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             HOT’s 19th season brings exciting melodic
works not seen in Joplin before. Both the fall and spring productions will be performed at the beautiful Scottish Rite Temple at 5th & Byers. A  double-bill of one act operas, sung in English, will open the season this fall. The spring show will feature a dazzling cabaret setting complete with wine and food for a spellbinding evening of great American music.

November 10 & 12

The Old Maid and the Thief by Gian Carlo Menotti
reveals the plethora of secrets that a small town can hold! A  gathering of quaint characters including a busybody, a young housemaid, a town gossip and a wandering bum create a puzzle— which one is the real thief? Menotti wrote this popular opera for radio broadcast in 1939 and then adapted it for the stage.

Leonard Bernstein began writing Trouble in Tahiti while on his honeymoon in 1951. Its music reflects the many styles for which he is most recognized and is the only work for which he wrote both the words and the music.  Follow the melodic journey of Sam and Dinah as they try to find their way back to love and communication. Life in suburbia is not as idyllic as they thought!

                                                                                 Presented in celebration of the 2018 Centennial of Bernstein’s birth.

  April 20 & 22

Come to the Cabaret in the Tea Room of the Scottish Rite Temple for a dazzling evening of great music with fabulous singers. Dr. Susan Smith, who has directed several splendid performances for HOT, will bring her own special magic to this one too.  Let the wine flow and the food entice!


                                                                                 Curtain time for the Friday performances of both shows 

                                                                                  is 7:30 p.m.and for the Sunday performances, 
2:30 p.m.

                                                                                       $20 advance  ∙  $25 at the door  ∙  $10  all students