Event Calendar

Come see us this season and look whose been here over the past seasons.

Dec
2
Sun
2018
Incendiary Agents
Dec 2 @ 3:00 pm

“Incendiary Agents” is one of three plays selected as winners of the Morgan Opera House’s seventh Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition. Set in the 1960s, against the backdrop of anti-establishment rebellion, Jim Crow and the Viet Nam war, this original play focuses on a small group of idealists, including two members of the clergy, who determine to protest the war by breaking into a federal building to destroy draft records.  The consequences of the “simple” burglary are greater than anything they might have imagined.  Jack Karp’s work explores the questions,  “What impels people to march and plot and be willing to be arrested for their beliefs.  How do they draw the line between what they’re willing to protest and what they’re not?”  Directed by Siouxsie Easter, Associate Professor of Theatre at Wells.

Apr
13
Sat
2019
Event Postponed
Apr 13 @ 8:00 pm

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams – This event has been postponed. A new date will be announced.

Jun
2
Sun
2019
Lewis Henry Morgan at 200: The Legacies of a Nineteenth-Century Aurora Scholar
Jun 2 @ 2:00 pm

Illustrated presentation by Robert J. Foster, Professor of Anthropology, University of Rochester

Lewis Henry Morgan (1818-1881) was born in Aurora, NY and became a distinguished Rochester attorney and businessman who served two terms in the New York State Legislature. He was also an internationally known scholar who corresponded with Charles Darwin, influenced Karl Marx, and established the fields of anthropology and archeology in the United States. In 1931, a Democrat and Chronicle article hailed Morgan as “Rochester’s most distinguished man of science.”  Today, however, Morgan is hardly remembered in the city that he once called home. What are Morgan’s legacies and how might they be appreciated today?

Jun
22
Sat
2019
Jump Castle Riot
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm

Jump Castle Riot, a modern blues/rock band from Charleston, SC, consists of Nina
Murchison (vocals), Jay Van Raalte (guitar/vocals), Bradley Palles (drums) and Derk
Van Raalte (bass). JCR has been praised for its effortless chemistry and explosive
sound, which has been described as “if Ella Fitzgerald fronted a band made up of The
Killers and The White Stripes.” The group shares a special connection with the area as
the mother and wife of two members of this exciting band, Lisa Shilepsky Van
Raalte, grew up in Aurora and is happy to introduce them to family and friends.

https://www.jumpcastleriot.com/Band Picture on deck

Jun
29
Sat
2019
Some Enchanted Evening with Molly Ruggles and Will McMillan
Jun 29 @ 8:00 pm

Singer songwriters Molly Ruggles and Will McMillan from the Boston area will perform old favorites from Oscar Hammerstein, as well as a few original songs chosen with a Finger Lakes audience in mind.

Will has performed at venues such as Scullers Jazz Club, the Hi-Hat Club (RI), the Inn on Newfound Lake (NH), Westbeth Performance Center (NYC), Spring Island (SC), and Yin Par LeGarcon Chinois (Shanghai). For years McMillan hosted “Will & Company,” a series in Harvard Square highlighting local performers and songwriters, which earned him an IRNE Award for Best Cabaret Show in a Small Venue. He has released four CDs—”Sketchbook 1″ and “Blame Those Gershwins” with pianist Steve Sweeting, “Reel One” with the vocal ensemble At The Movies, and “If I Loved You,” with singer Bobbi Carrey and pianist Doug Hammer. You are welcome to visit his blog, AMusicalifeOnPlanetEarth.WordPress.com or his web site, WillSings.com. You can also watch him perform on YouTube by searching “Will McMillan.”

Molly Ruggles played piano and conducted pit bands for Opryland USA in Nashville, the College Light Opera Company on Cape Cod, and Brown University. She led a house band at the Arboretum in Providence for five years. She also played with the band Bougainvillea, and worked with singers Henrietta Robinson, Lisa Thorson, and Sayida Rivers Farmer. She taught a songwriting seminar at MIT for seven years and recently produced a workshop performance of her original musical The Mis-Matched Pair. You are welcome to visit her web site at MollyRuggles.com.

Aug
16
Fri
2019
We Will Not Be Silent
Aug 16 @ 8:00 pm

Individuals are sometimes willing to risk everything for a cause in which they believe.  But how far is one willing to go to risk the lives of friends and family?  We Will Not Be Silent explores this dilemma as it presents the intense confrontation between 21-year-old Sophie Scholl, a university student activist who led the only major act of civil resistance to the Nazi during WW II, and Kurt Grunwald, her interrogator.  Both wield strength; one wields power. Based on the true events which occurred in Munich, Germany in 1943.

The cast includes Jim Byrne as Kurt Grunwald, Mallory Cleere as Sophie Scholl, and Luke Lauchle as Hans Scholl. Patti Goebel is the set and lighting designer. Production assistant is Liz Sherman.

We Will Not Be Silent is the 13th original play to be performed at the Morgan Opera House as a winner of the Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition.  Written by David Meyers and directed by Siouxsie Easter, Professor of Theatre at Wells College.

David Meyers is an actor and playwright based in Los Angeles and New York. As a writer, his plays have been produced and read off-Broadway, and at regional theaters across the country. He has been published by Applause, Smith and Kraus, and more. As an actor, he has appeared on TV, film, and national commercials. www.DavidActs.com  @DaveActs


Aug
17
Sat
2019
We Will Not Be Silent
Aug 17 @ 8:00 pm

Individuals are sometimes willing to risk everything for a cause in which they believe.  But how far is one willing to go to risk the lives of friends and family?  We Will Not Be Silent explores this dilemma as it presents the intense confrontation between 21-year-old Sophie Scholl, a university student activist who led the only major act of civil resistance to the Nazi during WW II, and Kurt Grunwald, her interrogator.  Both wield strength; one wields power. Based on the true events which occurred in Munich, Germany in 1943.

The cast includes Jim Byrne as Kurt Grunwald, Mallory Cleere as Sophie Scholl, and Luke Lauchle as Hans Scholl. Patti Goebel is the set and lighting designer. Production assistant is Liz Sherman.

We Will Not Be Silent is the 13th original play to be performed at the Morgan Opera House as a winner of the Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition.  Written by David Meyers and directed by Siouxsie Easter, Professor of Theatre at Wells College.

David Meyers is an actor and playwright based in Los Angeles and New York. As a writer, his plays have been produced and read off-Broadway, and at regional theaters across the country. He has been published by Applause, Smith and Kraus, and more. As an actor, he has appeared on TV, film, and national commercials. www.DavidActs.com  @DaveActs


Sep
14
Sat
2019
Moonshine Falls
Sep 14 @ 8:00 pm

Born and raised in Poplar Ridge, NY, Dave McKeon and his band Moonshine Falls return to the Morgan Opera House on Saturday, September 14 at 8PM.  Moonshine Falls bridges the gap between Traditional Bluegrass and the “New Blue” movement playing bluegrass standards and writing their own songs that blend seamlessly with that canon.

Co-sponsored by the Aurora Free Library.

https://moonshinefallsbluegrass.com/

 

Sep
28
Sat
2019
Mark Twain Unplugged
Sep 28 @ 8:00 pm

J.G. Hertzler returns to the MOH stage as Mark Twain revealing the secrets of a long life with music,  jobs programs and shipbuilding with music, tales of Barbers and livestock, medical advice on castor oil, cigars and good scotch with music, ” Life on the Mississippi” in 1870…followed by “After Life on the Potomac” in 2020..with music by the “Oldfangled Troubadors, Uncle Joe Chicone and Fiddlin’ Rene Baum”.  Mark Twain using an I-Phone ???  Yes, because this Twain will comment as himself, as Sam Clemens, and as JG Hertzler.  From 1835-to 2020, the two Twains shall meet at the Morgan Opera House.  Sponsored in part by a Finger Lakes Community Arts Grant and Lisa Marsh Ryerson.

 

 

Oct
5
Sat
2019
Klezmer Kings
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm

This lively and enthusiastic band has provided  evenings of European folk, American Pop and all genres in between for many years as a benefit for the Opera House. Clarinet, sax, percussion, accordion, piano, voice and more share the music making with both gusto and sweetness. If you haven’t experienced Klezmer before, now is the time. Thanks go to Dana Mandel and Lifespan Physical Therapies for their support.

Klezmer Band