Join NIETF for a night on the town to see THE LION KING

Another opportunity to enjoy Broadway in Chicago is happening! Join NIETF for a night on the town to see THE LION KING on January 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm. The show that broke new ground and won Tony’s to prove it. Whether you’ve seen it a dozen times before of this is your first time, the spectacle that is THE LION KING will delight your eyes and your ears.
 
Tickets for the run of the show are nearly sold out, but NIETF has secured a group of tickets to the Jan 13, 7:30 pm performance. General tickets are going for $130+ but our group rate tickets are:
ORCHESTRA: $115 or DRESS CIRCLE: $105 (and a $10 discount off those for NIETF members!), LOWER BALCONY TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!
 
Check out all the information at http://nietf.org/group-outing-to-the-lion-king/
Tickets must be reserved by Nov 24 in order to receive the group rate. What a great Christmas gift request!! Be sure to share this with your friends!

…and the award goes to

Congratulations to all the 2014-15 season nominees. NIETF was pleased to present the following awards at our 23rd annual Gala on October 25, 2015 at Avalon Manor in Merrillville. Thanks to everyone who participates, produces, and attends live theatre each year for making this one night a celebration of an entire year of excellence.

2014-2015 NIETF AWARD WINNERS

PLAY AWARDS

Overall Best Play: Angels of Lemnos, Chicago Street Theatre

Excellence in Direction of a Play: Justin Treasure, Cobb, Chicago Street Theatre

Excellence in Set Design of a Play: Eric Brant, Frankenstein, Chicago Street Theatre

Excellence in Lighting Design of a Play: Bob Cooley, Frankenstein, Chicago Street Theatre

Excellence in Sound Design of a Play: Mary A. Bird, Angels of Lemnos, Chicago Street Theatre

Excellence in Costume Design of a Play: Kat Lutze, Waiting for Godot, 4th Street Theater

Best Actress in a Principal Role in a Play: Barbara Baker Malangoni as Mildred Sloan, Squabbles, Hammond Community Theatre

Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Kelley Weisenbacher as Marcy/Ruby/Clarabell, Angels of Lemnos, Chicago Street Theatre

Best Actor in a Principal Role in a Play: Jason Utesch as Nathan Spandrel, Angels of Lemnos, Chicago Street Theatre

Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Don Taylor as Girtie, Angels of Lemnos, Chicago Street Theatre

Viewers’ Choice in a Play: Best Ensemble: Ty, Mr. Cobb, Peach, Cobb, Chicago Street Theatre

 

MUSICAL AWARDS

Overall Best Musical: Jane Eyre, 4th Street Theater

Excellence in Director of a Musical: Glenn Hering, Jane Eyre, 4th Street Theater

Excellence in Musical Direction of a Musical: Jeff Otto, Jane Eyre, 4th Street Theater

Excellence in Vocal Direction of a Musical: Linda Pauli, Jane Eyre, 4th Street Theater

Excellence in Choreography of a Musical: Rachel Livingston, 25th Ann Putnam Co Spelling Bee, Crown Point Community Theatre

Excellence in Set Design of a Musical: Dutch Williams, Willy Wonka, Crown Point Community Theatre

Excellence in Lighting Design of a Musical: Wayne Wendell, Jane Eyre, 4th Street Theater

Excellence in Sound Design of a Musical: Angela Heid and Wayne Wendell, Jane Eyre, 4th Street Theater

Excellence in Costume Design of a Musical: JoBeth Cruz and Christina Pals, Mystery of Edwin Drood, Memorial Opera House

Viewers’ Choice in a Musical: Best Use of Projection: Glenn Hering, Jane Eyre, 4th Street Theater

Best Actress in a Principal Role in a Musical: Laura Simmons as Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre, 4th Street Theater

Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Caroline Rau as Mrs. Fairfax, Jane Eyre, 4th Street Theater

Best Actor in a Principal Role in a Musical: Gary J Mion as Tevye, the Dairyman, Fiddler on the Roof, Genesius Guild

Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Andy Polomchak as Leaf Coneybear, 25th Ann Putnam Co Spelling Bee, Crown Point Community Theatre

Excellence in a Cameo Role in a Musical: Martin Downs as Subway Ghost, Ghost the Musical, Genesius Guild

 

HONOREE AWARDS

Outstanding Achievement: Jim & Dona Henry

Presidential Award for Excellence: Valparaiso Theatrical Company

Project C.A.S.T: Valparaiso Theatrical Company

Volunteers of the Year:

               4th Street Theater: Suzi Chomel

               Beatniks on Conkey: Rich & Cindy Wotkun

               Chicago Street Theatre: Marty Weisenbacher

               Crown Point Community Theatre: Marc Ryser

               Dunes Summer Theatre: Jamie Frankle

               Gary Shakespeare Company: James D. Severa

               Genesius Guild: Larry Hinken

               Hammond Community Theatre: Kali Rasala

               L’arc en Ciel Theatre Group: Lori Souronis

               Memorial Opera House: Bob & Judy Tyler

               Valparaiso Theatrical Company: Steve Zana

And the Nominees are…

NIETF is proud to announce the Nominees for the 2014-15 season. There were 24 viewable plays and 14 viewable musicals. Please join us in thanking our NIETF viewers for a year of excellent service and numerous hours and join us in congratulating everyone who does community theatre – including this year’s nominees.

The Nominees for Overall Best Play are:
Angels of Lemnos, Chicago Street Theatre
Cobb, Chicago Street Theatre
Freud’s Last Session, Crown Point Community Theatre
Squabbles, Hammond Community Theatre
Waiting for Godot, 4th Street Theater

The Nominees for Excellence in Direction of a Play are:
Eric Brant and Daena Sisk, Angels of Lemnos, Chicago Street Theatre
Justin Treasure, Cobb, Chicago Street Theatre
Becky Jascoviak, Freud’s Last Session, Crown Point Community Theatre
Wayne Puchkors, Squabbles, Hammond Community Theatre
Steve Rohe, Waiting for Godot, 4th Street Theater

The Nominees for Excellence in Set Design of a Play are:
Eric Brant, Angels of Lemnos, Chicago Street Theatre
Justin Treasure and Vicki Zimmerman, Cobb, Chicago Street Theatre
Eric Brant, Frankenstein, Chicago Street Theatre
Marc Ryser, Freud’s Last Session, Crown Point Community Theatre
Paul & Angie Lowe and Lori Souronis, Murder at the Howard Johnson’s, L’arc en Ciel Theatre Group
Abigail Campbell and Adam Woolever, Private Lives, Memorial Opera House

The Nominees for Excellence in Lighting Design of a Play are:
Bob Cooley, Angels of Lemnos, Chicago Street Theatre
Bob Cooley, Frankenstein, Chicago Street Theatre
Angela Heid, Freud’s Last Session, Crown Point Community Theatre
Bob Cooley, Hamlet, Chicago Street Theatre
Sandra Assarian, Waiting for Godot, 4th Street Theater

The Nominees for Excellence in Sound Design of a Play are:
Mary A. Bird, Angels of Lemnos, Chicago Street Theatre
Justin Treasure and Vicki Zimmerman, Cobb, Chicago Street Theatre
Mark Baer, Frankenstein, Chicago Street Theatre
Angela Heid, Freud’s Last Session, Crown Point Community Theatre
Scott “Stretch” Miller, Private Lives, Memorial Opera House

The Nominees for Excellence in Costume Design of a Play are:
Satoe Nagasaka, Angels of Lemnos, Chicago Street Theatre
Stephanie Naumoff, Frankenstein, Chicago Street Theatre
Stephanie Naumoff, Much Ado About Nothing, Gary Shakespeare Company
Stacy Kelly Ruiz, Christina E. Pals and Andrew Brent, Private Lives, Memorial Opera House
Kat Lutze, Waiting for Godot, 4th Street Theater

The Nominees for Best Actress in a Principal Role in a Play are:
Stephanie Naumoff as Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing, Gary Shakespeare Company
Linda Slankard as Arlene Miller, Murder at the Howard Johnson’s, L’arc en Ciel Theatre Group
Deborah M Haddad as Amanda Prynne, Private Lives, Memorial Opera House
Barbara Baker Malangoni as Mildred Sloan, Squabbles, Hammond Community Theatre
Donna Kuhn as Olive, The Odd Couple, Crown Point Community Theatre

The Nominees for Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Play are:
Kelley Weisenbacher as Marcy/Ruby/Clarabell, Angels of Lemnos, Chicago Street Theatre
Kay Wagman as Bea, Lovers and Other Strangers, Beatniks on Conkey
Christina E Pals as Sibyl Chase, Private Lives, Memorial Opera House
Marcia Gienapp as Clairee Marmillion Belcher, Steel Magnolias, Valparaiso Theatrical Company
Mary DeBoer as Mrs. Sanchez, Tammy: Story of a T-Rex, Chicago Street Theatre

The Nominees for Best Actor in a Principal Role in a Play are:
Jason Utesch as Nathan Spandrel, Angels of Lemnos, Chicago Street Theatre
Michael Lerner as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, Chemical Imbalance: Jekyl and Hyde, Beatniks on Conkey
Earle Howe as Dr. Sigmund Freud, Freud’s Last Session, Crown Point Community Theatre
William B. Milhans as Prof. C.S. Lewis, Freud’s Last Session, Crown Point Community Theatre
Bruce Jung as Paul Miller, Murder at the Howard Johnson’s, L’arc en Ciel Theatre Group
Steve Rohe as Abe Dreyfus, Squabbles, Hammond Community Theatre
Donald Beck as Vladimir, Waiting for Godot, 4th Street Theater

The Nominees for Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Play are:
Chuckles Brady as Judge Weaver, Anatomy of a Murder, Crown Point Community Theatre
Don Taylor as Girtie, Angels of Lemnos, Chicago Street Theatre
Garrett Wilson as Oscar Charleston, Cobb, Chicago Street Theatre
William Milhans as Trip Wyeth, Other Desert Cities, Hammond Community Theatre
George Maslankowski as Pozzo, Waiting for Godot, 4th Street Theater

The Nominees for Viewers’ Choice in a Play are:
Best Ensemble: Ty, Mr. Cobb, Peach, Cobb, Chicago Street Theatre
Best Use of Projection: Justin Treasure and Vicki Zimmerman, Cobb, Chicago Street Theatre
Best Use of Special Effects and Pyrotechnics, Frankenstein, Chicago Street Theatre
Best Stage Crew/Set Changes, Lovers and Other Strangers, Beatniks on Conkey

 

 

The Nominees for Overall Best Musical are:
25th Ann Putnam Co Spelling Bee, Crown Point Community Theatre
Amahl and the Night Visitors, 4th Street Theater
Jane Eyre, 4th Street Theater
Les Miserables, Memorial Opera House
Mystery of Edwin Drood, Memorial Opera House

The Nominees for Excellence in Director of a Musical are:
KeriAnne Valuckis, 25th Ann Putnam Co Spelling Bee, Crown Point Community Theatre
Patty Bird, 25th Ann Putnam Co Spelling Bee, Memorial Opera House
David Long, Fiddler on the Roof, Genesius Guild
Glenn Hering, Jane Eyre, 4th Street Theater
Becky & Jerry Jascoviak, Willy Wonka, Crown Point Community Theatre

The Nominees for Excellence in Musical Direction of a Musical are:
Natalie Franks, 25th Ann Putnam Co Spelling Bee, Crown Point Community Theatre
Sharon Shepard, 25th Ann Putnam Co Spelling Bee, Memorial Opera House
Jeff Otto, Jane Eyre, 4th Street Theater
Chris Stalbaum, Les Miserables, Memorial Opera House
Chris Stalbaum, Mystery of Edwin Drood, Memorial Opera House

The Nominees for Excellence in Vocal Direction of a Musical are:
Natalie Franks, 25th Ann Putnam Co Spelling Bee, Crown Point Community Theatre
Linda Pauli, Amahl and the Night Visitors, 4th Street Theater
Jim Mollin, Fiddler on the Roof, Genesius Guild
Linda Pauli, Jane Eyre, 4th Street Theater
Lisa Woodruff Hedin, Les Miserables, Memorial Opera House

The Nominees for Excellence in Choreography of a Musical are:
Rachel Livingston, 25th Ann Putnam Co Spelling Bee, Crown Point Community Theatre
Kristin L. Gorski, Ghost the Musical, Genesius Guild
Glenn Hering, Jane Eyre, 4th Street Theater
Kathleen Dominiak-Treasure, Mystery of Edwin Drood, Memorial Opera House
Julie Breford, Willy Wonka, Crown Point Community Theatre

The Nominees for Excellence in Set Design of a Musical are:
Abigail Campbell and Adam Woolever, 25th Ann Putnam Co Spelling Bee, Memorial Opera House
Kevin Doler, Amahl and the Night Visitors, 4th Street Theater
Kevin Doler, Jane Eyre, 4th Street Theater
Abigail Campbell, Adam Woolever, Jason S. Gordon, and Scot MacDonald, Les Miserables, Memorial Opera House
Dutch Williams, Willy Wonka, Crown Point Community Theatre

The Nominees for Excellence in Lighting Design of a Musical are:
Matt Domasica, 25th Ann Putnam Co Spelling Bee, Crown Point Community Theatre
Angela Heid, Amahl and the Night Visitors, 4th Street Theater
Wayne Wendell, Jane Eyre, 4th Street Theater
Jeff Wozniak, Mystery of Edwin Drood, Memorial Opera House
Angela Heid, Willy Wonka, Crown Point Community Theatre

The Nominees for Excellence in Sound Design of a Musical are:
Scott “Stretch” Miller, 25th Ann Putnam Co Spelling Bee, Memorial Opera House
Wayne Wendell and Angela Heid, Jane Eyre, 4th Street Theater
Scott “Stretch” Miller, Mystery of Edwin Drood, Memorial Opera House
Steve Zana, Two by Two, Valparaiso Theatrical Company
John Milch, Willy Wonka, Crown Point Community Theatre

The Nominees for Excellence in Costume Design of a Musical are:
Stanlee K. Hodsden, Amahl and the Night Visitors, 4th Street Theater
Costume Committee, Annie, Memorial Opera House
Stanlee K. Hodsden and Kat Lutze, Jane Eyre, 4th Street Theater
JoBeth Cruz and Christina Pals, Mystery of Edwin Drood, Memorial Opera House
Breanne Pynakker, Willy Wonka, Crown Point Community Theatre

The Nominees for Best Actress in a Principal Role in a Musical are:
Adrien Brizzolara as His Mother, Amahl and the Night Visitors, 4th Street Theater
Antoinette Gomez as Oda Mae Brown, Ghost the Musical, Genesius Guild
Kassidy Norman as Molly Jensen, Ghost the Musical, Genesius Guild
Laura Simmons as Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre, 4th Street Theater
Anna Mosoriak as Cosette, Les Miserables, Memorial Opera House
Molly Babczak as Miss Deirdre Peregrine/Rosa Bud, Mystery of Edwin Drood, Memorial Opera House

The Nominees for Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical are:
Rachel Livingston as Logianne SchwartzandGrubenierre, 25th Ann Putnam Co Spelling Bee, Crown Point Community Theatre
Caroline Rau as Mrs. Fairfax, Jane Eyre, 4th Street Theater
Kendra Vanderstar as Helen Burns, Jane Eyre, 4th Street Theater
Amanda Dietrich as Madame Thenardier, Les Miserables, Memorial Opera House
Trinidad Snider as Fantine, Les Miserables, Memorial Opera House

The Nominees for Best Actor in a Principal Role in a Musical are:
Gary J Mion as Tevye, the Dairyman, Fiddler on the Roof, Genesius Guild
Ric Heath as Edward Fairfax Rochester, Jane Eyre, 4th Street Theater
JJ Boylan as Jean Valjean, Les Miserables, Memorial Opera House
Jordan Chaddock as Javert, Les Miserables, Memorial Opera House
Kevin Sherman as Mr. William Cartwright/The Chairman, Mystery of Edwin Drood, Memorial Opera House

The Nominees for Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical are:
Andy Polomchak as Leaf Coneybear, 25th Ann Putnam Co Spelling Bee, Crown Point Community Theatre
Michael Glorioso as William Barfee, 25th Ann Putnam Co Spelling Bee, Crown Point Community Theatre
Zachary Gipson as Mitch Mahoney, 25th Ann Putnam Co Spelling Bee, Memorial Opera House
Tim Slatton as Robert, Jane Eyre, 4th Street Theater
Andy Polomchak as Marius, Les Miserables, Memorial Opera House

The Nominees for Excellence in a Cameo Role in a Musical are:
Kevin Sherman as Bert Healy, Annie, Memorial Opera House
Martin Downs as Subway Ghost, Ghost the Musical, Genesius Guild
Andrew Brent as The Bishop of Digne, Les Miserables, Memorial Opera House

 

2015-16 Viewers Elected

Members of the board, current viewers and member theatre representatives elected a slate of new viewers for 2015-16. There are 13 returning viewers and 16 new viewers. Play viewers will judge approximately 25-30 plays over the season, while musical viewers will judge 12-20. NIETF held an extensive training for viewers to understand excellence in all the technical categories as well as acting, directing, and designing. It is a huge time commitment and the theatre community is forever in their debt. Thank a viewer when you see them!

For the complete list of viewers for 2015-16 click here.

NIETF Scholarship Winner Announced

Congratulations to Maddie Blaney, recipient of the 2015 NIETF Scholarship. We were able to surprise her over the weekend with the presentation. This is what she had to say…
“The NIETF organization is one of the best things one could ever be apart of. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to be half as successful in the theatre arts as I hope to be! It is truly an honor to represent them as I go off to college. Thank you so much NIETF!!”
We look forward to seeing more great things from you, Maddie!

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Theatrepalooza 2015!

Lamar Board

Are you ready to be entertained? Do you need a good laugh or a moment to ponder?

The region will shine with the glow of the spotlight as you sit back, laugh, and awe at the amazing talents of local actors.

Theatre companies from across NWI will present short shows or excerpts of longer ones in a showcase format. In the lobby, you’ll find booths from each of the theatres with information on their upcoming shows, classes, auditions, and volunteer opportunities. Audience members will have a chance to win some great door prizes as well!

Excerpts include: The Sunshine Boys, The Last Five Years, Young Frankenstein, Shakespeare, and more!

Join us Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 2:30 pm in the Monbeck Auditorium of Highland High School for this FREE THEATRE FESTIVAL.

Reserve your seat here: http://theatrepalooza15.bpt.me

This event is made possible by a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission, South Shore Arts and the generous partnership of Ideas in Motion Media.

ANNOUNCING: NIETF Scholarship Deadline is June 15!

Are you or do you know a high school senior or college undergraduate student majoring in one of the theatre arts?
Apply for the NIETF Scholarship before June 15.

The NIETF Scholarship is open to residents of Lake, Porter or LaPorte Counties in Indiana. The applicant must be a high school senior or undergraduate student. The applicant must show proof of having worked in or on a production with a NIETF Theatre (Full, Associate, or School Member Theatres are eligible). Applicant must choose or have chosen as a major one of the following fields of study: Visual & Performing Arts, Dance, Theatrical Design, Dramatic Arts, Fine Arts, Music, Theatre Arts. Scholarship applications including this form and the required supplemental information (reference letters, transcript) are due June 15, 2015. Scholarship award winner will be announced at Theatrepalooza, August 2, 2015 at Highland High School.

Apply here: http://bit.ly/NIETFscholarship2015