Tuesday, February 1, 2011

1892 Bean Opera House

James Bean has changed the name of his opera house from music hall to Bean's Grand Opera House.

Once it was opened, the first official performance, according to an article in The Fowlerville Review, was,

Bean's opera house will be opened on the evening of Wednesday, June 15, by Mr. A.F. Bennest, primo tenor of Christ church, and the Uterpe Ladies Quartette of Detroit, Michigan. This quartette is the foremost in musical circles in Michigan.

Mr. Bean is to be congratulated on being able to secure the services of this company for the opening of his beautiful new opera house. He has gone to a very great expense in fitting up such a place, in order that the people of Fowlerville might be able to boast of a fine opera house, at the same time enabling first-class shows to play here.

Mr. Bean has done a great deal of corresponding with different companies and finds that he cannot get any better attraction than the Uterpe Ladies Quartette.

He takes great pleasure in announcing the opening, promising the citizens of Fowlerville the greatest musical treat that they have ever had.

After the grand opening:

Formally Opened to the Public~~Bean's grand opera house was formally opened to the public on Wednesday evening by the Uterpe ladies quartette and Mr. A.F. Bennest, of Detroit. The building is a fine one, the walls being handsomely and artistically decorated, with two fine boxes and good ventilation. The concern was one of the finest ever given in Fowlerville and was well-received by an appreciative audience, each number being heartily encored and kindly responded to by the quartette. Quite a number from Howell and Williamston were in attendance.

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