The Circleville Men’s Barbershop Chorus and The Ted Lewis Museum will present Moonlight Bay: A Rollicking Ragtime Romp on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. The concert will be held at Circleville High School Auditorium, 380 Clark Drive, Circleville, Ohio. Tickets are $15 General Admission in advance and at the door. Children and Students will be admitted Free. To purchase tickets and for more information visit www.tedlewismuseum.org or call 740-477-3630. Tickets are also available in person at the Pickaway County Welcome Center, DeLong Insurance, and The Ted Lewis Museum
Join the Ted Lewis Museum and the Circleville Men’s Barbershop Chorus on a Rollicking Ragtime Romp into the past to relive the music that was performed at Circleville’s Grand Opera House from 1890 to 1913. Before radio, motion pictures or television, people flocked to the local opera house for culture and entertainment. Touring companies of the latest Broadway hits crisscrossed the country, bringing music, mirth and melodrama to the masses. Local talent shows gave budding stars like Theodore Friedman (Ted Lewis) their first chances to perform on stage. Erected in 1888, Circleville’s Grand Opera House brought these shows, and later movies, to what Ted called “The Capital of the World” until its untimely demolition in 1962.
Hear the music Ted enjoyed during his halcyon days of youth while sneaking out of his father’s store to see the latest shows at the Opera House. Plus special tributes to Pickaway County born 1900s recording pioneer Corrine Morgan and Circleville native composer Sara Egan. Featuring The Circleville Men’s Barbershop Chorus, A 12-piece orchestra under the direction of Joseph Rubin and the vocal virtuosity of Matt Tolentino and Rachel Will in a mélange of melody and mirth. Enjoy all your favorite Tin Pan Alley hits “By The Light of the Silvery Moon,” “You’re A Grand Old Flag,” “Take Me Out To the Ball Game,” “Down By The Old Mill Stream,” and much more!
Moonlight Bay: A Rollicking Ragtime Romp is funded in part through generous grants from The Miriam Ruggles Adkins Foundation, The Ohio Arts Council and The Savings Bank.
The Ted Lewis Museum is dedicated to celebrating the life and preserving the legacy of Circleville’s own Ted Lewis by making everybody happy through education and entertainment. Founded in 1977 by Lewis’ widow, Adah Becker Lewis, the museum pays tribute to one of Ohio’s greatest citizens and one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Admission to the newly renovated museum is free and it is open Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. March-December. For more information visit www.tedlewismuseum.org