The Opera House Theatre
The Opera House Theatre is located in downtown Philipsburg, Montana. Built in 1891, it is recognized as the oldest continually operating theatre in Montana! Originally named the McDonald Opera House, the current owners, Tim and Claudette Dringle are keeping alive the tradition of live theatre.
2018 Season Tickets Now Available!
David S. Craig is an internationally produced, multi-award-winning playwright and theatre artist. He has written 29 professionally produced dramatic works including his hit comedy Having Hope at Home. Craig’s work has garnered outstanding press notices and has been honored with numerous awards including: The Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production (three times), the Chalmers New Play Award (three times), the Rideau Award, The Canada Council Prize, The Writer’s Guild Prize for Radio Drama and the Barbara Hamilton Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts. Toronto’s NOW Magazine named Craig “One of Canada’s Top Twenty Playwrights.”
It’s funny, wonderful, charming, fabulous, splashy, zippy, whimsical, and hilarious. Brilliantly delightful and infectious in its music, comedy, parody, hilarity and hi-jinks! It’s Vaudeville at its best! Truly a summer favorite for the whole family! Directed by D.J. Gommels. (Produced in collaboration with the 2018 Opera House Theatre ensemble)
D.J. Gommels. “Maestro,” “Eighty-eight,” “Flying Fingers,” “Piano Wrecker,” and “Mr. Orchestra” are among the affectionate epithets for D.J., who proudly hails from itsy-bitsy Gruver, Iowa. He began playing church hymns on the family piano at age two-and-a-half, flummoxing the baby sitter. Before his feet reached the pedals, he performed his first paid “gig,” playing and singing Rubber Duckie for the local Kiwanis Club in the neighboring town of Estherville (He still has the $10 check)—a career was launched. Fast-forward fifty-plus years and no one is more surprised than D.J. that he is still playing in the show business sandbox. Pianist, director, writer, producer, composer, lyricist, conductor, music-director, arranger, dance musician, opera singer, actor…his credits are myriad.
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