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Check out our highlights video! Original music is by Nathan Towne, artist in residence, recorded at the Opera House. Photos are by Tony Johnson, all rights reserved. Cover Photo: Full United States Coast Guard Band at the Opera House.

Upcoming Events

National Theatre Live: “Cyrano de Bergerac”

Sunday, August 14th at 7:00pm

National Theatre Live presents the best of British theater to cinema screens around the world, including the big screen of the Opera House!

Cyrano de Bergerac

By Edmond Rostand, in a new version by Martin Crimp

Directed by Jamie Lloyd

James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, captured live in 2020 from the West End in London.

Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all – if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano – or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight?

Edmond Rostand’s masterwork is adapted by Martin Crimp, with direction by Jamie Lloyd (Betrayal). This classic play will be brought to life with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano’s powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.

 

Glenn Miller Orchestra

August 15th at 7:30pm

Returning to the Cheboygan Opera House: the most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring worldwide ever since.

Opera House Film Club: “The Guardian” (2006)

RESCHEDULED: Wednesday, August 17th at 7:00pm

We are grateful to our film sponsor, the Cheboygan Yacht Club!

Celebrate Coast Guard month in Cheboygan with this action-packed film! Haunted by a fatal crash in which he lost his crew, a legendary Coast Guard rescue swimmer becomes a trainer and reluctantly mentors a cocky new recruit.

Starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher. Rated PG-13.

Tickets are $10 General Admission / FREE for those currently serving in or retired from the Coast Guard.

 

Jig Jam

August 25th at 7:30pm

When virtuoso Irish playing jumps the pond running naked through the wide open fields of bluegrass/Americana JigJam is born. Bluegrass and American Folk music originated from their homes in Ireland and now JigJam are here to take it back!

‘Foot stomping’, ‘high energy’ and lots of badass is what you’re in for when you see this musical powerhouse live in concert. Founding members Jamie McKeogh (Lead singer and guitar) and Daithi Melia (5 String Banjo and Dobro) are from Offaly, Ireland and were joined by Tipperary born Gavin Strappe (Mandolin and Tenor Banjo) in 2016. This year they are joined by two Glasgow boys in Calum Morrison (Double Bass) and Danny Hunter (Fiddle) to make up this iGrass (Irish Bluegrass) quintet.

Described as ‘The best Irish band in bluegrass’ and ‘sparkling, infectious’ these lads have been hailed as ‘Ireland’s answer to New Grass Revival’

Bluegrass has its roots in Irish music and Irish immigration. iGrass and JigJam is what happens when the Irish find their prodigal son.

National Theatre Live: “No Man’s Land”

Sunday, August 28th at 7:00pm

National Theatre Live presents the best of British theater to cinema screens around the world, including the big screen of the Opera House!

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart lead the cast in this glorious revival of Harold Pinter’s comic classic.

One summer’s evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.

Following a hit run on Broadway, No Man’s Land was captured from the West End in London in 2016.

 

Eileen Ivers: Celtic fiddle

September 9th at 7:30pm

Join us for a performance by one of the great pioneers of modern Celtic music, as we welcome Eileen Ivers and her band to the Opera House! Grammy awarded, Emmy nominated, London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, guest starred with over 50 orchestras, original Musical Star of Riverdance, Nine Time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Sting, Hall and Oates, The Chieftains, ‘Fiddlers 3’ with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Regina Carter, Patti Smith, Al Di Meola, Steve Gadd, founding member of Cherish the Ladies, movie soundtracks including “Gangs of New York”, performed for Presidents and Royalty worldwide…this is a short list of accomplishments, headliners, tours, and affiliations. Fiddler Eileen Ivers has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today. 

It is a rare and select grade of spectacular artists whose work is so boldly imaginative and clearly virtuosic that it alters the medium. It has been said that the task of respectfully exploring the traditions and progression of the Celtic fiddle is quite literally on Eileen Ivers’ shoulders. The Washington Post states, “She suggests the future of the Celtic fiddle.”

The Sweet Water Warblers

September 13th at 7:30pm

If the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, then The Sweet Water Warblers are no exception. Comprised of Michigan songbirds Rachael Davis, Lindsay Lou, and May Erlewine, the folk trio’s organic vocal harmonies and seamlessly interwoven instrumentation leaves listeners breathless.

The Sweet Water Warblers came together in 2014, for a single performance at the Hoxeyville Music Festival upon request by the promoter. From the beginning, there was a unique connection between the three artists, a bond forged by a mutual passion for social change and expansion of the soul through music. Each of the ladies’ brought with them a regarded solo career within the Americana and roots worlds, and with them individual perspectives on traditional music. Whether it was the gospel and soul-laced melodies uncovered in Davis’ music, the Appalachian folk and country-leaning ballads belted out by Erlewine, or the versatile country soul and bluegrass roots of Lou’s band it was clear from the beginning that the culmination of their talents would be unparalleled.


The Mission of the Cheboygan Area Arts Council is to promote and encourage cultural and educational activities within the Straits Area of Northern Michigan, and to provide services that stimulate and encourage participation and appreciation of the arts within all segments of the community and to showcase the historic Cheboygan Opera House.

The Cheboygan Area Arts Council is a 501c3 charity and is supported in part by the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.

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