Pamela Dewell:

DATE: June 5, 2023

STONINGTON – Professional theatre, jazz, and Broadway favorites, folk music, student concerts, variety acts, summer blockbusters, and movie classics come together once again to celebrate a full season of art and entertainment on the stage of the Stonington Opera House.

“Groove Master” Herlin Riley and his quintet will headline the 23rd Annual Deer Isle Jazz Festival. Tickets are now on sale for the July 15 and 16 concerts featuring Riley’s signature New Orleans style. Joining Riley in Stonington will be well-known bandmates Roland Guerin on bass, pianist Joe Ashlar, saxophonist Julian Lee, and trumpeter John Michael Bradford. Opening for the Crescent City icon on opening night will be the Yvonne Rogers Trio. Award-winning combo Deep Space from the George Stevens Academy will open Riley’s second evening which will feature traditional New Orleans jazz.

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.”

Stars of the Great White Way return to the Opera House stage with full voices and open hearts as they sing the world’s greatest show tunes and hidden gems of American musical theatre on July 25 and returning on the 27th with a topsy-turvy take on the songs you know and love! Joining professional artists and Stonington residents John McVeigh and Fred Rose will be Bonne Kramer and Lisa Vroman. The 2023 recipients of the Bud Carter Memorial Scholarships will perform in concert on June 17th. The annual scholarship and concert were inaugurated in memory of Bud Carter, Deer Isle crooner and bandleader of the StoningTones. More than 100 scholarships have been awarded by the scholarship committee to date, funding voice and instrument lessons, instruments and repairs, and music camps for students each year. This celebratory concert, hosted by OHA at the Stonington Opera House since 2022, showcases the young winners and is the primary source of funding for the scholarships. The event is free to all and donations for scholarships will be gratefully accepted at the door — 100% of the proceeds will be directed to the scholarship fund!

Family-friendly variety acts continue through the summer presented Live and for just $5. Magicians and jugglers, bubble impresarios, and masked marvels will take over the main stage to entertain your whole gang. Check out Opera House Artswebsite or follow the Stonington Opera House on Facebook and Instagram for full schedule information.

Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenbergen kick off summer blockbusters with Book Club The Next Chapter on June 9 11 and Halle Barre Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Mellisa McCarthy, and Javier Bardem portray Ariel, Eric, Ursula, and King Triton in The Little Mermaid, a new live-action movie on June 23, 24, and 25. Friday and Saturday night movies are shown at 7 pm and Sunday matinees with open captioning are shown at 2 pm.

Summer concerts begin with Ray Duncan and Under the Greenwood Treeon June 24 at the Burnt Cove Church. The concert will showcase Duncans original music composed for the plays of William Shakespeare, including the music featured in Opera House Arts2022 production of Much Ado About Nothing, staged at Mariners Park last summer.

Hancock County students are invited to attend live performances for free! Call ahead for advance ticketing or at the door on the night of the performance, space permitting. For more information and a schedule of upcoming performances and events, please visit

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