guest blogger, theater fan
This week the locally famous Matthews Opera House debuted one of its theater productions; this one based on the popular mystery The Maltese Falcon.
Titled "The Maltese Falcon, A Live Radio Show" the show featured excellent talent, including Aaron Otterness as lead detective
Let's start at the beginning though.
The Matthews Opera House was built in 1906 and remained popular until cinema took hold in the 1930s.
Over the next 25 years, it fell into disrepair and, according to the Rapid City Journal,
"It even served as a home for pigeons...and an old man and his dog, who took up residence in one of the dressing rooms for a few years."
Several revivals were attempted from the 1950s on, but it wasn't until the 1980s that renovations actually began and a plan was put into action.
Since its reopening in 2006, The Opera House (which now also hosts the Spearfish Arts Center) has found success with the audience of Spearfish.
Throughout the year, the Opera House and Arts Center hosts a variety of events.
They've hosted musical acts that range from a bluegrass band to an electric cellist (who's written beats for artists like Kanye), and their annual Winter Art Show just took place.
Kaylie Hairychin assists Tyler Fischer in voting
for Best in Show at the Winter Art Show
True to Spearfish's academic appreciation, there are brown bag lunches on some Wednesday's. Here, you can bring a sack lunch and listen to a lecture. The most recent one included live birds of prey!
Last week, there was a Detective Cosplay night that included games, a fashion show, music, and snacks.
Chris Awwerter, dressed as Detective Dee, takes home first place
in the mens division of the detective cosplay fashion show
Back to the play. "The Maltese Falcon, A Live Radio Show" (describe play)
(photo from play)
Though you missed out on this one, there are other productions coming up soon, including "Kiss Me, Kate" in April and the annual "Phantom of the Matthews Opera House," written in the 1970s.