Newport Daily News Opera House Ann McMahon

Opera House Theater Celebration Bodes Well for Theater’s Revival

(Newport Daily News, By Ann McMahon)

What a swellegant, elegant party it was! Cole Porter was not in attendance but he might as well have been. If Friday’s fundraiser, a “Theater Happening,” for the Opera House is any indication, Rhode Island is in for a treat when the Opera House opens next year.

The staging of the event in a tent right on Washington Square was unique and imaginative. Time flew as defined groups of guests attended mini concerts at stages set up in banks, boutiques and public buildings around the square. Inclusion of the institutions surrounds the new theater bodes well for an enthusiastic revival of the whole square.

The best indication of things to come was the variety and excellence of the performers themselves, They were all top-notch. Congratulations to the producers, the sponsors, the staff at the performance spaces and the army of volunteers who pulled this off under threat of driving rain and floods. Hey, Newport, this is gonna be good.

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