The Abbeville Opera House
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Become an Opera House Patron! Benefits include:
Four tickets total to be redeemed at the show(s) of your choosing, name listed on program, social media shout outs, and name listed on the City website. (Open to individuals and businesses)
Tickets for these events can be purchased online using the link below or in person at the Opera House. Please contact the City Special Event Coordinator Emily Bledsoe for more information.
Please note that Refreshments at the Opera House are Cash Only. Refreshments include soda, water, beer, wine, as well as assorted chips and candy bars.
Abby in Abbeville: Abby the Spoon Lady and Chris Rodrigues
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 8:00 PM; $16.00
Abby first started street performing and busking as a means to make money traveling across the United States, primarily hopping freight trains. She taught herself to play the spoons and traveled all over the United States by hitchhiking and railroad. She states that landing in Asheville, North Carolina, was completely an accident and that she took the wrong train. Today she hosts storytelling events where she discusses the lifestyle of the American hobo. She spent a good amount of her time traveling recording the stories, interviews and songs of other American travelers.
Abbeville Opera House Comedy Presents: Drew Thomas
Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 at 8:00 PM; $14.00
While listening to an Eddie Murphy comedy album in his friend’s living room, Drew envisioned himself becoming a stand-up comedian "one day". Years later, after being fired from his job as a car salesman in Atlanta and consistent nudging from a friend, Drew decided to "get off the couch" and finally give his childhood dream a shot. In 2006, Drew was voted Best Comedian in Atlanta by Creative Loafing and has made appearances on NBC's Last Comic Standing and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. You can currently catch him on Gotham Comedy Live, Laughs on Fox and Comedy All Stars on Pure Flix.
Saturday, November 30th, 2019 at 5:00 PM
Christmas with the Ricardos: I Love Lucy Holiday Special
Friday, December 6th, 2019 at 7:30 PM; $18.00
Celebrate the holidays with Lucy and Ricky! This hilarious show includes everything from musical numbers to your favorite Christmas songs from the 40’s and 50’s, as well comedy skits, and audience participation. Some highlights of the show are when Lucy performs her rendition of “The Nutcracker” and later disguises herself as Santa Claus, and when Lucy and Ricky sing and dance to “Baby it’s Cold Outside.” The audience, too, will participate in performing “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” led by a very animated Lucy! Voted #1 I Love Lucy Tribute in America.
Restore Trinity Benefit Concert
Saturday, December 7th, 2019 at 7:00 PM; $10.00
Preservation South Carolina, in partnership with the Upstate Men's Choir, is pleased to present this benefit concert to assist in raising funds to help cover the cost of the Trinity Church Restoration Project. More information on this project, please visit https://preservesc.org/trinity-church/.
A Little House Christmas
Friday, December 13th, 2019 at 7:30 PM; Saturday, December 14th, 2019 at 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM; Sunday, December 15th, 2019 at 2:00 PM; $12.00
Friday, December 20th, 2019 at 7:30 PM; Saturday, December 21st, 2019 at 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM; Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 at 2:00 PM; $12.00
Join the City of Abbeville and Guest Director Jimmy Burdette for an amazing production of "A Little House Christmas" adapted by James DeVita from the works of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Event Photo Credit goes to Zach Plulachek of the Lincoln Journal Star.
Elvis Birthday Celebration in the Carolinas
Saturday, January 4th, 2020 at 7:30 PM; General Admission: $20.00; VIP: $30.00
Austin Irby and Jacob Eder are back to perform the Elvis Classics you know and love in an amazing celebration of the King of Rock N' Roll! Doors Open Pre-Show at 5:00 PM with a VIP performance.
Homegrown Vol. 2
Saturday, January 11th, 2020 at 8:00 PM; $10.00
Celebrate local talent at the second annual Songwriter's Showcase at the Historic Abbeville Opera House. Join our audience and take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a live show unlike anything you’ve seen before. If you're interested in performing, please click here.
Abbeville Opera House Comedy Presents: Shaun Jones
Friday, January 17th, 2020 at 8:00 PM; $14.00
For more than 19 years, the comedy world’s senses have been tantalized by both audio and visual artistry. The young man known as Shaun Jones is truly making his mark everywhere he goes, with his quick wit and fashionable flair. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey and having lived in Los Angeles for a short time, Shaun now calls Atlanta, GA his home. He has traveled worldwide entertaining crowds, using many of his personal life experiences to get a good laugh. Like an accomplished chef, Shaun’s comedy combines a cup of truth, a tablespoon of originality, and a double twist of humor. Shaun has appeared on several national television shows, such as B.E.T’s “Comic View”, B.E.T’s “One Mic Stand”, BounceTV’s “Off The Chain” & Showtime’s “1 Amendment”.
Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues
Saturday, January 25th, 2020 at 7:30 PM; $15.00
Mac Arnold’s first band included James Brown on piano. Mac moved to Chicago and Muddy Waters hired him on the spot. He toured and recorded with the Muddy Waters Band and recorded LPs with Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker. Mac moved to Los Angeles and produced Soul Train with his friend Don Cornelius. He even played bass on the Sanford & Son television show when he wasn't playing bass for Otis Redding and B.B. King. He retired from show business to be an organic farmer. Mac is back with his own band and a "plate full" of CDs, building a new foundation in blues, soul and funk.
Abbeville Gospel Fest
Saturday, February 8th, 2020 at 3:00 PM; $15-$25
Steve and Jean Millet invite you to an afternoon of singing, praising, and dancing before the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. With vocalists and spoken word artists from the Upstate of South Carolina. You will find yourself tapping your feet and clapping your hands. This is sure to be an experience you will enjoy. *Please note the views expressed by the group hosting this event do not represent the views of the City of Abbeville or the Abbeville Opera House.
Abbeville Opera House Comedy Presents: Al Ernst
Saturday, February 15th, 2020 at 8:00 PM; $14.00
Al Ernst has been named Carnival Cruise Lines “Entertainer of the Year,” which is saying something when Carnival fills more than 5,000 entertainment gigs a year. Al has performed hundreds of corporate gigs over the years, which he credits to his ability to combine rudimentary motivational speaking with non-confrontational humor. He has been a Professional Wrestling announcer and hosted his own show, “A View from the Cheap Seats.” His TV credits include all major networks and cable from CNN, TNN, ESPN, A&E, Comedy Central and HBO. Al was also featured prominently in a Wall Street Journal article with about clean comedy. With over 15 years on his way to “Destination: E-man Nation”, the audience is in store for one of the most memorable times of their lives. Al has a library filled with video and audio titles and has participated in over 30 television shows most recently MTV’s “TRL” and the SPEED network’s, “Victory Lane”.
The Breakfast Club: 80's Tribute Band
Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 at 7:30 PM; $15.00
Back by popular demand! The Breakfast Club is the longest running, most recognized ‘80’s tribute band in the United States sharing the stage with numerous music legends like Whitesnake, The Romantics, Poison, Drivin’n’Cryin’, Hootie and The Blowfish, White Lion, The Smithereens, Edwin McCain, and many others. The Breakfast Club has had the privilege of performing for rock stars, movie stars, many of America’s top corporations, NASCAR legends, and millions of the most amazing, fervent fans any band could ever hope for.
Iron Horse Bluegrass: Pickin' on Led Zeppelin, Ozzy, Elton, Hank
Saturday, March 7th, 2020 at 7:30 PM; $17.50
All your classic and hard rock favorites done bluegrass style by some of the best bluegrass musicians today! The skill and ability of Iron Horse to transpose metal to bluegrass while maintaining the identity of the originals is exceptional. This versatility enables Iron Horse to perform such standards as “Rocky Top” and “Man of Constant Sorrow” with little effort, while entertaining “metal-heads” with the familiarity of the compositions of metal and pop icons – all on the same stage!
Abbeville Opera House Comedy Presents: Valarie Storm
Friday, March 13th, 2020 at 8:00 PM; $14.00
This Florida girl has performed in some of the best comedy clubs across the country becoming one of the most requested by clubs and audiences alike. This has led to being invited to both the Boston Comedy Festival twice, once in 2006 and again in 2010. The 2007 Las Vegas Comedy Festival and Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in 2011. In 2009, she made her film debut in the independent film “Pose Down”. She has had several appearances on The Bob & Tom Show. In 2012 appeared on "Mom's Night Out" on NickMom. She has also appeared on Comedy Time TV and Quicklaffs filmed at the world famous Pasadena Ice House in 2012.
Abbeville Opera House Comedy Presents: The Sweeney Family Band
Saturday, March 21st, 2020 at 8:00 PM; $15.00
Here they come! The most loveable, good natured bunch of backwoods country boys you've ever met! They might be a few bricks shy of a load, but they sure know how to have a good time! They'll not only have you laughing in the aisles, the’ll have you clappin' your hands and stompin' your feet to some good ole Country Novelty Tunes. Plus, they play favorites like "Sweet Caroline", "La Bamba", "Brown Eyed Girl", "500 Miles", "I'm All Shook Up' and more! Join Slim, Skeeter and Jayburd for a knee slappin' good time! It's not just a show, it's a whole family reunion when these boys take the stage! Take a little Hee Haw, add a couple of pinches of The Grand Ole Opry, sprinkle in a little Andy Griffith, simmer over down home humor, serve with a little "shine".....and soon you'll have a banquet of fun!
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
Friday, March 27th, 2020 at 8:00 PM; Saturday, March 28th, 2020 at 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM; Sunday, March 29th, 2020 at 2:00 PM; $12.00
Friday, April 3rd, 2020 at 8:00 PM; Saturday, April 4th, 2020 at 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM; $12.00
Friday, April 10th at 8:00 PM; Saturday, April 11th at 3:00 PM; $12.00
When four children inadvertently stumble through an old wardrobe into the fantastical land of Narnia, they begin a journey of excitement, fear and triumph, fulfilling ancient prophecies and upsetting the long-standing balance in that magical land as they enter into the on-going struggle between the White Witch and the mysterious, magical, and great lion Aslan.
Abbeville Opera House Comedy: Derrick Tennant (Family Friendly)
Friday, April 24th at 8:00 PM; Saturday, April 25th, 2020 at 8:00 PM; $9.00-$14.00
Derrick Tennant has worked hard to overcome physical challenges and now works just as hard to help others overcome trials through his comedy, magic and inspirational speaking. Derrick loves life and “looks on the RIGHT side” of things. He communicates the importance of shifting obstacles in life, work, or business into opportunities. Friday night's show features an all ages, family friendly performance by the comedian, motivational speaker, and musician while Saturday night's show is recommended for ages 18 and up.
Rockin' The Night Away at the Opera House
Saturday, April 18th, 2020 at 8:00 PM; $15.00
"Rockin' The Night Away" is a musical variety show that will take you musically through time. Featuring an All Star Cast that will entertain you in a two hour extravaganza with hits from the 50's, 60's, Motown, Country, Elvis, Gospel and so much more. Since 2015 "Rockin' The Night Away" has been touring the Southeastern United States and continues to grow Nationwide. In 2018 "Rockin' the Night Away" was Voted the #1 Best Traveling Production Show in the Southeast by the CHMR Music Awards.
Special Event: Abbeville Comedy Welcomes the Icon Emo Philips
Friday, May 15th, 2020 at 8:00 PM; $18.00
Voted by Comedy Central as one of the 100 greatest comedians of all time, the legend and comedy icon, Emo Philips, is coming to Abbeville, SC! Described by Jay Leno as "the best joke writer in America," by British comedian Gary Delaney as the best joke writer in the world, and by "Weird Al" Yankovic as one of the funniest people on the planet, Emo Philips has performed over 7,000 times throughout the English-speaking world, including a multi-week run at the Playhouse Theater in London's West End. Since starting out in Chicago in 1976 at the age of twenty, Emo has had award-winning comedy albums, several cable specials. and many appearances on network television, both in America and in the UK. He has appeared in films and has lent his distinctive voice to animated TV shows. But his first love, stand-up, remains his true one.
Ropin' the Wind: A Tribute to Garth Brooks
Saturday, May 30th, 2020 at 7:30 PM; $18.50
Brad Puckett is a rising star in the country music world with a live show that is best described as a rock and roll show with a country feel to it. Brad keeps the crowd going from the first note till the last. He has sold out over 50 venues in the last two years and his popularity continues to grow. What does Brad say about all of this success? "I feel that it is an honor to get to do what I do, I look at each step as a journey and each show as a chance to bring joy to people in some way no matter how big or small because that is what the gift of music is all about”
Comedy Hypnotism Show with Herb McCandless Jr.
Saturday, June 20th, 2020 at 8:00 PM; $12.00
Herb is a national touring comedy hypnotist with amazing stage presence. He produces the hottest, most hilarious, and unforgettable hypnotic stage shows in the Southeast. Herb has traveled all over North America from the Bahamas to Las Vegas performing this hilarious show. Whether you’re a star of the show or just joining the audience, everyone is sure to have a great time!
Special Event: Abbeville Comedy Welcomes James Gregory
Saturday, July 25th, 2020 at 7:30 PM; $29.50-$39.50
Due to popular demand, "The Funniest Man in America" hits the Abbeville stage. For 37 years, Gregory has been a staple of Southern and Midwestern comedy clubs, the sort of legend local comics tell each other about. Even as the mainstream industry has largely ignored him, Gregory plays to sold-out crowds across America drawn in by his brilliant stories and lack of swearing. Tickets range from $29.50 to $39.50 with preferred seating in the first four rows. Tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks so please check back often!