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 *As things are changing rapidly, please visit this page often for up-to-date information as artists postpone, change their date, or cancel their tours.*

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 COVID-19 closures and rerouting of tours. As a nonprofit performing arts center that relies on revenue from ticket sales, this greatly affects the Foundation’s finances.

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The CARES Act, enacted into law on March 27, 2020, allows taxpayers who do not itemize deductions to deduct up to $300 for contributions made to qualifying charities, and those who itemize may deduct cash contributions in 2020 in an amount of up to 100% of their adjusted gross income.  Please consult your tax advisor for details.

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The Opera House is continuing to monitor, evaluate, and update procedures according to the guidelines of the CDC, local, and state authorities. As circumstances are very fluid at this time it is unclear as to whether more performances will be affected.  Click here to review the reopening procedures.

The Newberry Opera House is currently working to confirm new dates for postponed performances when possible. If you have tickets to a performance affected by COVID-19 (listed below), you will be contacted prior to the original show date. With immediate concerns, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. While the building is closed to the public, Box office phone and email contact hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M., closed Saturday and Sunday until further notice. Please note that response time may be slow depending on the volume of email received.

Tours of our historic building are available Wed, Thurs, and Fri from 12-4:30 P.M.

Performances affected by COVID-19

Rescheduled Shows: 


Canceled Shows:

  • Georgia On My Mind: Ray Charles Tribute
    Original Date: March 15, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. | Tour Canceled
  • Ballet Folclorico de Silvia Lozano
    Original Date: March 25, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. | Tour Canceled
  • DC Danceworks Spring Recital
    Original Date: May 23, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. & 4:00 P.M. | Canceled 
  • Dance Station Spring Performance
    Original Date: May 17, 2020 at 8:00 P.M. | Canceled 
  • Newberry College Jazz Big Band
    Original Date: May 7, 2020 at 8:00 P.M. | Canceled 
  • Allen in Bloom Allen University Event
    Original Date: April 4, 2020 at 3:00 P.M. | Event Postponed
  • A Very Electric Christmas
    Original Date: December 2, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. | Tour Canceled
  • McCartney Years: Tribute to Paul McCartney
    Original Date: March 13, 2021 at 8:00 P.M. | Tour Canceled
  • Wings: Dublin Irish Dance
    Original Date: January 19, 2021, at 8:00 P.M. then March 18, 2021 | Tour Canceled

  • American Spiritual Ensemble
    Original Date: Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 3:00 P.M.| Tour Canceled
  • Mariachi Herencia De Mexico
    Original Date: April 26, 2020, at 4:00 P.M. Tour Canceled
  • Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
    Original Date: Friday, March 12, 2021 at 7:30 P.M. | US Tour Canceled

Act II:

Attend the New Date!
If there is a new show date or we anticipate announcing one soon, we suggest you attend the new date. We do ask that you let us know if that is what you wish to do, but you don’t need new tickets, just make sure to mark your calendar for the new date and bring your original tickets on the night of the show. Send us an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know you wish to keep your tickets. The exception to the "keep your tickets" rule will be early shows where reseating to accommodate reduced capacity is applied. In those instances, you will be contacted regarding new tickets, which will be emailed to you.

Please note that if you choose to keep your tickets for The Isaacs Christmas Show without Terry Bradshaw on November 20, ticket prices will be Tier 1: $65 / Tier 2: $60 / Tier 3: $55 so you will receive new tickets and a gift card for the balance of the ticket cost.

Reduced Capacity and Staggered Seating – Shows scheduled through October have been re-seated for the new date.
Upon reopening, we anticipate being at reduced capacity and staggered seating to lessen exposure and follow CDC and SCDHEC recommendations. To allow for that, the Opera House staff is in the process of re-seating shows, especially those scheduled through October. The new arrangement has seats mainly gathered in pairs and staggered to minimize having to climb over other patrons.

If you have an email in our system, you will receive an email with a PDF attachment, which is your new ticket for the new date. We attempted to reseat you as close to your original seat as possible.

Please review your newly assigned seat. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the box office at 803-276-6264. Your original date tickets will no longer scan the night of the show. Make sure to print the new tickets and bring them to the new date. Please print each ticket on a separate sheet for quicker scanning at the door. If you do not have email, your tickets will be mailed to you to limit will call pick-up night of show.

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Green Seats = Assigned Seats | Gret Seats = Seats Not For Sale

Show Dates and Times Have Been Added to Accommodate Reduced Capacity Seating
Many of our artists have graciously agreed to add a performance for those shows where we were over 50% in sales and would not be able to implement a reduced seating plan. For example, the Malpass Brothers, Glenn Miller Orchestra, and The Embers have added a 3:00 P.M. performance. Jeanne Robertson added a 3:00 P.M. performance on Sunday, October 18. Please note that the reseating process was based on the date tickets were ordered and our goal was to keep as many people as possible at their original date and time. However, when you receive the email from our ticketing system with your new tickets, please pay close attention to see if you have been moved to the newly added performance. If the new time or date does not work, please contact the box office and we will do our best to accommodate your request for a change. Once original ticket holders are reseated, remaining seats will go on sale.

 

Other Re-opening While Living with COVID-19 Procedures

The show will go on!  Please review what has been adjusted per the Governor’s restrictions before you attend this performance.

What is the same:

  • Friendly Newberry Opera House Staff and Ambassadors to welcome you home.
  • Great performers on the Newberry Opera House stage!
  • Cold beverages in collector’s cups – utilize contactless pay or PREORDER your beverage and save time.
  • Soaking up the energy of a live performance.
  • Hand sanitizer throughout the venue.

What has been adjusted:

  • Guests who are ill are encouraged not to attend, please check your temperature before coming to the performance (CDC defines fever as 100.4 or higher).
  • Guests are required to wear masks as social distancing measures may be difficult to maintain, per the Governor’s order.
  • All staff and ambassadors will wear masks and gloves and will be temperature checked before working.
  • Seating has been reduced, reallocated to be staggered, and sold in pairs. VIEW REDUCED CAPACITY SEATING CHART
  • Cleaning and sanitation regiments have been increased especially for high touch surfaces such as railings, seats, and door handles.
  • Building doors and seating will open 45 minutes prior to the performance. There is No entry prior to that time. Sitting and loitering in the lobby will not be available.
  • Only one door will be open for entrance (Boyce St. next to Memorial Park under the NOH canopy). Each person is to hold their own ticket as it will be scanned at the entrance door.
  • The elevator will be limited to two people plus the elevator operator. We recommend using the stairs.
  • Artist merchandise as well as meet and greets will be suspended during this time.

We thank you for your patience throughout this entire process and can’t wait to welcome you home!



If for any reason you cannot attend the new date or there isn't a new date, you can select one of the following choices as long as you contact the box office no later than 48 hours prior to the new performance date:

Donate The Value of Your Tickets:
As a 501c3, any donation to the Newberry Opera House would be tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. The CARES Act, enacted into law on March 27, 2020, allows taxpayers who do not itemize deductions to deduct up to $300 for contributions made to qualifying charities, and those who itemize may deduct cash contributions in 2020 in an amount of up to 100% of their adjusted gross income. Please consult your tax advisor for details.

Exchange Your Tickets:
The next option is to exchange your tickets for another performance. Check out NewberryOperaHouse.com for a full list of performances for which you can exchange your tickets. (If the ticket is for a greater value, then you would owe the difference.)

Get A NOH “Gift Card” Credit On Your Account:
You can choose to receive a gift card or credit on your account for the value of your tickets. Gift Cards are good for up to 5 years. Insider tip: shows in the new season (now through October) will go on sale early July 1! Watch the eNews or website for updates coming soon.


Contact us:

While the building is closed to the public, Box office phone and email contact hours are Monday thru Friday from 9:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M., closed Saturday and Sunday until further notice. Please note that response time may be slow depending on the volume of email received. If you have any questions, please call the Box Office at 803-276-6264 or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Moving Forward:

The Newberry Opera House Foundation Board and administration will be evaluating performances moving forward. We are optimistic about the future, but we know that more dates could change as this situation is fluid. Your help is needed to preserve this beautiful historic theater because a strong, active Opera House has been crucial for the economic health of the community and will be vital for economic recovery once this crisis has passed. THE SHOW WILL GO ON!

Re-opening While Living with COVID-19 Procedures:

Explore what changes will be in effect on opening night here:
https://www.newberryoperahouse.com/shows-and-events/reopening-procedures.html

Thank you!

Thank you for your patience as we all navigate these uncharted waters. The Newberry Opera House looks forward to the moment the doors can reopen and all can be together to experience the arts once more. In the coming weeks, we will be sharing arts and music that you can enjoy from your home visit our Facebook page | Twitter Page | Instagram Page for links. The Newberry Opera House looks forward to welcoming you home again soon!

Stay Safe with this Covid-19 information:

Click here to visit the World Health Organization's website for comprehensive information about COVID-19.