The Pocahontas Opera House Preview Party is back.
The Opera House will host its annual Season Preview Party Friday June 11, from 5 to 7 p.m.
“We’re excited to welcome our friends back to the Opera House,” Opera House Director Brynn Kusic said. “And we’ll be announcing an exciting new season of great performances.”
The new season begins in July.
Those who attend the June 11 event will get the first look at what will be happening at Marlinton’s historical theater in its 2021-22 season. After the party, the season will be posted on the Opera House website www.pocahontasoperahouse.org
Kusic has found that interest in the Opera House season is running particularly high this year. When COVID-19 hit in March of 2020, the Opera House shut its doors and has hosted no live events since then.
“People are really hungry for a chance to gather, hear music or see a play,” Kusic said. “And I think they’re going to be pleased with what we’re offering. It’s a great line up of old favorites and some new exciting shows.”
The first few performances will take place on the Town of Marlinton’s Discovery Junction Stage adjacent to the Opera House. By fall, Kusic plans to move the shows indoors and will follow CDC COVID-19 guidelines. Those guidelines will be followed for the Preview Party and those who have not been vaccinated are asked to wear masks.
“We weren’t sure we were going to be able to have a season preview party until a couple of weeks ago,” said Leslie McLaughlin, board member and party chairperson. “But there’s a lot to celebrate right now so we decided to go ahead.”
This year’s party will look a little different than previous years. There will be no lavish decorations, silent auction or a full buffet of fancy finger foods. They’re calling it a “pop-up party” and the focus is on getting together with friends.
“There will be snacks and drinks, a video that highlights our upcoming season, and a drawing for door prizes. Plus, a couple of surprises,” McLaughlin said. “But most of all it will be a chance to reconnect with friends and celebrate the Opera House’s survival and a great new season.”