Tabor Opera House’s Last Show (Ever?) Saturday
The last curtain call for the Historic Tabor Opera House is this Saturday, August 23. And that’s NOT just the last curtain call for the summer season, it could quite possibly be the last curtain call – PERIOD!The sunset is reflected in the Historic Tabor Opera House windows at the end of a summer day. The last performance for the season – and possibly forever – will be this Saturday, August 23 in downtown Leadville, Colorado. Photo: David Hahn.
After almost 60 years in the Furman family, owners Sharon and Bill Bland are offering one last encore performance before they say Good-Bye-For-Good. As many locals know the historic theater has been on the market for some time and peaked national attention when they were recently featured on the History Channel Series, “American Pickers.” But as the season draws to a close, there is no deal, no contract, no sale of this 135-year-old Harrison Avenue gem. And as they announced earlier, this will be their last summer.
The good news is there might be a solid buyer waiting in the wings. So here’s Sharon Bland with all the details:
You’re invited to join us for our last performance in this amazing historical building. Our family will be sharing memories and the potential new owner will be here to address the audience since his interest in purchasing, restoring and bringing this important part of Americas heritage back to full potential is a very strong asset.
A producer from the Colorado Arts Consortium has also contacted us and plans on being there to gather information for the story. Who knows, maybe Mike and Frank from American Pickers will show up since they have now become an important part of our history by airing “Mountain Mayhem” which shared our plight to millions across the country.
But this is a time we’ve planned as a joyful celebration of almost 60 years of Furman family ownership during which we’ve made many memories with locals and people from all over the world who love this history and the time they’ve spent here. The Tabor Opera House’s Facebook Page has become our scrapbook as we share as many “happenings” during these last few months with our friends.
We would appreciate you joining us for one last performance. Bill and I have brought in the very best of performers to celebrate all the “Magical Moments in History” that this grand old building has provided since 1879. We want to go out with an exciting celebration and tribute to the amazing history and the peoples it embodied over the period of 135 years.
Please join us as we celebrate the past 60 years with vigor, and the spirit of the Tabor Opera House in Leadville Colorado: In honor of the Leadville community, admission has been priced at 50% off (from $30 to $15 for general admission) to allow everyone an opportunity to celebrate our last performance at the opera house together. General Admission Adults $15. Limited number of VIP Dinner/Theater packages available $45: includes prime reserved seating, private wine and cheese reception prior to the show and a “meet and greet” on-stage after the show. Call 719-486-8409 or order on-line at www.taboroperahouse.net for tickets.
– Sharon and Bill Bland
Irish Band to Play Opera House’s Last (?) Performance
Saturday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m. FEAST, an Irish band with Champion Irish Dancers will rock the house with their amazing energy and talent. FEAST’s spectacular Irish music and dance show, “Celtica Sinfonia”, sold out all venues in March 2009 and was filmed by Rocky Mountain PBS during their performance at the prestigious Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek (FEAST was immediately engaged by the Vilar for the following season!)
The film aired March 2010, just as FEAST was performing “Celtica Sinfonia II”, an all-new program, to over 2500 wildly enthusiastic people in three cities. The show was again filmed by Rocky Mountain PBS, this time in high-def, with plans to shoot for a national airing. Celtica Sinfonia was meanwhile submitted for an Emmy. In addition to numerous concerts in Colorado, Montana, and New Mexico, FEAST has twice toured Germany with great success. 2011 saw the group touring with another new show, KeltikFyre, and in 2012 another hit show, Irish Thunder.