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"2014 Season: Get Down and Thirty"
Celebrating Chester Eitze's 30th Year at the Bastrop Opera House
Plays, Musical Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Dance, Opera, Country, Film, & Comedy for Audiences of All Ages.
Bastrop's award-winning theatre!  Home of the Spring Street Players and the Colorado River Repertory
Bastrop, Texas
BASTROP OPERA HOUSE
presents
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
(abridged)
by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
Shakespeare's 37 plays in 97 minutes - see it to believe it!!!
graphic by Robert Reed
Directed by Chester Eitze
(30th Anniversary Season)

Fridays & Saturdays, August 22, 23, 29 & 30 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 24 at 2:30 pm

Starring
Paul Christian, Jason Farley & Danne Absher
Actors
Purchase your tickets now.  No added fees or charges.
Purchase your tickets now.  No added fees or charges.
Ticket Prices: VIP $15; Adults $12; Military and Seniors $10, Students $7
Overnight visitors staying in an approved Bastrop lodging ask for bonus at box office.

Do NOT miss this show.
It is three very funny guys doing a wildly funny play.
It doesn't matter if you love or hate Shakespeare, you will love this show!

This play parodies the plays of William Shakespeare and they are performed (in comically shortened or amalgamated form) by three terrific actors.

The script was first performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and later ran for almost a decade at the Criterion Theatre in London.  It has become one of the world's most popular scripts, playing frequently in a variety of languages. It is notable for holding the (self-proclaimed) world record for the shortest-ever performance of Hamlet both forward and backwards.  The script has been updated by the authors.

   “This irreverent deconstruction of Shakepeare's work makes a dilly of poor Willy. A fantasia of zany energy that throws together Monty Python-ish drag and Mel Brook-ish anything-for-a-laugh gags.”
Michael Musto, New York Daily News

“THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) embodies one of comedy's most essential impulses: the adolescent urge to take a baseball bat to the culturally revered. A mix of pratfalls, puns, willful mis-readings of names and dialogue, clunky female impersonations, clean-cut ribaldry, and broad burlesque. The gung-ho vitality is impossible to resist. The conversion of the histories into a football game is very funny. So is a rap version of OTHELLO. HAMLET truly soars and allows the actors to come into their own as manic clowns. At its giddiest, its tone recalls the fabled Bullwinkle cartoon shows.”
Ben Brantley, The New York Times

   “Fresh, energetic and funny. A wild and silly frolic.”
Pia Lindstrom, W N B C-T V

Recommended for audiences ages 14 and up.
Chester Eitze, Director, Bastrop Opera House

Produced by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing, New York, N. Y.
Danne and Jason's head shots are by A. L. Scott
Paul Christian's head shot by David Heisler
Graphic by Robert Reed


The artist N. Benner.Art in the Opera House: A dozen paintings by Nancy Benner
Artist Bio:

Nancy Benner paints with oil, watercolor, and acrylics, but prefers oil and watercolor.  She began painting at age 12, in private lessons. The teacher had an entirely different style so painting was set aside until her later teen years. She did participate during those years in a lot of art projects at school, even winning some awards.  Her favorite artists are Dalhart Windberg, G. Harvey, Mark Pettit, and Ruth Ortiz. She enjoys painting in their styles. She feels that her landscapes are her best, though she does put people in some of her paintings as well as ancient buildings and scenes from Europe; sometimes painting from photos taken while traveling.

Nancy enjoys teaching her Sunday School class where she and Alton are very involved in the activities and responsibilities of their church. She also enjoys clog dancing, sewing (where she won a ribbon at the State Fair in Dallas), designing (especially quilts) and home décor as well. Her love for the Bastrop Opera House began when the "Bastrop Yesterfest" had the cloggers do their annual clogging show on stage there.  Nancy lives in Manchaca, in a home designed and built by Nancy and Alton, her husband of 56 years. They have a son and daughter and 7 grandchildren.

West Texas Stock Tank (c) N Brenner 1997



Link to Engela's Halloween Photos
Link to Oz Video Purchase
Note The Nutcracker video is now available for purchase, contact Engela Edwards at engela@easytheatre.com and put video in the subject line.
"Raise the Roof Fundraiser"
FundraiserWhen you visit the Bastrop Opera House, you are visiting a piece of Bastrop and Texas history.  Bastrop merchants P. Otto Elzner and S.D. Green agreed to build the Opera House in 1889 at a reported cost of $15,000.  Now 124 year later, more than three times that amount is needed just to repair the roof to preserve this unique piece of history. 
The historic Bastrop Opera House has launched an emergency capital campaign to repair the roof. We have a ways to go, but we will get there with your help.  Thank you to all who of you who donated, entertained, volunteered, participated, appreciated, and joined us.  Contributors and Donors Thank You List.
Please keep those donations pouring in, so we can stop the rain from pouring in.

The Bastrop Opera House is the heart of live theater in Bastrop and needs to be preserved. The funding of a new roof is crucial.  After the incredible heat of last summer, the rain of this new year have pointed out more leaks in the over-twenty-year-old tin roof.  With contraction and expansion the nails have popped out and where there had been tar and sealant along the down spout alleys, cracks have occurred.  Rather than merely patching repeatedly what is there, a complete overhaul needs to be initiated.  Therefore, several fundraising occured including special music programs, like the Classic Country Music Shows, where the proceeds will be placed in our building fund for a preservation project of this nature.

You may send a donations for the "roof restoration project" to the Bastrop Opera House, P.O. Box 691, Bastrop, Texas 78602.  You may also make an online donation of any amount on the Bastrop Opera House site at http://bastropoperahouse.com/sponsorship.htm, or you may donate by clicking this button, and entering how much you'd like to donate.
Donations so far are $11,645 toward the $50,000 goal.  THANK YOU!

 
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Volunteers make the Opera House function.  We could not run without the help and support of our volunteers--in fact, they are crucial to making the Bastrop Opera House a success.  Thousands of volunteer hours go into the Opera House shows.  You can help even if you only have one hour to give.  Volunteers post their interests and skills, and directors and organizers post their needs.  Are you interested in becoming part of the energetic Bastrop Opera House volunteer team?
Join the Bastrop Opera House Volunteers.

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Bastrop Opera House
711 Spring Street
P.O. Box 691
Bastrop, Texas 78602

Bastrop and Long Distance: (512) 321-6283; Austin-metro: (512) 303-6283

Executive Director: Chester Eitze
email: Chester@BastropOperaHouse.com

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