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

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


7:30 PM Performances:
Fri & Sat, April 24 & 25, 2015

Fri & Sat, May 1 & 2, 2015

2:00 PM Performances:
Sat April 25, 2015

Sat May 2, 2015

Get Tickets
: $24

$14 Ages 12 & Under


Presented by The Governor’s Inn in association
with The Rochester Opera House

Oh!  The Places You’ll Go!

Travel from the Jungle of Nool to the invisible world of the Whos with the fantastical, magical characters of Dr. Seuss.  Follow the adventures of sweet-natured Horton the Elephant (Todd Fernald), mischievous Cat in the Hat (Joshua Moore), Miss Gertrude McFuzz (Heidi Gagne), lazy Mayzie La Bird (Linette Miles) and imaginative young JoJo (Analise Marin & Abby Kaye) into this musical extravaganza.  Throughout this entrancing anything-is-possible adventure, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are tested and ultimately emerge triumphant.  This Broadway musical, produced by the Governor’s Inn, is directed by Seraphina Caligiure with musical direction by Kathy Fink.







Based on the works of Dr. SEUSS

Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

All authorized performance materials are also supported by MTI.

421 West 54th Street, New York NY 10019

Phone:  212-541-4684  Fax 212-397-4684


Fri & Sat, May 8 & 9, 2015
7:30 PM

Sat & Sun, May 9 & 10, 2015
2:00 PM

Get Tickets: $12


Good Grief!

Join Charlie Brown and his friends; Lucy, Sally Brown, Schroeder, Linus and Snoopy on an average day made up of little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown. From wild optimism to utter despair, from uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening, this musical comedy strings together the lives of the loveable Peanuts gang in a single day. This fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic adds two new songs Beethoven Day and My New Philosophy to the twelve wonderful numbers in the original version. This show is presented by Rochester Community Players directed by Sharon Asher Arsenault.

Based on the Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz  |  Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner  |  Originally Produced in New York by Arthur Whitelaw and Gene Persson  |  Originally Directed in New York by Joseph Hardy

YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN is produced by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC., 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022.


Fri, May 15, 2015
7:00 PM

Get Tickets: $12/$7 Ages 12 & Under

In Concert With

A Rochester Retrospective

Featuring new music created by Grammy-nominated composer Nicholas White, this concert completes the 40th Anniversary Season of the Granite State Choral Society. With original lyrics by GSCS members, the concert features the new work Rochester. The new composition, derived from historic milestones and memories, commemorates GSCS connections as the City's community chorus. Together the GSCS and SWS invite you to join the party as they celebrate a combined 65 years of musical arts in the region! 


Sat, May 16, 2015
8:00 (Doors 7:00 PM)

Get Tickets: $22 Premium/$18


A Guitar That Sings

With a blend of styles from rock to jazz to blues mixed with a masterful use of the guitar's whammy bar, Johnny A. is one of the finest contemporary guitarists.  Johnny played with many renowned musicians including Mingo Lewis (Santana), Doug Clifford (Credence Clearwater Revival) and Bobby Whitlock (Derek and the Dominos), before his seven year stint as guitarist and musical director with The J. Geils Band front man Peter Wolf. in 2010, Johnny received the Boston Music Award for Blues Artist of the Year. In addition to producing and mixing his recent release Driven, Johnny also plays all the instruments on the album.

Opener: Wooden Eye intertwines blues, rock and roll, folk and country to create an Americana sound that is their trademark. The band is Bob Halperin on guitar, mandolin, vocals and diddley bow, Dan Maclellan on bass, Mike "Bullfrog" Rogers on harp and vocals and Joe Rogers on drums. 

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


Sat, May 23, 2015
8:00 PM

(Cocktail Hour 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM)

Get Tickets: $8 at the door
or call the Box Office at 332-1992


Award-winning Indie Shorts

Spend a special evening viewing sixteen innovative, award-winning indie shorts on one of the largest film screens in the area.  For this presentation, the Rochester Opera House debuts a 28 x 17.5 foot screen with digital projection.  Film Shorts showcases the latest edition of the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts independent film series by filmmakers from around the globe.  Included in the selection:  The computer animated short Wildlife Crossing by artist/animator Noro Drziak and Anthony Wong, a character animator working at Pixar Animation Studios; Prospect, which premiered at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival; and more, such as The Artists, The Black Hole, Life is Beautiful, Clinic Bubblegum, Much Better Now and Living with Jigsaw.  

The bi-annual celebration of movie-making excellence brings together film enthusiasts, filmmakers and artists to discover the best in contemporary cinema. The presentation, at the Rochester Opera House begins with a cocktail hour at 7:00 PM.  The screening is set up as an informal forum to enjoy film and to engage in lively discussion at film end.  Your host is RMFA President Matt Wyatt.  For more information on the RMFA and the films, please visit


Thurs & Fri, May 28 & 29, 2015
7:00 PM

Sat, May 30, 2015
11:00 AM

Sun, May 31, 2015
2:00 PM

Get Tickets: $12 Adult
$8 12 & Under

                                     Youth Theatre

Set Sail With the Pirates

Climb aboard for a swashbuckling musical journey with this classic Gilbert & Sullivan tale presented by the Rochester Opera House Youth Theatre Company. Directed and choreographed by award-winning actor Jennifer Batchelder, the production features some of the most talented kids from around the Seacoast and dashing live music in the orchestra pit with music director Kathy Fink and her musicians.

When Frederic was but a wee lad, his nursemaid, Ruth, was instructed to apprentice him to a “pilot.” Hard of hearing, Ruth accidentally apprentices him to a band of PIRATES! Frederic serves dutifully, but now that he is older… prepare for a hilarious adventure! Set sail with this family-friendly classic comedy that includes the song I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General, one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history. The lyric of a patter song is characterized by tongue-twisting rhyming text, delivered with rapid speed.


Sat, May 30, 2015
8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Get Tickets: $24 Premium/$20


Dancing-in-the-aisles Doo Wop

The fabulous Corvettes Doo Wop Revue returns by popular demand for a fourth season. Fans cannot resist dancing in the aisles to the greatest solid gold hits of the Doo Wop era, played by the finest Doo Wop band to hit the stage. It's a trip back in time. Cruise by. Hang out. Reminisce with 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 some 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.


Sat, June 20, 2015
7:00 PM (Doors 6:00 PM)

Get Tickets: $25.00

         starring JUSTON MCKINNEY

Get ready for a crazy evening of laughs with the stand-up comedy of Juston McKinney.  The Maine Deputy turned comedian has made multiple guest appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and on Comedy Central including his own Presents special.  Born in Portsmouth NH, McKinney later moved across the bridge into Kittery, ME.  He knew at an early age that he was destined to become a cop, since they were “always over at his house arresting his dad."  McKinney served York County as a deputy sheriff until he moved to Boston to pursue his dream, a career in stand-up comedy.  Juston McKinney delivers loads of hilarity with his uproariously funny true life stories.

This night is a benefit for the Working Dog Foundation and the New Hampshire Police K-9 Academy.  The Working Dog Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life and safety in our communities through the expert training and care of Police K-9s. These dogs protect our police officers and help them locate and rescue missing persons; detect dangerous drugs, weapons, and explosives; and preserve order in our cities and towns.  There are currently approximately 20 teams from towns in New Hampshire and Maine training with the Working Dog Foundation.

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

Acting Out! (Ages 8-12)
June 29 - July 10
Mon-Fri from 9 AM - 3 PM

Spotlight on Musical Theatre
(Ages 13 and up)
July 13 - July 24
Mon-Fri from 9 AM - 4 PM

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)
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

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