The OOH Annual Events
We need your support to maintain our historic building and continue our mission of providing affordable, quality theatre and educational opportunities in the arts. Please join us for one of the several annual events we offer in addition to our regular season shows.
Summer Arts Soiree
FRIDAY, AUG 5 Fundraiser - Purchase TicketsSAT, AUG 6 - Free Event
It is a lazy summer evening in early August and you are looking for something to excite your senses and recharge your creative batteries. Well look no further than the Old Opera House's 10th Annual Summertime Arts Soiree on Friday and Saturday, August 5 & 6. This event is has become one of the area's premier art events and showcases many of the area's most gifted artists.
We kick off this two-day event with a Gala (fundraising) opening on Friday evening that includes delicious hors d’oeuvres, wine and live music. Tickets for Friday evening are available through the Old Opera House Box-office for $37.50; PLEASE purchase them in advance. For Friday evening’s gala we are excited to have singer-songwriter, Laura Busey to performing on the stage. Laura has a modern folk and light country style our patrons will certainly enjoy.
Saturday we open our doors to the public to see the artwork and talk with the artists from 10am to 2:00pm (Free). Mark your calendars now for this exciting weekend of fine arts brought to you by Martin’s Distributing.
Paul Berryhill: Realistic watercolors of rural and beach scenes
Diana Brubaker: Abstract acrylic paintings on canvas
Ed Cimaglio: Gourd art and lamps
Kat Cimaglio: Acrylic painting and fiber art (wool needle felting)
Anna Howard: Decorative and fanciful clocks
Sandra S. Melson Nichols: Handmade one-of-a-kind jewelry designs using (Melson Gems) gemstones and mixed media.
Earl Mills: Photography, Framed & Matted
Scott Tatina: Woodturnings
Erica Woodard: Wooden Fairy Cottages, handmade
Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance by calling the Old Opera House BOX OFFICE at #304.725.4420 or
An Annual Event Held Every June
Each June this one-act play festival attracts some of the country's most gifted new playwrights. See the works of four of the best plays submitted each year and get the unique opportunity to serve as a theatre critic and vote for your favorite entry.
The 17th Annual New Voice Play Festival
We are also entering the 21st Century … In years past we have required that all submissions be submitted by snail-mail which added the burden of making a copy of the play and the cost of mailing it to us. We have eliminated this requirement and will now accept Emailed (PDF or MS Word) copies of your work. We hope that this is a welcomed change. Please Email us your work and the completed application form (or mail them using the US Postal Service) by March 1st, 2017.
Please pass this information on to any playwright you know that might be interested in the 2017 New Voice Play Festival. We wish you all wonderful success with your playwriting and thank you for keeping theatre alive and fresh.
A Night at the Races
Each April join the OOH at the Hollywood Casino at the Charles Town Races with a fun-filled night of races and prime-rib/seafood buffet.
Annual Summertime Arts Soirée
Each August this premier showing of artists' work kicks off with a splendid ticketed gala on Friday evening with free perusal of the artwork on Saturday.
Each November the Old Opera House hosts the this ticketed auction as a fundraiser at the Clarion Hotel in Shepherdstown, WV. Proceeds go to the upkeep of the historical OOH building.