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"2014 Season: Get Down and Thirty"
Celebrating Chester Eitze's 30th Year at the Bastrop Opera House
Plays, Musical Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Dance, Opera, Country, Film, & Comedy for Audiences of All Ages.
Bastrop's award-winning theatre!  Home of the Spring Street Players and the Colorado River Repertory
Bastrop, Texas
On this page:
April: Yesterfest Opry Tonight
May: Who Killed Deputy Sheriff Isaac “Bose” Heffington?
June:"Melting" and "Cheating Death"
A dozen paintings by Nancy Benner

Yesterfest Opry Tonight 2014
Yesterfest Opry Tonight
Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring The McMillans!  David and Susie McMillan along with Jessi, Sam and Tori

 Additional Performers
Terry Lyne Moore
John Buehler

House Band
Randy Bishop, lead guitar
Jim Outlaw, drums
Dewayne Lanier, steel guitar
John Buehler, bass
David McMillan, rhythm guitar, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle

Tickets are $5 on line and at door.
Tickets here

The McMillians
The McMillans:  David and Susie McMillan along with Jessi, Sam and Tori

Terry Lyne Moore
Terry loves to sing and does so every chance she gets!  She started her career in 1981 as part of the Three Creeks Band in Arkansas.  Since then she has sung from Florida to Alaska and many states in between.  She has entertained on hayrides, festivals, concerts and weddings.  Accomplishments include opening for bands Diamond Rio and Brooks and Dunn, singer Patty Lovelace, and others. Twice she has had the opportunity to open for her longtime favorite artist, BJ Thomas! In 2000 she married and moved to Florida. While there she became part of the country band "God's Country." In 2010, 2011, 2013, Terry Lyne had the honor of playing the role of Patsy Cline in the Always...Patsy Cline musical at the Bastrop Opera House.

John Buehler
John has been playing music professionally for 45 years.  He plays electric bass, upright bass, guitar, and a little bit of fiddle, mandolin and keyboard, but his passion is the upright bass on western swing, cowboy jazz and big band.  John also played bass for the Columbus Community Choir for the Easter and Christmas cantatas.  John owned and produced the Columbus Opry for 11 1/2 years, but sold the theater a few years ago.  John plays with several bands and several other opries.  John and his wife reside in Columbus, Tx.

Part of Yesterfest Weekend Fri-Sun. April 25-27, 2014
See more event here:

Clickety Cloggers Saturday, April 26 
at the Opera House at 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. Free!
Clickety Cloggers
Learn more about the Clickety Cloggers, please visit their website.
Clickety Cloggers PDF
It is hard to believe, but the Clickety Cloggers have been performing at Bastrop Yesterfest since at least 1990. In the early days, the festival was held in Fisherman’s Park alongside the Colorado
River. They performed on a basketball court in the park for a few years and on a temporary wooden stage for a few years. One year, they performed at a house at the edge of the park.  Whey Yeserfes twas moved from the park to downtown the Clickety Cloggers started performing at the Opera House.

So what is clogging? Clogging is a fast-paced, high energy dance form.

The Clickety Cloggers are dancers whose high energy performances are rooted in traditional Appalachian-style clogging with a modern flair. We use a wide variety of music from country western to rock to bluegrass, dancing to just about any music with a fast beat. Clogging is a traditional American dance style that is lively and just plain fun to do and fun to watch. The Clickety Cloggers perform regularly at festivals and events throughout Central Texas to show audiences what clogging is all about. They enjoy introducing their audiences to this traditional American dance style.


Bastrop County Bar Association presents
Who Killed Deputy Sheriff Isaac “Bose” Heffington?

The State of Texas
Jeff Fitzpatrick
An 1883 murder trial in three historically accurate acts

The shooting that ignited the infamous McDade 
Christmas Eve lynchings on December 24, 1883
Jeff Fitzpatrick was indicted for the murder of Deputy Sheriff Isaac “Bose” Heffington.  The shooting occurred on December 1, 1883.  But was Jeff Fitzpatrick really the killer?  The evidence will be presented and you, the audience will be the jury.

Saturday, May 3, 2014
Dinner Theater
Cocktails at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Performance at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $75 per person

Sunday, May 4, 2014
2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 per person (performance only)

For information call (512) 581-0061
Tickets here

Net proceeds go to the Bastrop County Bar Association Scholarship Fund

"Melting" by Eddie Zipperer
“Cheating Death” by KAMRON KLITGAARD
Directed by Engela Edwards
Sat. June 7 & Sun. June 8, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

The artist N. Benner.Art in the Opera House: A dozen paintings by Nancy Benner
Artist Bio:

Nancy Benner paints with oil, watercolor, and acrylics, but prefers oil and watercolor.  She began painting at age 12, in private lessons. The teacher had an entirely different style so painting was set aside until her later teen years. She did participate during those years in a lot of art projects at school, even winning some awards.  Her favorite artists are Dalhart Windberg, G. Harvey, Mark Pettit, and Ruth Ortiz. She enjoys painting in their styles. She feels that her landscapes are her best, though she does put people in some of her paintings as well as ancient buildings and scenes from Europe; sometimes painting from photos taken while traveling.

Nancy enjoys teaching her Sunday School class where she and Alton are very involved in the activities and responsibilities of their church. She also enjoys clog dancing, sewing (where she won a ribbon at the State Fair in Dallas), designing (especially quilts) and home décor as well. Her love for the Bastrop Opera House began when the "Bastrop Yesterfest" had the cloggers do their annual clogging show on stage there.  Nancy lives in Manchaca, in a home designed and built by Nancy and Alton, her husband of 56 years. They have a son and daughter and 7 grandchildren.

West Texas Stock Tank (c) N Brenner 1997

Link to Engela's Halloween Photos
Link to Oz Video Purchase
Note The Nutcracker video is now available for purchase, contact Engela Edwards at and put video in the subject line.
"Raise the Roof Fundraiser"
FundraiserWhen you visit the Bastrop Opera House, you are visiting a piece of Bastrop and Texas history.  Bastrop merchants P. Otto Elzner and S.D. Green agreed to build the Opera House in 1889 at a reported cost of $15,000.  Now 124 year later, more than three times that amount is needed just to repair the roof to preserve this unique piece of history. 
The historic Bastrop Opera House has launched an emergency capital campaign to repair the roof. We have a ways to go, but we will get there with your help.  Thank you to all who of you who donated, entertained, volunteered, participated, appreciated, and joined us.  Contributors and Donors Thank You List.
Please keep those donations pouring in, so we can stop the rain from pouring in.

The Bastrop Opera House is the heart of live theater in Bastrop and needs to be preserved. The funding of a new roof is crucial.  After the incredible heat of last summer, the rain of this new year have pointed out more leaks in the over-twenty-year-old tin roof.  With contraction and expansion the nails have popped out and where there had been tar and sealant along the down spout alleys, cracks have occurred.  Rather than merely patching repeatedly what is there, a complete overhaul needs to be initiated.  Therefore, several fundraising occured including special music programs, like the Classic Country Music Shows, where the proceeds will be placed in our building fund for a preservation project of this nature.

You may send a donations for the "roof restoration project" to the Bastrop Opera House, P.O. Box 691, Bastrop, Texas 78602.  You may also make an online donation of any amount on the Bastrop Opera House site at, or you may donate by clicking this button, and entering how much you'd like to donate.
Donations so far are $11,645 toward the $50,000 goal.  THANK YOU!

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Volunteers make the Opera House function.  We could not run without the help and support of our volunteers--in fact, they are crucial to making the Bastrop Opera House a success.  Thousands of volunteer hours go into the Opera House shows.  You can help even if you only have one hour to give.  Volunteers post their interests and skills, and directors and organizers post their needs.  Are you interested in becoming part of the energetic Bastrop Opera House volunteer team?
Join the Bastrop Opera House Volunteers.

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Bastrop Opera House
711 Spring Street
P.O. Box 691
Bastrop, Texas 78602

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