Our Programs.

Opera House Arts

We offer a year-round schedule of professional theatre, music, film, dance, educational programs, community events, and more. Opera House Arts’ programs serve all of Hancock County’s winter and summer residents and visitors, with a special emphasis on the residents of Deer Isle and the Blue Hill peninsula.

Actors performing in Much Ado About Nothing

Photo credit: Alicia Allen Photography

2023 Highlights

Residents of a fictional place called Almost, Maine will take the stage on August 10 – 20 to share the consequences of falling in and out of love against the backdrop of a cold winter’s night. Directed by summer artistic director Kathryn Markey, Opera House Arts (OHA) will be the first professional theatre company to produce the recently published fourth revised edition of the play. “It’s a perfect match, OHA and Almost, Maine,” said playwright and Maine native John Cariani, “OHA is the rare rural professional theatre company. Almost, Maine is the rare contemporary play that features rural Americans.”

Leenya Rideout singing and playing guitar on stage
2023 Highlights

Summer concerts begin with Ray Duncan and “Under the Greenwood Tree” on June 24 at the Burnt Cove Church. “Groove Master” Herlin Riley headlines the 23rd annual Deer Isle Jazz Festival on July 14 – 15. And show tunes return to the Stonington Opera House for two nights this summer, with Broadway Comes to Stonington on July 25 and Act II Broadway (…bent!) on July 27. The summer season wraps up with cover band Being Petty on September 2.

2023 Highlights

Family-friendly variety acts return on Wednesday evenings! The 2023 summer lineup includes:

June 28: Hymm for Her
July 12: Michel Lauzière
July 19: Peter Boie: Magician for Non-Believers
August 2: Michael Cooper: Masked Marvels
August 23: Bubblemania
August 30: Enter the Fish Tank

Stonington Opera House with wild flowers growing on the field

Opera House Arts has a rich history with over 20 years of production history.

Explore our past performances.

Opera House Arts is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Community Foundation.

Live! for $5 performances are sponsored in part by the W.F. Whitman Family Foundation, in honor of Maia Aprahamian.

Opera House Arts is additionally supported in part by a grant from the Onion Foundation.

Opera House Arts is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Opera House Arts employs the performing arts to foster and promote excellence in all the ways we perform our lives: Incite Art, Create Community.