JUST ADDED: Becky Buller

15 March 2015
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Becky Buller

The Pocahontas County Opera House welcomes a new addition to its performance calendar with bluegrass fiddler and sing-songwriter Becky Buller on Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.

If you’re a fan of acoustic music, particularly bluegrass, and you haven’t heard of fiddler Becky Buller, there’s a good chance you’ve heard some of her songs. Becky’s compositions have been recorded by Ricky Skaggs (“Music To My Ears”), Rhonda Vincent (“Fishers of Men”), Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (“Be Living”), Josh Williams (“You Love Me Today”), and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out (“My Angeline” and “Rest My Weary Feet.”)

Buller grew up in a very musical southern Minnesota family. The Bullers had a band called Prairie Grass with Gordy and Roxy Shultz for many years. Buller studied classical violin with both Patti Tryhus and Charles Gray and was in the Mankato Area Youth Symphony and even the Minnesota All-State Orchestra throughout high school. But her heart was always that of a fiddler.

She graduated in 2001 with a public relations degree from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) where she took part in their Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music program. That same year, Becky won first place in the bluegrass category of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest in Wilksboro, North Carolina.


JUST ADDED: D&E Appalachian Ensemble

21 January 2015
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Appalachian-Ensemble-650pxComing to the Opera House on Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m., The Davis and Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble is a student string band and dance group, led by Dance Director Becky Hill and String Band Director Emily Miller. The dancers and four-piece band focus on the intersections of different American vernacular forms and their roots, ranging from old-time music and flatfooting to jazz music and tap dance, to Irish sean nós dance and numerous traditional American styles of harmony singing. (more…)

2014 Holiday Craft Show

21 November 2014
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Shoppers take in the Opera House Craft ShowShop locally this holiday season! Don’t miss the more than 30 local crafters, artisans and vendors at the Opera House’s annual Holiday Craft Show, December 5 and 6. The show runs Friday, December 5, from 4 to 9 p.m. in conjunction with the Marlinton Christmas Parade, and Saturday, December 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

And the fiddlers are…

15 October 2014
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fiddle-fairThe Pocahontas County Opera House is excited to announce the names of the four fiddlers who will provide music for the Fiddle Fare Fundraiser scheduled for Friday October 24 at 6:30 pm at the Fiddlehead Restaurant & Bar in Slatyfork. The following local musicians—Paul Marganian of the Elk River Ramblers, Paolo Marks of Marks Violins, Mike Burns of Juanita Fireball and the Continental Drifters, and Doug Van Gundy of Born Old—will provide the musical accompaniment for a fun filled evening to benefit the Opera House. All four are donating their time and talents for the event.

Seating is limited. The meal will feature four courses of heavy appetizers paired with West Virginia craft beers.  Tickets are $40 and are available at the Fourth Street Gallery or by calling the Opera House at 304-799-6645. The evening will include a silent auction.

October 24: Fiddle Fair Fundraiser

29 September 2014
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Fiddle-Fare-PosterFour WV Craft Beers + A Four Course Appetizer Dinner + Four Fiddlers = an evening of fun and music. That’s what’s happening at the Fiddlehead in Slaty Fork on October 24, 2014 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Gil and Mary Willis, owners of both the Elk River Inn and the Fiddlehead, have teamed up with the Opera House to put on an evening of food and music pairing four WV brewed beers with a special menu created by Chef David Carte.

Gil and Mary are big fans of the Opera House and hope this will make people in the northern end of the county more aware of what’s going on just down the road. “We’re so lucky to have a place like the Opera House to go hear all kinds of great music in a beautiful historical building,” said Gil. (more…)

New: African Dance Workshop, July 31

22 July 2014
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CoyabaThe Pocahontas County Opera House Foundation is pleased to welcome Sylvia Soumah back to the Opera House to teach an African Dance Workshop on July 31. Sylvia is a teacher and founder of Coyaba Dance Theater, in Washington, D.C.

Sylvia first came to the Opera House with Cheick Hamala Diabate during the opening night of the Pocahontas County Opera House 2013-2014 Performance Season.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, July 31 2014, from 2-5pm with a possible public evening performance (optional for students). The cost is $25. (Extra donations welcome to support future dance programs and projects.) Ages 13 through adult welcome! To register contact: Brynn Kusic 304-799-6645 or Lauren Bennett 304-799-7386.

2014-15 Season Tickets and Passes Available

26 June 2014

TicketsSeason Tickets for the Opera House’s 2014-15 Performance Series are now available. A season ticket purchase represents a nearly 20% savings over at-the-door admission to Opera House events for the year. For $100, you can receive a season ticket that gets you in the door for all of this season’s performance series events.

Back by popular demand, the Pocahontas County Opera House is again offering a Friends Pass that, for $50, gives six admissions for the price of five. This punch-card pass can be used to bring six friends to one show, three friends to two shows, two friends to three shows, or… you get the idea.


Rene White to receive service award

25 June 2014

Rene-WhiteThe Pocahontas County Opera House Foundation is proud to announce that its long-time president (now vice-president) Rene White will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the annual Governor’s Service Awards banquet in Charleston on July 30.

For the past 15 years, White has been involved with the Pocahontas County Opera House helping to make it the ‘cultural heart of the community.’ As a member of the programming committee, she has been dedicated to ensuring that the Opera House remains a family-friendly place where everyone feels welcome. She has always advocated for performing artists who can offer hands-on experiences for students during the school day. While maintaining this important vision for programming, she is never afraid to get her hands dirty doing some of the less glamorous tasks of cleaning, mopping floors and washing tablecloths. She is always ready to bake refreshments for intermission – making this part of the evening an event in itself.

See the full story and Rene’s inspiring history of service to our community in The Pocahontas Times.

May 16 & 17: Cahoots

12 March 2014

cahoots-verticalThe Pocahontas County Drama Workshop presents Cahoots, a comedy of crime, conspiracy and cover-up, on Friday May 16 and Saturday May 17 at 8:00 p.m.

Farce runs rampant as two couples who are long-time friends conspire and mis-conspire in this witty and fast-paced caper. A three foot pepper mill, a pink dinner napkin and a Manhattan high rise balcony work their way into the plot’s absurdity.

The play features veteran actor Scott Triplett in the role of Al, whose leadership of a neighborhood crime watch organization leads to paranoia. Drama Workshop newcomer Diana Clarke portrays Al’s wife Lois, a disgruntled fiction editor. Andrew Lacasse debuts with the Workshop as Ken, a marginally successful architect with some suppressed anger issues. The role of Ken’s wife Jan, a self absorbed commercial actress struggling to find work, is filled by Lisa Burns, also in a first appearance with the theater group. Rounding out the list of new talent is Dan Schultz, appearing as Grant, a uniformed officer trying to make some sense of it all. (more…)

April 4: All Terrain Poetry

12 March 2014

AllTerrainPoetry001Organizer Neal Krakover thought ALL TERRAIN best describes the territory where poetry lives. The healing power of self-talk—of soliloquy—is universal. To celebrate April as national Poetry Month both T.S. Eliot (who said poetry is a raid on the inarticulate) and Lousie McNeill(who spoke of a place called solid) were the inspiration for the event. Krakover called on his best poet friends to read, and they said yes. Some of the night’s proceeds will help High Rocks Academy writing program to continue serving young writers in Pocahontas County.

Featured poets:

  • Wolf Knight
  • Kirk Judd
  • Mary Moore McLaughlin
  • Uncle Edward Wabbit
  • Doug VanGundy
  • Megan Moriarty
  • Margaret Baker
  • Lynmarie Knight
  • Neal Krakover

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