Memorial Opera House
History and the arts mingle in the Memorial Opera House of Valparaiso, Indiana. It was originally built as a meeting house for the Grand Army of the Republic that was subsequently used as an opera house. This Romanesque/Queen Anne marvel went on to amuse and inspire the people of the 19th century, and it remains to this day as a source of entertainment and culture. Musicals and concerts are still shown on its stage, and visitors can go and enjoy a theatrical show while they explore the historic opera house.
Backstory and Context
The Memorial Opera House company nows run the opera house. Through it, several different musicals, cabarets, and concerts are performed on the stage. There is also a children's theater program. The opera house is now on the National Register of Historic Places and is a historical and artistic fixture of the community. With the work of the opera house's company and the many people that help it, the arts are brought to life, which, in turn, brings the past into the present day.