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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 24, 2004
CONTACT: Mark Steinbach, Owner, Andres' Food & Spirits, 920-743-4179

Theatre Returns to Historic Opera House

STURGEON BAY (Sept 24, 2004) The ghosts of actors, politicians and bootleggers may return to the stage as a Sturgeon Bay landmark brings theatre back onstage. In a joint venture, Andres Food and Spirits and Isadoora Theatre Company, Door County's community-based theatre company will present dinner theatre in the historic Bay View Opera House. Isadoora will present "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You" and "The Actor's Nightmare," two one-act comedies by Christopher Durang, at Andres Food & Spirits on Fri, Oct 16 and Sat, Oct 17.

Isadoora Theatre Company in association with Theatre M will present an evening of dinner theatre with food served at 6:30 and the show at 7:30 pm. The two one-act comedies are designed to form an evening of entertainment with a brief intermission between the acts. "The Actors Nightmare" is a hilarious spoof of the plight of a stranger who wanders into a production and is suddenly pushed on stage to replace an ailing actor. Laughs abound, as the other actors must shift to accommodate the directions the stranger takes them. "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You," the winner of an Obie Award, is an uproariously funny and at times bitingly irreverent satire of a teaching nun. Former students heat up the action when they return to Sister Mary's classroom to update her on their lives. Their stories are disturbing but also very funny. It quickly becomes apparent that they all share a loathing for Sister Mary and the unyielding dogma she forced on them in their formative years.

Andres' Food & Spirits, although not the oldest structure on the West Side of Sturgeon Bay, has had a long history that has made it one of the landmarks of the community, rich in nostalgic associations.

During the first two decades of the Twentieth Century, it achieved the pinnacle of its fame as the Sawyer Opera House, the social and entertainment center of the west side. For a few years, it served as the Sawyer Post Office. After a long history of dances, social events, and theatrical performances, it housed a roller-skating rink and the old flickers of the silent movie days. Originally a square two story frame building, it was built in 1878 by John Goettelman to house a Doctor's residence, his office, and a drug store with a rear annex named the Bay View Opera House, added for a dancing and meeting hall. The original opera house sign is on display in the bar room.The Great Depression closed the Opera House, along with many other community activities, but the old building - whose walls echoed to the fiery oratory of the politicians, reformers, and clergyman of several generations, still houses a place of entertainment andpublic meetings to serve a new generation.

Mark and Angela Steinbach, new owners of Andres, hold banquets, weddings, noon lunches and private parties in the historic opera house. "We're very excited to bring some new life to the old opera house," owner Mark Steinbach continues. "Dinner theatre will give both Andres and Isadoora a new opportunity to shine." They are located at 23 West Oak Street in Sturgeon Bay and are open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner."It's interesting to start a new adventure at Andres for Isadoora," says Mark Moede, director. "I think they will do very well. It's a pleasure to bring life to the historic stage and opera house."

Tickets for the show, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and dessert are $25. Serving begins at 6:30 pm with the show starting at 7:30 pm. For tickets call 439-DOOR (3667). For more information visit or
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