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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:

  • Group Friendly (20+)
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Locally Owned
  • Non - Smoking
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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Dates: October 31 - November 16, 2014
Friday & Saturday - Starting: 8:00 PM; Sunday - Starting 2:00 PM

The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Music and Book by Rupert Holmes. Based on the unfinished Charles Dickens novel “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”. Features songs “Moonfall”, “The Wages of Sin”, and “No Good Can Come From Bad”.

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Annie

Dates: December 05 - December 21, 2014
Friday & Saturday - Starting: 8:00 PM; Sunday - Starting 2:00 PM

Annie - Based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin and the Book by Thomas Meehan. Features songs “It's a Hard Knock Life”, “Tomorrow”, and “Little Girls”.

Lunchtime Cabaret Series - An Audience With the King: The Songs of Elvis Presley has been added to your travel planner!
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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - An Audience With the King: The Songs of Elvis Presley

Date: Wednesday, March 25
From: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

An Audience With the King: The Songs of Elvis Presley - The man, the music, the legend. Memorial Opera House presents an afternoon with the music of the one and only Elvis Presley. Be ready to rock-n-roll your way down memory lane as you sing the songs that defined a generation.

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Private Lives

Dates: May 15 - May 31, 2015
Friday & Saturday - Starting: 8:00 PM; Sunday - Starting: 2:00 PM

A play by: Noel Coward.  Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.  One of Broadway's most revived, and most popular plays, Private Lives, is the dazzling, irresistible comedy that author Noel Coward is best known for.  We are thrilled to add this show to the Memorial Opera House 2015 offerings.  A tantalizing look at love, loathing, and lust, this show is a must-see!

 

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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - The Best of Broadway: Our Favorite Composers

Date: Wednesday, May 20
From: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

The Best of Broadway: Our Favorite Composers - Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Sondheim.  All award winning composers whose work has been presented in recent years.  Enjoy an afternoon of the Great White Way's best composer of yesterday and today!

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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - The British Are Coming! A British Invasion at the Opera House

Date: Wednesday, July 15
From: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

The British Are Coming!  A British Invasion at the Opera House - The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Lulu, Petula Clark, The Dave Clark Five, and many many more!  This afternoon is guaranteed to be absolutely "brill" and the Best of the British!  A great way to spend a summer afternoon, come hear some of your favourite songs and singers from across the pond right here at the Opera House.

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Dates: July 31 - August 16, 2015
Friday & Saturday - Starting: 8:00 PM; Sunday - Starting 2:00 PM

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Music and Lyrics by William Finn and Book by Rachel Sheinkin.

To add a twist of fun to the Memorial Opera House 2015 season, their going to get the audience involved!  We all remember the days gone by of the classroom spelling bee...Now we  present a spelling bee like none other!  Welcome to The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!

Set in the geographically ambitious Putnam Valley Middle School, six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups.  Ranging, in spelling everything from "cow" to "weltanschauung" this fun, audience interactive show will provide endless laughs well beyond the evening here at the Opera House. 

 

Lunchtime Cabaret Series - By George! The Music of George Gershwin has been added to your travel planner!
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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - By George! The Music of George Gershwin

Date: Wednesday, September 16
From: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

By George!  The Music of George Gershwin - Born on September 26, 1898, in Brooklyn, New York, George Gershwin dropped out of school and began playing piano professionally at age 15.  Within a few years, he was one of the most sought after musicians in America.  A composer of jazz, opera and popular songs for stage and screen, many of his works are now standards.  Come hear some of the best from one of the best!

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The Addams Family, The Musical

Dates: October 02 - October 18, 2015
Friday & Saturday - Starting: 8:00 PM; Sunday - Starting 2:00 PM

The Addams Family, The Musical - Music and Lyrics by: Andrew Lippa and Book by: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. "They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky..."The Memorial Opera House welcome America's most lovable creeps into the Opera House just in time for Halloween.  Join Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Fester and grandmama Adams for a night of squeaks, screams, and squeals---and a howling good time for the whole family.

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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - USO at the Opera House: A Salute to Veterans

Date: Wednesday, November 11
From: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

USO at the Opera House: A Salute to Veterans- Blow that boogie-woogie bugle, and get some cash for your trash to buy war bonds!  We celebrate veterans past and present with a very special USO themed Lunchtime Cabaret.  Join a very patriotic afternoon as we celebrate America's heroes.  Attendance for Veterans and current Service members is FREE as a way to say "Thanks for all you've done".

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A Christmas Carol, The Musical

Dates: November 27 - December 13, 2015
Friday & Saturday - Starting: 8:00 PM; Sunday - Starting 2:00 PM

A Christmas Carol, The Musical -Music by: Alan Menken; Lyrics by: Lynn Ahrens; Book by Mike Ockrent and Lynn Ahrens; Based on the story by Charles Dickens.  To wrap up the year, the Memorial Opera House offer a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dicken's most well known story.  The story of Ebeneezer Scrooge and his ghostly encounters come to life in this lavish and thrilling musical!

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Lunchtime Cabaret Series - Christmas Greetings from the Opera House

Date: Wednesday, December 09
From: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Christmas Greetings from the Opera House - A musical Christmas Card to the Opera House patrons, the tradition continues.  Join some of the Opera House favorite performers for an afternoon of Christmas carols, holiday standards, and audience sing-alongs.  If we're all really good, maybe St. Nick himself will show up!