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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Chicago Street Theatre Presents "Nancy Drew: Girl Detective"


CST NancyDrew 2016Chicago Street Theatre continues its 61st season with a Family Presentation that takes audiences back to the 1950's and the exciting world of Nancy Drew: Girl Detective running March 4 through March 13.The play, directed by Kari-Anne Innes, is based on the bestselling book series by Carolyn Keene and adapted by Marisha Chamberlain. Fans of the teenage super sleuth will find that this faithful stage version brilliantly captures the spirit and fun of Keene's 39th book in the series - The Clue of the Dancing Puppet which was originally published in 1962.

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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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