Grab your red shoes, follow the yellow brick road and spend an afternoon at Stonington’s Emerald Opera House. Opera House Arts and the Island Nursing Home are excited to announce the next selection in this year’s new Community Matinee Series – free monthly screenings of classic movies all winter long. Family favorite The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton and Frank Morgan, will screen on Saturday, December 19 at 1 p.m.
The film, which catapulted Garland into superstardom, is based on L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and follows young Dorothy as she journeys to the mysterious land of Oz, where she befriends a Scarecrow, a Tin Man and a Cowardly Lion, and battles the Wicked Witch of the West, all in her quest to return home.
“We’re excited to travel to Oz with our Community Matinee Series,” says OHA Producing Artistic Director Meg Taintor. “Many of us grew up watching Dorothy and her friends journey to the Emerald City – this is a great chance to relive the magic with our community and experience this wonderful film on the big screen!”
Future Community Matinee dates are Thursday, January 14; Thursday, February 11; Saturday, March 19; Thursday, April 14; Thursday, May 12; and Saturday, June 11.
In addition to the Community Matinee Series, Opera House Arts stays busy throughout the winter, offering first run films each weekend, an AltMovie once a month and live performances in the form of Community Staged Readings, Live in the Lobby open mic nights, and informal concerts.
Continuing the family-friendly fare, the Opera House will offer special weekday screenings of Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur on Tuesday, December 29 at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, December 30 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The movie explores the unlikely friendship between an Apatosaurus named Arlo and Spot, a Neanderthal boy.
Coming up in the new year is the next Live in the Lobby, to be hosted by local band Archipelago, on Wednesday, January 6 at 6 p.m. Opera House Arts’ new book club will also launch on Thursday, January 21 at 3 p.m. with Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, adapted by Sarah Ruhl. For more information about year round programming, please visit http://www.operahousearts.org or call 207-367-2788.