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FREE Preview of the 2011 Season at the Memorial Opera House

The Memorial Opera House will be hosting a special sneak peak preview night of the 2011 musical season on Saturday, January 15 at 8pm. MOHLogo

This event is free and open to existing ticket holders and those who would like to know more about the Memorial Opera House. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.

The Memorial Opera House is a live entertainment venue that can also be rented for public or private use for wedding ceremonies, business meetings/presentations, concerts and graduations.

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On the Road Again with the Songs and Story of “Route 66 “by Roger Bean at the Memorial Opera House

Back by popular demand as part of our 2011 Bonus show, the most popular show of the Memorial Opera House 2010 season…Route 66. Route-66-Press-Photos-009

The show begins with the sounds of 1950s Chicago and travels along the famed Main Street of America to the California coast and the iconic surf music of the 1960s. A large car radio delivers us to each destination, with DJs and actual vintage radio ads building excitement along the way.


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Come See A Wonderful Life, Support Local Actor

The Memorial Opera House will be donating a portion of this weekend's proceeds of the musical, A WONDERFUL LIFE to Northwest Indiana actor Tony Balsamo, who suffered a heart attack this fall and is without health insurance. A-Wonderful-Life

Tony Bolsamo, known to the Northwest Indiana theater community as Tony B!, ...has appeared in more than 30 productions in theaters across Northwest Indiana.

Bolsamo has graced the Memorial Opera House stage many times. Our audiences have seen him as Mr. Mushnik in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, the King in CINDERELLA, Harry the Horse in GUYS & DOLLS, a Gangster in Kiss Me Kate a role that won him a Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theater Award along with fellow Gangster, Gary Mion.

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Civic Dance Center Presents the Nutcracker & Winter Showcase

Civic-Dance-Center-Candy_Canes_Gingerb_sittingThe Civic Dance Center, located in Portage, under the direction of Natalie J. Kolosci, will present their annual “Nutcracker” ballet and Winter Showcase at Portage High School Auditorium East on Saturday, December 18th at 2:00 pm. The cast consists of approximately 75 performers, including dance students, moms, dads, sisters and brothers.

Melena Nikole Verduzco has been cast as Clara. Melena is a sixth grader at River Forest and has been studying dance for nine years. She has studied under the direction of Ms. Natalie and Miss Lisa at Civic Dance Center for four years. She has trained in many dance venues, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, tumbling, and musical theater. She is also a member of the River Forest basketball team, volleyball team, and track team. She excels in social studies and loves to read.

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City of Portage Appreciation Night at the Theatre at the Portage Yacht Club

The City of Portage is offering a special "Thank You" night for the Portage Community Theatre on December 3. A fee of $15 per person, $12 senior citizen, includes beverages at 1/2 price, free hors d'oeuvres and the play, The Drowsy Chaperone. The-Drowsy-Chaperone

The Drowsy Chaperone does exactly what a musical is supposed to do. It takes you to another world and gives you a little tune to carry in your head when you're feeling blue. Come and see for yourself and laugh your blues away! Join the city in celebrating our Portage Community Theatre, and all it has to offer our wonderful city.

To order tickets or reserve your seat call 759.1408 and leave the following info: name, phone number, and how many tickets.

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Theatre at the Center Presents It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

PR-Robert-Hildreth-Grace-Goble-Jeff-Diebold---tugging-beardIn his incomparable style, Meredith Willson, the author of The Music Man and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, tells the classic story of a white-bearded gentleman, claiming to be the real-deal Santa Claus, as he produces a genuine holiday miracle in It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas. The musical adaptation of the popular holiday favorite “Miracle on 34th Street” will bring holiday cheer to Theatre at the Center’s 20th Anniversary, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana, November 11 through December 19, with the press performance on Sunday, November 14 at 7 p.m. The production will be directed by William Pullinsi.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas opened in October 1963 at the Shubert Theatre in New York and played for 338 performances. The story tells the tale of a skeptical little girl who doubts the existence of Santa Claus. When the real Kris Kringle inadvertently is hired to represent jolly St. Nick in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, he must convince the child and her cynical divorced mother (the department store's special events director) that he's the genuine article. A feel-good musical featuring a memorable holiday score including the title song, this production will leave even the youngest audience members smiling and humming a tune.

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Duneland Performing Arts Series Presents "Straight No Chaser" on Wednesday, November 10th

On Wednesday, November 10th, the Duneland Performing Arts Series will welcome Indiana University’s “Straight No Chaser”, a ten-member men’s a cappella vocal group to the CHS stage. In addition, the CHS show choirs will serve as the opening act for this noted ensemble. Online tickets for this event are on sale now at; paper tickets will be available for purchase starting Wednesday, October 27th at the Red Cup Café in downtown Chesterton during normal business hours and the CHS Main Office during school hours. Straight-No-Chaser-1

Over the past decade and a half, “Straight No Chaser” has become synonymous with contemporary a cappella vocal music. In September of 1996, Dan Ponce, a member of Indiana University’s Singing Hoosiers, came up with the idea to put together an elite men’s a cappella ensemble comprised of members of the larger group. He mentioned this to his friends within Singing Hoosiers, and one by one began to assemble the first cast of “Straight No Chaser”. The group began practicing several time per week, and gave their debut performance just a month later on the IU campus in Bloomington at the university’s annual Dance Marathon. “Straight No Chaser” immediately became a popular part of the musical culture at IU, and received critical acclaim for its uniqueness and creativity in performances. As the years have gone by, “Straight No Chaser” has gained national recognition as a premier men’s a cappella ensemble, and has recorded seven CDs of a cappella music which are available throughout the nation. The alumni cast of “Straight No Chaser” continue to experience success in the professional music world, and has recently been featured in sold out performances from coast to coast as well as starring in a PBS television special which is currently airing.

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