Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Newberry Opera House is one of the premier performing arts centers in the region.
The mission of the Newberry Opera House is to enhance the economic and cultural development of Newberry County and the Midlands through the window of the arts in concert with educational opportunities for all. The Newberry Opera Has a vision, we hope to be one of the Premier Cultural and Performing Arts destinations for our Region. The Opera House will accomplish this mission and vision through programming that:
- Provides arts for all communities, while including motivating arts education for youth
- Celebrating our community
- Historic Preservation
As a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, The Newberry Opera House cannot and does not support or endorse a political candidate or a particular political party. The Newberry Opera House is not aligned or affiliated with the management or promotion of one candidate over another.
The Newberry Opera House is a historic performing arts theatre in the midlands of South Carolina, halfway between Columbia, SC and Greenville, SC on I-26. The Opera House hosts over 250 events a year: Country, Folk, Doo-Wop, Oldies, Beach, Opera, Classical, Chamber, R&B, Comedy, Dance, Ballet, Jazz, Celtic, International, Acrobats, Elvis Tribute Artists, Singer-Songwriter, Guitarist, World Music, Broadway, Big Band, Bluegrass, Comedy, Choral, Drama, Speakers, Book Readings, and much more.
The Newberry Opera House has been the heart of Newberry County since its dedication in 1882. Designed by G. L. Norman and built at a cost of $30,000, the building is an example of Victorian civic eclectic architecture. The French Gothic clock tower dominates the city’s skyline.
It was designed as a place of entertainment for the local citizenry and as a seat of government for the city and constructed with brick from three local brickyards. The granite came from a quarry approximately two miles outside of the city limits. The talents of local craftsmen in woodworking and masonry were used throughout the construction.
Since being fully renovated as a performance space in 1998, the Opera House has played host to many world-renowned performers such as: Willie Nelson, Olivia-Newton John, Michael Bolton, Robert Earl Keen, Moscow Festival Ballet, Arlo Guthrie, Exile, Air Supply, Jerry Butler, David Osbourne, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr, The Hitmen, The Grascals, Brenda Lee, Mark Russell, Chris Mann, Sawyer Brown, Chanticleer, Don Williams, Edwin McCain, BJ Thomas, Gibson Brothers, Phil Vassar, Tommy Emmanuel, Jim Brickman, Charlie Daniels Band, Tony Kenny, Palmetto Mastersingers, Artie Shaw Orchestra, State Capella of Russia, Branson on the Road, Eddie Money, Dailey & Vincent, The Swingin' Medallions, The Lennon Sisters, Hotel California, Teatro Lirico de Europa, Travis Tritt, Richard Smith, Glen Miller Orchestra, Krasnoyarsk National Dance Co. of Siberia, Marina Lomazov, The Lettermen, James Gregory, Delbert McClinton, Annie Sellick & The Hot Club of Nashville, Ozark Jubilee, Church Basement Ladies, Oak Ridge Boys, Frankie Avalon, Dublin's Irish Cabaret with Andy Cooney, Roslyn Kind, Don't Stop Believing, Celtic Nights, Georgette Jones, Kingston Trio, Steep Canyon Rangers, A Far Cry, Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians, Golden Dragon Acrobats, Charlie Thomas' Drifters, The Stylistics, Doug & Bunny Williams, Charlie Bob Smith, SC Storytelling Network, Raleigh Ringers, Pawel Checinski, Whispering Bill Anderson, Rick Alviti, Hen Party, SC Elvis Festival. The Newberry Opera House has also seen productions of Menopause The Musical, Porgy & Bess, Always, Patsy Cline, Kiss Me, Kate, Ring of Fire, Godspell, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Elixir of Love, Man of La Mancha, Cinderella ballet.
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