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Friday, March 23, 2018

General Admission $17, $15 Opera House Members, $10 Students

George Casey was born in a remote seaside village on the west coast of Ireland legendary for its storytelling.  Growing up in a large family, Casey saw humor everywhere and honed his skills as a comic at the expense of his brothers and sisters.

For more than 30 years, Casey has been entertaining audiences all over the world with his self-deprecating sense of humor and clean jokes and stories.  Some of the acts that he has opened for and toured with include Rosemary Clooney, The Osmond Brothers, Ray Price, Three Dog Night, Donald O'Connor and Bobby Vinton.  In fact, Casey performed with Bobby Vinton as the "special guest comedy star" in Vinton's Blue Velvet Theatre in Branson, MO, until it closed in 2002.

He has performed at Caesar's Palace and The Sahara, and as a regular act at The Riviera Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas.  McDonald's, Hasbro, AT&T, Lucent technology and Panasonic are just a few of the major corporations that have engaged Casey for private events.

Today, he spends much of the year cruising around the world as a headliner for all of the major cruise lines including Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Seabourn Princess, Regent Seven Seas and on the Queen Mary II and the Queen Elizabeth.

Fredonia's own Irish comedian, Doug Manly, will open the show with Irish stories and jokes! 

Make the fun of St. Patrick's Day last an extra week with this special performance!




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Saturday, March 24, 2018


Captured live via satellite from Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

In the era of the French revolution, Jeanne and her brother, Jerome, leave Marseille for Paris in support of the revolutionary effort that is taking over the capital.  While fighting for freedom, they both encounter love along the way.

Very few ballets can properly depict the Bolshoi's overflowing energy and fiery passion as can Alexei Ratmansky's captivating revival  of Vasily Vainonen's  The Flames of Paris

This production was revived by Ratmansky, the Bolshoi's former Artistic Director and one of today's most in-demand choreographers, who reconstructed the ballet as close to the 1930s original, exclusively for the Bolshoi Theatre in 2008.  This production has since brought audiences rapturous performances with critics raving, "the Bolshoi are in blistering form in The Flames of Paris," (The Telegraph) and the "life- and art-enhancing" production "brings out the best in the Bolshoi." (The Guardian)

With powerful virtuosity and some of the most stunning pas de deux, the Bolshoi Ballet displays an exuberance almost too enormous for the Moscow stage!

The ballet runs two hours, 15 minutes. 




The PostThe PostSteven Spielberg directs this thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers - and their very freedom - to help bring long-buried truths to light.

“A love letter to journalistic bravery and to the First Amendment, and the best movie about newspapers since ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN.” - Chicago Sun Times.

“Even if its goals are lofty, the movie is so fleet and entertaining that you never feel you’re being lectured to. This is a superhero movie for real grownups.” - TIME.

Rated PG-13 for language and brief war violence, 116 mins.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
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Saturday, March 31, 2018
Live in High Definition via Satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House Members, $10 Students,
$142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott's clever vision of Wolfgang Mozart's comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island.

Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award-winner Kelli O'Hara.

The cast also includes Amanda Majeski as the conflicted Fiordiligi, Serena Malfi as her sister, Dorabella, and Ben Bliss and Adam Plachetka as the sisters' fiancés, Ferrando and Guglielmo.  


Friday, April 13, 2018

General Admission $17, $15 Opera House Members, $10 Students
Spotlight Series 

Lesson Plans to Late Night is a one-man comedy show about Lucas Bohn's transition from elementary school teacher to national touring comedian.

Truly a one-of-a-kind experience combining live stand-up comedy and multimedia elements, the show has been called "a comedic multimedia masterpiece!"

Called a "one-man SNL sketch," Lucas has performed with such notable comedians as Jimmy Fallon, Dave Chappelle and Kevin Hart, and was nominated "Comedian of the Year" by Campus Activities magazine.

He has performed for Fortune 500 companies, at colleges, theatres and comedy clubs throughout the US and for five different international cruise lines.  He has been hired by Scholastic, PBS and multiple radio stations as voice-over talent; and his commercials and jingles have been heard by more than 30,000 people monthly.

Lesson Plans to Late Night is one of the highest rated main stage shows on Norwegian Cruise Lines and was called "truly innovative" and "a total crowd pleaser" by cruise directors and audience members.

If you have ever worked with children, or have kids or grandkids, you don't want to miss this hilarious show!  



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Saturday, April 14, 2018
Live in High Definition via Satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House Members, $10 Students,
$142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

Placido Domingo adds yet another chapter to his legacy with this rarely performed gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love.

Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role of the peasant girl Luisa, opposite Piotr Beczala as Rodolfo in the first Met performances of the opera in more than a decade.

Giuseppe Verdi's tragedy about a young woman who sacrifices her own happiness in an attempt to save her father's life also stars Domingo as Luisa's father and Olesya Petrova as Frederica.  Alexander Vinogradov, making his Met debut, and Dmitry Belosselskiy are Walter and Wurm, the ruthless men determined to tear Luisa and Rodolfo apart.

Bertrand de Billy conducts.  



Thursday, April 19, 2018

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto.

This immersive journey into the life and art of Venice's most famous view-painter, features more than 200 paintings, drawings and prints on display at The Queen's Gallery in London.  The images offer unparalleled insight into the artistry of Canaletto and his contemporaries, and the city he became a master at capturing.

The production also offers the chance to step inside two official royal residences - Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle - to learn more about the artist and Joseph Smith, the man who introduced Canaletto to Britain.

Theatre-goers will embark on their very own 21st century Grand Tour, visiting the sites enjoyed by their 18th century counterparts and immortalized in Canaletto's views - from the Rialto Bridge to the Piazzo San Marco, and the Palazzo Ducale to the Church of Santi Giavanni e Paolo.  Guided by the Royal Collection Trust curators and the world's leading experts in Venetian history, this production is not only a wonderful way to see the exhibition, but an opportunity to get closer to Canaletto and the city that inspired him.

The production has a running time of one hour, 25 minutes.

As part of this special evening, visual artist George Petrella will exhibit his work in the Village Hall lobby before and during the show.    

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Sienna Miller and Jack O'Connell as Maggie and BrickSienna Miller and Jack O'Connell as Maggie and Brick
Live via satellite from London's National Theatre

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

Tennessee Williams' 20th century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited run in London's West End in 2017 and was captured live for broadcast to cinemas around the world in 2018.

Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews' "thrilling revival" (New York Times) of Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winner stars Sienna Miller alongside Jack O'Connell and Colm Meaney.

On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy's birthday.  The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell.  Brick and Maggie dance around the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage.  With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real - and which will win out?

The production contains nudity and runs three hours, five minutes, with one intermission. 


Friday, April 27, 2018

General Admission $17, $15 Opera House Members, $10 Students/ Children
Folk in Fredonia Music Series 

Formed in the Chicago area in 1975, Special Consensus is a four-person acoustic bluegrass band with a repertoire that features traditional bluegrass standards, original compositions by band members and professional songwriters, and songs from other musical genres performed in the bluegrass format.

The band has released 18 recordings and has appeared on numerous National Public Radio programs and cable television shows, including The Nashville Network and the Grand Ole Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. International tours have brought the band to Australia, Canada, Europe, South America, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

The group has appeared in concert with many symphony orchestras nationwide and has brought an informative in-school presentation to schools nationally and internationally since 1984.

Band leader/banjo player Greg Cahill is the former President/Board Chair of the Nashville-based International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), the former Board Chair of the Nashville-based Foundation for Bluegrass Music and a recipient of the prestigious IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award (in 2011). Other band members include guitar player Rick Faris, bass player Dan Eubanks and mandolin player Nick Dumas.

The 2012 band release Scratch Gravel Road was GRAMMY nominated for Best Bluegrass Album and two songs from the 2014 band release Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver won IBMA awards for Recorded Event of the Year and Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year.  The tune “Fireball” (featuring special guests Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and Alison Brown) on the band's 2016 recording Long I Ride won the 2016 IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award.

One reviewer recently said of the band: "the vocals are spotless, the playing as shiny as a newly minted penny, and music like this is the reason people come to love bluegrass… Special Consensus approaches this hallowed American musical form with boundless energy and an aesthetic reverence that tickles the ribs, tugs at the heart, and puts a restless two-step in boots and bare feet… " 

Sponsored by The Gilman Family

Concert Sponsored by Bill & Judy Clark 



Saturday, April 28, 2018
Live in High Definition via Satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House Members, $10 Students,
$142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

For the first time ever, Jules Massenet's sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met.

Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role, with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltiere.

Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly's imaginative storybook production. 


Saturday, May 5, 2018
Captured live via satellite from Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

When Giselle learns that her beloved Albrecht is promised to another woman, she dies of a broken heart in his arms.  While Albrecht grieves, she returns from the dead as a Wili, a vengeful spirit meant to make unfaithful men dance until death.

Prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova personifies this ultimate ballerina role in the classical repertoire, alongside the sensational Sergei Polunin as Albrecht, in this chilling yet luminous ballet that has captivated audiences for more than 150 years at the Bolshoi.

The ballet runs two hours, 20 minutes. 



Friday, May 11, 2018

General Admission $17, $15 Opera House Members, $10 Students/Children
Folk in Fredonia Music Series 

Sue Tillotson and Jim Cunningham hail from western NY and have played music together for many years, bringing a love of Celtic music and exciting instrumentation to their audiences.

You will hear Sue on fiddle, whistle and vocals and Jim on guitar, bouzouki, cittern, Celtic harp and vocals.  Sue, an award-winning Scottish fiddler, is in demand as a teacher and clinician and is always available to teach workshops.

With extensive experience performing for many types of events, including weddings, receptions, at art galleries and in festivals, the pair also have been a popular feature of the Jamestown Regional Celtic Festival for the past four years.  They make their first appearance at the Ligonier (PA) Highland Games this fall.

Their repertoire includes Scottish, Irish, Scandinavian and Breton tunes, as well as songs for Contra Dance, Square Dance, Celtic Christmas and original pieces. 

Sue and Jim released their first full CD in July of 2015; it is available on CD Baby, Spotify, and iTunes.  They currently are preparing for a second CD release later this year.  They can be followed on Facebook and ReverbNation.





Series Sponsored by The Gilman Family





Event Sponsored by Cool Little Music Shop 

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Live via satellite from London's National Theatre

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

Amidst the ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war and ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled toward the crown by forces of elemental darkness in Shakespeare's most intense and terrifying tragedy.

Directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera), the production will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, The Threepenny Opera, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in this tragic tale of ambition and treachery.

The production runs three hours, 20 minutes, with one intermission. 


Thursday, May 24, 2018

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

Perhaps more than any other artist, Vincent Van Gogh’s life has long captured the imagination of storytellers.

Delving deep into his fascinating and sometimes deeply troubled world comes this definitive, award-winning production directed by David Bickerstaff.

Showcasing Van Gogh's iconic works like never before and featuring exclusive interviews with the curatorial team at Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, this fresh new production about one of the worlds favorite artists marks a major re-hanging of the gallery's collection.

Beautifully shot and making extensive use of the artist's own letters, this is an incredible cinematic production about a wonderful, but too often misunderstood artist. 

As part of this special evening, visual artist Carolyn Grady will exhibit her work in the Village Hall lobby before and during the show.  In addition, we will be screening the short documentary, Moods, Mountains and Masterpieces. A Portrait of an Artist. Carolyn Grady, by Roslin Smith, at the start of the evening's program. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Captured live via satellite from Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

Swanhilda notices that her fiancé Franz is infatuated with the beautiful Coppelia, who sits reading on her balcony each day.  But Coppelia, nearly breaking up the two sweethearts, is not what she seems; and Swanhilda decides to teach Franz a lesson.

The Bolshoi's unique version of Coppelia exhibits a fascinating reconstruction of the original 19th century choreography of this ebullient comedy involving a feisty heroine, a boyish fiancé with a wandering eye, and an old dollmaker. 

The company's stunning corps de ballet shines in the divertissements and famous "dance of the hours," and its principals abound in youthful energy and irresistible humor in this effervescent production.

The ballet runs two hours, 45 minutes. 



Thursday, October 4, 2018
Part of Freedonia Marxonia

FREE General Admission

The State University of New York at Fredonia's annual Freedonia Marxonia festival presents the 1932 comedy Horse Feathers.

The film stars the four Marx Brothers - Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo.  Groucho plays the scheming president of Huxley College, Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff, who plans to make the school's football team a winner.  Harpo and Chico are mistakenly recruited as professionals to play on the team for the big game against rival Darwin U.  Zeppo is Frank Wagstaff, son of the college president.

Elements of the era are depicted in the film, such as Prohibition, a speakeasy, and bootleg liquor.  Actress Thelma Todd has the featured female role of Connie Bailey, the "college widow," a term of the time for a woman who remains near a college after graduation in order to associate with college men.  Jokes are made about the amateur status of college football players and how eligibility rules are stretched by schools - a reference that remains relevant today.

Horse Feathers is the Marx Brothers' fourth feature motion picture. The original review by The New York Times stated the movie "...aroused riotous laughter from those who packed the theatre for this first performance. Some of the fun is even more reprehensible than the doings of these clowns in previous films, but there is no denying that their antics and their patter is helped along by originality and ready wit."  It is listed as No. 65 on the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 funniest movies in American cinema, "100 Years ... 100 Laughs."

This screening will present the recently remastered version of Horse Feathers. Unrated, the film runs 67 minutes. 

The evening will include prizes, as well!

The Freedonia Marxonia festival, created by a student at the State University of New York at Fredonia in 1987, celebrates the Marx Brothers and their 1933 movie Duck Soup, set in the fictional country of "Freedonia."

Freedonia Marxonia is supported through the Hahn Family Freedonia Marxonia Fund of the Fredonia College Foundation. 


Friday, October 5, 2018
Part of Freedonia Marxonia

General Admission - Pay What You Will to benefit the 1891 Fredonia Opera House

As part of the State University of New York at Fredonia's annual Freedonia Marxonia celebration, and with support from an anonymous donor, actor/writer/director Frank Ferrante brings his acclaimed show An Evening with Groucho to the Fredonia Opera House.

Described by The New York Times as "the greatest living interpreter of Groucho Marx's material,"  Ferrante also has been called "the only actor aside from Groucho who delivered my lines as they were intended," by Animal Crackers and A Night at the Opera co-author Morris Ryskind.

Discovered by Groucho's son Arthur when Ferrante was a drama student at the University of Southern California, Ferrante originated the off-Broadway title role in Groucho: A Life in Revue (written by Arthur), portraying the comedian from age 15 to 85.

For this role, Ferrante earned New York's Theatre World Award and an Outer Critics Circle nomination.  He reprised the role in London's West End and was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Comedy Performance of the Year. 

Ferrante also played the Groucho role in the off-Broadway revival of The Cocoanuts and has played Captain Spalding in several productions of Animal Crackers, winning a Connecticut Critics Circle Award for his portrayal at Goodspeed Opera House and a Helen Hayes Award nomination for his performance in Washington, D.C, at Arena Stage.  In Boston, he played the Huntington Theatre in its record-breaking run of Animal Crackers and landed on the cover of American Theatre magazine.

He has now performed as Groucho more than 2,500 times in more than 400 cities worldwide.  Recently, he toured An Evening with Groucho in Australia playing 35 cities as well as in extended runs at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. 

Ferrante directed and played the lead role, Pseudolus, in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre, receiving rave reviews and acknowledgement in the Wall Street Journal as one of the top ten performances in the country for 2017.

Other regional roles include Max Prince in Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor (which he also directed); George S. Kaufman in By George (which he wrote); Oscar in The Odd Couple; and leads in The Sunshine Boys, Lady in the Dark and Anything Goes. He has performed more than 1,200 performances as the comic Latin lover Caesar in the cirque show Teatro ZinZanni in Seattle, San Francisco and Amsterdam.  On television, Ferrante played a speaking mime on Rob Corddry's Emmy Award-winning comedy Children's Hospital, and can be heard as the voice of Lyman, Odie's first owner, on the animated series Garfield, and on SpongeBob SquarePants as Patrick's boss. Additionally, he stars in the web series Caesar's World now viewable on Funny or Die.

Ferrante has directed M*A*S*H star Jamie Farr in the Kaufman & Hart comedy George Washington Slept Here and revivals of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, Broadway Bound and Lost in Yonkers.  He directed and developed the world premiere of the Pulitzer Prize finalist Old Wicked Songs and brought Groucho: A Life in Revue to PBS as director, producer and actor.

Ferrante also was a question on the TV program Jeopardy: "He took his portrayal of Groucho Marx to New York in 1986."  The answer: "Who is Frank Ferrante?"

An Evening with Groucho is presented with support from an anonymous donor.  Pay What You Will admission is at the door to benefit the Fredonia Opera House.  Tickets can be reserved by calling the Box Office at 716-679-1891. 

Freedonia Marxonia is supported through the Hahn Family Freedonia Marxonia Fund of the Fredonia College Foundation.


Friday, November 9, 2018
General Admission $17, $15 Opera House Members, $10 Students/Children
Folk in Fredonia Music Series 

Anyone not familiar with the music of Bill Staines is in for a special treat.

For more than forty years, Staines has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. A New England native, he became involved with the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960's and for a time, emceed the Sunday Hootenanny at the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge.

Staines quickly became a popular performer in the Boston area. From the time in 1971 when a reviewer from the Boston Phoenix stated that he was "simply Boston's best performer," Staines has continually appeared on folk music radio listener polls as one of the top all time favorite folk artists. Now, well into his fifth decade as a folk performer, he has gained an international reputation as a gifted songwriter and performer.

Singing mostly his own songs, he has become one of the most popular and durable singers on the folk music scene today, performing nearly 200 concerts a year and driving more than 65,000 miles annually. He weaves a blend of gentle wit and humor into his performances and one reviewer wrote, "He has a sense of timing to match the best standup comic."

Over the decades, you have heard Staines singing on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, HBO's award winning series Deadwood, and Public Radio's Mountain Stage. Additionally, his music has been used in a number of films including Off and Running, with Cyndi Lauper, and The Return of the Secaucus Seven, John Sayles' debut as a writer-director.

In 1975, Staines won the National Yodeling Championship in Kerrville Texas.  In the fall of 2015 Yankee Magazine, New England's premiere magazine, published its "80th Anniversary Issue."  In the issue, along with the likes of Stephen King and Katherine Hepburn, Staines was chosen as "One of the 80 gifts New England has given to America." 

"Folk music is rich in the human spirit and experience. I've always wanted to bring something of value to people through my songs." With these thoughts, Staines continues to drive the highways and back roads of the country year after year, bringing his music to listeners, young and old.

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