Theatrepalooza Thrives with Thespian Thrills

The annual Theatrepalooza event took center stage at Highland High School on the first Sunday in August. This free community event celebrates the many theatres that reside under the umbrella of NIETF (Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation) a nonprofit organization which celebrates the local theatre arts in the region.

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Theatrepalooza is meant to be a unique educational experience for the community. People can come and learn about upcoming shows and productions around the area, theatre camps and workshops for kids and adults, volunteer opportunities, auditions, and more – all wrapped up in one free event.

"Theatrepalooza has had a great buzz about it this year. Last year's program was such a great success and now theatres don't want to miss out on the opportunity to showcase what they do to new audiences," NIETF President Becky Jascoviak said. "This year you'll see some new work by a local playwright as well as the introduction of a new touring Improv troupe. Exciting things are happening across NWI theatre. Patrons need not make the trek to Chicago on a weekend to see Broadway shows, or an intimate storefront theatre. Improv or even a world premiere can be enjoyed right here at an affordable close to home theatre. Come play!"

Bits and pieces of productions from different theatres were performed so that the audience could get a taste of what was to come in the remainder of the year, and 2016.

Show pieces included:
Dirty Girl
Ghost the Musical
Jane Eyre
Lovers and Other Strangers
MakeShift Up
Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Shakespeare Star Wars
Squabbles
The Sunshine Boys
Young Frankenstein

Adrianne Lineback, a stage manager for the upcoming show Young Frankenstein and box office volunteer at the Chicago Street Theatre was there, representing her organization. She along with other groups had set up booths in front of the high school's auditorium before the show and during intermission to cater to the curiosity of the patrons.

"We want to get the word out about our great performances coming up, recruit volunteers, and find more sponsors," Lineback said. "We love being a part of NIETF. It's a great theatre community and we love to be part of something so large that benefits many people in many ways."

NIETF supports the following local theatres:

4th Street Theater
Beatniks on Conkey
Chicago Street Theatre
Crown Point Community Theatre
Dunes Summer Theatre
Gary Shakespeare Company at Theatre Northwest
The Genesius Guild
Hammond Community Theatre
Highland Parks Performing Arts Group
L’arc en Ciel Theatre Group
Memorial Opera House
Valparaiso Theatrical Company
Associate Member Theatres

For more information on NIETF visit www.nietf.org.