Christmas Comes Alive On Stage in NWI

    The holiday season is one of traditions. Maybe you always see the same show, a Holiday Concert, go to the same tree-lighting, eat the same food. Many folks have tightly packed weeks of parties, dinners and family visits. Or maybe it’s time to start a new tradition! In Northwest Indiana there are many choices for the Holidays! Seeing a live theatre performance can be exciting and fun. There are even Family Theatre shows great for the entire family and also many musicals to see this year. See below for some ideas of community theatre productions going on in Northwest Indiana 2019.

HAMMOND, INDIANA
       “Beatnik Babe/ Boy Christmas,” Nov 30th and Dec. 1st  a Variety show. This show is filled with skits, songs, dance, comedy and fun. Several local actors and performers are chosen to provide various acts.  Look to see Kim Bernstein, Linda Slankard, Bonnie & Rip Johnson, Krystal Quagliara, Sharon Harbert, Stvee Kaminsky, and John Wotkun. Performed by Beatniks on Conkey, 418 Conkey St.,  $15 cash only, 418 Conkey St., 852-0848. www.Beatniksonconkey.com
      “Greetings,” Dec 6 to 15th, 2019; Andy has a sweet Catholic mother, a sour Catholic father and an intellectually disabled younger brother named Mickey. When he brings his Jewish atheist fiance to meet the folks on Christmas Eve, his worst fears about family blow-ups are realized. But when Mickey, whose entire vocabulary has been limited to “oh boy” and “wow,” suddenly spouts the word “Greetings!” the entire family’s belief system is turned upside down. For it seems an ancient, wise and witty spirit who is set upon healing the family’s wounds has borrowed Mickey’s body! Performed by Hammond Community Theatre, 418 Conkey St.,  Hammond, http://www.hammondcommunitytheatre.org (888) 928-6648.

   “Miracle on 34th Street Radio Play,” family musical 2019, Dec 6th thru Dec 22, 2019 at 8pm (Fri. & Sat: 8pm) Sun: 2pm, $19. This is one holiday treat that is truly “heaven-sent!”  This show sells out fast. Performed by Towle Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave, Hammond, 937-8780,  Read last year’s the Theatre Review HERE! 

LAPORTE, INDIANA

“Merry Christmas, George Bailey!” A radio play based on the 1947 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the Academy Award nominated film, It’s A Wonderful Life!
Adapted by Jim MacNeal for the Seneca Community Players’ production in December, 2003 as a stage radio reading Directed by:  Bonnie Quigley​ . Dec. 6th – Dec. 15th, 2019

Capture the spirit of the season with this holiday favorite, presented in radio-play tradition, that tells the timeless story. Performed by LaPorte Little Theatre, 7:30pm, 2 pm in Sun.,  218 ‘A’ Street, Laporte 219-362-5113, www.laportelittletheatreclub.com

 

The Nutcracker, Crown Point and Gary  
       The Nutcracker Live Dance Performance, Dec. 6th, 7th & 8th in Crown Point 2019 And 2 Shows on Dec. 14th at Indiana University. Breathtaking sets, beautiful costumes, beloved music, and, of course, wonderful dancing—what’s not to love about The Nutcracker? Make the holiday season especially magical for the children in your lives with this dream ballet that bewitches with its Sugar Plum Fairy and her handsome Prince, dancing snowflakes, and toys that really do come alive when little Clara falls asleep under the Christmas tree.

Performed by Indiana Ballet Theatre, 7 pm, $14-24755-4444, Click here for show dates!


MICHIGAN CITY   

    Presentation of Messiah- Dec 21st (7pm)  and Dec. 22nd, 2019     (2:30 pm to 5pm,)  121 W. 9th St., free but must have advance ticket to get a seat, professional soloists & 50 piece orchestra, First Presbyterian Church, 879-4501 www.fpcmicity.org. Click here for more. Find More Events in Michigan City, IndianaCLICK HERE!
MUNSTER, INDIANA
  White Christmas, musical, Nov. 14 to Dec. 22 2019,  Performed at the Center for Visual & Performing Arts, Wed & Thur: 2pm; Fri: 6:30 pm; Sat: 3pm & 8pm; Sun: 2:30pm 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster, 219-836-1930. Read last year’s Theatre Review HERE! To Find Out More Things to Do in Munster, Indiana Click HERE

VALPARAISO, INDIANA 


     “Santaland”  Nov. 22 to Dec. 14, 2019,
 A perfect way to ring in the holidays. Note! Couch seats available only by calling the box office, 219-464-1636, Ext. 1, Tue-Fri 12N-4PM/ Performed by award winning Chicago Street Theatre, 154  W. Chicago St., Valparaiso, IN 46383, $17, 8pm and 2:30 on Sundays, 219-464-1636, www.chicagostreet.org.
     “Miracle on 34th Street,” Weekend Performances: November 29 Through December 15, 2019.

Kris Kringle takes on the cynics in this musical adaptation of the beloved holiday classic. A holiday classic from the writer of the musical theatre classic The Music Man!, Based on the movie of the same name, Miracle on 34th Street The Musical features humor, spectacle and such beloved songs. Performed at the Historic Memorial Opera House, Downtown Valparaiso, Indiana. For tickets and more information, please visit: https://memorialoperahouse.com


Read More about Christmas in Northwest Indiana:

5 Holiday Traditions
What’s on Theatre Stage this year
Candlelight Tour in Laporte
Winter Lights Drive Thru – Valparaiso
Holly Days in Valparaiso
A Christmas Story Comes Home – Hammond Indiana
Christmas At Barker Mansion – Michigan City
Festival of Lights Drive Thru – Michigan City

 

Sue Baxter