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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.

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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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Get the credit you deserve

18 February 2014

Taxes-1We now have an added incentive to offer our supporters. Individuals and businesses who donate $500 or more may be eligible for West Virginia state tax credits through the Neighborhood Investment Program (NIP). Fifty percent of your donation can be taken as an actual credit on your West Virginia state taxes. This is in addition to the federal and state deductions allowed for charitable contributions. We have a limited number of tax credits, which will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. (more…)

Two new shows added to spring lineup

3 February 2014

NoraJaneStruthers-650x400Have you heard the news? The Pocahontas County Opera House is very excited to announce two new additions to our spring calendar. On March 1, The Young Country Tour brings American Idol semi-finalist Chase Likens and Wal-Mart-to-Grand Ole Opry singing sensation Kayla Slone to the Opera House stage. Then, on March 16, Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line will bring their traveling Carnival of Appalachian-roots-rock back to the Opera House.

Tickets are on sale now.

Annual Holiday Craft Show

27 November 2013

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 6 and 7. The show runs Friday, December 6, from 4 to 9 p.m. in conjunction with the Marlinton Christmas Parade, and Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

“The Quiltbox Sessions” open for Ben Sollee

5 November 2013

Kuller-DorffThe Pocahontas County Opera House presents a two-part concert on Friday, November 15, with genre-defying cellist and songwriter Ben Sollee and the multi-instrumentalist duo of Daniel Joseph Dorff and Ronnie Kuller.

Dorff and Kuller came together to record “The Quiltbox Sessions” in Louisville, Kentucky in 2012. “The Quiltbox Sessions” is a collection of vignettes composed by Kuller and Dorff, as well as themes from Bach, Mozart and Prokofiev re-imagined through the lens of folk tradition. The project had its beginnings as a forum to sketch ideas for the Chicago-based writing collective and theatrical marching band Mucca Pazza, of which both Kuller and Dorff are members. The joint effort soon developed a life of its own. (more…)

Two new film events added to calendar

10 September 2013

Lomax-Haw-River-1983-650pxWe’re always excited when we get to use the big screen at the Opera House, so we’re doubly excited to announce two new film events have been added to the Opera House calendar for September and October.

The first, American Patchwork, dips into the past, with little-seen footage of traditional music and dance from the Alan Lomax archive. The screening takes place on Tuesday, September 24, at 7 p.m.

The second is the return of the new release, Angel’s Perch—filmed in Pocahontas County by producers Kim Dilts and J.T. Arbogast—on Thursday, October 3, at 7 p.m.

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