Old Opera House Hosts 14th Annual New Voice Play Festival This Weekend

Old Opera House Hosts 14th Annual New Voice Play Festival This Weekend

The 14th Annual New Voice Play Festival runs this weekend, June 20, 21 at 8:00pm and June 22 at 2:30pm at the Old Opera House.

See all four plays each evening! Call the Old Opera House Box-Office today at (304) 725-4420. Tickes: $15 Adults & $10 Students. Not recommended for young children.

2014 New Voice Judges are Christine Brewer, Ed Conn, Jennifer George, Katie Kennedy, Bruce Olson, John-Michael Rolnick and James Wright

Visit us on the web at: www.oldoperahouse.org.

2014 LINEUP:

Mama's Almost Birthday

by Lily Rusek - New York, NY

Directed by Ed Conn

Comedy: This hilarious comedy features longsuffering Isabelle who is throwing her mother Vera a surprise birthday party. The party is a week early because Isabelle's sister Rochelle can't seem to fit her mother's real birthday into her schedule. Mama's Almost Birthday is packed full of laughs, cake, a hidden boyfriend, and a surprising twist that will have us all glad we are not part of this dysfunctional family.


Lauren R. Hugg as Vera Barber

Sarah Celec as Isabelle Barber

Charlie Perkins as Lenny Weintraub

Rene Farabaugh as Rochelle Fiore

Plumber's Butt

by Jay Huling - Jacksonville, FL

Directed by Karen Paone

Comedy: Harvey and Carol are falling apart mentally, physically, and even spiritually when Vikki, Carol's sister, discovers an unorthodox cure-all in an unlikely place. Now all they have to do is believe in the power of a "fundament faith healer," but will Harvey see the light? Do they have what it takes to get to the bottom of... the Plumber's Butt?


Lee Hebb as Harvey

Amy Hebb as Carol

Katie Kennedy as Vicki

Will Heyser as Tim


by Tess Light Los - Alamos, NM

Directed by Christine Brewer

Comedy: What would you do with your life if you had only 24 hours to live it? Would you try to experience as much as you possibly could, pack it full of wonderful experiences? Or would you revel in the small beautiful moments of the everyday, and experience them as fully as possible? This is the question posed in Shimmer. We see these two options brought to life in the two lives of the short-lived Mayfly. Told with humor and thoughtfulness, Shimmer might make you re-think what is important in your life.


Catherine Ellzey as Lady Mayfly

Zach Little as Gentleman Mayfly

Charlie Perkins as a variety of Mayflies


by Seth Freeman - Pacific Palisades, CA

Directed by James Wright

When Ethel's daughter Ginny returns home after a bitter break-up, Ethel and Ginny find themselves in the middle of a dilemma with the law. With an affair gone wrong, a call to the police, and a visit from an old friend, the duo realize their love and appreciation for one another, and see the truth in the phrase "Like mother, like daughter."


Linda Romero as Ethel Hurd

Gabrielle Tokach as Ginny Hurd

Alan Harner as Sheriff Sgt. Bernie Barry

Zak Miller as Gene Hurd

Gwen Leonard as Joanie Meekin

John-Michael Rolnick as Rand Burstyn

Shari Shrewsberry Martin as Myrna Burstyn

Honorable Mentions:


By Carl L. Williams - Houston, TX

Here's Looking at You

by J. C. Svec - Clark, NJ

No Small Parts

By Charlie Perkins - Brunswick, MD

Most Valuable Play Girl

by Jack Gilhooley - Bradenton, FL

It's Your Funeral

by Barry Weinberg - Bethesda, MD

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