May 20, 2013

In Boothbay Harbor, good opera-house keeping

Thanks to a coterie of adoring supporters, the restored and revitalized Opera House at Boothbay Harbor has risen to prominence on the national scene.

By Bob Keyes
Staff Writer

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Built in 1894, the opera house has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

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The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor today after a decade of restoration work.

Photos by John Ewing/Staff Photographer

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Wednesday: Jonathan Scales Fourchestra

Thursday: Portland String Quartet

June 5-6: Old Crow Medicine Show

June 8: McAuley, Horan and O'Caoimh

June 15: Ellis Paul

June 21: John Ford Coley

June 22: The Magic of Lyn Dillies

June 23: "P.S. I Love Music" with Paul Sullivan, Suzanne Nance, Gordon Gotlieb and Sam Schwehm

June 27: Tim Sample

June 30: John McCutcheon

July 3: The Black Lillies

July 5: John Gorka with special guest Michael Johnson

July 10: Jackson Browne (sold out)

July 13: Cordis Quartet

July 18: Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo

July 21: Jimmy Webb

July 25: Solas

July 26: Delfeayo Marsalis and The New American Songbook

July 31: Danny Beal's Downeast Goodtime Hour (and a Half!)

Aug. 2: Cherish the Ladies

Aug. 7: Maine Pro Musica

Aug. 8: The Stories and Songs of Bill Harley

Aug. 10: Francine Reed

Aug. 15: Ed Gerhard

Aug. 16: Kathy Mattea

Aug. 17: Livingston Taylor

Aug. 22: Bob Milne

Aug. 23: Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul

Aug. 29: Novel Jazz Septet

Sept. 14: David Wilcox

Sept. 21: Downeast Brass Quintet

Sept. 27: The Bodeans

Oct. 24: Paul Brady

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Sherrill is proud of the improvements, and doubly so that she and her board have accomplish them for just shy of $1 million.

The opera house has an annual operating budget of about $325,000, with 2½ full-time employees and a large network of volunteers. Since 2007, it has operated in the black, Sherrill said.

She can't wait to show Browne the changes when he returns July 10.

"When he comes back, maybe he'll notice the difference," she said. "I hope he notices it, but if not, I will tell him what a difference he made. He needs to know he started it. Without him and without Mark Knopfler, we would not be where we are today."

Staff Writer Bob Keyes can be contacted at 791-6457 or:

Twitter: pphbkeyes



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The backstage dressing room’s walls are signed by those who have entertained audiences in the past, and an ironing board stands at the ready for use by current performers.

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Cathy Sherrill has been executive director of the opera house since 2006.

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A grand piano graces the opera house stage.

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