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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:

  • Indoor
  • Group Friendly (20+)
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Locally Owned
  • Non - Smoking

Events:

Heartache Tonight - A Tribute to the Eagles has been added to your travel planner!
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Heartache Tonight - A Tribute to the Eagles

Date: Saturday, March 23
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Known for delivering an Eagles concert experience that includes everything from the notable guitar duel in "Hotel California" to the harmonies of "Peaceful Easy Feeling." There are no pre-recorded backing tracks used in this show. All instruments and vocals are live with a set list that covers songs from all eras and incarnations of the Eagles, including "Seven Bridges Road," "Life in the Fast Lane," and "Take it Easy," plus solo hits such as Joe Walsh's "Rocky Mountain Way" and Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry."

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Echoes of Pompeii

Date: Saturday, April 20
7:30 pm (CT)

Echoes of Pompeii is comprised of a 10 piece band (orchestra) to give fans the true sound of a Pink Floyd concert. From synthesizers, delayed vocals, slide guitars and female backup singers, they leave no stone unturned, when it comes to their sound. Travel through all eras from Syd Barrett to Rodger Waters with state of the art visuals such as lasers, lights, video and iconic images that Pink Floyd was well known to produce. So please take your seat, buckle up and get ready to take flight!

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La Cage Aux Folles

Dates: April 26 - May 12, 2019
8pm Friday & Saturday; 2pm Sunday (CT)

Georges is the owner of the La Cage Aux Folles nightclub, which features a drag show starring his partner and the love of his life, Albin. After twenty years of un-wedded bliss, Georges and his partner Albin face the hardest challenge of their relationship yet; meeting their sons' fiance's parents. The multi-Tony award-winning La Cage Aux Folles is a musical filled with delightful spectacle and great heart.

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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - Rock Around the Opera House: A Rockabilly Afternoon

Date: Wednesday, May 15
1-3pm (CT)

Johnny Cash. Bill Haley. Buddy Holly. Wanda Jackson. Elvis Presley. These are some of the great artists that helped plant the seeds of what would develop into the music that defined generations. Before rock'n'roll, there was rockabilly. Spend an afternoon with us as we travel both sides of the Mason-Dixon and "Rock Around the Clock."

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Back to the Dean Martin Show

Date: Saturday, June 22
7:30 p.m. (CT)

Featuring Felix J. Denaeu, Jr. as Dean Martin. Felix was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he grew up with such television favorites as The Ed Sullivan Show, The Jackie Gleason Show and, of course, The Dean Martin Show. He collected almost all of Dean's albums of the time and would practice impersonating him o this record player. He would also imitate a number of other celebrities as well.

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Mamma Mia

Dates: July 12 - July 28, 2019
8pm Friday & Saturday; 2pm Sunday (CT)

Set on a Greek island paradise and inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs, writer Catherine Johnson's heart-warming tale centers around Sophie, a young bride-to-be on the eve of her wedding. Sophie's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Mamma Mia is a celebration of love, laughter, family, and friendship.

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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - Songs of the Silver Screen: The Soundtrack of Our Life

Date: Wednesday, July 17
1-3pm (CT)

Whether a film is a tear-jerking drama, an action-packed thriller or a sidesplitting comedy, the right song at the right moment will always elevate the impact of a scene. Spend an afternoon with us-we're sure you'll be singing and dancing along!

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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - Heroes & Villains: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Date: Wednesday, September 18
1-3pm (CT)

Where there's good, there's bad. Where there's light, there's dark. The scales have to balance one way or another, and in the world of theatre, it's often done through song. Explore some of the songs made famous by our favorite heroes and heroines and the tunes of our favorite bad guys (and gals). Don't be a "Poor Unfortunate Soul" who misses out on the fun of this cabaret.

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Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap

Dates: September 27 - October 13, 2019
8pm Friday & Saturday; 2pm Sunday (CT)

The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters 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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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - Hometown Heroes: A Salute to Veterans

Date: Wednesday, November 13
1-3pm (CT)

Memorial Opera House was built to be a monument to the brave 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
8pm Friday and Saturday; 2pm Sunday (CT)

A holiday classic. When it turns out that Macy's Santa may, in fact, be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York City that melts even the most cynical heart. 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
1-3pm (CT)

Kris Kringle is on his way to 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 favorite memories, hopes, and dreams for the roaring 20's that are right around the corner.