Friday, December 4, 2015 - 6:00pm
Free Admission

Part 1 - Christmas Classics Double Feature


To start our season’s feature film series we will screen 2 Christmas classics. Uninterrupted by commercial breaks you will be able to enjoy these classic masterpieces as originally seen in theaters on the big screen. 


The classics include:

6pm - Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.

Starring: Bing Cosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen


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8:30pm -  It’s a Wonderful Life

An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.

Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore


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Come out and experience the magic for yourself.


Doors 5:30, Films start at 6pm, Entrance is FREE

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 4:00pm
Free Admission

Part 2 –Christmas Comedy Marathon


Come out and enjoy this madcap Christmas comedy collection with your friends and family. Starting at 4pm and continuing till 11:30pm these films include:


4pm - A Christmas Story

Ralphie has to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940s.

Starring: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon and Darren Mc Gavin


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6pm - National Lampoons’ Christmas Vacation

The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo &  Juliette Lewis


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8pm - Trading Places

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd & Ralph Bellamy


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10pm – Bad Santa

A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.

Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac & Lauren Graham


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Doors 3:30, Films start 4pm, Entrance FREE


Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 1:00pm
Free Admission

Part 3 

Classic Kids Christmas Stop-Action Films.


Bring your children and friends to watch the films you loved as a kid.


1pm - Santa Clause is Comin’ to Town

A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney & Keenan Wynn


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2:15pm - Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer

A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.

Starring: Billie Mae Richards, Burl Ives & Paul Soles


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3:30pm - Frosty the Snowman

A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat.

Starring: Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolf & Jimmy Durante


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Doors 12:30, Films start at 1pm, Entrance is FREE

Friday, December 11, 2015 - 8:00pm
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Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, Mark O Connor, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitarists List” for the Wall Street Journal. Vignola’s jaw-dropping technique explains why the New York Times deemed him “one of the brightest…stars of the guitar”.


After his years of playing alongside the aforementioned gamut of celebrity musicians, Vignola set out to start a rock band and originally auditioned Raniolo for electric bass. After performing together for a year or so, it became apparent that the young music student had his own fair share of bionic skill on the guitar, and Frank & Vinny was born


Vinny Raniolo says he met Frank when he was about 15. Frank generously gave Vinny one of his albums at the time. Both musician come from Long Island both and attended the Long Island High School for the Arts. Still in his 20s, Raniolo has already performed alongside Tommy Emmanuel, Tony Trishka, Bucky Pizzarelli and David Grisman.


Vignola and Raniolo have been touring together as a guitar duo for nearly five years, and have played hundreds of shows together.


Doors 7pm, Show 8pm, Tickets $15


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Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 1:00pm
Free Admission

Part 4 of our Christmas Film Extravaganza


The Shepherdstown Opera House and The 501st Legion: Vader's Fist work together to support the 2015 Toys for Tot’s toy drive.


Join us with your friends & family for the party, dress in your favorite Star Wars costume & celebrate with The 501st Legion: Vader's Fist. Watch Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi on the big screen a week before the release of Episode VII - The Force Awakens.


Doors 12pm, Film 1pm

Please bring an unwrapped new toy for a tot.

Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 8:00pm
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The Nighthawks, legends of Blues and Roots Rock, the original "Bad Boys of Bethesda" have been making it happen since 1972. 


The Nighthawks, 2015, current lineup is:
Mark Wenner: Vocals, Harmonica
Johnny Castle: Vocals, Bass
Paul Bell: Guitar
Mark Stutso: Drums, Vocals

When Mark Stutso, master of the deep groove, joined The Nighthawks at the beginning of 2010, the 21st-century version of the legendary American roots band was complete. With Paul Bell and Johnny Castle in the band for nearly a decade, and founding father Mark Wenner the remaining original, this team outshines all previous incarnations. 

The Nighthawks was an idea in Mark Wenner's brain long before he was able to implement it. The musical product of pre-1958 radio in Washington, D.C., he did not know there were rules against mixing blues, R&B, honky-tonk country, doo-wop, gospel and rockabilly into one delicious stew.

In 1972, Mark, then 23, returned to his hometown after a New York City band apprenticeship eager to start a real, work-every-night band based on American roots music. He found a receptive local scene. Washington has long been a musical melting-pot of the kind that made Memphis the source point for the evolution of American music in the second half of the 20th century. It just never had a Stax or Sun record label to tell the world. As the city exploded with an influx of people from all the surrounding states during the Great Depression and World War II, Washington became a hotbed of musical cross-fertilization. When Bill Haley first brought his wacky Pennsylvania mix of hillbilly music and rhythm and blues to D.C. in 1952, people got it. And white kids like Mark found the Howard Theater – now recently restored and part of the historic top tier of the Chitlin' Circuit that included Baltimore’s Royal, Chicago’s Regal and New York’s Apollo – just a 25-cent bus ride away from the suburbs.


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Doors 7pm, Show 8pm, Tickets $15

Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 1:00pm
Free Admission

Part 5 – Kid’s Christmas Shorts


Come and enjoy this wonderful set of short films with your friends and family!


1pm - Shrek the Halls

Shrek promises Fiona a special Christmas surprise, but as usual, Donkey gets involved, and chaos ensues in Shrek's first family Christmas.

1:30pm -  Gift of the Night Fury

Based on How to Train Your Dragon, the short takes place in the middle of preparing for the Viking winter holiday. Hiccup and the other Vikings of Berk make a remarkable discovery about their dragons.

2pm - Merry Madagascar

Melman, and Gloria try to escape from Africa and return to the zoo in New York in a hot air balloon. In an unlikely turn of events, Alex unintentionally shoots down Santa Claus while he's delivering Christmas gifts. The would-be escapees come up with a plan to deliver Santa's gifts and get themselves back to New York

2:30pm - Kungfu Panda

Master Shifu assigns Po to host the annual Winter Feast at the Jade Palace, a very formal occasion where all the Kung Fu masters of China attend. Po needs his father to help cook, but Dad has to run the family restaurant that night. Will Po lose face, or will things somehow turn out all right?


Doors 12:30, Films start at 1pm, Entrance is FREE


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Friday, December 18, 2015 - 9:00pm
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Do you enjoy a bygone era when variety shows were all the rage? Are you attracted to the high glamour of classic burlesque?

December 18th, Baltimore's Best Burlesque troupe, Gilded Lily Burlesque, returns to Shepherdstown, WV to descend upon Opera House LIVE to spread some holiday cheer!

Gilded Lily and special guests will be donning and then unwrapping their most festive attire as they get ready to celebrate the spirit of the holidays. Tis the season to shimmy, shake, bump, and grind!


Gilded Lily's parade of wintertime merriment includes: Kittie Glitter, GiGi Holliday  and Glam Gamz from Washington DC, Maria Bella, Nona Narcisse and  Lauren Marleaux from Baltimore and Miss Satine from Italy.


Gilded Lily Burlesque has been entertaining audiences throughout the US for the past six years. Having graced the stage with some of the biggest and best names in the business, it’s no wonder Gilded Lily was named Best of Baltimore by the City Paper. The scandalously smart and titillatingly talented performers of “Baltimore’s Premiere Burlesque Troupe” are committed to bringing you the very best of what this vibrant artistic community has to offer. Their mission is to bring you entertainment that is fun and thought provoking.

Maria Bella is Baltimore's Sicilian Princess, Maria Bella, is founder of Charm City's Gilded Lily Burlesque. She has performed in burlesque festivals around the US and internationally, most notably, The New York Burlesque Festival, The London Burlesque Festival, The Toronto Burlesque Festival, Asheville Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival, The Texas Burlesque Festival and The Show-Me Burlesque Festival.


Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $15


Watch & listen to Maria Bella:


Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 9:00pm
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The Black Lillies are a band for the ages: rich, rootsy tunes performed with as much heart as technical virtuosity. If you ask them, they’ll tell you they play “Tennessee music” combining strains of swampy Memphis soul and blues with Nashville’s classic country and East Tennessee’s traditional Appalachian style while Rolling Stone describes it as “country music with a soul-rock infusion, supported by bandleader Cruz Contreras' smart songwriting and tight musicianship.” Either way, it’s music that stirs your soul, touches your heart and makes you want to dance.


Their raucous live show has earned them festival slots and enthralled audiences at venues ranging from Bonnaroo and Stagecoach to the legendary Grand Ole Opry, where they hold the distinction of having performed more often than any other independent band. The music is breakneck, brazen and beautiful; sultry soul, honky-tonk heartache, winding jams and flat-out rock’n’roll, tied together with soaring harmonies that “bring back echoes of practically every great male/female duo of the past several decades…[the sound is] one for the ages, and, one suspects, ages yet to come,” according to Glide Magazine.

Make no mistake: when you see The Black Lillies live, you definitely won’t be hard to please.


Doors 8pm, Show 9pm

Tickets $10 in advance/$15 DOS


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Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 7:30pm
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The Shepherdstown Opera House is proud to host, Two Rivers String Quartet consisting of the Principal string players from the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra.


The program includes:

William Grant Still—Panamanian Dances

George Gershwin—Lullaby

Antonin Dvorak—“The American” String Quartet

Scott Joplin—Three Rags: The Entertainer, Solace, Maple Leaf Rag


The new string quartet honors Dr. King with two pieces by pre-eminent African-American composers and other well-loved chamber music. In his Panamanian Dances, William Grant Still, the “dean” of African-American composers, created a work unlike anything before in the literature for strings by approximating the sounds of native instruments. Composed in 1919, Gershwin’s bluesy Lullaby was heard as an aria in the opera Blue Monday until it was performed in its original string quartet form by the Julliard String Quartet in 1967. Dvorak’s Melodic American Quartet was based on his fascination with African-American spiritual music that he heard during his stay in New York. Joplin’s Rags are among the best-loved of American music. This will be a great evening of music.


Doors 6:30, Concert 7:30pm

Tickets $20 / $18 before January 3, 2016


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Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 9:00pm
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Join us for our Mardi Gras Party with The Woodshedders & Hard Swimmin’ Fish!


“The Woodshedders catchy, original dance sound keeps crowds on their feet and yelling for more. Be sure to catch these yardbirds at a festival, concert, or party near you!” -Dorian Jarmouth, NYC Roots 


The Woodshedders bring the influence of vintage American music forward in its songwriting. The band is known for fun, danceable shows that swerve between different genres to create exciting original sounds. The lineup includes Dwayne Brooke on guitar and vocals, Ryan Mayo on upright bass, Jared Pool on guitar and mandolin, Jesse Shultzaberger on drums, and Dave Van Deventer on fiddle. The band has played Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival, Mountain Stage New Song Fest, PBS Song of the Mountains, WAMU’s Capital Americana, and are the host band of Virginia’s Watermelon Park Fest. 


Hard Swimmin' Fish, “twisted vintage roots”, will open the show. They are a blues quartet that has been making music together for over fifteen years. The band plays a range of styles covering the country blues of Mississippi and The Piedmont, the urban blues of Chicago, and funk infused varieties with roots in New Orleans' second line. This versatility allows Hard Swimmin' Fish to offer either acoustic or electric performances and play any venue.


Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, Tickets $10


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