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Memorial Opera House

Address

104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso, IN 46383

Contact

Phone: (219) 548-9137

Fax: (219) 462-2640

About

At the Memorial Opera House, the performance begins as soon as you enter. This building's old-school charm (like the stained-glass windows) is married to top-notch modern amenities (like a brand-new sound system). The Memorial Opera House presents Broadway musicals and plays, national musical acts, live comedy and a lunchtime cabaret series once a month. On the National Register of Historic Places, the handsome Memorial Opera House was built in 1893 by the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) as a memorial to the county's Civil War veterans. In continual use since then, the Opera House has hosted such notable performers as conductor John Phillip Sousa and the Marx Brothers. The most recent renovation of this historic building began in 1993 and was completed in the spring of 1998. The architects tried to make the renovation as historically accurate as possible, and added design elements that were common during the 1890s. Free guided tours are offered by appointment and are well worth the effort. Be sure to check their program schedule to see what productions are showing during your visit to the region.

Amenities:

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Events:

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Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap

Dates: September 27 - October 13, 2019
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The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horrorthat there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspiciouscharacters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last nerve-shredding moment the identity and motive of the murder is finally revealed.

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Brightside Music Presents: Willie Nile

Date: Saturday, October 19
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The New York Times called Willie Nile "one of the most gifted singer songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years." His album Streets of New York was hailed as "a platter for the ages" by UNCUT magazine. Rolling Stone listed The Innocent Ones as one of the "Top Ten Best Under The Radar Albums of 2011" and BBC called it "THE rock'n'roll album of the year.

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South Shore Orchestra: Shostakovich Symphony 11

Date: Friday, October 25
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Described as a "Requiem for a Generation," Dimitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11 "The Year 1905" is a symphonic and cinematic depiction of the horrific events that began the first Russian Revolution on January 9, 1905. Also a symbol of humanity, Shostakovich describes his 11th Symphony as being "about the people, who have stopped believing because the cup of evil has run over."

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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - Hometown Heroes: A Salute to Veterans

Date: Wednesday, November 13
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Memorial Opera House was built to be a monument to thebrave men and women that have served for the freedom of our great country. Our tradition has been to thank these brave heroes through songs featuring patriotic themes.

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Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical

Dates: November 29 - December 15, 2019
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A holiday classic. When it turns out that Macy's Santa may, in fact, be the realKris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York City that melts even the most cynicalheart. This joyous, heartwarming musical is the perfect holiday treat.

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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - "Tis The Season: A Holiday Cabaret

Date: Wednesday, December 18
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Kris Kringle is on his wayto the Opera House! Christmas may only be a week after this cabaret, but we're here to open our doors to the community and sing our way into the Yule season. We'll share favoritememories, hopes, and dreams for the roaring 20's that are right around the corner.

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South Shore Orchestra: Holiday Pops

Date: Friday, December 20
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Festive! Fabulous! Joyous Holiday entertainment with family, friends and colleagues! Enjoy this popular holiday tradition with South Shore Orchestra Holiday Pops. A Special guest from the North Pole will be making a special appearance.

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Mary Poppins

Dates: February 14 - March 01, 2020
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Everyone's favorite practically perfect nanny takes the Opera House stage in this Supercalifragilistic musical adventure! One of Disney's most popular musical of all time will capture your heart in a whole new way. Young Jane and Michael Banks have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises "Anything can happen if you let it."

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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - Broadways Backwards

Date: Wednesday, March 18
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Here we go again! Memorial Opera House kicks off their 2020 Lunchtime Cabaret season with a healthy dose of laughs, backward heroes and masculine ingenues. They are sure you'll enjoy this hour-long presentation of some of Broadway's classic songs reimagined as never before.

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9 To 5, The Musical

Dates: April 24 - May 10, 2020
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Three unlikely friends take control of their office and learn there is nothing they can't do, even in a man's world. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1980 hit movie, Memorial Opera House will present this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. Pushed to the boiling point, three females coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist egotistical, lying, and hypercritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy, and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy - giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains "otherwise engaged," the woman gives their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can't she?

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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - Over the Rainbow: A Tribute to Judy Garland

Date: Wednesday, May 20
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During a career that spanned 45 years, she attained international stardom as an actress in both musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist, and on the concert stage. We'll spend an afternoon presenting a musical homage to one of the brightest shing stars of the stage and screen. This is a cabaret you surely won't want to miss!

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Rohald Dahl's Matilda, The Musical

Dates: July 17 - August 02, 2020
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The story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Inspired by the twisted genius of Rohald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Rahald Dahl's Matilda, The Musical is the captivating masterpiece that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence, and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over a course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however - the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just love thinking up new punishment for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!

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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - School's Out For Summer: The Limelights Cabaret

Date: Wednesday, July 22
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A cabaret that different from any other! Come and enjoy an afternoon of music as the Memorial Opera House throw in some of their Limelights' youth theatre students in the mix. This fun and energetic cabaret will feature music from their production of Matilda and a few other family classics. You may even get a taste of their upcoming season!

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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - A Little Honky Tonk Bar: A Modern Country Cabaret

Date: Wednesday, September 23
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On the heels of the success of 2019's Honky Tonk Cabaret, the Memorial Opera House has decided it was time of offer a little bit more country (with a little bit of rock-n-roll!) They'll present an hour of Country Hits of the last 25 years in this fun-filled afternoon.

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Clue, The Musical

Dates: October 02 - October 18, 2020
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The internationally popular game is now a fun-filled musical that brings the world's best-known suspects to life and invites the audience to help solve the mystery: who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room, and with what weapon. Six suspects, six weapons, six rooms, one dead Boddy, and only one hard-nosed female detective qualified to unravel the merry mayhem. Comic antics, witty lyrics, and a beguiling score carry the investigation from room to room. This colorful and interactive crowd-pleaser with 216 possible endings will surely delight Opera House audiences of all ages. Was it Mrs. Peacock in the ballroom with the rope? Or perhaps Colonel Mustard in the Conservatory with the revolver...only you can decide!

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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - Do Your Part! A Veteran's Day Cabaret

Date: Wednesday, November 11
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As another year passes, it's important to the Opera House family to celebrate the brave men and women that fought valiantly for our great nation and our freedom. We are delighted to continue the tradition of presenting some of the greatest and most heartfelt patriotic songs as we say "Thank You!" As always, this cabaret is free of charge to veterans.

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Holiday Inn, The Musical

Dates: December 04 - December 20, 2020
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Jim Hardy leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on this farmhouse in Connecticut. He quickly discovers life isn't the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim's luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July.

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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - A Holly Jolly Cabaret

Date: Wednesday, December 16
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Join the Opera House Family as they reflect on the brightest days of 2020. They'll share hopes, memories, and treasures of the past year and exciting resolutions and dreams for 2021. They can't wait to kick off the holiday season with their extended family -- You!