bed and breakfast in Millersburg, Ohio had the pleasure of packaging with Ohio Light Opera. Until that time I had never hear of this wonderful company and yet they have quite a history.
What is a light opera you may ask? It was described to me as being similar to a musical but with more singing than acting. When I attended my first performance I was surprised that it was sung in English. I always thought of opera as foreign language. If you like the theater you would will love this Company.
Ohio Light Opera got its start in 1968 as the Kent State Light Opera. They did not perform in Freelander Theatre at the College of Wooster until 1976 as a one time engagement. When the Kent State Light Opera dissolved arrangements were made to move the opera to Wooster and in 1979 the first Ohio Light Opera was performed.
The 2011 season include performances that many people are familiar with: Camelot, Jubilee, Madame Pompadour, The Fortune Teller, The Merry Widow, The Pirates of Penzance, Triple Bill, Evening Wind, Cox and Box, Trial by Jury. There are special events like the 4th of July Pops Concert featuring songs from the Ohio Light Opera cast. The season will run from June 18 - August 13. You can choose from 2:00 p.m. matinee performances or 7:30 p.m. evening performances.
If you are visiting Ohio Amish Country during the day you will notice that many gift shops close by 5 p.m. This schedule will allow you to catch dinner and attend the 7:30 p.m. performance. The schedule will allow you to see more than one performance while you are here. The tickets sell so fast that this year we are not "packaging" Ohio Light Opera, but encourage you to call and order your tickets, then contact our bed and breakfast to reserve your room. This will ensure getting in the performance that you choose and picking the seat that you prefer.
We discovered that one of the actors, Spiro Matsos, actually owns Matsos Restaurant in downtown Wooster. We had a wonderful meal there after our Sunday matinee performance. I really enjoyed looking at a pictorial history of the Ohio Light Opera hanging on the walls of the restaurant. If you have never been to Ohio Light Opera then you will want to check it out this summer.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com