Category Archives: Family Fun

The Joffrey Ballet’s Chicago-centric Production of “The Nutcracker” is Magnificent

***** Highly Recommended ***** The Joffrey Ballet’s “Chicago-centric” version of “The Nutcracker”, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, is quite simply magnificent. By setting “The Nutcracker” against Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, Wheeldon gave the city a unique gift. I am in awe! Loved everything about “The Nutcracker”. 4 BIG Spotlights! The Joffrey Ballet’s production of “The…

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Spotlight on Lake association Jeffrey Leibham reviews “Cendrillon”

***RECOMMENDED*** Just in time for the holidays, Lyric Opera of Chicago has given all of the arts lovers in the area an incredible gift — their charming new production (which is a Lyric premiere) of “Cendrillon.” Beautifully directed by Laurent Perry (who also designed the fantastic costumes) and conducted by the esteemed Sir Andrew Davis,…

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A Charming Production of “Plaid Tidings”​ at the Towle

**** Recommended **** After fifteen years of “Fabulous Fifties Christmas”, the brain trust at Hammond’s Towle Theater, Jeff Casey and Kevin Bellamy, decided it was time for a change, but not a huge one. It’s still the ‘50s, but they’ve gone Plaid! The cosmic VIP has given the Plaids another chance for a concert, this…

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Goodman Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” is a Holiday Tradition

***** Highly Recommended ****** The Goodman Theatre’s 41st annual production of “A Christmas Carol”, which remains essentially the same from year to year, is a holiday tradition for many families, spanning generations. The Goodman lobby is festive with decorations and a sparkling holiday shopping area. Now in its 41st year, “A Christmas Carol” is once…

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“The Steadfast Tin Soldier” is a New Holiday Treat for Your Family

**** Highly Recommended **** If you’re looking for a special holiday outing for your family, Lookingglass Theatre’s production of “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” would be a really special treat. Featuring five uber-talented artists, amazing puppets, fantastical costumes and more, “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” is completely charming. Mary Zimmerman’s interpretation of the Hans Christian Anderson story…

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Theatre at the Center’s “Miracle on 34th Street” is Enchanting

My apologies to Theatre at the Center. I meant to get this review up sooner, but I’ve had some personal problems which prevented it. I’m soooo sorry for the delay! **** Recommended **** Theatre at the Center’s production of “Miracle on 34th Street” is a charming musical adaptation of the 1947 movie. This is your…

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Take Your Little Prince or Princess to see “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”

*** Recommended *** When I think of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”, I remember a pretty little village in France, and a beautiful castle on a hill. You won’t see either of those in Drury Lane’s production. Director Alan Souza has chosen to take this fairy tale to the dark side. It’s still a fairy…

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Come Back to ‘Hohman, Indiana’ in Marian Theatre Guild’s “A Christmas Story: The Musical”

Every family has their own holiday traditions. In my family it was “A Christmas Story”, the 1983 movie based on Jean Shepherd’s childhood anecdote, which became my children’s favorite Christmas movie. In fact, “You’ll shoot your eye out” has become a family catchphrase. Over the years it has become one of my favorite plays, although…

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indiana ballet theatre the nutcracker show

The Nutcracker Returns with 8 Show Dates

IBT presents “The Nutcracker” Everyone’s favorite holiday tradition is just around the corner — The Nutcracker. Indiana Ballet Theatre (IBT) will be performing its 21st annual performance throughout Northwest Indiana this year. Composed in 1892 by treasured composer Peter IIyich Tchikovsky’s, The Nutcracker, is one of the most memorable ballet classics. The colors and classical…

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Luhr Park Expands by 15 Acres with $200,000 Grant

The LaPorte County Park Department officially received a land donation of approximately 15 acres adjacent to Luhr County Park from the LaPorte County Park Foundation.  The land lies along the south border of the existing park and along County Rd. 150 West.  “This addition to Luhr is significant in many ways” said Park Superintendent Jeremy…

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