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Opera in the Moonlight: The Must-See Event of Summer 1930

August 17, 2009

By Amy Estes, Archives Intern

In 1930, “Opera in the Moonlight,” staged at the newly constructed Sunken Garden Theater by the San Antonio Civic Opera Company, was the show to attend. Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance was the opera being performed on August 5, 1930. Jack Douglass, an avid community theatre actor and singer, played one of the pirates.

Pirates of Penzance opera program, 1930

Jack Douglass in his pirate costume, 1930

Today, the setting of the Sunken Garden Theatre is just as picturesque as it was then, especially after the recent restoration of the adjacent Japanese Tea Garden [note: link goes to PDF].

Picture postcard of Sunken Garden at Brackenridge Park

All items are from the Douglass Family Papers, MS 251.

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