The Pocahontas County Opera House will ring in the Christmas holiday with classic music of the 1950s performed by Philadelphia-based Rivers Rockabilly Trio at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Rivers Rockabilly Trio performs the classic hits of Buddy Holly, as well as Bill Haley, The Everly Brothers, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley in this Christmas-themed tribute performance.
Holly will be portrayed by Ed Mara. Although Mara never really tries to pretend he is Buddy Holly, his amazing resemblance to the legend and uncanny vocal similarity brings a special magic to his performances. Mara has performed Holly's music for nearly a decade. He is an authority on Buddy Holly history and owns many authentic instruments from Holly's collection. He holds a letter of permission from Maria Elena Holly, and Mara has also had the honor of performing with The Crickets, Holly's band.
With this performance marking the halfway point of the Opera House's current lineup, season tickets for the remainder of the 2011-2012 Performance Series are still available.
Shows for the next half of the Opera House season include:
Feb. 25: Opry Night with Bil Lepp, Born Old and Jim O'Dell
March 16: Attack Theatre (contemporary dance)
March 24: Jim & Valerie Gabehart (bluegrass)
April 14: Juanita Fireball & The Continental Drifters (old time)
April 28: Caravan of Thieves (Gypsy jazz)
May 4: Doug Elliott (Folk, story-telling)
June 9: The Honey Dewdrops (Americana)
Season tickets can be ordered online at pocahontasoperahouse.org or by calling 304-799-6645.
The Pocahontas County Opera House is located at 818 Third Ave. in Marlinton. Performances at the Opera House are informal, family-friendly and open to all. The entrance and main seating are accessible to persons with disabilities, and special accommodations can be arranged upon request by calling 304-799-6645.
The Opera House Performance Series is presented with financial assistance through a grant from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Financial support is also provided by Pocahontas County Drama, Fairs and Festivals, Pendleton Community Bank, Glades Building Supply and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Additional support for the Rivers Rockabilly Trio comes from the Law Office of Roger D. Forman.