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Uhrig's Cave" Theatre Programs.
Uhrig’s Cave. St. Louis, MO. No date. Ca. 1880s. - Three scarce 1880s "Garden Theatre" programs for Uhrig's Cave, St. Louis. The venue took its name from two German-born brothers who, in the 1850s, bought several acres of land in what was then the outskirts of St. Louis in order to utilize the limestone caves beneath their newly acquired parcel as "cold storage" for their brewery’s beer. Subsequently they opened an outdoor beer garden featuring musical entertainments that drew crowds on summer evenings. Around 1884 (according to one history) the brothers sold the site and the new owners expanded the immensely popular beer garden venue with an open-air theatre offering light opera performances featuring well-known artists of the day. 1) "Garden Theatre (Uhrig’s Cave) Programme" 10 ½ x 7 inches, 4 pages (two sheets). August 4, 1884. Cast for "Chas. E. Ford’s Comic Opera Comp’y" production of "Girola; or the Three Black Cloaks" featuring Miss Blanche Chapman (Blanche Chapman Ford). Also a cast list for the upcoming "The Little Duke!" translated and adapted by Charles E. Ford and featuring Miss Blanche Chapman (Ford) in the title role. Copious period advertising. Creases from folding; paper loss at top of second sheet, otherwise good condition. 2) Program Summary: "Uhrig’s Cave The Garden Theatre" program; 11 ½ x 9 ½ inches, 8 pages (four sheets). June 17, 1884. Cast for Ford’s Opera Company production of "Fra Diavolo" with music by Auber featuring Blanche Chapman (Ford) with Harry Allen and Alonzo Hatch (both associated with D’Oyly Carte Opera Company). Extensive synopsis of the Auber music drama printed in blindingly small font opposite cast list. Announcement stating "Pirates of Penzance" "in preparation." Box on page 5 features brief entries devoted to theatrical gossip (for example, collision of Ellen Terry’s carriage in London, etc.). Two pages formatted with boxes (empty) presumably for desired advertising that never materialized. Creases from folding; thin 1 ½ inch incision entering the eight pages from spine edge; short tears elsewhere, otherwise good clean condition. 3) Program Summary: "Uhrig’s Cave The Garden Theatre" program; 14 x 10 ½ inches, 4 pages (two sheets). July 19, 1886. Cast for The Thompson Opera Company production of "Olivette" by Audran, Chivot, and Duru featuring George Olmi, William Wolff and Dora Wiley, well-known comic opera stars of the era. A boxed notice announces the forthcoming production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s "The Mikado" with "new and elegant costumes" purchased in Chicago by Mr. Thompson. Pages are flush with advertising, including a front page ad touting the Diamond Jo Line Steamer to "St. Paul and all Northern Summer Resorts," thereby sparing the traveler "the dust and discomforts of Railroad Travel." Creases from folding, with 2 inch separation at spine edge of fold across center of program. Overall good clean condition. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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