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Ballets with a Twist at the Opera House

The Newberry Opera House presents "Cocktail Hour: The Show"


Newberry Opera House


Cocktail Hour: The Show by Ballets with a Twist

April 13, 2024 • 8:00pm

Ballets with a Twist performs Cocktail Hour: The Show (Photo by Nico Malvaldi)

Newberry, South Carolina (January 25, 2024) — Newberry Opera House welcomes New York City-based company Ballets with a Twist and its signature production, Cocktail Hour: The Show. This electrifying floorshow-to-stage-experience reinvents the excitement of classic entertainment through an original mix of choreography, music, and costume design. Watch as Champagne, Manhattan, Hot Toddy, and more spring to life in a series of sparkling vignettes. You’ve never seen cocktails like these!

The event will take place Saturday April 13th at 8:00pm at the historic Newberry Opera House (1201 McKibben Street). Single tickets are $55. To purchase tickets, go to For additional information, contact the box office at (803) 276-6264.

The Show

Created by artistic director and choreographer Marilyn Klaus, Cocktail Hour: The Show combines the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age with a sleek, twenty-first century sensibility. Elegance and all-American energy combine in an evening of witty, spellbinding storytelling. It’s high-style fun for all ages.

Program highlights include

  • “Beer” — A crew of regal rockers amps up the attitude and steals the show.
  • “Eau de Vie” — Secrets, rumors, and star-crossed love swirl in this stirring French escapade.
  • “Roy Rogers” — Fellas, beware! With a crack of the whip, this rodeo gal corrals her man. America's Wild West is the backdrop for this amorous chase.

The Company

Marilyn Klaus, whose choreography has been seen internationally, formed Ballets with a Twist in association with Grammy-nominated composer Stephen Gaboury and costume designer Catherine Zehr. Her company — lauded by The Huffington Post for “blasting the boundaries between high art and entertainment” — has appeared in a wide range of venues throughout the country, from Cleveland’s Playhouse Square and New York City’s Beacon Theatre to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Tribeca Film Festival.

Stephen Gaboury’s compositions have been performed by celebrated musicians nationwide. As a pianist, he has collaborated and toured the world with pop/rock icon Cyndi Lauper for more than a decade, most recently joining her alongside the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at its historic home venue. He has also accompanied such artists as Patti Labelle, Norah Jones, and Sarah McLachlan, and has performed at internationally televised events such as the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony and the New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop. Gaboury’s music has been heard in concert, on television, and in films (including Boyhood and American Beauty).

Catherine Zehr is the artistic force behind the company’s costume design. Her creations evoke the origins and essence of each dance with dazzling colors and ornamentation. Zehr honed her skills while working at major American fashion houses, then by designing and manufacturing attire for her own label. She studied art and design at Washington University and New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology, where she and the company delivered the presentation “Designing Costumes for Ballets with a Twist” as part of The Museum at FIT’s Fashion Culture series.

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The Presenter

Centrally located in historic downtown Newberry, SC, the Newberry Opera House is the destination for entertainment in the Midlands of SC and beyond. Offering a diverse mix of performances and historic preservation, it is the perfect place to experience the thrill of live entertainment.

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