The 2023-24 “Astonishing!” season includes Broadway national tours of “Mean Girls,” “Come from Away,” “Little Women,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and concerts by Pink Martini, Voctave and Stacey Kent
COLLEGE STATION, TX: OPAS officials announced the events coming to the 2023-24 “Astonishing!” season on April 18 before a standing-room-only audience of season ticket holders and supporters in the Bethancourt Ballroom at TAMU’s Memorial Student Center. Beginning in September, OPAS will present a season filled with national tours of Broadway shows, exciting concerts and four performances of a live theater show featuring every family’s favorite heeler pup – Bluey. The lineup of performances to be presented from September 2023 to April 2024 includes six events on the Ann Cobb Wiatt Main Stage series, three events on the Intimate Gatherings series, three on the Singular Sensations series, plus one big Family Time special event.
Season and priority single tickets will be available beginning June 1 at the MSC Box Office (979-845-1234) and online at OPAStickets.org. Most season ticket packages offer savings opportunities ranging from 10-15% off regular ticket prices. Season ticket package buyers are assigned before single ticket buyers. All events will be performed in the Rudder Theatre Complex at Texas A&M University in College Station.
OPAS Executive Director Anne Black states, “Piecing a season together to follow out 50th anniversary might have been daunting to some, but our Program Advisory Committee greeted this challenge with great enthusiasm and we were able to curate a season that builds on the success of last year.”
A team of community and TAMU student volunteers worked with Anne Black to select the performances on the 2023-24 season. This year’s committee was chaired by Paul Dyson and included April Mamigonian, Aron Collins, Alan Riley, and students Abby Mason, Sarah Culpepper, Ivan Yanez and Allison Cox.
The new season picks up on where the 50th anniversary left off. Fresh-off two sell-out musicals featuring iconic heroines (Legally Blonde, Anastasia), OPAS shines the spotlight even brighter on female protagonists for Season 51 with stories featuring Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird, Cady Heron from Mean Girls, Bluey and Bingo in Bluey’s Big Play and Little Women’s Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy.
When asked what programs she’s most excited about seeing in Rudder with Brazos Valley audiences, Anne states, “There’s just so much to look forward to this season. I can’t wait to open with Come from Away. It’s an award-winning musical with a heart-warming story. I also look forward to experiencing To Kill a Mockingbird all over again with this all-new production scripted by Aaron Sorkin. And one my favorite Broadway musicals in recent times is Little Women. Just wait to hear the show’s big showstopper – Astonishing!”
Anne continues, “We also have the return of The Barricade Boys, a cappella sensation Voctave, the popular band Pink Martini and, of course, Bluey’s Big Play. With four performances of Bluey in Rudder Auditorium, we will be building audiences of tomorrow – an important thing as we launch into our next 50 years! We couldn’t do that without the support of OPAS Encore.”
Ann Cobb Wiatt Main Stage Series
- COME FROM AWAY
September 19 & 20, 2023 • 7:30 PM • Rudder Auditorium
- MEAN GIRLS
November 1 & 2, 2023 • 7:30 PM • Rudder Auditorium
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- JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
November 15 & 16, 2023 • 7:30 PM • Rudder Auditorium
- CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE
December 5 & 6, 2023 • 7:30 PM • Rudder Auditorium
- Harper Lee’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
January 16 & 17, 2024 • 7:30 PM • Rudder Auditorium
- LITTLE WOMEN
February 13 & 14, 2024 • 7:30 PM • Rudder Auditorium
Intimate Gatherings Series
- STACEY KENT
October 18, 2023 • 7:30 PM • Rudder Theatre
November 9, 2023 • 7:30 PM • Rudder Theatre
- FOREVER YOUNG
February 6, 2024 • 7:30 PM • Rudder Theatre
Singular Sensations Series
- THE BARRICADE BOYS
October 3, 2023 • 7:30 PM • Rudder Auditorium
- THE DOO WOP PROJECT
February 21, 2024 • 7:30 PM • Rudder Auditorium
- PINK MARTINI featuring CHINA FORBES
March 21, 2024 • 7:30 PM • Rudder Auditorium
Family Time Special Event
OPAS Family Programming Supported by OPAS Encore!
- BLUEY’S BIG PLAY
March 2, 2024 • 10 AM • 1 PM & 4 PM • Rudder Auditorium
March 3, 2024 • 2 PM • Rudder Auditorium OPAS programs are made possible in part through Hotel Tax Revenue funded from the City of College Station through the Arts Council of Brazos Valley.