Opera House Theatre Company has been staging shows in Wilmington, NC for a number of years. In 2013 their production of “Les Misérables” was a smash hit, drawing record crowds throughout its run. The cast was superb and the staging brought the grandeur and sweep of the original Broadway production to the much smaller stage at historic Thalian Hall.
Lou Criscuolo, a former Broadway performer who never shied away from a theatrical challenge, founded Opera House Theatre Company. He died on December 13, 2014, at age 80, one month before he was due to be honored with a well-deserved lifetime achievement award for his contribution to local theater.
Criscuolo came to Wilmington in 1983 to appear in the 125th anniversary show at Thalian Hall. He moved to Wilmington and started Opera House the following year. Since that time, Criscuolo mentored many of the talented local performers. He was much beloved and revered by those who benefitted from his wise counsel and support.
Opera House Theatre Company continues under the able direction of Criscuolo’s daughter, Alice Sherwood. Five shows are produced each year by Opera House.
It’s safe to assume that this professional theater company will continue to collect a sizable number of Wilmington Theater Awards for the performers and productions they stage.
For more information visit www.operahousetheatrecompany.net.