On any given morning, Jezebelle’s Coffee House, in Newberry , South Carolina ,   is buzzing with activities, Lattes are brewing, newspapers are crinkling and conversations on current politics abound. But it is not always politics as usual. The sound of impassioned Japanese discussing whether or not Chief Cabinet Minister Hosoda should honor   Red Sox Pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka for his World Series work, echoes from the front table and from a corner table hushed and serious tones of Korean discussing the latest word from the north. Meanwhile three very British and one very southern accented voices are talking turkey – hunting that is.   But the central focus of the morning is the three Irish tenors, occasionally breaking into song to illustrate a point. No one is quite sure whether the occupants of this table have ever left, after arriving following their Opera House concert or simply resumed after leaving in the wee hours of the morning. A typical beginning to a day in the small rural southern town of Newberry .   To many here, these sounds signify just how far Newberry has come. A new industrial park is home to several multi-nationals:   Komatsu and Ise, Japanese firms, Kiswire, a Korean firm and Trucast and McKechnie, British firms.   Most recently the British aerospace firm Nasmyth announced the location of their North American headquarters in Newberry at a joint announcement in Newberry and at the Paris Air Show. The Newberry Opera House hosts performers from around the world, and Newberry is becoming a part of the global community.   The rustling of rebirth blows smartly through the 10 blocks considered to be the downtown, thanks to an ambitious plan to redefine downtown Newberry as a center for the arts. The 115-year-old Newberry Opera House, across the street from the coffee shop provides the focus.   Local residents, led by an area dentist, Dr. James Wiseman raised $5 million to renovate the building, which reopened in June, 1998 with a performance by Hal Holbrook, the actor, and his wife, Dixie Carter. The opening was the first time in 40 years that the sounds of performing arts filled the 426-seat hall. As a part of the project, the surrounding park was re-created, a 10,000 foot addition was added to the building, and parking lots were redone. The new facility was truly “state of the art.”   Most of the downtown buildings have either been renovated or are in some phase of repair. New second floor apartments are filled and there are waiting lists of hopeful tenants, who want to live above the Opera House bustle, the concerts in the park and the pastiche of Newberry “street life.” Some twenty new apartment, averaging of $500 for a one-bedroom to $1,000 for a two-bedroom, have recently been completed.   A number of cities have used the arts as a catalyst for rejuvenating beleaguered downtowns, ranging in size from NY’s Lincoln Center and Times Square renovation to Asheville , NC and other small towns, like Newberry.    But for Newberry, the arts rebirth seems to some a more difficult achievement. With a relatively small population of 10,000, Newberry must draw from other cities to make it happen. ''At the outset, it was a leap of faith,'' said Wiseman, ''There were a few visionaries who thought the Opera House was the key.''   The question always arose “What can you do with a building that used to contain, among other things, jail cells and a fire station?”   Some six million dollars later, the state-of-the-art Opera House now presents some 200 events a year ranging from Bjorn Again, the ABBA revival, to Blood Sweat & Tears, Robert Earl Keen, Joan Baez, The Swinging Medallions to the "Hamlet" .   The Opera House has signed on Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson, the actor couple, and the singers B. J. Thomas, Judy Collins and Glenn Campbell. The Lettermen and the Kingston Trio. The Celtic Rock Band Seven Nations plays here frequently, punctuating a weeks of events including the Von Trapp Family, The National Dance Company of the Ukraine and a Zydeco band.   "This hall is one beautiful dream," wrote Charles Wadsworth, director of chamber music for Spoleto and the Lincoln Center . "Why do they call it work when this is so much fun?" asked singer/songwriter Kathy Mattea. And Roy Clark of "Hee-Haw" confessed, "I don’t want to leave for fear you won’t invite me back."   Frequent sell-outs are the fiscal mark of success in entertainment—and the opera house had more than its share last season. But there is another important benchmark. Audiences and artists want to come back!   Why? For one thing, they clearly enjoy spending a day or two in laid-back Newberry, where they can stroll the streets without fear or hassles.   The shopping is unique and terrific. And the food is without peer in the Midlands .   The Opera House sees over 100,000 visitors annually and sells almost 65,000 tickets.   The arts and the environment surrounding them have become Newberry’s focus. The town is now a dining destination in its own right with wonderful restaurants, a sports bar, and a British pub with Guinness and Harp on tap.  Steven W's, Delamater's, Cabana Cafe and the Grill on Main are all avaialble for dinners, with great coffees from Jezebelles and pubs inlcude the fabulous Blue Moon Sports Bar, charming pub Lucy and Earl's, the Storm Cellar and the Martin St. Beer Parlo. While of course BBQ or shrimp and grits are available, goose pate, exquisite lamb and Connecticut River Shad, or Cooper River salmon with green lipped mussels provencal are also featured fare.   Artists abound, with four galleries on the Main Street . A superb graphic artist’s shop Cameo Publishing, a prize-wining potter, and several best selling authors call Newberry one of their homes.   A must see side trip is Carter and Holmes Orchid Farm.   Newberry has found the truth that the arts are magic – and is rebuilding itself on faith in that truth!