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The Newberry Opera House is truly a grand lady.  She has served generations of Newberrians dating back to 1882.  Her most recent return to service as an award winning performing arts center began twenty years ago.  Re-opened following a long-awaited restoration, in her recent history, she has hosted a total of over a couple thousand performances and has inspired over a million tickets sales.  Performers from around the world have played her stage; and evolving as a premier destination venue, she has become known for her charming historic setting, superb acoustics, and unique experiential intimacy, making her the Entertainment Center of the Midlands.

Twenty years having passed, the Newberry Opera House is beginning to need some extra attention.  The grand lady continues to serve well, but there are those areas that need addressing; and the occasion of her anniversary seems the time to do so.  There are the faucets in the bathrooms that require somewhat of a magician’s touch to operate. There are areas in need of re-painting, and some general repairs, updates, and improvements required.  New equipment to accommodate today’s changes in technology are essential, and there are those things which simply need replacing after two decades of use.   You may have noticed a sagging table or black masking tape on stackable chairs.  We can do better!

The Newberry Opera House Foundation Board invites you to join us in celebrating the 20th Anniversary by donating toward “REACHING THE TOWER” in order to accomplish these goals.  The Newberry Opera House is so special, and it is only fitting that the Newberry Opera House look her best and be her best as we play our part in her history.  The Newberry Opera House was a gift given to us by Newberrians of generations ago, and it is both our pleasure and responsibility to ensure that this treasured gift continues into the future being all that she can be!  Please join us.

--The Newberry Opera House Foundation Board and Executive Director Molly Fortune

Donations may be made by clicking the button below, by calling 803-276-5179, or by mailing donations to:
The Newberry Opera House
1201 McKibben Street
Newberry, South Carolina  29108

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Thank you everyone who came to our Elementary, Middle/High, and College nights. Now, the community shines!

Tuesday Evening  March 20, 2018     The Sounds of Newberry  (Showcasing Select Newberry Talent) -7:00 PM

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On the four successive Tuesdays following the birthday party, musical concerts will be given in honor of the Anniversary.  February 27th at 6:30 PM is an evening of Newberry County Elementary School Honor Chorus performances.  March 6th  at 6:30 PM is a celebration of Middle and High School Honor Choruses and the Middle and County Honor High School Bands.  Newberry College will be showcasing their talent on the evening of March 13th at 6:30 PM, and the final celebration performance on March 20th at 7:00 PM is an auditioned show of selected Newberry talent being called “The Sounds of Newberry.” 

Congratulations to The Sounds of Newberry honorees

As part of the Newberry Opera House's 20th Anniversary events, the final night of Tribute Tuesdays will honor talent from the community. Honorees were selected from those with Newberry County connections who submitted applications and youtube videos. These five were chosen to perform on the Opera House stage on March 20 at 7:00 P.M. They will also be featured in the Newberry Magazine's March/April edition.

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Emily Anderson

This 13 year old is in the 8th grade at Mid-Carolina Middle School. She is a huge fan of Broadway musicals such as The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies and Les Miserables. Emily is also a member of the Rebel Regiment Mid-Carolina's marching band where she plays the French horn.

Kristin Caughman

After graduating from Mid-Carolina High School, this Newberry County native attended Newberry College earning her Bachelors of Music Education and the University of South Carolina for her masters.  Kristin is currently the choral director for Mid-Carolina Middle School; a private trumpet instructor; a sponsor of Junior Beta Club, Academic Bowl, and Rebel Star Competition; and drives an afternoon bus route. Kristin is also a singer-songwriter, which she incorporates into her classroom, and as lead female vocalist and keyboardist for the Americana band Blackbeard’s Truck. 

Andy Shull

Andy is a resident of Prosperity S.C., and a retired public school Music Educator having thirty four years of service including twenty five years as a band director, in which seven were at the Mid-Carolina Schools, in Prosperity S.C.  He currently teaches guitar at Crooked Creek Recreational Complex, in Chapin S.C., and performs with the band Second Nature, and the Wightman UMC Praise Band, in Prosperity S.C.

Mourning Dove (Lisa Stubbs)

Mourning Dove (Lisa Stubbs) is a psych-folk musician from Greenville, South Carolina. Often playing as a duo, featuring Niel Brooks, she released her first EP, Chrysalis, in Spring 2014. Inspired by her mother Renee Stubbs and grandmother Fae Cousins, Lisa has always loved to sing. Mourning Dove frequently plays in venues all around Greenville. As well as playing in Newberry this year, she was invited to open for Edwin McCain, and has also played at Fall for Greenville and Albino Skunk Music Festival, two prominent festivals in the upstate. For booking information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Three Quarter Time (Ann & Merritt Moseley and Billy Summer)

Three Quarter Time was formed in 2017 by long time friends Billy Summer, Merritt Moseley and Ann Moseley.  Ann & Merritt are active in the music ministry at Central United Methodist Church where Merritt is Director of Music. The couple shared The Ritz Theatre stage with Billy in the trilogy of plays about the Sanders Family, Smoke on the Mountain, Sanders Family Reunion, and Sanders Family Christmas. Playing since very young, Billy Summer is a Joanna native. He played with Joyride before joining Grand Illusion, where he shared the stage with Merritt for a while. The trio covers diverse songs from the 60s to current hits including The Beatles, CSNY, Little Big Town, Doobie Brothers, Queen and much more.  For booking information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Tickets for each of the four evenings of musical performances will be General Admission and will be $5 for children and $10 for adults.  Click the dates above to purchase tickets for each performance. A $5 per order handling fee will apply if bought online.

 It has been, and continues to be, a grand tradition to bring world class entertainment to the stage of the Opera House, but the 20th Anniversary belongs to the people of Newberry.  As Executive Director, Molly Fortune, says after introducing the performers night after night, “Welcome HOME to the Newberry Opera House.”  This award winning historic theater belongs to the people of Newberry, and for her landmark 20th Anniversary celebration, she will host her own….HOME—Honoring Outstanding Musical Entertainment.  Please join in celebrating the 20th Anniversary and share in the joy of music provided by Newberry County’s Schools ranging from the Elementary level through College!   


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One hundred and thirty-six years ago, a man named Mr. C. G. Jaeger read his 55 line eloquently written poem entitled “Dedication Ode” during the ceremony in which the Newberry Opera House was dedicated.  (Click here to read the poem.) The date was February 20, 1882. 

Following that precedent as part of the 20th Anniversary of the re-dedication of the Opera House, a poetry contest was held. Thank you to everyone who entered. Winners read their poems on February 20, 2018 at the 20th Anniversary Party. Winners received a $50 Savings Account from South State Bank.

Congratulations to the Poetry Contest Winners

                   Student Winners:            

                                               Miss Emily Kyzer, 2nd Grade at The Newberry Academy Click here to read her entry.

                                               Miss Addie Green, 5th Grade at the Whitmire Community School Click here to read her entry.

                   Community Winners:

                                               Mr. Joseph Counts of Pomaria, SC  Click here to read his entry.

                                               Mr. George Franklin of Newberry, SC    Click here to read his entry.


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Why did Willie Nelson sneak into the Opera House one night? What is our grand piano's connection to The White House? Why is there a literally a gap between the original building and the addition? Come learn more about the last 20 years that the Opera House has spent as a performing arts center.  Use your five senses for this special Anniversary tour that will take you behind the scenes at the historic Newberry Opera House. Even if you have taken a tour before you will want to come back for more!

Date & Time: These tours will be given only at specific times listed below. Call to see if any additional times will be added.
February 24, March 3, 10, 17 - Saturdays @ 10:00 A.M.

Cost: FREE

Length of Time: Approximately 45 minutes

Take Aways: Each person taking the tour will receive a small goodie bag while supplies last. The first 50 people to take the Anniversary Tour will receive a print of the Opera House.

Photo Ops: at a dressing room mirror, at our grand piano, in the spotlight on stage

No ticket or reservation required, but groups are encouraged to call ahead 803-276-6264.


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Henry Cho, Comedian

Henry Cho, Comedian


A television and film regular, Henry Cho's clean comedy is so versatile that he can headline Vegas and then tour with Michael W. Smith in the same month.



Apr 14, 2018 @ 8:00pm
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Henry Cho's TV credits include appearances on NBC's "The Tonight Show," CBS' "The Late, Late, Show," and NBC's "Young Comedians Special." Henry was co-creator, co-producer, and co-writer of "The Henry Cho Show" on GAC. Henry's one hour clean Comedy Central Special, "What's That Clickin' Noise?" is currently airing as well as being available on Netflix. He can be heard daily on Sirrus, XM, Blue Collar Radio, & Pandora. He is also a regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry.