The Waterville Opera House’s 2023 theatrical season is due to include two musicals and two plays, which aim to reignite the stage of the historic 120-year-old theater in downtown Waterville.

“We’re excited to bring this amazing selection of theatrical productions to life for our community,” said Michelle Sweet, executive director of the Waterville Opera House, in a news release. “Our season dates have changed, but our quality and passion haven’t.”

Opening the season is “The Play That Goes Wrong” (March 31-April 9). Part Monty Python, part Sherlock Holmes, this Olivier Award–winning comedy features accident-prone thespians who battle against all odds to finish their play as it progresses from bad to utterly disastrous.

The show of the summer is “Rock of Ages” (June 16-25). Featuring smash-hit songs from the 1980s, this musical sensation follows several dreamers and aspiring stars as they attempt to save their beloved Sunset Strip venue from encroaching strip mall development.

Mystery abounds in “Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express” (Sept. 1-10). This whodunit story follows famed detective Hercule Poirot as he tries to determine who murdered an American tycoon aboard a packed train before the killer strikes again.

Kicking off the holiday season is “Elf the Musical” (Nov. 17-26). Based on the holiday film from New Line Cinema, this fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy, a young orphan, who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and grows up in the North Pole before eventually embarking on a journey to discover his true identity.

Tickets for all four shows will go on sale to Waterville Creates members Monday, Sept. 5 and to the general public Monday, Sept. 12. Season passes also will be available.

For more information, visit or call 207-873-7000.


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