You might already be aware that Wayne County, Ohio is part of the world’s largest Amish settlement and home to Lehman’s Hardware, The J.M. Smucker Company Store and Café, Everything Rubbermaid, and P. Graham Dunn. But did you know that the Ohio Light Opera, summer resident opera company of the College of Wooster also calls Wayne County their home?
The 2019 Light Opera festival season, which runs June 15 through August 10, opens with the toe-tapping musical “South Pacific” by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Also included in this summer’s line up will be Gershwin’s “Girl Crazy,” Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance,” “Music in the Air”, “Perchance to Dream and “The Devil’s Rider.”
Over 20,000 patrons from across the country and around the world come to Wooster for the Ohio Light Opera performances in the intimate confines of Freedlander Theater each summer. Patrons find the matinee performances fit in well with local restaurants that offer upscale dining and still leave time for sightseeing and shopping. Evening performances can be followed by wine parings or decadent desserts and coffee. Hotels, Inns and Bed and Breakfasts offer special packages that include show tickets, gourmet breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
This summer the Ohio Light Opera invites you to special event call Lagniappe. What exactly is a Lagniappe? Something given as a bonus or extra gift and what a special gift this is! In appreciation of over 40 years of audience support, the Ohio Light Opera is providing a week of special events. From July 30th to August 3rd, the company will be presenting lectures, musical concerts and video presentation-and all events are free. Please visit them online at ohiolightopera.org for details.
While visiting our area we invite you to discover our many shopping areas such as the charming Main Street Wooster. Or the popular shops of Amish Country in Kidron, Shreve and Fredericksburg. Spend the afternoon in the quant village of Smithville or Orrville, the home of those famous Smucker’s jams and jellies.
We invite you to visit us this summer and find out what makes Wayne County so special.
Additional information about the Ohio Light Opera is available by phone 330 263-2345 or online at ohiolightopera.org or by contacting the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-362-6474 or online at wccvb.com.