hard hat happening

Hard Hat Happening

We hope you will join us at the Newport Opera House Theater and Performing

Arts Center on Friday, May 6th from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm for our Hard Hat

Happening! party. This fun-filled fundraising event will celebrate the beginning

of construction to restore Newport‘s historic Opera House Theater and will be the

last big event we will hold in the theater before major construction begins for its

debut opening in late 2017!

It has been a long journey for the Newport Opera House since it opened in 1867

as a theater for live entertainment. Throughout its rich history, the Opera House

has always been an integral part of Newport. Now as construction begins, it

enters into the next phase of its rich life – once again becoming a vibrant

Performing Arts Center that will bring year-round performances to downtown

Newport while restoring an architectural treasure in historic Washington Square.

The Hard Hat Happening! promises to be a night of great entertainment …with

opportunities to get a closer look at the wonderful architectural details and plans

for restoration …to view the endless possibilities for programming in the theater

… and to join with people from all across the community and state to celebrate

bringing life back to our wonderful historic Newport Opera House Theater.

Join us for this fun-filled evening on Friday, May 6th. The event will be held at the

Newport Opera House Theater at 19 Touro Street – in the heart of Washington


Please remember that every dollar you donate to the Hard Hat Happening! will

be matched dollar for dollar by the State of Rhode Island through the $4.2 million

Creative and Cultural Economy Bond.

Here is information on Ticket Prices, and different giving opportunities:




 Tickets for 2 guests

 Listing in the Evening Program


 Tickets for 4 guests

 Listing in the Evening Program

$ 2,500 — DIRECTOR

 Tickets for 6 guests

 Listing in the Evening Program

 1 ticket to 1 Opening Week Performance in 2017!

$ 5,000 — PRODUCER

 Tickets for 6 guests

 Prominent listing in the Evening Program

 Recognition at the Event

 Two tickets to 1 Opening Week Performance in 2017!


  • Tickets for 8 guests
  • Premier listing in the Evening Program
  • Recognition at the Event
  • Name on the Opera House Marquee for the week of the Event
  • Name plaque on a new “Opera House Theater Seat”
  • Two tickets to the Opera House Opening Night Performance in 2017!

If you are unable to attend, but want to make a matchable donation to the

Newport Opera House Theater restoration, your gift would be greatly


To purchase your ticket(s) and/or Sponsorship Opportunities, click on the

“DONATE NOW” button below and chose your level of support.