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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:

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Blithe Spirit

Dates: April 27 - May 13, 2018
Fri. and Sat. 8:00 p.m.; Sun. 2:00 p.m. (CT)

The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy and cantankerous novelist Charles Condomime who is remarried but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wide, the clever and insistent Elvira, who is called up by a visiting "happy medium", one Madame Arcati. Elvira truly raises spirits when she makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles' marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who can neither see or hear the ghost. Memorial Opera House is delighted to present this hauntingly funny classic.

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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - The Songs of Irving Berlin

Date: Wednesday, May 16
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (CT)

George Gershwin is quoted as saying "Irving Berlin is the greatest songwriter that ever lived" and Broadway choreographer and director Jerome Kern famously said "Irving Berlin has no place in American music - he is American Music". Born May 11, 1888, Berlin's songwriting career spanned decades and produced some of the most famous songs for some of the most famous performers. Featuring patriotic songs, ragtime, swing, famous movie tunes, and of course Broadway classics, they'll be celebrating Berlin's 129th birthday with plenty of songs!.

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Time Traveler's Jubilee - The Indiana Dunes

Date: Thursday, May 17
Performances at 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. (CT)

The time machine will take to life around the time of the Civil War...you know, when the Memorial Opera House was built by veterans. That's when President Abe Lincoln gets the ball moving to protect America's Wonders, including our beautiful Lake Michigan sand dunes. Visit the Theater of Imagination (also known as the radio play) about Hoosier Heroes with cameo appearances from Stephen Mathers, Colonel Leiber, Diana of the Dunes and Gene Stratton Porter. Enjoy a rollick with the woodland plant and animal puppet show. Sing the chorus along with the South Shore Brass Band Quintet to "Back Home Again in Indiana" and "The Moonlight Shines Tonight Along the Wabash". Take home a Time Travelers' Home Companion booklet about the Duneland heroes, plants and animals; and also learn about how the Family Folklore Foundation, Inc. actors and puppeteers created this wonderful trek back in time.

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An Evening with Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers

Date: Saturday, June 02
7:30 p.m. (CT)

One of the most recognized and sought-after saxophonists, two-time Grammy nominee Mindi Abair has been electrifying audiences with her dynamic live performances and sax prowess since her debut album in 2000. After working on her second album Wild heart, Abair enlisted Randy Jacobs to help encapsulate the gritter rock and soul sound she was looking for. Soon after, Abair and Jacobs came together to form a dynamic live act in Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers. The band features Mindi (saxophone, vocals), Randy Jacobs (guitar, vocals), Sweet pea Atkinson (vocals), Rodney Lee (keys), Derek Frank (bass, vocals), and Third Richardson (drums, vocals).

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Legally Blonde, The Musical

Dates: July 13 - July 29, 2018
Fri. and Sat. 8:00 p.m.; Sun. 2:00 p.m. (CT)

A fabulously fun international award winning musical based on the adored movie Legally Blonde, The Musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. It stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. This action packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart warming, this musical is so much fun it should be illegal! Legally Blonde, The Musical will take you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with the Opera House's brightest new heroine...and, of course, her chihuahua Bruiser. This musical is ridculously enjoyable from start to finish.

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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - Opera House Eleven: The Songs of the Rat Pack

Date: Wednesday, July 18
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (CT)

Turning up the heat in the summer with the coolest cats of all time, the Memorial Opera House will play host to the music of the most infamous trio of the 1960's. Presenting tunes like Volare, That's Life, What Kind of Fool Am I, and of course My Way, they are positive you'll enjoy this fantastic and enthusiastic trip down memory lane.

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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - Life is a Cabaret! The Songs of Kander & Ebb

Date: Wednesday, September 12
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (CT)

Musical theatre wouldn't be what it is without the American songwriting team of Composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb. Great Songs like "Isn't This Better" from Funny Lady, "All That Jazz" from Chicago, and "Cabaret" from ...you guessed it...Cabaret only make up a fraction of their great American song book. You'll want to make sure to attend to hear the catchy, influential music of our favorite duo.

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street a Musical Thriller

Dates: September 28 - October 14, 2018
Fri. and Sat. 8:00 p.m.; Sun. 2:00 p.m. (CT)

In this infamous tale Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply changes when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her pies that has the people of London lining up...and the carnage has only just begun! The Memorial Opera House invites you to attend this dark, witty and Tony Award winning tale of love, murder and revenge set against the background of 19th century London.

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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - Star Spangled Cabaret - A Veteran's Day Salute

Date: Wednesday, November 14
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (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
Fri. and Sat. 8:00 p.m.; Sun. 2:00 p.m. (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.

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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - Celebrate the Season: A Christmas Cabaret

Date: Wednesday, December 19
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (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!