Attending the theater is a great way to immerse in the local culture and spend an entertaining evening with your loved ones. That’s why we highly recommend the Godspeed Opera House in CT! Located in nearby East Haddam, this historic theater puts on more than 400 shows each year and stands at the forefront of producing and preserving the American musical, simultaneously reinventing the classics and inventing new ones. Here is everything you need to know about the Godspeed Opera House and some upcoming shows that you have to look forward to.
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Godspeed Opera House History
Since 1963, the Godspeed Opera House in CT has produced professional musical theater in a historic building on the banks of the Connecticut River in East Haddam. At first, their goal was to use rarely produced musicals and breathe new life into them on their own stage. They also added to their repertoire by discovering and nurturing promising new musicals presented at both the Opera House and the Norma Terris Theatre in neighboring Chester.
Since opening their doors, Godspeed Opera House has produced over 250 musicals, 70 world premieres, and even exported 21 productions to Broadway in New York City. It is the first regional theater in America to earn two Tony awards, including the 1980 award for “Outstanding Contributions to the American Musical.”
Godspeed Opera House in CT 2018 Season Schedule
Each year from April to December, Godspeed Opera House attracts more than 130,000 patrons for their incredible shows and productions. If you’d like to experience an unforgettable theater experience before the season ends, here are some upcoming shows that you won’t want to miss!
The Drowsy Chaperone (September 21st-November 25th)
The Drowsy Chaperone is a Jazz Age musical come to life! It takes place in the living room of a diehard theater fan, and as he plays his favorite albums, you’ll be entertained fizzy vintage shows and show-stopping dance numbers that are sure to leave you in awe.
Purchase your tickets for The Drowsy Chaperone now!
A Connecticut Christmas Carol (November 30th-December 30th)
Held at Godspeed’s sister property, The Terris Theater, A Connecticut Christmas Carol brings a historical twist to the beloved Charles Dickens tale! It follows famed actor and local legend, William Gillette, as he leaves his castle on the Connecticut River to adapt Dickens’ holiday classic. Local heroes like Mark Twain, P.T. Barnum, and more will also make spirited appearances opposite Gillette’s Scrooge. It’s a fun-filled holiday journey that you won’t soon forget.
Purchase your tickets for A Connecticut Christmas Carol today!
Take a Tour of the Godspeed Opera House
Even if you are unable to attend a show, you can still experience what makes the Godspeed Opera House one of the top theaters in the region! Opera House tours are a great way to learn more about the theater’s history and explore behind-the-scenes spots you wouldn’t normally see such as backstage and the actors’ dressing rooms.
Stop by on Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. from June through October and trained docents will guide you throughout the opera house while revealing fun facts about the theater.
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Whether you’re interested in attending a show at the Godspeed Opera House in CT or a relaxing getaway from it all, you’ll want a relaxing place to recharge each night of your stay. The Wallingford Victorian Inn is a gorgeous boutique hotel that has been around for more than a century. Meticulous detail translates into an atmosphere of opulence, true to the Victorian form. We have a Music Room, a Library, and a parlor populated with period furnishing. Stay in one of our five suites and enjoy the decor of a bygone era coupled with modern comforts. You’ll also be treated to a hot complimentary breakfast each morning of your stay!
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