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The Ohio Light Opera 42nd Season

The Ohio Light Opera

Celebrating 42nd Festival Season in Wayne County, Ohio

 The Ohio Light Opera is just part of the fun. You might already be aware that Wayne County, Ohio is part of the world’s largest Amish settlement and home to Lehman’s Hardware, The J.M. Smucker Company Store and Café, Everything Rubbermaid, and P. Graham Dunn. But did you know that the Ohio Light Opera, summer resident opera company of the College of Wooster, also calls Wayne County their home?

Great musicals and operettas are part of in the summer lineup. The 2020 Light Opera festival season, which runs June 13 through August 8, opens with the American classic musical “Carousel” by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Also included in this summer’s lineup will be Gershwin’s “Let ‘Em Eat Cake,” Adler & Ross’ “Damn Yankees,” Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers,” and “Patience.” Rounding out the summer schedule are “Voyage to the Moon” and “The Mock Marriage.”

Wayne County has so much to offer. Over 20,000 patrons from across the country and around the world, come to Wooster for the Ohio Light Opera performances in the intimate confines of Freedlander Theater each summer. Theatre-goers find the matinee performances fit in well with local restaurants that offer upscale dining and still leave time for sightseeing and shopping. Evening performances can be followed by wine pairings or decadent desserts and coffee. Hotels, Inns and Bed and Breakfasts offer special packages that include show tickets, gourmet breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

Discover our charming villages. While visiting our area we invite you to discover our many shopping areas such as the charming Main Street Wooster, or the popular shops of Amish Country in Kidron, Shreve and Fredericksburg. Spend the afternoon in the quant village of Smithville or Orrville, the home of those famous Smucker’s jams and jellies.

Summer events to experience while visiting us:

June 13-14      Quailcrest Farm Spring Garden Fair    Wooster

June 18-20      John Deere Eastern National Expo      Wooster

June 20                       Troutman Vineyards Summer Solstice            Wooster

June 27                       Lehman’s Country Living Workshop      Kidron

July 16-18        Texas Longhorn Cattle Show               Wooster

July 23             Taste of Downtown                              Wooster

July 23-25        North East Ohio Quilt Show                 Wooster

July 31-Aug 1  Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale                Wooster

Aug 13-15        Lincoln Highway “Buyway” Yard Sales Lincoln Highway

Aug 14-15        Lions Rib & Music Fest                                    Orrville

Aug 14-15        Celtic Festival                                      Wooster

We invite you to visit us this summer and find out what makes Wayne County so special. Additional information about the Ohio Light Opera is available by phone 330-263-2345 or online at or by contacting the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-362-6474 or online at

Article courtesy of Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Ohio Light Opera 42nd Season

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