Spend an afternoon with the King of rock ‘n’ roll at Memorial Opera House

Published in the Chicago Triune March 19, 2015
Elvis Presley is the subject of an afternoon performance March 25 at the Memorial Opera House. (Memorial Opera House)
Elvis Presley is the subject of an afternoon performance March 25 at the Memorial Opera House. (Memorial Opera House)

The Memorial Opera House is hosting a rocking afternoon with the music of iconic rock star, Elvis Presley as a part of the Lunchtime Cabaret series.

Although Elvis Presley never made it to the Memorial Opera House to perform in his short life, his legacy will sing on in “An Audience With the King: The Songs of Elvis Presley” at 1 p.m. March 25.

The Lunchtime Cabaret series has been a regular series since 2013. The shows occur about every six weeks, with six shows remaining for the rest of this year. The series is the brainchild of Business Director, Trinidad Snider, and Artistic Director, Scot PJ MacDonald and was designed to highlight music of the past and complement the setting of the historic opera house.

This Lunchtime Cabaret series takes place on Wednesdays, perfect for those who want to see a show, but don’t have time to dedicate on nights and weekends.

According to Snider, “(We) have a unique group of patrons that attend the Lunchtime Cabaret, and time after time, they have requested that we do a highlight on Elvis Presley.”

“The Elvis show will be a stunning performance,” said Snider, “We will not be using any Elvis impersonators, but it will be showcasing a couple of performers who will be singing the songs of Elvis Presley, from early in his career, and highlighting his eras like when he first came on to the scene, through his draft into the war, and works later in life. It’s a great series and we have a wonderful piano accompanist, Jim Mollin, who takes care of our Lunchtime Cabaret performances.” Built in 1893 by the local chapter of the Grand Army Republic, as a memorial to the Civil War veterans, the Memorial Opera House has a long-standing history of bringing local and national talent to town. Currently owned and operated by Porter County, Memorial Opera House is located in Courthouse Square in downtown Valparaiso.

The Memorial Opera House reopened its doors in 1998 after undergoing a renovation and when one steps into the Valparaiso landmark, they feel as if they are transported to the past.

Architects worked throughout the renovation to make it as historically accurate as possible, and added design elements that were common to the building’s history in the 1890s.

Each Lunchtime Cabaret show lasts about an hour long and, in that time, about 15-17 songs from each artist are highlighted.

Tickets to “An Audience With The King: The Songs of Elvis Presley” can be purchased at the box office the day of the show, or purchased in advance, online at tickets.mohlive.com.

Beth Casey is a freelance writer.

An Audience With The King: The Songs of Elvis Presley

1 p.m. March 25

Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso

Tickets: $13 for adults, $11 for students, seniors, and military

Information: 219-548-9137, Memorialoperahouse.com or http://www.info@mohlive.com

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