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Newport Opera House Association

The Newport Opera House Association (NOHA) was originally founded in 1974 to restore and maintain the historic Newport Opera House located in Newport, NH and to develop opportunities for citizens of Newport and surrounding towns to experience performances based in the arts and humanities. The organization, comprised of a Board of Directors and an Executive Director, was and still is the producer of a variety of public events in the Newport Opera House for the entertainment of the Greater Lake Sunapee Region. These events include Concerts, Dances, Films, Lectures, Variety Shows, Plays, Musicals, Talent Shows, Winter Carnival Pageants and Community Fairs.

Due to the plays and musicals it has produced since its inception, the NOHA has established a strong community theatre program. Local schools do not offer courses or after-school activities in the Dramatic Arts and the opportunities the NOHA provides at no charge to participants has become a valuable asset to the region.

The NOHA is a tenant of the Newport Opera House, which is owned and managed by the Town of Newport and has always been involved in the upkeep and restoration of the facility, including raising funds to purchase equipment, curtains and chairs.  The building also plays host to a large number of community and private events throughout the year including Winter Carnival Activities, School Concerts, School and Town Meeting, Dance Recitals, Richards Free Library Hale Awards, High School Proms, Voting, Business Meetings and Private Parties all of which benefit the Town of Newport.

In June of 2020, the NOHA was awarded a Tax Credit Equity Grant for $181,070.00 from the NH Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA).  Thanks to that grant and an existing capital campaign, a project to upgrade the theatre's stage lighting, audio system and adding a digital projector is underway. This updated equipment will allow the NOHA to present shows with more advanced technical requirements thereby attracting larger audiences and more opportunities for local students to learn skills applicable to the Entertainment Industry.

Posted on: Thursday, July 23, 2020

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