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Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 17, 2021 and Island Ad-Vantages, June 17, 2021 and The Weekly Packet, June 17, 2021
Opera House summer to feature variety of outdoor events

Opera House Arts announces its 22nd summer performance schedule. This season, OHA safely brings back outdoor live performances of music, dance, film, and theater.

The summer season is highlighted by the return of Shakespeare in Stonington. OHA will return to Nervous Nellie’s in August for a three-week run of Desdemona, a play about a handkerchief, by Paula Vogel. Julia Sears returns to OHA to direct the reimagining of Shakespeare’s Othello set in the magical woods behind Nellieville in Deer Isle. Tickets are on sale now, with performances scheduled August 12 through 29.

On July 10, OHA will host a concert by Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul, and Mary fame. Other concerts include the annual Deer Isle Jazz Festival, featuring Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang, on July 16; Indigenous Mind and Solitude on July 17; and Sunset: Songs of Maine and the American Northeast, a classical concert from Katie Zaffrann, on August 24.

On August 1, OHA will present Broadway Comes to Stonington, a fun night of new and old favorites featuring Broadway stars Hugh Panaro, Leenya Rideout and friends.

Live! for $5 intergenerational family programming will take place at the Stonington ball field every Wednesday at 7 p.m. starting June 23. Performers include local favorite Atlantic Clarion Steel Band, the pirate-themed folk trio The Shank Painters, as well as comedians, dancers, jugglers, and more. In addition, the Stonington Public Library will host an open-air workshop with the Atlantic Clarion Steel Drum Band for the whole family from 2 to 3 p.m. on the afternoon of June 23 at the Island Community Center prior to their performance at the ball field.

Drive-in movies will also return to the ball field during most weekends throughout the summer. For other upcoming movie titles, visit

Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 367-2788. Shows are currently scheduled as outdoor performances, with the majority taking place at the Stonington ball field.