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A Poem for Wizard of Oz, Breakfast, and Theatre Lovers

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Have you ever had breakfast with a scarecrow?
It’s a wonderful time, and you must know,
That lions love to dine in the morning time
With tin men and young ladies in tow.

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Community Supports the Growth and Longevity of the Memorial Opera House

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The Memorial Opera House has stood the test of time and is one of Valparaiso’s proudest achievements. Known and loved by many in the region, the Opera House is finally getting some much needed upgrades that will exponentially accentuate the experience of theatre-goers.

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Chicago Street Theatre Presents "The Lieutenant is on His Way"

cst-liutentant-on-his-wayAfter an impressive start to its 61st season,Valpo's Chicago Street Theatre is showing no signs of slowing down or pulling any punches with their upcoming production of Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Insishmore. This dark comedy from the writer and director of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths runs January 29 through February 13 at the theatre located at 154 W Chicago Street in Valparaiso.

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Valparaiso Selected as Host of 2016 Chicagoland "This is My Brave" Live Event

rot1The Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation is proud to announce that Valparaiso has been selected to host the Chicagoland This is My Brave live event in May 2016. This is My Brave is a live storytelling event where real people tell real stories about their real life mental health issues. Billed as #StorytellingSavesLives, This is My Brave seeks to remove the stigma of mental illness, open a dialog, and create opportunities for people to thoughtfully engage around the topic of mental health.

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Listen to Your Mother 2016 Audition Season Begins

LTYM-Audition-Season-2016What's your mother story? We want to hear it!
“Listen to Your Mother: It’s a cliché, it’s the fifth commandment, and it’s an imperative for curbing children young and old from poor life choices like jaywalking and sixty-four-ounce sodas,” LTYM founder and National Director Ann Imig begins in the foreword of Listen To Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now from Putnam & Sons. “Listening forges bonds between people, strengthens connections, and builds community.”

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Chicago Street Theatre Newsletter, December 2015

CST-Newsletter-December-2015Get Ready for Holiday Laughter!
Just 5 days after the Junie B Jones exited the CST stage, we've got something new - and hilarious - to add joy to your holiday season. Actors Bill Carns, Brian Kogut, Martin Weisenbacher are ready to bring you belly laughs in EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME!), opening this Friday. Instead of performing Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for the umpteenth time, these 3 actors perform each and every holiday special, song, and tradition they...

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Chicago Street Brings "Every Christmas Story Ever Told" and "Classical Blast" to the Stage In the 2015 Holiday Season


You can't spell "Christmas" without "CST" and Chicago Street Theatre has the perfect holiday gift for their grown-up audiences with the comedy, Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) running December 11 through 20. Fans of the group's past productions of A Tuna Christmas and The Santaland Diaries will love this holiday treat that combines the worlds of Scrooge, It's a Wonderful Life, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and many, many others into a hilarious attempt to present them all.

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Make Star Plaza Theatre Part of Your Holiday Festivities


Coming up this holiday season at the Star Plaza Theatre is a newly added show! Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters' Christmas celebrates classic Carpenters' Christmas songs as well as their biggest pop music hits.

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Jim Gaffigan Rocks the Memorial Opera House to Benefit the Hospice of the Calumet Area

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A man that many know gave a special performance at the Memorial Opera House in mid-November. Jim Gaffigan, actor, author, father of five, and one of the most well-recognized comedians in our country and beyond, came back to Northwest Indiana to help raise funds for the Hospice of the Calumet Area.

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Veteran's Day is Celebrated in a Special Way at the Memorial Opera House


The Memorial Opera House celebrated Veteran’s Day in proper style with a USO-themed Lunchtime Cabaret event.

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Jim Gaffigan Plays Sold Out Show to Benefit Hospice of the Calumet Area


Jim Gaffigan is coming home to Northwest Indiana and will be partnering with his brother, Mitch Gaffigan, to raise funds for Hospice of the Calumet Area. On Thursday, November 12, Jim will perform a special stand-up comedy show at the Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso, Indiana. Opening for Jim will be Nicole Jamrose and her band. The event will be followed by a special VIP Reception hosted at the Porter County Museum.

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