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History of the Opera House

The Opera House, originally constructed in 1877, played an important role in the history of the colorful lumbering era in Northern Michigan. Twice ravaged by fires and rebuilt in 1888 and 1903, the facility now harmoniously houses its original combination of City Hall, Police Department, Fire Department and the 582 seat Opera House. In 1984, after having been closed for some twenty years, the elegantly restored Opera House re-opened its doors to the public once more. Managed by the Cheboygan Area Arts Council, with the support of The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, this acoustically superb, Victorian theatre has become the focal point for entertainment and the performing arts in the Straits of Mackinaw area and beyond.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Cheboygan Area Arts Council is to promote and encourage cultural and educational activities within the Straits Area of Northern Michigan, and to provide services that stimulate and encourage participation and appreciation of the arts within all segments of the community; and to showcase the historic Cheboygan Opera House.

Board of Directors


KC Leh
President
Topinabee

Steve Brisson
Vice President
Cheboygan

Pam McCabe
Secretary
Cheboygan

Jenny Hayden
Cheboygan

Dawn Rose
Millersburg

Aaron Gauthier
Cheboygan

Michael J. Ekdahl
Cheboygan

Randy Elliott
Cheboygan

Mary Kay Hodson
Cheboygan

Gretchen McCymont
Cheboygan

The Opera House Staff


Kathy King Johnson
Executive Director
kathy@theoperahouse.org

Rose Cesa
B
ox Office Manager
rose@theoperahouse.org

Owen Goslin
Executive Assistant

owen@theoperahouse.org

Lisa Dorrance
Marketing

lisa@theoperahouse.org


Dennis Despain, Travis Neuman, Bob Corkwell, Evan Archambo, Shawn Sheldon
Technical Staff

2019 Annual Report

Strategic Plan

Link to Guidestar

Cheboygan Area Arts Council on Guidestar

Cultural Data Profile

2018 Annual Report from Data Arts

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