Pella Chronicle

September 6, 2013

Pella Opera House hosts kick-off party

By Renee Van Roekel
The Chronicle

Pella —

Guests and members filled the Pella Opera House on the evening of August 29, to socialize, relax and enjoy appetizers (photo right) in anticipation of the upcoming shows for the 2013-2014 theatre season. 
Everyone who came to the party were welcomed personally by Kevin McQuade, Director, and given a raffle ticket at the sign in desk for a chance at multiple draw prizes. Before the unveiling of the presentation for the upcoming season of performances, guests gathered together to mingle and enjoy refreshments. Central College Catering provided the food, and a variety of wine and beers from Peace Tree Brewery were served for the adult guests. After the social hour, guests went upstairs into the theatre for the unveiling of the upcoming season. 
Fans of Opera are in for a treat, with 15 live performances, 7 free films, and 4 special events. The Pella Opera House will continue to bring quality, variety and fun to Pella with their new line up of old favorites and new acts.
In October, The Pella Opera House will present Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, performed by the Central College Theatre Department. 
The month of November kicks off with the brilliant new act, Branson on the Road, for spectators who enjoy country music. Also, back by popular demand, will be Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience. To kick off the Holiday season, The Pella Opera House will bring back their annual Festival of Trees: White Christmas. Guests will be dazzled and warmed by the lights and twinkling displays of the Opera House-turned-winter wonderland. 
In December, there will be a Davis Folkerts and Friends Holiday Show. On New Year's Eve, guests will celebrate and bring in the New Year with live music, dancing, food and beverages. 
Moving into January of 2014 is the highly anticipated theatre performance, The Secret Garden. This is just one of the shows that kids will love in the upcoming season. The Secret Garden is an original Missoula Children's Theatre rendition. 
February will bring a live theatre production of a comedy titled "The Dining Room". This production will be directed by Pella’s own Kevin McQuade and features local actors. 
On March 1, the Pella Opera House will be filled with enthusiastic kids, ready to sing along with Grammy award winning The Okee Dokee Brothers, right here in Pella. This is a matinee concert highly recommended for children ages 3 to 8; tickets will go fast. Also in March, Elvis fans will enjoy Joseph Hall's Elvis Rock n' Remember Tribute show. Joseph Hall has traveled much of the world performing high energy shows with much success. 
April at the Opera House will feature Rock Sirenz, a live rock show featuring the songs of many female rock goddesses such as Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Cher, Pink, Janis, Tina, Heart, and more. Towards the end of April, Pella Opera House will be holding its first annual "Pella's Got Talent" event. Those interested in auditioning must sign up by April 17, 2014. Auditions will take place in front of an audience  and will be a great opportunity for citizens to see all of the talent in Pella. 
May will bring performances by The Fred Gazzo Band, Tiptoe Through the Tulips, with Davis Folkerts on the Barton Theatre Organ, and the Central College Flying Pans Steel Drum Band. 
In June, children can enjoy another theatre production entitled Merlin's Apprentice and the Deadly Dragon, with Camp Creamery. Children ages 7 to 18 may audition June 16 at 10 a.m. Following the camp will be a performance with magical spells, a deadly dragon, and Merlin's apprentice!
The films, which are free, are another fun way to enjoy the Pella Opera House. Grab some popcorn and enjoy classical films such as these: Babette's Feast, My Fair Lady, White Christmas, South Pacific, The Quiet Man (a good Saint Patrick’s day celebration), Lilies of the Field, Saving Private Ryan, and State Fair. 
The average ticket price for performances is down from $11.25, to the current average of $8.65 per ticket. This is a 23 percent price drop, making theatre entertainment more affordable for all of the community. Tickets are on sale now, as well as various membership options and deals.
For inquiries or more details on the shows and/or on becoming a member, you can visit Pella Opera House in person, or on the web at www.pellaoperahouse.org