.


Sun, May 18, 2014
3:00 PM

Tickets: $5 available at the door
or call the Box Office (603) 335-1992


Family Day of Rock

Load up your family and friends for a great family-friendly day of rock with five fantastic local bands presented by Rocking Horse Studio and StopTime Productions. Each band with musicians from ages eleven to seventeen get a fifteen minute shot to rock their stuff on the Rochester Opera House stage. The show culminates with a performance by the Oyster River Middle School Jazz Band. 

The Bands:
Beat 4
As We Know It
Jam Patrol
Delightful Abode

One Free Pancake 


Sun, May 25, 2014
2:00 PM

Get Tickets: $12


Thur & Fri, May 22 & 23, 2014
10:00 AM

Tickets: $7
Call the box office: (603) 335-1992
or email


Things That Make You Different, Also Make You...YOU!

Based on the New York Times Bestseller by author and actress Julianne Moore, Freckleface Strawberry delights young children, while speaking to them about issues of self esteem and image...accept others for their differences and be proud to be yourself. With merry music, peppy dancing, and a freckleface full of laughs, your whole family will love this brand new musical for all ages...freckles or not!

Freckleface Strawberry will do anything to get rid of her freckles - from scrubbing them with soap, to caking on makeup and even wearing a ski mask to school! Will Freckleface be brave enough to finally face her complexion in the mirror? With the help of her loveable schoolmates including an amazingly talented ballerina, a cutie jock, a charming ditz and a totally kooky teacher, Freckleface learns that everyone is different - and that's what makes everyone special. An ROH Production directed by Seraphina Caligiuere.


Sat, May 31, 2014
8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Get Tickets:
$22 Premium/$20/$18


Dancing-in-the-aisles Doo Wop

The Corvettes return for a third season to take you for a trip back in time, when cruising the strip, hanging out at the drive-in and cranking up the tunes on the jukebox were cool! The Corvettes , the finest of Doo Wop, will take you there with the greatest Solid Gold hits of the Doo Wop era like In The Still of the Night, The Twist, Come Go with Me, Earth Angel, Sea Cruise, At the Hop, Runaround Sue...and many, many more. The Corvettes have performed with many of the famous Doo Wop groups, including The Drifters, The Coasters, The Marvelettes, The Platters, Danny and the Juniors and The Tokens.  

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



Sun, June 1, 2014
1:00 & 4:30 PM

Tickets are available at the door
or call Sole City Dance (603) 330-0111


Join us for Sole City Dance's annual all-student celebration of dance. Whether they are three years old or three times that, SCD students display grace, talent, verve and a love of the art! A treat for family, friends and community, the concert gives students the opportunity to share with pride all they have learned throughout the year. Ages three and up will perform specially crafted choreography that is sure to be inspiring and entertaining.


Sat, June 7, 2014
8:00 PM (Cocktail Hour 7:00 PM)
Tickets: $8 available at the door
or call the Box Office (603) 335-1992

       Debut Film by British Collective Jones

The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts and Rochester Opera House join together to present film screenings for movie enthusiasts and invite lively discussion at film end.

FEATURE FILM: Two lost souls. One last chance. Melanie's life in a seaside town is going nowhere until she meets Ray, back in town with a shady job to do. A moment's escape becomes a chance to save themselves, and each other. Everyone's Going To Die is a modern British story about coming home, getting by and the redemptive power of feeling you're not alone. A story where the past is laid to rest, two lives are changed and nobody, finally, is going to die. "If you like films with a sense of humor and moments of unexpected tenderness, come on in."

"A confident directorial debut, EVERYONE'S GOING TO DIE is a film packed to the brim with new and emerging talent. Funny, poignant and brilliantly offbeat, this is the sort of pleasant surprise that film festivals thrive on, and a film that perhaps paradoxically deserves both mainstream success and a long life as a cherished cult classic." ~ Steven Neish, Hollywood Reporter~

SHORT FILM: The Time Machine
The evening begins with a short film by Mark Kendall, who won the Student Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2011. In this film, a watchmaker from Honduras quietly muses on the nature of time, amidst the din of Grand Central Station.

Rochester Museum of Fine Arts


Sun, June 8, 2014
2:00 PM

Get Tickets: $12


Thur & Fri, June 5 & 6, 2014
10:00 AM

Tickets: $7
Call the box office (603) 335-1992
or email


Look At Me, Now!

Vocabulary...the whimsical Cat in the red and white striped hat knows a lot about that! The Cat creates cheerful chaos with wacky tricks, teamed with a resplendence of rhyme. While reveling in the jolly antics, Sally and her brother...and the audience...delight in the wonder of words. The Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat that they have ever met and he certainly turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will their mom find when she gets home? An ROH Production.



Broadway Kids I (Ages 4-7)
June 30-July 11, 2014
(No Camp July 4)

9:00 AM-2:00 PM

Spotlight On Musical Theatre (Ages 13+)
July 14-July 25, 2014
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Acting Out (Ages 8-12)
July 28-August 8, 2014
9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Broadway Kids II (Ages 4-7)
August 11-August 22, 2014
9:00 AM-2:00 PM


Singing! Dancing! Acting! Learning!

During the past three years, we have had the privilege of introducing hundreds of children to the wonders of the performing arts on our historic stage at the Rochester Opera House. Summer Theatre Camp is a joyous hands-on experience, which not only offers lessons in acting, dance and singing, but also fosters self confidence and esteem building. With new-found confidence, students showcase their theatre skills on the final day of camp with an evening performance for family, friends and the public. 

We look forward to filling our grand theatre with the sounds of children singing, dancing and experiencing the wonders of the cultural and performing arts!  Sign up today, since space is limited.

View Camp Brochure
Camper Registration
Counselor Registration

A limited number of scholarships are available from the Catherine Taylor Scholarship Fund established by the generosity of Bernier Insurance, Inc.

SUMMER HOURS (Effective June 22 - August 31) Wed & Fri Noon-5pm
BOX OFFICE: (603) 335-1992 
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