Event Calendar

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

May
13
Sat
2017
The Sorcerer presented by Savoyards Musical Theatre
May 13 @ 8:00 pm

Love is in the air, magic is at work and a love potion is about to create havoc with the affections of an entire village. Chaos ensues until someone willingly breaks the spell so the path of true love can run smoothly once more. This early work of Gilbert & Sullivan features all of their famous range of songs such as comic duets, patter song and the double chorus. Join us this spring for an evening of music and laughter. Stage Director: Melissa Snyder; Music Director: Scott Miller.

 

 

 

Dec
1
Sat
2018
Incendiary Agents
Dec 1 @ 8:00 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.

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.

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
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.

 

 

Dec
17
Sat
2022
The Shepherd’s Play
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm

The Poplar Ridge Players’ annual production of the Shepherds’ Play (our 44th year!) will be based in Aurora—at the Morgan Opera House– showtime is 7PM on Saturday, December 17. Admission is free.

The Shepherds’ Play is a Medieval play preserved by an isolated community living on an island in the Danube River and not transcribed until the late 19th Century. Parts were handed down through families—something like that has happened with our group, consisting of your friends and neighbors. Like the wonderful Middle English Second Shepherds’ Play, it blends slapstick with reverence.

The Poplar Ridge Players are grateful to the Morgan Opera House and Aurora Free Library for making the great space available.

For more information call/text Chris MacCormick at 607-351-6864

 

Sep
13
Wed
2023
Women of the Watch, Keepers of the Light
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm

Written and performed by Anna Marck and directed by D.B. Schroeder, “Women of the Watch, Keepers of the Light,” is an uplifting 45-minutes of music, laughter, and simple honest storytelling. Hosted by the Aurora Free Library

Sep
30
Sat
2023
POSTPONED! The Fairer Sex: The Life and Times and Plays of Mercy Otis Warren
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm

POSTPONED~POSTPONED!

This event will be re-scheduled for a later date.

Meet a Founding Mother of the United States! The Morgan Opera House premiers a staged reading of “The Fairer Sex” written by Stephen Cedars. Saturday, September 30 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, October 1 at 2 pm. Mercy Otis Warren is renowned as one of the principal activists and writers in the years leading up to the American Revolution. This original play is set in the early 1800s, as a conversation among her, and John and Abagail Adams, with visits from their youthful selves popping up throughout. The play is likewise sprinkled with appearances by George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and sundry other characters, who provide all manner of commentary on what she did to further the revolutionary cause. Directed by Susan Forbes, a past Chair of the Wells College Theater Department, the play will be a staged reading featuring members of the community. The performances are free, but a $10 donation is suggested.

Open Cast Call is September 25th at 6:30pm. 2 rehearsals that week. Tech rehearsal Fri Sept 29.

As a tribute to his wife, Gloria, George Peter started the Gloria Ann Barnell Peter playwright competition which solicits original works by playwrights, selects the best scripts and then presents them to our audiences. The Peter family has generously continued this tradition. For more information, call 315-364-5347.

Oct
1
Sun
2023
POSTPONED! The Fairer Sex: The Life and Times and Plays of Mercy Otis Warren
Oct 1 @ 2:00 pm

POSTPONED~POSTPONED!

This event will be be re-scheduled for a later date.

Meet a Founding Mother of the United States! The Morgan Opera House premiers a staged reading of “The Fairer Sex” written by Stephen Cedars. Saturday, September 30 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, October 1 at 2 pm. Mercy Otis Warren is renowned as one of the principal activists and writers in the years leading up to the American Revolution. This original play is set in the early 1800s, as a conversation among her, and John and Abagail Adams, with visits from their youthful selves popping up throughout. The play is likewise sprinkled with appearances by George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and sundry other characters, who provide all manner of commentary on what she did to further the revolutionary cause. Directed by Susan Forbes, a past Chair of the Wells College Theater Department, the play will be a staged reading featuring members of the community. The performances are free, but a $10 donation is suggested.

Open Cast Call is September 25th at 6:30pm. 2 rehearsals that week. Tech rehearsal Fri Sept 29.

As a tribute to his wife, Gloria, George Peter started the Gloria Ann Barnell Peter playwright competition which solicits original works by playwrights, selects the best scripts and then presents them to our audiences. The Peter family has generously continued this tradition. For more information, call 315-364-5347.