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Originally published in Castine Patriot, April 14, 2022 and Island Ad-Vantages, April 14, 2022 and The Weekly Packet, April 14, 2022
Opera House Arts announces 2022 season

Opera House Arts is pleased to announce its 2022 performance schedule. Performances are held in the historic Stonington Opera House and at outdoor venues on Deer Isle.

Tickets for some shows are on sale now, others go on sale in May and can be purchased online at Live performances are always free to Hancock County students, grades K-12. For the latest health and safety protocols regarding COVID-19 and vaccination/testing requirements, visit the website.

“This year we are excited to bring a mix of returning favorites, Maine artists we’re welcoming for the first time, and nationally acclaimed performers to the stage at the historic Stonington Opera House,” said executive director Tony Adams in a press release.

OHA offers year-round programming including “Live! for $5’’ intergenerational family entertainment, movies on most weekends, and the annual Bud Carter Memorial Scholarship Concert, which supports music education for students in the Deer Isle community. In collaboration with local schools and community organizations, OHA also develops accessible programs for creativity and learning through the arts.

Season highlights

June 29-July 17: Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare, directed by Emma Rosa Went.

This performance will be held outdoors, continuing the Opera House’s tradition of inventive, site-specific theater. The production includes live music by folk composer Ray Duncan.

July 29-30: The Deer Isle Jazz Festival, featuring Craig Taborn.

The jazz festival returns to the Opera House for its 22nd year. Headliner Craig Taborn “has become one of the best jazz pianists alive,” says New York Times Magazine. “The experience of sharing live music is more potent than ever right now,” said Jazz Festival co-founder Larry Blumenfeld, who fell in love with Deer Isle decades ago. The festival is underwritten in part with a special gift from Rich and Mary Howe.

August 10-28: World Builders, a play by Johnna Adams, directed by OHA Artistic Director Cait Robinson.

The New England premiere of this play will be held on stage at the Opera House. World Builders is a dark comedy about two people who fall in love during a psychiatric drug trial.

For more information about concerts and “Live! for $5” events, visit