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Open Stage is back, and it’s better than ever!

The Theater, now known simply as Open Stage, hosts a grand re-opening celebration tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 24) to introduce the new and improved theater and space to the public.

The event features a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours of the new space and complimentary performances throughout the day.

The evening closes with Pianist Anthony Haubert presenting standards and favorites live on the piano in the new bar area at 7 p.m.

Since closing its 33rd season in June, the Open Stage has gone through a major rebrand and renovation to better serve the arts community of Harrisburg and Central PA.

The renovations include a new entrance directly on Court Street, featuring a marquee and mural to welcome patrons and guests, a new lobby and bar, the new second stage Studio Theater and an updated classroom.

Spooky Spirits

But the fun doesn’t stop on Thursday.

Beginning Friday, Open Stage is hosting “Spirits n’ Spirits” through Halloween to celebrate all things spooky (and showcase its new lobby bar). Guest storytellers will share scary stories over Halloween-themed cocktails, which sounds like the perfect way to continue spooky season! “Spirits” runs Oct. 25, 26, 29, 30 and 31. Learn more here.


Open Stage’s new season, aptly themed “metamorphosis” to reflect its own season of change and rebirth, opens Nov. 16 with Who’s Holiday and is sure to get you ready for all the holiday craziness. And if the classics are more your thing, definitely check out A Christmas Carol, which has become a beloved annual tradition for the Theater.

Since I’ve started writing for Team SB, some of my favorite experiences have been shows at Open Stage. I’ve fallen in love with not only its edgy and eclectic performances but also with the incredible passion, heart, and soul the Theater’s leadership and casts have for the arts. Each show feels so real and genuine (I’m still shook from Carrie and The Wolves), and I cannot wait to see how these shows continue to shine in this new season of change. Now is the perfect time to check it out and visit!

Check out Open Stage on Facebook and Instagram for all the behind the scenes fun and check out the 2019-2020 season here. I’m psyched for Amélie and Heathers!

And if the arts is are really your thing, check out the 30/30 Campaign to further support Open Stage’s renovations.

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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