Jerauld Joseph Reinhart, whose Ross Summer Music Theatre has entertained area audiences for decades and served as the stage classroom for generations of theater hopefuls, died Thursday in Merrillville surrounded by friends, family and the music that filled much of his life.
Margilee and Jerauld Reinhart, the founders of Ross Summer Music Theatre, are shown in 1965 reviewing musical scores for a planned production.
Jerauld Reinhart, center, who died Thursday, displays a keepsake "Carousel" music box while joined by his wife, Margilee, and their son Mike in the couple's Merrillville home. "Carousel" ranks as one of the favorite musicals for the family, which founded Ross Summer Music Theatre 50 years ag…
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A publicity photo from the inaugural Ross Summer Music Theatre production "Annie Get your Gun" in 1964.
A publicity photo from a Ross Summer Music Theatre Production of "Brigadoon" from 1970s shows the vast size of the young cast of talent gathered from around Northwest Indiana featured in musical productions.
A dance line rehearses at the 20th Reunion of the Ross Summer Music Theatre in 1983.
Jerauld Reinhart, center, displays a keepsake "Carousel" music box, joined by wife, Margilee, and their son Mike in the couple's Merrillville home. "Carousel" ranks as a favorite musical for the family, which founded Ross Summer Music Theatre 50 years ago in 1963.
A publicity photo for the 1966 Ross Summer Music Theatre production of "Flower Drum Song," which the Reinhart family ranks as the most difficult production staged during the company's 50-year history.
Jerauld Reinhart still remembers the hook used in 1954 by the hiring principal to lure him from southern Indiana to accept a teaching position at Merrillville High School following his graduation from Indiana University.
Despite the musical's title, Jerauld Reinhart, the man in the orchestra pit behind horn-rimmed glasses, will likely be beaming during this weekend's opening run of "Les Miserables," since the play denotes his 50th production of the Ross Summer Music Theatre in Merrillville.
Three generations of the Reinhart Family have teamed up to produce "Les Miserables," the 50th production of the Ross Summer Music Theatre. From left to right: Jerauld, Michael, Lucas, Jacob, Michael's wife Melinda and Jerauld's wife Margilee.
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