by Bastrop Opera House

Aug. 23 - Sep. 07, 2019


Helium is the moving and uplifting story of a brilliant, humorous and creative chemistry teacher who braves the trials of frailty and aging, all the while keeping her imagination, charm and dignity intact. "Hysterium" and "preposterous" are two of the imaginary elements that Mrs. Molly Kingsley, a former and beloved high-school chemistry teacher, "discovers" in the laboratories of her old age. Mrs. Kingsley's mind has begun to wander-an 80-year-old mind that is no longer bound by space and time. With the help of colorful bunches of helium-filled balloons, she takes off on imaginative flights of fancy visiting the seashore of her youth, her old high-school chemistry classroom-even dropping in on an old episode of Star Trek. Back on earth, Alice, Mrs. Kingsley's daughter, struggles to keep her headstrong mother's feet firmly on the ground and her mind solidly anchored in reality. It is a losing battle. As sparks fly between mother and daughter, Josh and Ethan, Mrs. Kingsley's grandsons, watch in wonder and amazement as their mischievous grandmother, once a brilliant teacher of chemistry, slips away day by day into the mysterious and unfathomable clouds of dementia.


Directed by Chester Eitze


Lisa Holcomb

Kelita Thomas

Kelsey Helton

Vincent Fahrenthold

Zach Turrentine


by Julian Wiles
Bastrop Opera House

August 23 - September 07, 2019
Bastrop Opera House
711 Spring Street
Bastrop, TX, 78602

August 23, 24, 30, 31 at 7:30 pm

September 6, 7 at 7:30 pm

September 1 at 2:30 pm






$15 Adults

$12 Seniors (65 +)

$12 veterans

$10 Students


$8 Children 14 and under

Purchase tickets HERE


Directed by Chester Eitze