Sorg Opera House to host first show since pandemic started: What’s happening there

The Sorg Opera House will host its first show on Saturday night since the pandemic started. The theater's marquee has been renovated and fully lighted for the first time in years. Tickets are still available for the "Classic Rock Experience" show. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

It will be showtime tonight as the Sorg Opera House resumes live shows after a hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The reopening show, the “Classic Rock Experience,” will feature the music of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Journey, Queen, Deep Purple, Boston and other artists of the 1970s starting at 8 p.m.

Nancy Griffith, board president of the Sorg Opera Revitalization Group, the all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that owns and operates the facility and provides programming, said there were 40 to 50 tickets available as of Thursday night. Tickets are $20 and can be obtained through CincyTickets.com or at the door on Saturday night.

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Griffith said the Sorg Opera House is mixing up the programming and will feature a theatrical production in partnership with the Xenia Community Theater. The Sorg will be presenting “Drinking Habits” a comedy about nuns who are facing foreclosure and decide to make and sell illegal wine, on Oct. 24 and 25.

She said the theater, which has 1,100 seats, will have 220 patrons due to local and state COVID-19 restrictions.

“This will be the first show since COVID-19 started,” Griffith said. “We were dark for six months. We just got authorization from the city (Middletown Health Department) to have the show.”

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In addition to the intensive cleaning and disinfection of the theater as well as blocking off seats and rows for social distancing, Griffith said a compliance officer has to be on site today.

She said the theater has to be disinfected before and after shows. In addition, the Sorg staff has to disinfect all hard surfaces in the theater.

“It’s been a challenge,” Griffith said. “But it’s good. We want to keep people safe and we want to stay open. We’re trying to survive like everyone else.”

The Sorg also boasts new marquee, which was renovated and is fully lighted. Griffith said she can’t remember how long its been since the marquee has been fully operational.

The Sorg Opera House will honor tickets that were purchased prior to the March postponement. However, patrons could be seated in a different seat so that the theater can properly socially distance groups of patrons.

Patrons coming to Sorg Opera House will be required to wear face coverings, even while seated for the performance. The only exception comes when actively eating or drinking. Masks will be available at the box office for those who do not have them.

Patrons who are running a fever or feel sick in any way are asked to stay home for the safety of everybody else. Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the building.

Lines for concessions and restrooms will be marked with six-foot queuing lines to ensure social distancing.

For more information, visit the Sorg Opera House website at www.sorgoperahouse.org

UPCOMING SHOWS AT SORG OPERA HOUSE

Oct. 24-25: “Drinking Habits” play. Tickets $20.

March 6, 2021: “Night Fever-Tribute to the Bee Gees"

March 20, 2021: “Captain Fantastic: The Music of Sir Elton John”

April 3, 2021: “Terry Lee Goffee: World’s Premier Johnny Cash”

May 22, 2021: “Hotel California: The Original Eagles Tribute"

June 26, 2021: “Blessid Union of Souls”

Tickets can be obtained at CincyTickets.com

For more information, visit www.sorgoperahouse.org

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