Lancaster Opera House

Phone Number: 716-683-1776
Address: Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Avenue, Lancaster, NY 14086
Website: http://www.lancopera.org/

David Bondrow, Artistic Director

Built in 1897, the Lancaster Opera House is a beautiful, intimate, proscenium theater. The building had many uses in the 20th Century after the decline of vaudeville and other touring shows. Restoration of the space began as a project of the Bicentennial celebration in 1976, and the theater reopened in 1981. 

Since then, the Lancaster Opera House has collaborated with several existing area theater companies, also serving as an incubator for various production companies now established in permanent homes.

Lancaster Opera House Productions

Under its current leadership, the Opera House revived its in-house production company in 2012 with an acclaimed production of Damn Yankees. Artistic/Executive Director David Bondrow wanted to expand the reputation of the Opera House as a presenter of concerts and shows from producing partners and outside entertainers. In keeping with the LOH mission to develop talent in the region, he hired a professional staff to join him in producing Broadway musicals and plays with a dedication to preserve the history and performance practice of this uniquely American art form. Damn Yankees was followed by productions of Oklahoma!Promises, PromisesTwo by TwoFiddler on the RoofSingin' in the RainThe Glass MenagerieMonty Python's SpamalotMy Fair LadyLend Me a Tenor,  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Godspell, as well as two original musicals (The Night Before Christmas and Detention of the Damned), written by two LOH orchestra musicians.

In 2017-2018, three outside producing partners are also appearing on the LOH stage: the Lancaster Regional Players, Rocking Horse Productions, and Theatre of Youth.

 

2017 - 2018 Season

South Pacific
11/10/2017 - 11/26/2017

The Night Before Christmas
12/13/2017 - 10/17/2017

The Diary of Anne Frank
2/09/2018 - 2/18/2018

The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd
4/06/2018 - 4/22/2018

Rounding Third
5/11/2018 - 5/20/2018

Annie
6/08/2018 - 6/24/2018