STONINGTON – Opera House Arts Presents “Broadway Comes to Stonington-Pride!” Saturday, June 4 at 8 p.m. at the Stonington Opera House. This pride-themed concert features musical theater hits and lesser-known gems performed by Leenya Rideout, Leana Rae Concepcion, John McVeigh and Fred Rose. Proof of COVID vaccination required. Buy your tickets at operahousearts.org
Rideout’s wide range of disciplines as well as its unique and sometimes quirky take on the human condition has allowed it to reach audiences in plays, musicals, films, and concert stages in New York and around the world. whole world. She has worked with directors such as John Doyle, Marianne Elliott, Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall as well as puppeteer masters Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler in the Tony Award-winning “Warhorse” at Lincoln Center. She’s created roles in new plays and musicals and collaborated on Tony-winning revivals, such as the 1998 revival of “Cabaret” and the Actor Musician’s 2006 production of “Company.” Aldonza to The Witch in Into the Woods as well as musicals celebrating folk heroes such as Woody Guthrie, she enjoys creating characters and telling stories. Leenya’s songwriting blends folk, rock and country with a Celtic twist and her original solo piece with music titled Wild Abandon premiered on Broadway in 2018. She stars in the new romantic comedy film, “Love, Repeat”. She taught voice at NYU and worked as a teaching artist for students of all ages. Still originally from the Rocky Mountains, she now resides in Manhattan with her husband, actor Ted Koch.
Concepcion (she) is a first-generation Filipino-American actress and singer. Leana was born and raised in California and moved to New York to attend Pace University and graduated in 2019 with her BFA in Musical Theater. Growing up, Leana had ambitions to go to West Point and pursue a career in the military until her freshman year of high school, when her life took 180. She traded in her military ambitions and her fought against artistic ambitions and never looked back.
Acclaimed for his “fresh and touching performance” by Opera News and hailed by the New Orleans Times-Picayune for his “rich lyrical tenor, fabulous top notes and striking beauty”, John McVeigh continues to draw attention to his countless world. -class performances in the most revered homes in the United States and around the world. Last season, McVeigh performed Pang in Turandot with the Palm Beach Opera, Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro with Opera Theater St. Louis, performed as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Chamber Orchestra of Indianapolis and DCINY, and as soloist in Symphony No. 9 with DCINY. Commitments in 2020 were to include several returns to the MET for Turandot, Carmen and Die Frau ohne Schatten. This season, McVeigh will return to the Metropolitan Opera in The Marriage of Figaro and Turandot. Both professional opera singer and jewelry artist, John McVeigh founded J. McVeigh Jewelry in 2017. Located on the waterfront in scenic Stonington, Maine on Deer Isle, the gallery features 30 of the world’s top jewelry artists and metals of today from all over the world.
Opera House Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 1999 to restore the 1912 Stonington Opera House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, to its original role as a performance hall and community gathering space. We offer a year-round professional program of theatre, music, film, dance, educational programs, community events, and more. Performances take place at several venues, including the Stonington Opera House, the restored Burnt Cove Church Community Center, and specific venues in Deer Isle and Stonington, Maine. Opera House Arts programs are open to all winter and summer residents and visitors to Hancock County, with a particular focus on residents of Deer Isle and the Blue Hill Peninsula.