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Visit a theater near you

2013-01-30T00:00:00Z 2013-01-31T18:01:21Z Visit a theater near youBy Jennifer Pallay Times Columnist nwitimes.com
January 30, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Watching segments of the Screen Actors Guild award show got me to thinking about local drama and how lucky we are to have so much of it.

Although we don’t have any theaters in Hegewisch itself, we are in between the bustling downtown Chicago theater district and the entertaining Northwest Indiana production companies.

The closest theater to our house that I know of, coming in at 3.6 miles away, is Towle Theater in Hammond. The theater is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with musicals, youth theater and comedies. The musical “Tomorrow Morning” plays from Feb. 22 to 24 and March 1 to 3. Tickets are just $17.

My husband and I caught a show at Towle two years ago pre-baby and loved the intimate setting as well as friendly staff and actors. For Christmas that year, we gave a season pass ticket to his parents and they have been catching productions there ever since. This year, they renewed their season pass and it’s fun to hear them buzzing about the latest show they saw.

For information, visit towletheater.org or call (219) 937-8780.

The Auditorium Theater at Roosevelt University, 20 miles from Hegewisch, is my favorite theater in the city because it’s where I saw my first major theater production. I was 13 and it was “Phantom of the Opera,” but you can search my past columns if you want to hear that story.

Another reason I love this theater is its Hands Together, Heart to Art program, which I learned about from a chance mailing, but have been a proud supporter of since. This arts initiative is a camp for children who are grieving the death of one or both parents. I lost my dad when I was 22 and feel like that was too young. I can’t imagine how children can cope with the loss. This program helps them do so through the performing arts.

The theater’s website says, “Artists and healing counselors work with campers in this unique program that celebrates the healing power of creative play … If at the end of the program the children have formed friendships, increased their self-confidence, and discovered the arts as a course of healing, we have been successful.”

For information, visit http://auditoriumtheatre.org/wb/pages/home/education/hthta-summer-camp.php or call (312) 922-2110, ext. 368.

Down the road from where I grew up in Munster is the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, home to Theater at the Center. Its next show will be the comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” Feb. 14 to March 24.

I’m looking forward to a May 7 visit by my fellow Boilermakers, the Purdue Varsity Glee Club. They will perform lunch and dinner shows at Theater at the Center and tickets range from $40 to $70 depending on if you want a meal with your performance. Everyone loves Purdue making this a popular show so order your tickets before they sell out.

Tickets and more information are available online at http://www.theatreatthecenter.com or by calling (219) 836-3255.

The opinions are solely those of the writer. She can be reached at jpallay14@sbcglobal.net.

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