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Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation’s Theatrepalooza Showcases the Region's Theatrical Talents


Jack Velazquez only got a small taste of the performing arts as a kid. His parents worked too much to take him to shows, but what he did see inspired him. On Sunday, he took his kids to Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation’s 5th Annual Theatrepalooza, where theatres and performers from across the Region showcased their talents.

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Chesterton High School Presents Fall Musical "The Sound of Music"

The energy was high Friday night at Chesterton High School as members of the CHS Music and Drama department prepared for their debut fall musical performance, “The Sound of Music”. Ironically, the original Broadway production of “The Sound of Music” opened on November 16, 1959.

“This is just a happy coincidence for us,” Director Kristin Morris told the cast. “Let’s tell the story, let’s do it justice.”

2018CHSFallMusical2Serving as Choral Director, Music Department Chair, and Auditorium Director for Chesterton High School, Morris has the opportunity to work with students daily.

“It’s an awesome process to watch how they grow and build and develop a sense...

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26th Annual Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation Gala Honors Excellence in Theatre Art in the Region


The 26th annual Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation (NIETF) Gala brought talent from all over the Region together to recognize excellence in theater arts. NIETF, a collection of theatre organizations across Northwest Indiana, focuses on creating a strong community, promoting excellence, and providing entertainment to the Region. The annual gala provides NIETF an opportunity to recognize distinction among the local play and musical performances, direction, and design. 

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Chicago Street Theatre and Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation Kicks Off 7th Annual Shakespeare in the Park to Bridge Art and Community Together

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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.

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Dyer Nursing and Rehab Treats Residents and Community Members to the Talents of Local Artist, Jillann Gabrielle


This Thursday afternoon, Dyer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center held their quarterly community event inviting families and outside community members to engage with the residents. This time they tried something a little different - a live performance by a local artist, Jillann Gabrielle.

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Meet the Cast of Listen to Your Mother!


What is motherhood? Stories of inspiration, the trials of parenthood, tragedies past, and laughter enjoyed. All of this and more encompass what it is to be a mother, and on May 12th at the Hobart Art Theatre, the audience will get to hear these varied stories as part of the Listen to Your Mother series which features live performances about motherhood. 

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Listen to Your Mother, A Series of Live Performances on Motherhood

Listen-to-Your-Mother-a-Series-of-Live-Performances-on-MotherhoodLooking for something cultural and interesting to attend Mother’s Day weekend? Although not just for mothers, the show, Listen to Your Mother, a series of live readings and performances by local writers about motherhood, is scheduled for Saturday, May 12 at 7 PM at the Art Theater in Hobart. The evening will kick off with cocktail hour by Three Monkeys Pub and live jazz by the duo, Vintage Postcard. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online via the Art Theater or at the Chamber of Commerce or Librarium Café, both located in Hobart.

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Listen to Your Mother 2018: Northwest Indiana Is Giving Motherhood a Microphone!

Listen-to-Your-Mother-2018Please be sure that you are available for all practices and the performance date prior to signing up for an audition.

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"Home for the Holidays" Brings Joy to St. Jude House


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.

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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.

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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.

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