The entrance of the Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso became crowded long before auditorium doors opened on Friday evening. The “Home for the Holidays” event welcomed attendees to an evening of fundraising for St. Jude House in Crown Point and The Caring Place.
Crown Point High School Theater Brings Willy Wonka to Northwest Indiana in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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.
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.
Since 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.
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.