Tecumseh Opera House
Tecumseh Opera House
|Location||123 S. Third, Tecumseh, Nebraska|
|Coordinates||40°22′4″N 96°11′46″W / 40.36778°N 96.19611°WCoordinates: 40°22′4″N 96°11′46″W / 40.36778°N 96.19611°W|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architectural style||Two-part commercial block|
|MPS||Opera House Buildings in Nebraska 1867-1917 MPS|
|NRHP reference #||88000929|
|Added to NRHP||September 28, 1988|
The Tecumseh Opera House, located at 123 S. Third in Tecumseh, Nebraska, is a historic building built in 1880. It is a two-part commercial block building, and has also been known as Seaver Bros. Opera House, as Smith Theatre, as Hahn Opera House, as Spicknall & Goodman Opera House, as Goodman & Canfield Opera House, and as Villars Hall, and it has been denoted NeHBS #J007-53 and OHBIN #ll-29-OI.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. It was deemed significant as a well-preserved example of an opera house building in Nebraska.
The Tecumseh Opera House is a brick structure measures 76 feet wide by 80 feet wide. The roof is pitched and tar-covered and has sustained significant water damage, but it was repaired. Access to the second-floor auditorium is only by way of a wide staircase, at the top the ticket counter that was there has been removed.
The auditorium of the Tecumseh Opera House stands 30 feet wide by 60 feet, 6 inches long. The theatre does not have a balcony. The original molded white tin ceiling is still there, however it and the surrounding walls have experienced rain damage. The proscenium arch spans 20 feet across and 11 feet high. The stage floor is 18 feet deep from the beginning of the arch at the front of the stage to the back wall. The stage has no apron and contains no trap doors.
The structural and historical integrity of the building has been preserved.
The Tecumseh Opera House brought a variety of entertainment to the people of Tecumseh and the surrounding areas. As a center for the performing arts, the Tecumseh Opera House, was home to productions such as musical concerts, touring stock companies, performers such as Maude Atkinson, Katie Putnam, and John Dillon, classics such as Monte Cristo]], Uncle Tom's Cabin]], and East Lynn, minstrel shows such as the Tecumseh Ticklers, grand and comic opera, dialect comedies, and home talent shows.
|Jan. 1881||Home talent variety show|
|Nov. 1881||Wallace Sisters in Minnie's Luck
Church Choir Co. of Atchison, Kansas, in Capital Jake and Penelope
|Oct. 1882||Whiteley's Co.'s The Hidden Hand with Nera Vernon and Dick Oglesby
Home Dramatic Society's The Fallen Saved, home talent
|Nov. 1882||Among the Breakers, home talent|
|Dec. 1882||Double Mammoth Uncle Tom's Cabin co.|
|Oct. 1883||Katie Putnam in Old curiosity Shop|
|Nov. 1883||James Heywood's Mastodon Minstrels with Heywood's Mastodons,
Mocking Bird Minstrels, and Uncle Tom's Cabin
Union Square Co. with Uncle Reuben Lowder, French Spy, and Gertrude the Unknown
John Dillon in The State's Attorney
Smith's Uncle Tom Combination
|Oct. 1884||Maude Atkinson troupe|
|Nov 1884||Double Uncle Tom's Cabin|
|Oct. 1885||All Fool's Day
Peck's Bad Boy Combination
|Nov. 1885||A Widow Hunt, home talent by the Tecumseh Comedy Co.|
|Oct. 1887||McFadden Uncle Tom's Cabin Troupe|
|Oct. 1888||Noble Dramatic Co. with Uncle Dan'l|
|Nov. 1888||Gyp Junior, home talent operetta
A Cold Day, or the Lap-Landers
Aiden Benedict in Monte Cristo
|Dec. 1888||The Louie Lord Co.|
|Oct. 1889||Colored Warblers
Boston Ideal Minstrels
|Dec. 1889||Blind Boone Concert Co.|
|Nov. 1890||Grand Comedy Co.|
|Dec. 1890||Nevada by home talent, music by Tecumseh Military Band|
|Oct. 1891||Kemper Komedy Co. with The Black Flag
The Tennessee Scout by home talent
|Oct. 1892||Little Tycoon Opera Co. of Pawnee City
Berger-Dainty Concert Co.
|Nov. 1892||Edgewood Folks with Alba Herwood|
|Oct. 1893||John Dillon in A Model Husband|
|Nov. 1893||Child's Comedy Co. and Baby Brass Band|
|Dec. 1893||Lindsay Dramatic Co. with Ingoma and Miralda|
|Oct. 1894||Dewey Heywood Concert Co.
A Cold Day and Chip O' the Old Block
|Nov. 1894||Uncle Tom's Cabin Co.|
|Oct. 1895||A Turkish Bath
Madam Fry Concert Co.
|Nov. 1895||A.M. Palmer's New York Co. with Trilby|
|Oct. 1896||Juno Barrett Co. in Reddy, the Mail Girl|
|Nov. 1896||Bittner Theatre Co. with Friends, Josh Spruceby, and The Lightning Express
Josh Dillon in Wanted the Earth
|Oct. 1897||The King of the Klondyke
Senter-Payton Comedy co.
Walter McDonald in Gilhooley's Reception
The Missouri Girl
Carlton & Lord Comedians in The American Princess with Jennie Calef
|Nov. 1897||Beach & Bowers' Minstrels
F. E. Spooner's Dramatic Co. with The Flower Girl
The Nashville Students
|Oct. 1898||The Merrie Bells Opera Co. with Olivette starring Ada Palmer Walker and Ed Seamans as Fra Diavola|
|Nov. 1898||The Shakers Medicine Show
Uncle Hiram by the Tecumseh Dramatic Co.
|Oct. 1899||A Turkish Bath
Labadie's Co.'s Faust
Richards and Pringles famous Georgia Minstrels
|Oct. 1900||Curts Dramatic Co.
Schubert Symphony Club concert, including the Shubert Lady Quartet
|Nov. 1900||Fitz & Webster's My Daughter's Husband with Dan Sherman
|Oct. 1901||Golden Rule Company|
|Nov. 1901||In Old Kentucky by the Tecumseh Dramatic Club
Lillian Sterling's Burlesquers
Courtney Morgan in East Lynne
|Dec. 1901||Lincoln J Carter's The Eleventh Hour with Carles Gardner
Madam Elsie de Tourney in Mary, Queen of Scots and Romeo and Juliet
|Oct. 1902||Holden Brothers' The Denver Express
A Breezy Time
|Nov. 1902||E. J. Carpenter's For Her Sake
Tecumseh Choral Union concert
Brown's in Town
Guy Green's Indians
|Dec. 1902||Down Mobile by Lincoln J. Carter|
|Oct. 1903||Fulton Bros. Stock Co. in A Married Bachelor and Under Two Flags
Earle Doty & Co. in The Iron Mask
Don Wescott Novelty Entertainment Co.
Where is Cobb?
Gilbert Faust's The Two Orphans
|Nov. 1903||Dixon Stock Co. in Don Caesar de Barzan with Leland Webb
A Thoroughbred Tramp
|Oct. 1904||E. J. Carpenter's A Little Outcast
Joseph DeGrasse & Co.'s Hamlet
Byron Troubadours of Chicago
King- Perkins co.'s Old Farmer Hopkins with Frank G. King and Chic Perkins
The Girl From Kansas
|Nov. 1904||Kerhoff Stock Co. in A Southern Rose, Down on the Farm, Sappho, and A Family Affair.
Was She to Blame?
|Oct. 1905||Manning Glee Club of Boston
E. J. Carpenter's A Little Outcast
Wood & Ward's The Two Married Tramps
|Nov. 1905||A Royal Slave with Eunice Murdock
Stetson's Uncle Tom's Cabin co.
|Oct. 1906||Prof. O. B. Griffith of the Griffith Comedy Co.
The Country Kids
Roland & Clifford's Over Niagara Falls
|Nov. 1906||Walker Whiteside's We Are King with Lawrence Evart|
|Oct. 1907||Oakes & Wilson's A Bachelor's Honeymoon with Herbert DeGuerre and Grace Johnson
When We Were Friends
J. C. Lewis in The New Si Plunkard
|Nov. 1907||Old Times entertainment by home talent
The Slow Poke with W.B. Patton
Chimes of Norway by the Beggar Prince Comic Opera Co.
Wood & Ward's Two Merry Tramps
|Dec. 1907||The Oriole Concert Co.|
|Oct. 1908||Sumner-Davis Concert Co.
My Dixie Girl
MacCauley & Patton's When We Were Friends
|Nov. 1908||Wood & Ward's Two Merry Tramps and The Indiana Indians
The Cow-Puncher by Hal Reid
Three Years in Arkansaw
Lucas Garrett Co.
|Oct. 1909||Robert Sherman's My Friend from Arkansaw
The Man On the Box
The Belle of Japan
Alterbery & Guys' The Missouri Outlaw
Strollers Male Quartet & Concert Co.
|Nov. 1909||Jack Mahara's White Minstrels
Burton Nixon's Lena Rivers
The Blockhead with W. B. Patton
Doc Allman's Old Dan Tucker
|Oct. 1910||St. Elmo
Chicago Boys' Choir with Sarah Wathena Brown, Harpist
The Prize Winners with the Lyman Twins and Patti Rosa
Just a Woman's Way
|Nov. 1910||The House of A Thousand Candles, original New York company
The Girl from U.S.A.
Edward P Reno, magician
Violet Griffith Stock Co. in The Cowboy and the Lieutenant
Henry Eames, pianist
Brown's Tennessee Minstrels
|Oct. 1911||Gaskill & MacVitty's The Rosary with Robert Harlan
As Told in the Hills
|Nov. 1911||The Wizard of Wizeland
The Pumpkin Husker
James T. McApin's Hans Hanson
The Tecumseh Ticklers by home talent
Election Night Concert by M. Beyrl Buckley, Miss Minnie Koester, and the Tecumseh Military Band
|Oct. 1912||The Wolf|
|Nov. 1912||The City with Hugo B. Koch
The Girl and the Gawk
Tecumseh Ticklers, home talent minstrel show
|Oct. 1913||The Confession
Hillman's Ideal Stock Co. with Ida Root-Gordon
and Harry Sohns in The Thoroughbred, The Telephone Girl, and The Defaulter
The Girls of Eagle Ranch
Old Theobaldi violin concert
|Nov. 1913||Tecumseh Ticklers, home talent minstrel show
Shepherd of the Hills
Lazy Bill with W. B. Patton
|Dec. 1913||Henri Bernstein's The Thief with Miss Janet Allyn
Guy Caufman in A Fool and His Money
|Jan. 1914||James & Crane, Inc., with The Virginian|
|Feb. 1914||Sarah Padden in Lavender and Old Lace|
|Aug. 1914||The Commercial Traveler|
|Sep. 1914||The Last Settlement with Hal Worth
Moore- Eddings Stock Co. with Her Legal Prisoner,
The Two Sisters, The Whirlpool, Why Lindy Ran Away, St. Elmo, and Married Life.
|Oct. 1914||Hastings Stock Co. with Rosalind at Redgate, The Divorce Question, and The Final Settlement
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, home talent
The Girl and The Tramp
|Nov. 1914||The Time, The Place, and The Girl
The Call of the Cumberlands with Hugh B. Koch
The Under Dog
Terry's Uncle Tom's Cabin
Tempest and Sunshine
Tecumseh Ticklers, home talent minstrels.
|Dec. 1914||Wolford Stock Co., In the Shadow of the Cross|
|Oct. 1915||The Prince of Tonight|
|Nov. 1915||Mutual Stock Co.
Tecumseh Ticklers, home talent minstrels
Wood & Ward in Two Merry Tramps
|Sep 1916||The Girl from the U.S.A.|
|Oct. 1916||The Other Man's Wife with Ann Hamilton|
|Nov. 1916||In Old Kentucky
Tecumseh Ticklers, home talent minstrels
|Dec. 1916||Little Peggy O'Moore|
|Oct. 1917||Davenny Festival Quintet
A Night in Honolulu with The Imperial Hawaiians
A Good For Nothing Husband
|Nov. 1917||Hillman Ideal Stock Co.
The Girl Without a Chance
|Dec. 1917||The End of a Perfect Day with Miss Rose Dean|
|Oct. 1881||Episcopal Society entertainment
Mrs. Ingham's dance
|Oct. 1882||Lecture by Mrs. Elizabeth L. Saxon
Tank Kee lecture
|Nov. 1883||Silver Cornet Band ball
Grand masquerade ball
|Dec. 1883||Home talent instrumental and vocal music
Temperance lecture by Mrs. Fixen
|November 1885||Eli Perkin, "The Champ Liar of the World"
Annual masquerade ball
Lecture by Dr. Zielle and son, "Stage and Pulpit"
|Nov. 1887||Annual masquerade ball
Prof. Jundano, ventriloquist and legerdemainist
|Dec. Lecture by Prof. Vaught on "Better Marriages"
Benefit ball for Tecumseh Band
|Nov. 1889||Grand masquerade ball
Lecture by Mary A. Livermore of Boston on "Women of the War"
|Oct. 1890||Temperance lecture by Luther Benson|
|Nov. 1892||Ball sponsored by Peerless Dancing Club, music by Professor Luft's Orchestra|
|Oct. 1893||Lectures by Father Enright on "Temperance" and "The True Church"|
|Nov. 1893||Lucia B. Griffin, elocutionist and impersonator
Ball sponsored by Tecumseh Dancing CLub
"Hard Times" Ball
|Nov. 1898||Lectures by the Shaker Doctor on "Health" and "How to Live,"
then grand entertainment using Thomas Edison's Kinetoscope
|Nov. 1899||Kline's Lumiere Cinematograph moving pictures
Prof. Harry Olsen's students' musical recital
|Oct. 1900||Dance, music by three Italians|
|Oct. 1903||Tecumseh Fire Dept. ball
Lecture by Col. George W. Bain on "Among the Masses"
|Oct. 1904||Lecture by Dr. M. Stewart on "Naples and Rome"|
|Nov. 1904||Lecture by Prof. Frank R. Robertson on "Russia-Japan: The Destiny of the Far East"|
|Dec. 1904||Elias Day, characterist|
|Oct. 1905||Fire Dept. ball, music by Tecumseh Orchestra|
|Oct. 1906||Fire Dept. ball|
|Nov. 1907||Moving Pictures|
|Nov. 1911||Fire Dept. ball
Lecture by Col. P. E. Holp, "California"
|Feb. 1914||Promenade concert and grand ball by Tecumseh Military Band
Public dance by Tecumseh Military Band
|Nov. 1914||Lyman H. Howe's Travel Festival, moving pictures
change of management: primary booking now
|Dec. 1915||Lyman H. Howe's California Exposition, moving pictures|
|Nov. 1916||Election night dance
Lyman H Howe's Travel Festival, moving picture
|Nov. 1917||Grand masque ball
Sarah Mildred Willmer, reader
The Tecumseh Opera House was a nonaffiliated place where people could have political meetings, church socials, basketball, and school entertainment. Before radio and television were invented to tell people about events, they were often scheduled and anticipated months in advance.
|Oct. 1882||Political Speech by J. Sterling Morton|
|Nov. 1883||Chicken Pie festival by ladies of the Universalist Church|
|Nov. 1885||Pound Party to benefit the Home of the Friendless in Lincoln|
|Oct. 1888||Political speech by Sen. Charles F. Manderson|
|Nov. 1900||Chrysanthemum show and supper|
|Nov. 1903||Bazaar, supper, and entertainment by ladies of St. Andrew's Church|
|Nov. 1903||Girls' basketball, town team vs. last year's high school team|
|Nov. 1904||Basketball, Tecumseh vs. State Normal|
|Oct. 1905||Girls' and boys' basketball, Tecumseh vs. Table Rock|
|Nov. 1908||Art exhibit and entertainment by high school pupils
Basketball, Tecumseh vs. Wilber
|Dec. 1908||"County Fair" bazaar by M. E. Church|
|Oct. 1917||"County Fair" pumpkin show by Tecumseh Bandage Circle|
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- D. Layne Ehlers (April 1988). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Tecumseh Opera House / Seaver Bros. Opera House / Smith Theatre / Hahn Opera House". National Park Service. and accompanying two photos
- National Register of Historic Places, Tecumseh Opera House, Tecumseh, Nebraska, National Register #J007-53