Opera House to Host Film Fest, Musical and ‘Verified’ Laughs

Fall is beginning to look a lot more like winter in Mineral Point, but at the Mineral Point Opera House, things are just heating up! Three of the opera house’s most anticipated events take place this month

Driftless Film Festival, Nov. 1-4. Times vary. Tickets: $10 for individual events, $50 for an all-festival pass.

Once a year, the Driftless Film Festival fuses the best of independent cinema with the rolling hills, artistic energy and local atmosphere of Mineral Point. Driftless Film Festival showcases regional gems, hard-hitting independent films and thought-provoking shorts. Now in its ninth year, Driftless continues to provide a one-of-a-kind experience for audiences and filmmakers alike. See the full lineup at brownpapertickets.com.

“Once Upon a Mattress” by Rodgers and Hammerstein presented by Mineral Point High School. 7 p.m. Nov. 16-17,  2 p.m. Nov. 18. Tickets: $10.

If you thought you knew the story of “The Princess and the Pea,” you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken’s love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn’t the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.

Verified Laughs presents Russell Williamson with Daryll Schmitz, Abi Sanchez & Sarah Perry. 8 p.m. Nov. 23. Tickets: $15-25.

New Jersey native Russ Williamson moved to Chicago in 2005 to pursue a career in comedy. Since then he’s played Chicago’s biggest rooms and has worked with comedy’s biggest names. You can see him in the NBC show “Chicago Fire” and may have seen him in the Starz series “BOSS” or the major motion picture “Contagion.” Williamson is on his way to becoming a household name. Mineral Point native Daryll Schmitz joins him on the stage, along with Abi Sanchez and Sarah Perry.

Tickets for all shows can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com, in person at Berget Jewelers in Mineral Point, or at the box office on the day of the show. For more events, see mpoh.org/events.