The Footlight Players of Michigan City held their 11th annual awards banquet at the Michigan City Moose Lodge on July 22nd. The evening began with a 5:30 cocktail hour followed by a buffet dinner at 6:30 with background music supplied by Ryan Sweeney. At 7:30 the President, Robert W. Komendera welcomed the crowd of 60 people and announced that John Avila was this year’s hall of fame inductee. He then introduced Sherry Sweeney who was the evening’s emcee. She announced the presenters and with the help of “Golden Girl” Alayna Lauritsen presented the following awards.
As the weather is warming up, we are preparing for our summer show at Theatre at the Center. The Tin Woman is a new play, running July 13 to Aug. 13 written by Sean Grennan, who wrote Making God Laugh, the stage work which delighted our audiences in 2012. I have known Sean for years and since my first encounter with The Tin Woman, I knew I wanted the chance to work on it. It is a beautiful and touching story which centers around Joy who has received a heart transplant. As she recovers, she questions whether she really deserves a second chance. Meanwhile, the donor’s family is trying to heal after the loss of their son, Jack. At a friend's urging, Joy tracks down Jack's family.
On June 9th, Emmy-winning actor, singer and game show host Wayne Brady brings his unique brand of comedy for a one night only show at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino Hammond.
The Box Office will be OPEN on Friday!
If you take advantage of the wonderful small businesses around downtown Valparaiso on the day after Thanksgiving, the Memorial Opera House will be open as well for our normal business hours - 10am-2pm.
NIETF Celebrates Their 24th Awards Gala By Recognizing and Honoring Members of the Theatre Community
Theatre came alive in NWI on Sunday night, and it happened all in one room. Northwest Indiana Theatre in Excellence Foundation celebrated their 24th annual NIETF Awards Gala, which highlighted another fantastic year in theatre within our three county region. The awards showcased talent on stage, and behind the stage by playing a big part in both dramas and musicals.
NIETF is proud to announce the Nominees for the 2015-16 season. Please join us in thanking our NIETF viewers for a year of excellent service and numerous hours and join us in congratulating everyone who does community theatre – including this year’s nominees.
This Saturday, August 13, the Harmonies for Healing “Supergroup” will be performing with Under the Streetlamp at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, Ind.
The Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation (NIETF) constantly strives to make a positive impact in the community through arts. They did just this during the 4th Annual NIETF Theatrepalooza, a free theatre festival held on the afternoon of Sunday, August 7 at Chesterton High School.
On Saturday, July 23rd, the Footlight Players held their 10th annual awards banquet at the local Moose Family Center in Michigan City. After a cocktail hour, delicious dinner and silent auction the award ceremony took place under the helm of the ever humorous emcee, Mike McCalment. The first award of the evening was the induction of Lee Meyer into The Hall Of Fame. Throughout the evening the presentations were interrupted by excerpts of the six major productions of the past season along with a “Hidden Talent” certificate given to a back stage nominee for each production that had been selected by the cast and director. The recipients of these certificates were:
There is no better place in Porter County to celebrate and have a great time than the William Urschel Pavilion. The Memorial Opera House Foundation threw it back a couple of decades during the Back to the 50’s Sock Hop on the evening of Friday, July 22nd. The proceeds garnered during the event went to support Memorial Opera House.