Ross Summer Music Theatre
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.
Jerauld Joseph Reinhart, who founded Ross Summer Music Theatre, is shown in August 2013 conducting the orchestra in his final production "Les Miserables." Reinhart died Thursday at age 85.
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…
MERRILLVILLE | Ross Summer Music Theatre recently taught audiences that to “love another person is to see the face of God” during the summer show, Les Miserables.
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.
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.
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.
Matthew Fayson (center), Who Plays Jean Valjean, Stars in a Scene With Debbie Trembicki (left), as the Innkeeper's Wife, Opposite Kevin Badten (right), as Her Husband in Les Miserables.
Matthew Fayson (center), who plays Jean Valjean, stars in a scene with Debbie Trembicki (left), as the innkeeper's wife, opposite Kevin Badten (right), as her husband in "Les Miserables,", The 50th Anniversary production by the Ross Summer Music Theatre," running today to Aug. 4.
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.
MERRILLVILLE | Ross Summer Music Theatre celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer with the Northwest Indiana premiere of the full version of "Les Misérables."
HOBART | Ross Summer Music Theatre is celebrating 50 summers of musicals. In keeping with that theme the youth camp has two shows this weekend.
Charlie Blum credits a talented cast of all ages as the reason he has enjoyed his repeated annual returns to Ross Summer Music Theatre playing the Professor Harold Hill lead in 'The Music Man.'
Charlie Blum Starring as Professor Harold Hill in the 2005 Ross Summer Music Theatre Production of "The Music Man"
Charlie Blum (center) stars as Professor Harold Hill in the 2005 Ross Summer Music Theatre Production of 'The Music Man.'
Ross Summer Music Theatre celebrates its 49th summer this year with "The Music Man," but the theater company has its own "Music Man" in the person of Jerry Reinhart, 80 years young.
Star Plaza Theatre CEO Charlie Blum describes the lead role in stage favorite "The Music Man" as "the role of a lifetime."
MERRILLVILLE | Charlie Blum reprises the lead role of lovable flim-flam man Harold Hill as Ross Summer Music Theatre celebrates it 49th year with "The Music Man" at Merrillville High School's Reinhart Auditorium.
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