It is all about timing!
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Last Fall, the Cape River Heritage Museum ran a program on the Theatres of Cape Girardeau, where they had guest speakers on several Saturdays. I missed the first one, because of a scheduling conflict, but I did catch the second and third. Not being a native, it is always great fun to hear about the history of the area. The program that I caught first was a history of the theatres in Cape.
Cape had an amazing amount of theatres considering it's size. (I am hoping to have Dr. Nickell will repise his tales again when the Missouri Preservation Conference is held in Cape in October)
The second program was reminisings from Freck Schivelbine, who grew up in the theatre. His father was in the original Broadway Orchestra, and he had worked there when he was younger. His son, Scott, had purchased a small row of the original seats from the theatre and had them restored! They were on display at the museum. I asked first, before I took the photos.
Each program ended with discussions, which always included "Someone should do something with the Broadway!"
- Image:Image Description:A photo of the "New Broadway Orchestra," part of the collection of the Shivelbine family. My best guess was that was taken on stage with a prop set behind them.
- Image:Image Description:The museum provided information about the restored Broadway Theatre seating.
- Image:Image Description:The Shivelbine's restored original Broadway Theatre seating. Something I thought I would never find any information about, let alone see the actual things! Thanks Shivelbine Family for sharing! Excellent timing!