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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:

Lunchtime Cabaret Series - Star Spangled Cabaret - A Veteran's Day Salute has been added to your travel planner!
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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - Star Spangled Cabaret - A Veteran's Day Salute

Date: Wednesday, November 14
1-3pm (CT)

The Memorial Opera House wouldn't be where she is without the brave men and women who have fought for freedom! Join as they enjoy the anniversary of their great memorial by saluting those who made it possible. Featuring songs from the eras of World War I through Desert Storm, they proudly thank the brave souls that have made America truly great with this patriotic afternoon.

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It's a Wonderful Life, The Musical

Dates: November 30 - December 16, 2018
8pm Friday & Saturday; 2pm Sunday (CT)

Based on the beloved 1946 film, this musical faithfully follows George Bailey from his childhood dreams to his midlife disappointments and beyond as we all take a journey to discover whether his life has mattered at all. Cinematically scored and theatrically staged, this adaption breathes musical life into a familiar story while retaining the warmth, humor and pathos of the original. The Memorial Opera House is delighted to wrap up their 125th Anniversary celebration with is new holiday classic for devotees and newcomers alike.

BrightSide Music presents The Lone Bellow Triiio Tour has been added to your travel planner!
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BrightSide Music presents The Lone Bellow Triiio Tour

Date: Wednesday, December 05
7-11pm (CT)

This fall, you're cordially invited to the Triiio Tour. For some time now, they've done a mid-set performance around on microphone at their shows, and they've decided to make an entire night out of it.

Three of them are embarking on a country-wide tour of acoustic shows in some of the most beautiful and intimate venues across the country. It will be an opportunity to try a new arrangement of their entire repertoire, debut new and unrecorded songs, take requests, and hear more of Zach's unparalleled storytelling and Brian's incredible jokes. See you there. 

 

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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - Celebrate the Season: A Christmas Cabaret

Date: Wednesday, December 19
1-3pm (CT)

The Memorial Opera House will sing and dance its way into the Christmas Season with this spectacular cabaret. Following their production of It's A Wonderful Life, they will be sure to warm the hearts to even the sourest of Scrooges to ring in the festivities of the holidays. Be sure to join in an afternoon featuring some of MOH's favorite memories of the year and a special visit from the North Pole!

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South Shore Orchestra: Holiday Pops

Date: Friday, December 21
7:30pm (CT)

Join Maestro Troy Webdell, the South Shore Orchestra and Santa for a holiday celebration the entire family can enjoy! South Shore Orchestra will present an evening that is guaranteed to entertain all ages ensuring a unique family event to celebrate a joyous holiday. Holiday Pops is a combination of traditional and contemporary holiday music. Featured will be music selections from Ottorino Respighi's magical children's ballet The Fantastic Toyshop Ballet.

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Great Lakes National Showman At Large

Date: Saturday, January 26
7pm (CT)

Looking for a room full of charismatic men with talent, brains and good looks all lined up and ready to entertain you, or maybe you're more in the mood for beauty, glitz, and glamour? Why do you have to choose? The good news is you don't have to! You can feast your eyes on The Great Lakes National Showman At Large Pageant at Memorial Opera House. 

 Great Lakes National Showman at Large is a Preliminary competition where two entertainers will qualit=fy to compete for National Showman at Large title in Daytona Beach Florida.

In addition to the contest, there is an amazing list of entertainers that will be performing including Seymour Chilton your current reigning National Showman at Large, CeeCee LaRouge, Honey West, Samantha Lynn, Angelique Munroe, Natasha Douglas, Jessica Dupree, and Tyler R. Hall.

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Shrek, The Musical

Dates: February 15 - March 03, 2019
8pm Friday & Saturday; 2pm Sunday (CT)

Join Shrek, our unlikely hero, and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Add the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you've got an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter, and romance guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages!

Lunchtime Cabaret Series - Hello Jerry! The Music of Jerry Herman has been added to your travel planner!
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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - Hello Jerry! The Music of Jerry Herman

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

Jerry Herman, the man behind the lyrics of some of our favorite musicals including "Mame", "Dear World", "La Cage Aux Folles", and of course, the incomparable "Hello, Dolly!". Explore Herman's hits and lesser-known music as we go from "A to Z" covering the legendary composer & lyricist's life, career and impact on musical theatre as we know it.

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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 son, Jean-Michel's fiances' parents. Albin has always raised Jean-Michel, Georges' biological son, as his own. But when Jean-Michel falls in love and becomes engaged to the daughter of an ultra-conservative, anti-gay politician, Georges feels compelled to try to present a more "traditional" family to Jean-Michel's potential in-laws. When Albin tries and fails to take on a masculine persona in the role of Uncle Al, he gets more creative in order to find a way to be part of the "meet and parents" experience. Based on Jean Poiret's 1973 French play of the same name, the multi-Tony award-winning La Cage Aux Folles is a musical filled with delightful spectacle and great heart.

Lunchtime Cabaret Series - Rock Around the Opera House: A Rockabilly Afternoon has been added to your travel planner!
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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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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 lasted visited 20 years ago. A celebration of love, laughter, family, and friendship, Mamma Mia! is exactly what the world needs right now.

Lunchtime Cabaret Series - Songs of the Silver Screen: The Soundtrack of Our Life has been added to your travel planner!
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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - Songs of the Silver Screen: The Soundtrack of Our Life

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

Movies and music have always been a natural combination ever since the sound was first added to moving images. 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. May songs written for films have stood on their own, with the popularity of some eclipsing the movies that inspired them. Take some time from your "9 to 5" to spend an afternoon with us---we're sure you'll be singing and dancing along!

Lunchtime Cabaret Series - Heroes & Villains: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly has been added to your travel planner!
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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 real fun 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 - September 29, 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 on the suspicious characters reveals their sordid pasts until at the last nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed. 

Lunchtime Cabaret Series - Hometown Heroes: A Salute to Veterans has been added to your travel planner!
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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, and 2019 will be no different.

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Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical

Dates: November 29 - December 15, 2019
8pm Friday & Saturday; 2pm Sunday (CT)

A holiday classic. A single mother, Doris Walker, doesn't want her six-year-old Susan's head filled with romantic notions. Their neighbor, Fred Gailey, tries to woo Doris by charming Susan and taking her to see Santa Claus at Macy's, where Doris works. Doris is not impressed, but 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 hearts. 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. Come and celebrate with our favorite family-The Opera House family!