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Memorial Opera House 2011 Performances

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Published on January 11, 2011 with No Comments

The Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso will be hosting a special sneak peak preview night of the 2011 musical season on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m.
This event is free and open to existing ticket holders and those who would like to know more about the Memorial Opera House. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.
This preview of the Memorial Opera House 2011 season of shows will feature music from musicals that have never been seen on the Memorial Opera House stage and a few will be making their Northwest Indiana Premiere.
ìIt is with great pleasure I announce the Memorial Opera Houseís 2011 Theatre Season,î Brian Schafer, Memorial Opera House facility and business director, said. ìThis will mark the 118th anniversary for this magnificent facility. I hope you will take another historic journey with us into the new calendar year!î
This year promises to be one of the biggest ever put together by Memorial Opera House. They will open the season in February with a show titled ìThe Musical of Musicals (The Musical!).î In this hilarious satire of musical theatre, one story becomes five delightful musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form, from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim.


The basic plot: June is an ingÈnue who cannot pay the rent and is threatened by her evil landlord. Will the handsome leading man come to the rescue? The variations are: A Rodgers & Hammerstein version, set in Kansas in August, complete with a dream ballet.
ìOnce Upon A Mattressî will be the featured performance in April. If you thought you knew the story of ìThe Princess and The Pea,î you may be in for a walloping surprise. Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you will never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.
In June, we welcome the famed Broadway musical, ìChicagoî written by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse. Set in Chicago in the roaring 20s, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap…until he finds out he has been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another ìMerry Murderessî Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the ìAmerican Dreamî ñ fame, fortune and acquittal.†
This August, Memorial Opera House will witness an evocative tale of the epic battle between good and evil with ìJekyll & Hyde,î based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story about a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart. Convinced the cure for his father’s mental illness lies in the separation of man’s evil nature from his good, Dr. Henry Jekyll unwittingly unleashes his own dark side, wreaking havoc in the streets of late 19th century London as the savage, maniacal Edward Hyde.
In September and October, audiences will welcome back the Little Sisters of Hoboken as we continue in our series with ìNunsense II: The Second Coming.î†The sequel to the international hit musical ìNunsense,î this show takes place approximately six weeks after the first ìbenefit performance.î†The same five nuns are back on stage at Mt. Saint Helen’s School for what is billed as a ìThank You Programî for their supporters. Since their first time out was such a success, they have decided that they should stick to their successful variety show formula.
December will truly be a special holiday time at the Memorial Opera House with Northwest Indianaís premiere of Irving Berlinís, ìWhite Christmas.î Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features 17 Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including ìBlue Skies,î ìI Love A Piano,î ìHow Deep Is the Oceanî and the perennial favorite, ìWhite Christmas.î
This year, the Memorial Opera House is rounding out the Theatre Season with two bonus productions.†The first is a return of the wildly successful run of ìRoute 66î by Roger Bean on Jan. 8 and 9.†The show begins with the sounds of 1950s Chicago and travels along the famed Main Street of America to the California coast and the iconic surf music of the 1960s. A large car radio delivers us to each destination, with announcers and actual vintage radio ads building excitement along the way.†
The second bonus show is ìDisneyís Camp Rock: The Musical,î July 16 and 17. This summer at camp was supposed to be all about the music and having the time of their lives, but the new, flashy Camp Star across the lake now threatens Camp Rockís very existence. To keep the doors open, Mitchie steps up, rallies her fellow Camp Rockers, and gets them into top shape for the ultimate showdown. This new musical based on the hit Disney Channel Original Movies ìCamp Rockî and ìCamp Rock 2: The Final Jamî will fire up your stage with over a dozen songs.
Adult season tickets for Memorial Opera House performances are $100, and senior and student season tickets are $85. Season ticket holders will have a special ticket price of $15 for both ìRoute 66î and ìCamp Rock.î
The Memorial Opera House is a live entertainment venue that can also be rented for public or private use for wedding ceremonies, business meetings/presentations, concerts and graduations.†
The Memorial Opera House is located at 104 Indiana Ave. in Valparaiso. For more information, contact the Box Office at 219-548-9137, or visit www.mohlive.com, or visit their Facebook page.

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