FREDONIA – On Saturday, November 12, 1994, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House reopened its doors after more than nine years of restoration work with a grand re-opening variety show – Fredonia On Stage!
Nearly 25 years to the day later – on Sunday, November 10, 2019 – the Opera House celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a special show, Fredonia on Stage! – 25 Years Later.
“This celebratory event is a two-part commemoration,” notes Opera House Executive Director Rick Davis. “It STARTS with a matinee performance reminiscent of our grand re-opening! Local and regional performers join us for a nod to the past 25 years, while representing all the entertainment that the Opera House has to offer today — from Bach to Broadway, Folk to Family, History to Humor, Drama to Dance and Rock to Ragtime!”
Featured performers include:
- The Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet representing live dance and Bolshoi Ballet Live;
- Julie Costantini, Jenn Davis and Katie Ryan representing live music and the Broadway On Screen Series;
- Fr. Sean Duggan, Brian Eckenrode and Brian Walnicki representing the Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival;
- Pianist Trevor Napoli representing live classical music;
- The Newton Street Irregulars 2.0 representing the Folk in Fredonia Music Series;
- Actress Christina Rausa representing live theatre and the National Theatre Live Series;
- In Jest’s Nels Ross representing family-focused entertainment;
- The band Big Tone representing live popular music and tribute shows;
- Along with this array of entertainment, there will be a few special announcements and acknowledgements.
The celebration ENDS with FanTableous Fete II, a reception/auction held at the Fredonia Beaver Club that will feature light hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and live music. Capping off the celebration will be the live auction of 10 handmade, artist-decorated, three-legged, fan-shaped corner tables during the reception.
Tickets for Fredonia On Stage! – 25 Years Later are $25. Tickets to FanTableous Fete II are $20. Both may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. Tickets also may be purchased online anytime at www.fredopera.org.