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.
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.