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Welcome to "Backstage"

Welcome to “Backstage”, the email newsletter of the Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center. This e-update will provide supporters of the Opera House Theater with the latest news, information and updates on the restoration project of Newport’s historic Opera House Theater. We appreciate your continued support - you are important to us!

2016:  What a Great Year!

Important progress for the Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center!

Last year was an exciting and momentous year for the Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center.   We are very proud of the progress and accomplishments that were made.  It couldn’t have been done without your strong support!  A few of the highlights ...

  • Daily, full-scale construction is underway for the restoration of our historic theater!  With structural enhancements complete, we are aggressively moving forward with interior construction on a number of fronts.
  • Secured 70% of the funding needed for the Opera House Theater restoration.  A great milestone, but more needs to be raised!
  • Held first class and creative events for the community including our Groundbreaking ceremonies…the “Hard Hat Happening” pre-construction event … Lost Newport historic lecture … numerous Open Houses for the community … and multiple artist showcase Soirees – just to name a few!
  • Brought national award-winning performing artists to Newport to showcase the variety of performances we will hold on our stage.
  • Acquired strong community support from all across the region.
  • Collaborated and developed partnerships with the city, non-profit organizations, and community groups on activities supporting Newport’s cultural future.
  • Received statewide and regional recognition for this project.

We are excited about the upcoming year.  With construction moving steadily ahead and initial artistic programming discussion underway -- we have a big year ahead!   We hope you will join us and support the restoration of the historic Newport Opera House Theater!


Support the restoration of the Newport Opera House Theater!

Construction Update 

Restoration work is progressing rapidly -- and exciting work ahead!

The Holidays (and snow!) have not slowed down the work on the restoration of the Opera House Theater!  December was a busy month – and we are off to a great start in the New Year!

After completing the installation of the supporting steel columns and beams in late November, the new roof garden structural steel work is completed.  This rooftop garden terrace and atrium will be an exciting part of the theater and provide beautiful views of Newport.

In the last several weeks, we completed the installation of new floor joists and sub-flooring on the second and third floors for the second floor lobby and third floor offices overlooking Washington Square, began preliminary work for the fabrication of the theater’s grand staircase, and began work on the excavation for the foundation of our main elevator.

This month we will continue on a number of fronts including work on the balcony to improve the seating sightlines for viewing, and we will begin work on the foundations required for the new stage.

A lot of complex and exciting work will be happening over the next several weeks.  Stay tuned for more updates!

View the latest photos of the construction on Instagram >

2017 Soiree Series

The popular series of showcasing performing artists to continue this year!

Last year we launched an exciting Soiree Series of eight performances in private and public locations throughout Newport.  These intimate Soirees showcase the range of quality artistic performances audience members will experience in the renovated Opera House Theater.  And, the Soirees provide guests and supporters an opportunity to interact first-hand with artists.
Last year our Soirees included performances of classical music, theater, dance, folk, jazz, classical guitar and a family oriented children’s program of puppetry and song.   All were great samplings of the artistic performances that will be held on our restored stage.

The 2017 Soirees Series will continue to deliver an inspiring line-up of talented performing artists in private home and venues throughout Newport.  Our Soirees will begin soon, so if you are interested in attending one, please send us an email at  Or, if you would like to host a Soiree, please send an email to

Here are a few photos from performances during the 2016 Soiree Series:


Opera House Theater Seat Sponsorship

Supporters of the Newport Performing Arts Center are "Taking Their Seat in Newport History!"

The Theater Seat Sponsorship campaign continues to be a big success!  Businesses, families, friends and supporters from places near and far have come forth to sponsor a theater seat.  The aisle seats are selling out quickly.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to participate in our theater seat program, there are still opportunities available.  Consider honoring a loved one with a seat dedication for Valentine’s Day!   Click here to learn more about the Theater Seat Campaign -- and sponsor a seat today!   Or, call our office at 401-619-4599.
Thank you for your support!
Click here to sponsor a Theater Seat!

Watch for our May "Happening"!

Our annual fundraising event coming in May!

Keep your calendar open for the second annual Opera House Theater fundraising event!  Last year’s event, the Hard Hat Happening, was the first in our planned yearly event to celebrate the theater and the restoration of Newport’s Performing Arts Center.  The Hard Hat Happening was a huge success – and this year’s event promises to deliver the same kind of fun and excitement!
Stay tuned for more details -- we’ll be hosting our event again in May!
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