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Wheeler Opera House announces fall entertainment lineup, On the Rise concert series

Staff report

The Wheeler Opera House will host five diverse stage shows this fall, along with a five-part On the Rise concert series running September through December.

The theater announced its offseason lineup Thursday.

"Last fall, we enjoyed tremendous success with offseason events so we are expanding our offerings this September, October and November," Wheeler executive director Gena Buhler said in the announcement. "We hope this variety of programming will appeal to locals before peak season arrives."

The season opens with the Women's Adventure Film Tour on Sept. 14, followed by comedian Matt Bellassai of the "Unhappy Hour" podcast on Sept. 20.

The Wheeler hosts a free, family-friendly stage production of Jack London's "Call of the Wild: Illustrated Edition" on Oct. 27, utilizing a 180- degree projection screen to create a combination of animated characters and live performers. The following night, the R-rated duo The Naked Magicians performs for an 18-and-over crowd. The main stage series will close Nov. 4 with the kid-friendly immersive experience Erth's Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure, which uses actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology that is sure to engage both kids and kids-at-heart.

The Wheeler also recently released the lineup for its second annual On the Rise concert series, which opens with indie-folk band The Hunts on Sept. 15. They're followed by the acoustic septet Upstate Rundown on Oct. 20, singer-songwriter Heather Mahoney on Nov. 10, pianist Vienna Tang on Nov. 17 and singer-songwriter Lucas Wolf on Dec. 1.

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"Last year we introduced the On the Rise series with three shows — but our audience was left wanting more," Buhler said. "We opted to expand the series to five performances with a diverse lineup that will satisfy any music lover."

Tickets are on sale at the Wheeler box office and aspenshowtix.com. More info at wheeleroperahouse.com.