May 03, 2021 4:48 PM

C.L. Hoover Opera House reopens to the public

Posted May 03, 2021 4:48 PM

Five organizations were showcased during the re-open house for the C.L. Hoover Opera House in Junction City Monday morning. They included the Astra Theatre program which is preparing for a big 2021-22 school year, said the Administrator, Chris Heldstab. "We'll start in the fall in September. We should have 40 again, 45."Heldstab said the students will perform a show in December and a big production in May. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students from Junction City Middle School participate in the Astra Program.

( L-R ) Chris Heldstab and Melissa Ford with Astra
( L-R ) Chris Heldstab and Melissa Ford with Astra

The Junction City Little Theatre will perform four shows of their own during the coming year including Cinderella in August, Mama Mia in November, Clue in February and in April they will have the show, Peter and the Starcatcher.

Brittany Lamb with Junction City Little Theater
Brittany Lamb with Junction City Little Theater

Junction City Main Street was represented with Terri Butler telling JC Post that they're undergoing training right now. For three days we were part of the national training program, and the three Kansas cities, Atchison, Junction City and Baldwin City, admitted to the program this year went through more training. "Lots and lots of training to get us going in the right direction and being prepared to do what's being asked of us."

Junction City Arts Council will be conducting classes said Board Member Doug Brown. "The Arts Council will be starting elementary age art classes and they will go throughout the year. " There are also some plans for adult classes."

Opera House Co-Director Sheila Markley said they wanted to feature all of the organizations that were active inside the facility. Co-Director Joe Markley referred to the conversations enjoyed by those in attendance. "They're so excited to just see one another and see a live show, and share that experience together is really important and I think that's part of the significance." 

( L-R ) C.L. Hoover Opera House Co-Directors Sheila and Joe Markley
( L-R ) C.L. Hoover Opera House Co-Directors Sheila and Joe Markley

Turnout for the Opera House re-opening was strong.

( l-R ) Janette Vogelsang  and Margaret Kilpatrick  with the Opera House Foundation Board of Directors 
( l-R ) Janette Vogelsang  and Margaret Kilpatrick  with the Opera House Foundation Board of Directors