Chicago Street Theatre and Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation Kicks Off 7th Annual Shakespeare in the Park to Bridge Art and Community Together
The Chicago Street Theatre kicked off its 7th annual Shakespeare in the Park community celebration Friday night in Central Park Plaza with a production of Much Ado About Nothing on the stage in the William E. Urschel Pavilion. The cooler weather was a welcome break from the blistering heat endured by many over the past few days, so visitors unfolded chairs and blankets to take in the show, grab a bite from the local vendors, and spend quality time in one of Valparaiso's beautiful parks.
Michigan City Marches to Its Own Beat As 2018 Pageant of Dreams Drum and Bugle Competition Returns to Ames Field
Most often, the only time people get to see and hear a drum and bugle corps is at a football game or parade, but perhaps few are aware of the incredibly rich military history, going back centuries, to a time when fife and drum corps were used as military signalling instruments.
Melodies and harmonies intertwined throughout the Michigan City High School auditorium on Friday during the choral program’s annual Showcase. The event featured members of the choral program’s Treble Chorale and City Singers singing and dancing to songs they have been preparing throughout the year. Several members also performed solos.
Michigan City High School's Musical "13" Provides Great Fun for Audience Members, Family for Students
It was glitz and glamour Saturday evening when the Michigan City High School Theatre Department put on their new show “13,” the story of young Evan Goldman, a young kid from the Big Apple who moved to small-town Indiana after his parents divorced.
The Footlight Players of Michigan City has done it again. The group began an open-mic night on the fourth Friday of the month in August. This fun evening became more popular each time it was done. This past Friday, on October 27th, the group hosted a “Mocky Horror Show” that drew a sell-out crowd. Perhaps that should read a full house since there is no charge to be an audience member. The only charge is a $2.00 performer’s fee. The audience was peppered with a gorilla, a unicorn, a gum ball machine, Captain Morgan, and an array of others. On stage the audience was entertained by vocalists, Amanda Sixbury, Candace Archer, Kathy Chase, John Hutchinson, a young band featuring Paloma Calvin and Ione Wermuth and a multitalented young man, Jacob Griffin along with...
Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theater Foundation Holds Silver Soiree Awards Gala, Honors Regional Actors
Northwest Indiana, “The Region”- a moniker borne on the backs of hard-working blue-collar individuals that have helped shape the strength of this very area of the Hoosier State. Along with its history of heavy industry, The Region also has a rich theatre culture. Amongst the people that inhabit this tiny corner of Indiana, perhaps no group epitomizes what it means to work hard in the arts more than the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation (or NIETF), and the individuals that comprise this organization. On Saturday night, NIETF held their 25th Annual Silver Soiree Awards Gala and the celebration was nothing short of spectacular. They literally rolled out the red carpet to get the evening started as guests arrived in style, photo-ready and full of eagerness for the events of the evening.
La Porte High School hosted their 2017 Fall Choir Concert on Wednesday night to a packed house. It wasn’t just the high school kids that performed either, students from the Boston and Kesling Middle School 8th grade Choirs also participated. Add to that the high school choirs, which were the Beginning and Intermediate Women’s Choirs, the Men’s Chorus, Treble Chorale, and Mixed Chorale, and there were over 300 students participating in the event at La Porte High School’s Auditorium.
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.
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.