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Memorial Opera House Announces Auditions for the Musical, Once Upon a Mattress

Once-Upon-a-MattressAuditions for Memorial Opera House's "Once Upon A Mattress" will be Tuesday, Feb 15th and Wednesday, Feb 16th at 7pm at the Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Avenue, Valparaiso.

If you thought you knew the story of "The Princess and The Pea," you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? 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'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.

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The Memorial Opera House Presents a Thrilling 2011 Season

The-Musical-of-MusicalsThe Memorial Opera House has a fantastic line up of shows in their 2011 season, to keep you entertained all year long!

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical): February 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8 pm; February 13, 20 at 2 pm

Music by Eric Rockwell
Lyrics by Joanne Bogart
Book by Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is a musical about musicals! 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 ingénue who can’t 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; a Sondheim version, featuring the landlord as a tortured artistic genius who slashes the throats of his tenants in revenge for not appreciating his work; a Jerry Herman version, as a splashy star vehicle; an Andrew Lloyd Webber version, a rock musical with themes borrowed from Puccini; and a Kander & Ebb version, set in a speakeasy in Chicago. This comic valentine to musical theatre was the longest running show in the York Theatre Company’s 35 year history before moving to Off-Broadway.

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Laugh Off the Winter Blues at Wisecrackers!

Since 1990, our Wisecrackers Comedy Club has soared in popularity thanks to its side-clutching comedy and talented acts from all over the country. Our up-and-coming featured comedians include some of the best of the Midwest and beyond. With two headliners every show night and a standing emcee – who amuses with new material weekly – you’ll be laughing ’til the tears come.

Don-ReeseDon Reese – Weekend of Jan. 21, 2011

Looking like the illegitimate son of Uncle Fester and G. Gordon Liddy, Don Reese combines what the CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER calls “friendly ghoulishness” mixed with “sparks-flying timing” to create comedy that is uniquely and utterly his. Don’s hilariously bizarre outlook takes him from Batman to the Amish, bikers to bus rides – all the while hanging on the fine line between reality and the Twilight Zone. Don’s also been featured on Showtime, A&E, MTV, VH-1 and more!

Check out Don’s website to learn more!

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Memorial Opera House: The Ultimate, Intimate Entertainment Venue!

historyThe Memorial Opera House continues to pave its way into history with the most groundbreaking season to date! There is a little something for everyone: live theater, national acts and local concerts, children's programming and more! We are continuously working to become the hub of entertainment for not only downtown Valparaiso, but Northwest Indiana.

So, whether you are looking for a live theater performance, a concert or just a night on the town, be sure to check out all the entertainment offered at the Memorial Opera House. Why travel to the big cities and pay even bigger prices when we have this gem in our own backyard! We are Northwest Indiana's ultimate, intimate venue...Now that's entertainment!

History

The grand splendor of this 1893 vaudeville playhouse hosts memories from famed performers such as John Philip Sousa, the Marx Brothers, Valparaiso native and actress Beulah Bondi, campaign speeches by President Calvin Coolidge, Teddy Roosevelt and many others.

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Munster Theatre Company Presents "Backstage"

Backstage-1The Munster Theatre Company of Munster High School is pleased to present its winter production of the Pat Cook comedy, BACKSTAGE. Produced by Dr. Larry A Brechner, this full-length, student-directed production will feature the solo directing debut of Josh Bobeck and Ryan Pohrte, assisted by Samantha Adler.

We all know that the real drama in a theatre takes place backstage and creates quite a comedy to watch! This has never been truer than at Theatre Baroque, where the star, one-time matinee idol Burton Cavendish (Michael Goldenberg), suddenly dies an hour before the premiere of “Don Juan in Cleveland.” Once it is discovered that Cavendish has passed away, Lou (Haley Conger), the director, assembles her production staff including, Max (Megan Miller), her stage manager and Goose (Michael Caraher), her lighting designer, as to what to do with this dilemma.

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FREE Preview of the 2011 Season at the Memorial Opera House

The Memorial Opera House will be hosting a special sneak peak preview night of the 2011 musical season on Saturday, January 15 at 8pm. MOHLogo

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.

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.

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On the Road Again with the Songs and Story of “Route 66 “by Roger Bean at the Memorial Opera House

Back by popular demand as part of our 2011 Bonus show, the most popular show of the Memorial Opera House 2010 season…Route 66. Route-66-Press-Photos-009

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 DJs and actual vintage radio ads building excitement along the way.

“Route 66” is written by Roger Bean the same creator who brought you “ANDREWS BROTHERS”. Great songs include: ROUTE 66, TEXACO STAR THEME, KIND OF THE ROAD, ON THE ROAD AGAIN, ROLAIDS DOANS PILLS & PREPERATION H, THE LITTLE OLD LADY FROM PASADENA, DEAD MAN'S CURVE, SS 396, FUN, FUN, FUN I GET AROUND & Many More!

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