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.
With a milestone like a 125th anniversary, it’s only fitting that the volume gets turned up. According to Scot PJ MacDonald, Executive Business Director at Memorial Opera House, that’s exactly what’s happening at the iconic theater as it continues to celebrate its 125th Anniversary of existence and its profound impact on the region.
From high school date nights to taking the kids out for the latest release, the movie theater represents a special point of place in the American dream. For many in the Region, the Portage 16 IMAX and Goodrich Quality Theaters has created memories to cherish in the form of cinematic masterpieces.
Chicago Street Theatre and Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation Kicks Off 7th Annual Shakespeare in the Park to Bridge Art and Community Together
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.
The Valparaiso High School Drama Club presented "Bye Bye Birdie" at the Memorial Opera House, a musical about a man caught in the unlikely crossroads of rock-and-roll and war.
Every family has a tradition that’s been around for ages to help ring in the new year. Whether it’s watching football with family and friends, making a giant and delicious breakfast for everyone to enjoy, or getting a head start on this year’s resolution, New Year’s Day traditions are the perfect way to celebrate January 1st with the ones you love.
Every Christmas, we can expect certain things to show up that we identify with the season. Snow, Christmas lights, holiday parties, and certain TV shows that show up year after year. Charlie Brown’s Christmas, Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, and of course, A Christmas Story.
Victor Hugo's Epic Story About Love, Acceptance, And What It Means To Be A Hero.
Directed by Kurt Gillins, from Valpo Chamber.
The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be "out there", observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmerelda.
The Production of A Christmas Story at the Memorial Opera House was an evening of joy, laughter, and excellent teamwork as the cast prepared for this winter classic. The evening began with an introduction of the cast and was followed by rehearsal. The incredible performances by the young actors captured everyone’s attention. Each Christmas, this story is seen on television by many. There was something very special, however, about seeing it live. The message of the story is its most powerful characteristic, as it remains timeless because it continues to speak to families and connect communities together.
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.