The Carlos Gomes Blumenau Theatre has a long history. Founded on 2nd September 1850 by Dr. Blumenau, one of the first German settlers in Brazil and founder of the city with the same name, with the aim of keeping German theatrical flame alive and give voice to the cultural expression of his native land. Small groups dedicated to singing and theatrical performance were formed each Sunday to sing, dance, act or play different sport games such as target shooting. These regular meetings paved the way for the Shooters Society of Blumenau, which was established on 21st December 1859. Years later the song and theatre groups separated from this society and so the Theatre Society of Blumenau and the Singers Society of the Colony of Blumenau started. Both of them though continued to function as annexes to the Sniper Society, which had all the equipment required for staging and musical performances. The Theatrical Society of Blumenau was established on 24th June 1860 and became a society in its own right on 18th April 1895, when it adopted the name of Froshsinn Theatrical Society.
Professor Osvaldo Hesse established the Singers Society of the Colony of Blumenau three years later, in May 1863. Later it was renamed the German Song Society.
Frohsinn Theater was inaugurated much later, in April 1896 and the piece chosen for the great gala night was ‘A Mad Idea’ by Karl Laufs, precisely because of its title, in response to the vehement reaction of those who considered the idea of building a theatre in Blumenau ‘madness’.
The first part of the theatre building was finalised in 1939 (including the outside part, the ball room and restaurant). It is now that the name of the Froshinn Theatrical Society changed its name to the Dramatic-Musical Society Carlos Gomes, the name by which it is known today. This new theatre was inaugurated on 1st July 1939.
Nowadays, the Dramatic-Musical Society Carlos Gomes hosts other activities as well, such as ballet, music, and drama schools and an orchestra. The society also includes two auditoriums, two salons, five support centres which can cater to various events, which also benefits from an executive bar and restaurant.
Apart from representing the history of a nation that traditionally strives to promote culture, Carlos Gomes Theatre offers great moments of indulgence in good music, theatre, and dancing to the city and the neighboring areas. It is one of the places you can’t miss visiting if you go to Brazil.