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Crown Point High School Theater Brings Willy Wonka to Northwest Indiana in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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You may have seen the 1971 Movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder. You may have seen the 2005 Tim Burton remake named Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp as the mad chocolatier. You may think you know the story of the poor boy who wins the Golden Ticket and a chance to tour the wondrous, mysterious candy factory.

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Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theater Foundation Holds Silver Soiree Awards Gala, Honors Regional Actors

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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.

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Auditions for Towle Youth Theater Ensemble’s "Heathers, The Musical"


Towle-Heathers-the-MusicalSince 2010, the Towle Youth Theater Ensemble (TYTE) has been entertaining audiences with productions such as the Northwest Indiana Premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s 13, Anne of Green Gables, Laughing Stock, Clue the Musical, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, Runaways and the World Premiere of Mental. The next TYTE production will be Heathers, The Musical directed by Managing Director Jeff Casey, Musical Direction by Elizabeth Tuazon and Choreography by Colin Funk.

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‘The Tin Woman’ Offers a Heartfelt Stage Journey for TATC Audiences

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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.

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Wayne Brady Looking Forward to His Return to the Midwest at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino Hammond

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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.

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Towle Youth Theater Ensemble Announces Auditions for "Alice @ Wonderland"


Towle-TheaterAuditions are January 28 at 10am. If you interested in auditioning or have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the theater at 219-937-8780. Auditions are open to anyone and everyone ages 12-18 grades 6-12 from Indiana or Illinois, public, private or home schooled. All are welcomed.

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Can't Think of That Perfect Gift? Memorial Opera House Has the Answer


MOH-Black-Friday-2016The 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.

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NIETF Celebrates Their 24th Awards Gala By Recognizing and Honoring Members of the Theatre Community

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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.

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NIETF Announces 2015-2016 Nominees


NIETF-LogoNIETF 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.

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Harmonies for Healing "Supergroup" Performs With Under the Streetlamp

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This Saturday, August 13, the Harmonies for Healing “Supergroup” will be performing with Under the Streetlamp at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, Ind.

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NIETF Connects Arts to Community with Theatrepalooza

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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.

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