Date:   12/20/2002

Thrasher looks forward to exciting 2003!

Thrasher Opera House looks forward to an exciting 2003!


Thrasher Opera House enjoyed a very productive year and looks back with great pride on the variety of entertainment and services offered in 2002.  Along with multitude of Thrasher-sponsored concerts that were performed throughout the year, was the return of the popular summer classical music series presented by Green Lake Festival of Music.  A number of plays, vocal concerts, lectures and community events also helped to enrich our lives over this past year and for that we thank you, the patrons and members.  Your support of the arts is what has enabled us to bring the quality of entertainment to Green Lake that we do.


Looking ahead to 2003, we are excited to announce a great line-up of entertainment already scheduled, with the guarantee of many other artists being signed-on in the early months of the New Year!


A quick cultural jump-start to the new season is the return of Missoula Children’s Theatre.  The world-renown traveling theatre troupe will set up residency from Jan 13-18.  Within one week’s time, the professional Tour Actor/Directors will hold an open audition for up to 50-60 area children, grades K-12, spend the week training and rehearsing with the children, and then present a special performance of Red Riding Hood (an original adaptation of the beloved fairytale Little Red Riding Hood). Auditions will be held on Jan 13, from 6-8 p.m. at the Opera House.


Blues artist, Eric Bibb, who was scheduled to return on February 7, has now been rescheduled for October 18.  We are thrilled to announce however, that another blues artist, and winner of the 2002 W.C. Handy Blues Award for best new artist of the year, Otis Taylor has signed on to perform on February 1.  Also appearing in February will be Grammy award winning harmonica player, Howard Levy, accompanied by famed pianist Anthony Molinaro on February 15.


Karan Casey, one of Irelands top vocalists, and described by the Wall Street Journal, as one of the true glories of Irish music today, will entertain us with a spirited evening of music on March 8.  Folk/Rock legend and founding member of the Byrds, Roger McGuinn will be performing at the Opera House on April 5.  Returning April 26 will be award-winning folk guitarist’s Bruce and Nunally.


On May 9 & 10, Terry Hendrix, described as “Sheryl Crow in overhauls” will be appearing with Lloyd Maines, producer of the number one Dixie Chicks 2002 album.

May 31, folk-singer/bluegrass artist, Rani Arbo will perform after her tour as fiddle-player for the Joan Baez tour.


Steel Drum and Dance Troupe, Bakra Bata, will be returning for a one-week workshop during the week of June 18-21 and then will perform a concert on the 21st.

June 27 starts the beginning of the Green Lake Festival of Music classical summer concert series, which then runs through August.


KG & the Rangers will be performing classic cowboy songs, yodeling, trick roping-spinning and much more on Aug. 1, Green Lake County Fair weekend.  And, on August 16, Bob Milne, America’s top ragtime/boogie-woogie pianist, will take stage for a swinging and lively evening of entertainment. 


Nationally touring comedian, Tim Cavanagh, will be appearing on Sept. 5 & 6, during Chili Cook-off weekend, with all new material, including an original “Chili Cook-Off Song”.  Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, described by Studs Terkel as “a joyous marriage of Chamber Music and the Blues”, will perform on October 3.


Stay tuned, we have many more exciting events planned and will be announcing them during the year.  Check our website for the latest news, better yet, join us for one of the many wonderful performances already scheduled for 2003!


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