Per the Governor's directive, the Newberry Opera House is closed –
All performances and tours are postponed through May 28, 2020 at this time. You can find an updated list of performances and dates HERE. The Box Office team can be reached at BoxOffice@NewberryOperaHouse.com, Emergency Contact: 803-597-1417. Help us raise the curtain again by donating. Stay safe, and we look forward to welcoming you home again soon!
These are challenging times for everyone in our community. Although this crisis has brought many challenges, we are working to lessen the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by continuing to forge a path toward the future.
The Newberry Opera Houses' Business Manager, Leslie Stillwell joined the team in January 2019. "I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Entertainment Industry. I knew that although I had a Financial Background handling the finances here would be different", she said. A typical season at The Opera House runs July 1 through June 30, with the first performance typically in the month of August. Therefore, when Leslie took up her post the Opera House was in full swing the 2018 – 2019 season.
For patrons and performers, lights are a vital part of the theatergoing experience. Rows of expectant ticket holders wait for the lights to go down signaling the beginning of the performance and then wait for them to go up so they know the journey is over. But for the cast and crew, the most atmospheric of all theater lights is called a “ghost light”.
*As things are changing rapidly, please visit this page often for up-to-date information as artists postpone, change date, or cancel their tours.*
The Newberry Opera House has postponed all shows through May 28, 2020, in response to COVID-19. The Opera House and the Foundation are dedicated to ensuring a safe environment for all who pass through our doors. The staff is hard at work rescheduling and sharing information for almost 30 performances impacted by this suspension. As a nonprofit performing arts center that relies on revenue from ticket sales, this closure greatly affects the Foundation’s finances.
To follow the old adage “The show must go on” The Newberry Opera House Board and Staff was hopeful to bring world-class entertainment to our guests during this anxious time. However, in light of the COVID-19 press conferences and state of emergency from both Governor McMaster and President Trump, the tough decision has been made to postpone shows as soon as contractually possible (March 15-31, 2020) to mitigate exposure to the virus for our guests, performers, volunteers, and staff.