The Bastrop Opera House won 13 of 19 categories in the 2023 BroadwayWorld Austin Awards. Among other awards, The Bastrop Opera House was voted favorite local theatre in the Austin area.


The BroadwayWorld Awards are voted on by the site’s readers based on a variety of categories for live theatre. The results of the competition are released every January.

“This achievement is a testament to the remarkable talent that graces our stage and the unwavering support of our incredible community,” said Lisa Holcomb, Bastrop Opera House executive director, in a press release. “Together, we have created a harmonious tapestry of excellence that continues to elevate the cultural landscape of Bastrop.”

The Bastrop Opera House production of "Steel Magnolias" won best play, and "Willy Wonka" was recognized as best theatre for young audiences production. Eighteen-year-old Shiloh Bartee won best supporting performer in a musical for her role as Wednesday in “The Addams Family.”

“I feel so honored to have this big of a recognition for a role that unlocked so much for me,” Bartee said in the release. “The memories and relationships I got because of 'The Addams Family' were more than enough for me, so now getting to receive an award for my performance alongside everything I gained is a type of magic only theatre can bring.”

Also of note

Built in 1889, The Bastrop Opera House has entertained visitors with live music and stage performances throughout the years. "Freaky Friday the Musical" will be showing Jan. 19-Feb. 4 followed by "A Valentine Cabaret" on Feb. 14-15. Visit The Opera House website for more details.

Our success is truly a collective triumph, and we look forward to inspiring and entertaining our community for years to come,” Holcomb said.