Jun 09, 2021 10:20 PM

Optimists get briefing on the Opera House

Posted Jun 09, 2021 10:20 PM
 ( L-R ) Joe Markley, Sheila Markley, JC Optimist Club President Don Manley
 ( L-R ) Joe Markley, Sheila Markley, JC Optimist Club President Don Manley

Youth theatre show preparations are under way at the C.L. Hoover Opera House. According to a presentation to the JC Breakfast Optimist Club by the directors of the facility, Joe and Sheila Markley, there are high school and middle school students working with Junction City Little Theater staff on a show titled “Cinderella, Jr.” with children in grades 3-5 to be performed on June 24 and 25. Middle and high school students are also working with the staff on “High School Musical, Jr.” which will be presented to the public on July 1 and 2.

According to Optimist Club member Dr. Ferrill Miller other projects touched on included the Opera House staff’s participation with others to apply for the Downtown Revitalization Program; a feasibility study for expanding into 131 W. 7th Street for rehearsal and storage space and an office for JCLT and the Arts Council and expand the kitchen, create more space for actors to dress/change costumes and a “green room” for actors waiting to go on stage in the current Opera House.

The first show presented by the Opera House will be the Quebe Sisters who sing and play the fiddle in a Texas Swing style, but sound like the Andrews Sisters. Other shows include: JCLT’s “Mamma Mia!” November 4-7 and 11-14; Etta May, a southern comedy/concert act on November 18; the First Infantry Division Band Holiday Concert December 10, 11, 12; the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra in December (date TBD); Buckets N Boards on March 4 and on April 10 Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience. Tickets may be purchased by visiting jcoperahouse.org/tickets or by calling 238-3906.