Fulton Opera House http://wrti.org en Lancaster's Musical Theater Hub: Fulton Opera House http://wrti.org/post/lancasters-musical-theater-hub-fulton-opera-house <p></p><p>Music lives in Lancaster, Pa., at a theater that - over the course of its more than 160 years - has served as a vaudeville venue, a cinema, and today, a stage reserved for musical theater and plays. WRTI’s Jim Cotter takes us to a historic opera house…that has never really housed opera.</p><p>Since its opening in 1852, Fulton Opera House in Lancaster County has remained open – making it one of the oldest <em>continuously operating</em> theater buildings in the nation.&nbsp; However, noted local playwright Barry Kornhauser, who also worked at the Fulton for over 30 years, says that despite its name it was never known as a place to hear your favorite arias.&nbsp;</p><p><em>This was called an opera house in those days because theaters still had an iffy reputation.&nbsp; “Opera House” sounded a little more impressive.&nbsp; But it wasn’t strictly opera?&nbsp; It was never really opera at all. That was tradition of the time.&nbsp; People were railing against theater…so they thought, theater owners, that if they called the places opera houses, they could fool some of the people some of the time.</em></p><p>Now the building is better known to most as the Fulton Theater; a company that produces seven full productions and four family shows each season.&nbsp; And despite the theater’s rich history, Managing Director Aaron Young says the company is committed to a contemporary mission.</p><p><em>We’re not a museum.&nbsp; We honor what has been done in the past, but it’s all about, how do we move forward? How do we communicate with an audience now?&nbsp; How do we remain relevant in an era that has a lot of different options for people’s leisure time?&nbsp; We no longer have a monopoly like we did back in the 1800s when the theater was built.</em></p><p>In addition to their stage productions, the Fulton also engages in various community and accessibility programs.&nbsp; Offering outreach to local schools, ASL Interpretation, Open Captioning, Audio Description, and our Assistive Listening devices for the hearing impaired, and their annual Pennsylvania High School theater Festival.&nbsp; More than a century-and-a-half after it began, the Fulton Opera House continues to be a community focal point where theater blossoms and music lives.</p><p>The Ghosts&nbsp;Who Haunt The Fulton Opera House.</p><p>http://youtu.be/T75anuKPhro</p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:47:33 +0000 Jim Cotter 5101 at http://wrti.org Lancaster's Musical Theater Hub: Fulton Opera House The Amish Cindy Woodsmall--SPECTACLES AND SKYSCRAPERS at the PMA--Fulton Opera House http://wrti.org/post/amish-cindy-woodsmall-spectacles-and-skyscrapers-pma-fulton-opera-house <p>Jim Cotter speaks with author Cindy Woodsmall, a preeminent writer of Amish fiction - one of the fastest growing literary genres.</p> <p>Jason Peifer explores the rich history of the Fulton Opera House in Lancaster, Pennsylvania - the nation's oldest continuously operating theater.</p> <p>Susan Lewis looks at skyscrapers and spectacles - the subjects of two summertime exhibitions drawn from the Philadelphia Museum of Art's collection of prints, photography, and works on paper.</p> Sat, 22 Aug 2009 14:13:00 +0000 Jim Cotter & Susan Lewis & Jason Peifer 2195 at http://wrti.org The Amish Cindy Woodsmall--SPECTACLES AND SKYSCRAPERS at the PMA--Fulton Opera House Joyce Lindorff--Woodmere Art Museum's Juried Show--Germantown "History Hunters"--Fulton Opera House http://wrti.org/post/joyce-lindorff-woodmere-art-museums-juried-show-germantown-history-hunters-fulton-opera-house <p>Jim Cotter speaks with harpsichordist and Temple University music professor Joyce Lindorff. A celebration of early keyboard music she's helped organize culminates with a concert featuring music from 18th-century Philadelphia this weekend.</p> <p>Susan Lewis looks at the Woodmere Art Museum's <em>Contemporary Voices: The 69th Annual Juried Exhibition </em>in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia.</p> <p>Tom Keels explores the cooperation between Germantown's historic sites and the local school district that has made thousands of students into "History Hunters."</p> <p>We listen again to Jason Peifer's exploration of the rich history of the Fulton Opera House in Lancaster--the nation's oldest operating theater.</p> Sat, 14 Mar 2009 14:59:00 +0000 Jim Cotter & Susan Lewis & Tom Keels & Jason Peifer 2099 at http://wrti.org Joyce Lindorff--Woodmere Art Museum's Juried Show--Germantown "History Hunters"--Fulton Opera House Benjamin Beilman--Cezanne and Beyond--Fulton Opera House--The Center for Emerging Visual Artists http://wrti.org/post/benjamin-beilman-cezanne-and-beyond-fulton-opera-house-center-emerging-visual-artists <p>We speak with the promising young violinist Benjamin Beilman. A Curtis student, he is one of eight winners of Astral Artistic Service's National Auditions. Beilman also recently won the Il Milka/Astral Violin Prize.</p> <p>Susan Lewis looks at <em>Cezanne and Beyond</em>, the Philadelphia Museum of Art's upcoming exhibition about the impact of the 19th century French artist, called the "Father of Modern Painting."</p> <p>Jason Peifer explores the rich history of the Fulton Opera House in Lancaster--considered the nation's oldest operating theatre. We'll hear from the company's artistic director, Marc Robin.</p> <p>We look ahead to the <em>Alumni Travel Grant Exhibition</em> at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists.</p> Sat, 21 Feb 2009 18:51:00 +0000 Jim Cotter & Susan Lewis & Jason Peifer 2087 at http://wrti.org Benjamin Beilman--Cezanne and Beyond--Fulton Opera House--The Center for Emerging Visual Artists