If you haven’t played in Newberry, you haven’t played in South Carolina. That’s the new phrase we are using at the Opera House these days. It’s a great play on words, if you will.
We have artists that play on the stage, we have guests who play in Newberry and visit the Opera House and we have staff that plays with exciting new programming.
After all, Newberry is the center of the universe, so let’s make sure everyone else knows about us too. I will say more people do know about Newberry already.
With the launch of the new season, we took a new approach with our brochure and website. First, the brochure is full of color. And pictures. And larger words. We hope it elicits excitement and explains the performers. Many performers are in genres you as the audience already love — bluegrass, country and rock.
But they might be people you’ve never heard of, but they do their craft very well. And the great thing about tiered pricing is you can spend as little or as much as you feel inspires you to visit and try a new group.
Second, we’ve made it easy to discover our shows and purchase right on our website. With the updated website you can listen to music, view clips of performances, hear interviews under Penelope Speaks and click on links in our blog.
But most importantly, you can order tickets in your PJs in the comfort of your home, car, or airport. And here’s something else that’s cool — you can donate right on line too. You can give to your heart’s desire to help support the Opera House.
And one last new element: Family Adventure.
We’ve never presented programming focusing on the family. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to showcase events that children and parents and adults who are really kids at heart will all enjoy.
We’ve worked hard to make the times accessible for the younger guests, as well as on nights where maybe they can convince their mom and dad to allow them to stay up just a hair longer.
It’s really a joy to hear children’s voices in the halls of the Opera House. I know for a fact the building loves being introduced to new guests with little giggles and running feet.
We’ve a buffet of programming for everyone including schools, home schools, groups, churches, Martians, political buffs, you name it we aim to help you laugh, enjoy and expand your boundaries. Come visit and remember: If you haven’t played in Newberry, you haven’t played in South Carolina.
Molly Fortune is the executive director of the Newberry Opera House. Contact her at [email protected]