The McPherson Opera House Company
Who We Are
The McPherson Opera House Company, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, was originally founded in 1986 as the McPherson Opera House Preservation Company to save the Opera House from demolition. The corporation is governed by a 15-person volunteer board. Current full-time staff are:
- Diane Fallis, Business Director, 620-241-1952, ext. 200
- Jordan Bandy, Director of Theatre Operations, 620-241-1952, ext. 202
- Jana Koehn, Executive Administrator, 620-241-1952, ext. 203
The mission of the McPherson Opera House Company is "to establish McPherson Opera House as a historically significant gathering place for cultural, entertainment, and educational opportunities."
In 1986, the McPherson Opera House Preservation Company was formed to save the building from demolition and to restore it to community use. Although many in McPherson had affection for the Opera House, most felt the derelict building was beyond repair, and the consensus was that the Preservation Company, although well intentioned, had little hope of success.
The early supporters of the Opera House are genuine heroes. They devoted countless hours to the backbreaking, dirty, and dangerous work necessary to prepare the Opera House for its eventual rehabilitation. Time and again, against seemingly impossible odds, they saved the building from the wrecking ball.
Their early work paved the way for the completion of the Opera House, an $8,500,000 project. The west commercial portion was put into service in February 2007, and the auditorium had a Grand Reopening on January 28, 2010, exactly 121 years after the original Grand Opening.
Funding came from individual donors, foundations, government and private grants, as well as from State and Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits - government done right. Special thanks to those McPherson voters who passed the one-half percent special-use sales tax that made the completion of the project possible.
The McPherson Opera House has won numerous awards for its architectural excellence, accolades from performers who love the auditorium for its acoustics and intimacy, and from patrons who appreciate the quality of the performances. The rental spaces, because of their historic charm and 21st-century amenities, have also won wide praise.
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with its six unique rental spaces used singly or in combination,
offers the perfect solution for every occasion, business or family.
McPHERSON OPERA HOUSE COMPANY
219 South Main Street
PO Box 333
McPherson, KS 67460
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