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Chicago Street Theatre to Produce Award-Winning Play in World Premiere


The American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) is pleased to announce Chicago Street Theatre/Community Theatre Guild is producing the AACT NewPlayFest winning play, Wash, Dry, Fold by Nedra Pezold Roberts. The world premiere will open May 20 and run through June 4, 2016. Tickets are available at or by calling the box office at 219-464-1636. Chicago Street Theatre is located at 154 W. Chicago Street, Valparaiso, Indiana.

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Volunteers Make it Happen at Chicago Street Theatre

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The thing about community theatre is that it’s the community that makes it happen, every bit of it. What many people see are the actors and actresses on the stage, but there is so much more that goes on behind the scenes that not many know about. It takes an entire army of volunteers to get things prepared and kept in motion from the set design to the lighting to the promotion to the music to the sounds and more.

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NIETF Presents "This is My Brave Chicagoland" Mental Health Awareness Storytelling Event


The 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 May 19, 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 #LiveBrave and thoughtfully engage around the topic of mental health.

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VHS holds "Telethon" at 2016 'April Antics'


Valparaiso High School Drama Club presents VHS Telethon! The scripted “telethon” was, in other words, April Antics 2016! On Friday, April 22, at 7:00 pm in the Valparaiso High School auditorium, talented students took the stage and wowed the audience with a student directed and written talent show, that combined a script with individual acts.

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Chicago Street Theatre Brings the Roaring 20s to the Town of Porter with Annual Fundraising Event "Let's Misbehave"


Over ninety years ago prohibition, flappers, and speakeasies existed in the town of Porter. In the days of Capone, secret casinos and bootleggers parties were thrown with extravagance. Taking a note from the past, Chicago Street Theatre brought the era back to life for their annual fundraiser, this year titled “Let's Misbehave”, at the newly renovated Spa Convention and Special Events Center.

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Michael Radford Takes Title "President Mr. VHS" at Mr. VHS Competition


Mr. VHS is a time honored tradition at Valparaiso High School, but with this year’s pageant modeled after the country’s current election season 18 senior boys were competing to be crowned President Mr. VHS. Participants were sponsored by their extracurriculars, and represented everything from sports teams to language clubs. The pageant, held on April 2, served as a fundraiser for VHS student council.

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Chicago Street Theatre Presents "Orson's Shadow", April 8 - 23, 2016


April 8 through 23, Chicago Street Theatre invites audiences to travel back to 1960 and the story of two Hollywood giants whose time in the spotlight had faded. Orson's Shadow by Austin Pendleton is based on actual events in the lives of actor, writer, producer, and director, Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier,the hero of the London stage and husband of screen icon, Vivien Leigh. Both men had had achieved their greatest successes by the age of twenty-five and by 1960, each was struggling with the notion that his time for greatness had passed.

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Calling Places! Our 2016 LTYM Shows Begin in April

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Our La Crosse co-director/producer Molly Hilligoss welcomed a baby boy this week, arriving at 8lbs 2oz, 19 3/4 inches! Congratulations to the whole family!

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NIETF Announces 2016 This is My Brave Chicagoland Cast


NIETF is pleased to announce the cast of the 2016 This is My Brave Chicagoland! This is My Brave is a live storytelling event with real life stories of mental illness. These cast members have chosen to ‪#‎LiveBrave‬ by telling their story in hopes of creating a dialog around mental health.

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Chicago Street Theatre Announces Season 62


With its impressive 61st season in full swing and numerous SOLD-OUT houses this year, Chicago Street Theatre is excited to announce its 2016-2017 Season, The award-winning theatre group, which performs at 154 W. Chicago Street, has selected a season that they believe will continue CST's mission of giving the community quality theatre experiences with something for everyone. The 62nd season features: family presentations, dramas, musicals, comedies, new works and classics to suit a variety of tastes and audiences. Tickets and Viewer's Choice subscription packages will go on sale in July during the theatre's 5th Annual Shakespeare in Central Park Plaza production of The Tempest. Updates to the 2016-2017 season will be listed on the theatre's website Read more

The Memorial Opera House Gives the VIP Treatment to a Wizard of Oz Super Fan

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On a very special night before the Valparaiso Memorial Opera House’s production of The Wizard of Oz, the cast invited a special guest to their warm ups: the world’s biggest Oz fan. Ryan Gagliardi and his mother got VIP treatment, a prop from the play, and a few extra surprises. The March 4th performance was the 26-year-old’s first time seeing his favorite movie live.

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