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Congratulations on the NIETF Awards

Congratulations to all the winners at the 26th Annual NIETF Gala.

4th Street received the following awards:

Presidential Award for Excellence – 4th Street Theater for The Red Kite Project

Viewers Choice in a Play – Foreign Language Use by Cast, The Primary English Class, 4th Street Theater

Principal Male in a Musical – Tyler Mills as Leo Frank, Parade, 4th Street Theater

Principal Female in a Musical – Kelly Bourget as Lucille Frank, Parade, 4th Street Theater

Featured Role in a Musical – Will Akins as Jim Conley, Parade, 4th Street Theater

Direction of a Musical – Linda Pauli, Ordinary Days, 4th Street Theater

Vocal Direction of a Musical – Linda Pauli, Parade, 4th Street Theater

Viewers Choice in a Musical – Projections/Paper Falling Effect (Angela Heid, Dan Watt), Ordinary Days, 4th Street Theater

Best Musical – Ordinary Days, 4th Street Theater

Volunteer of the Year – 4th Street Theater – Angela Heid

For a full list of the awards, please visit: http://nietf.org/2017-2018-award-winners/

Red Kite Treasure Adventure


RE: RED KITE TREASURE ADVENTURE for children on the autism spectrum

On September 15th, 4th Street Theater in Chesterton, will present the Red Kite Treasure Adventure, a free, interactive theater experience with live music and sensory moments written, created and performed by Chicago Children’s Theatre specifically for small audiences of young people, ages 4-14, on the autism spectrum. 3 performances are scheduled for 50 minutes each. Refer to the 4th Street Theater website for times and additional information. The theater is located at 125 N. Fourth Street in Chesterton.
The participating children will join the chivalrous Oswald and his precocious siblings on their harrowing journey to track down a rare Chinese vase. Their adventure leads them to Chinatown where they arrive just in time for New Year’s festivities, dragon puppets, fireworks and lanterns. After conquering their fears (and a sea serpent named Gong Gong) our heroes return home with a newfound appreciation for bravery, honesty and family tradition. Inspired by characters from Edith Nesbit’s The Story of the Treasure Seekers, this intimate production creates a safe and exciting theatrical environment for young people with autism and their families. Registration is required—absolutely no walk-ins will be allowed and it is not open for public viewing. Invited family members may attend.
• A parent or caretaker must accompany each child to the theater and will be able to sit near his/her child, though not in the performance space itself.
• Reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis through the 4th Street Theater website.
• For more information and registration, visit us online at www.4thstreetNCCA.com (click on the link to Red Kite Treasure Adventure). Parents may also contact Jude Tanter, producer and coordinator of the program, at (773) 791-0782 with specific questions and concerns.

If you know anyone who has an autistic child, please encourage them to take advantage of this very special event. The Red Kite Treasure Adventure is fully sponsored by Chesterton-Duneland Kiwanis, Chesterton Tri Kappa and Horizon Bank.

Ten Minute Play Cast List Announced

Thank you to everyone who submitted scripts, applied to direct, and/or auditioned. We had a terrific turn out this year.

The plays, playwrights, directors and casts for this year are:

LET ME WIN – by Chris Shaw Swanson

Director – Donna Rowland


Julie – Elli Bezotte

Coach – Michael Fish

Ashley – Jill Waterson

PERSONAL DEMONS – by Maryanne Truax

Director – George Maslankowski


Boy – Rodney Thornton

Girl – Auriel Lark Felsecker

CAMOUFLAGED NAILS – by Anthony L. Mariani

Director – George Maslankowski


Lisa Lumiere – Jill Ritchie

Officer Simmons – Kelly Denise Horton

Mrs. Griffin – Sandy Owens

Emma Hancock – Hillary Havlin

ALL THE DECORATIONS – by Dean Donofrio

Director – Tom Knoerzer


Sammie – Brian Brophy

Faye – Andrea Brophy

BEING FERRIED – by Marj O’Neill – Butler

Director – Peggy Glennie


Ashley – Kristin Duncan

Jean – Linda Lemond

Curt – Tyler Mills

GIVEN AWAY – by Greg Lam

Director – Amy Stepanek


Clarice – Sandy Owens

Beth – Katie Westlund


Director – Steve Rohe


Detective Toomey – Jerry Golvidis

Colfax – Joe Culley

SLOW BURN – by Brian Cox

Director – Bob Dure


Slavka – Diana Smoot

Alexis – Elli Bezotte

Doug – Rodney Thornton

READY TO SELL – by Tom Raber

Director – Jeff Schultz


Edward Moore – Tom Olson

Sheree – Auriel Lark Felsecker

Aunt Florence – Patricia Schulz


Director – LuAnne Pezel


Eunice – Millie Arocho

Theodora – Pattie Pretzel Howard

Randy – Francis Veltri

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Improv Comedy Nights

4th Street Theater:

Improv Nights

For Immediate Release

4th Street Theater is proud to be partnering with Improductions, LLC to bring you two different nights of improv. Makeshift up will be presenting their “Whose Line” Style improv on July 12 at 8pm. The Tony Stanzas is a musical improv group that will be improvising a musical on July 28th. Both shows will be at 4th Street Theater located at 125 N. Fourth Street Chesterton, IN. Tickets are $10.

Makeshift Up & The Tony Stanzas have performed in Grand Rapids Improv Festival, Chicago Improv Festival, The Chicago Improv Classic, and at a variety of northwest Indiana theaters and venues. Various members have performed and trained at Chicago improv powerhouses such as The Second City, iO Chicago, ComedySportz, and the Annoyance Theatre. For these special performances, they will be improvising based on audience suggestions.

4th Street Theater is a local nonprofit, community theater that has been a hometown staple in Chesterton and the Northwest Indiana region for nearly two decades. For more information on this show or the theatre, visit us online at 4thstreetncca.com or call 219-926-7875. For more information on The Tony Stanzas or Makeshift up, visit https://improductionsllc.com/

Call for Directors for the Annual 10 Minute Play Festival

Director Application for Ten Minute Play Festival

Do you want to direct in the 2018 Ten Minute Play Festival @ 4th Street Theater this year? The deadline to apply is June 30th

Auditions will likely be held in July and rehearsals will start as soon as casts are selected. Directors must be available for the auditions to see the actors and select their casts.

For questions about the festival, please contact Linda Pauli, Festival Producer, at lpauli2006@comcast.net.

Too Apply – go to

2019 Season

We are happy to announce our 2019 Season

All My Sons by Arthur Miller- March 2019
The Bridges of Madison County – Lyrics and Music by Music Jason Robert Brown and Book Marsha Norman – May/June 2019
6th Annual Ten Minute Play Festival – August
Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley – November 2019

Cast List for Peter & the Starcatcher

Cast List for Peter & the Starcatcher coming in November 2018 to 4th Street Theater

There was a great talented group that tried out & the director thanks you all for making this difficult for him.

Random order:

Cptn. Robert Falcon Scott – Jeff Schultz
Lord Leonard Aster- Timothy Slatton
Black Stache – Dean Perrine
Boy/Peter – Adam Gustas
Fighting Prawn/Grempkin – Matt Stinnett
Hawking Clam – Michael Thomas
Smee – Alexander Bonner
Prentiss – Jordan Dashiell
Molly Aster – Kelly Collins
Alf – Mark McColley
Bill Slank – Dean Johanson
Sanchez – Lilly O’Quinn
Mack – Vanessa Phipps
Pirate / ensemble – Aira Robbinson
Ted – Trinnis Marrow
Mrs. Bumbrake / Teacher – Donald Beck

Congratulations to all

Additional Auditions for Parade

We are having additional auditions for just the role of Leo Frank and two more featured roles for bari-tenors in Parade – on Sunday, April 8,. at 5:30 pm

Leo Frank
Our story’s tragic protagonist accused of murder. As National Pencil Factory Superintendent, Leo is neurotic and a serial pessimist. Though married to Lucille, he is physically and emotionally displaced. A White Jew from the North.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: Gb2

Show Performances:
Performances: May 25, 26, June 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, & 10
Thursday, Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 3:00pm

Additional Info at: http://4thstreetncca.com/parade/

Cast List Announced for Parade

4th Street Theater is pleased to announce the cast of Parade

Will Akins as Jim Conley/Ensemble
TJ Aubuchon as Britt Craig/Ensemble
Jená Bellezza as Angela
Kelly Bourget as Lucille Frank
Brian Brophy as Governor John Slaton/Ensemble
Matthew Byerly as Hugh Dorsey/Ensemble
Kelly Collins as Mary Phagan/Ensemble
Brendan Herr as Frankie Epps/Ensemble
Kelly Denise Horton as Minola McKnight
Larry Jortner as Luther Rosser/Ensemble
Manuel L. Longoria as Newt Riley/Ensemble
Victoria Luster-Bartz as Factory Girl/Ensemble
Madison Marsh as Factory Girl/Ensemble
Bob Penney as Judge Roan/Old Soldier/Ensemble
Dean Perrine as Leo Frank
Jordan Elaine Rice as Factory Girl/Ensemble
Jill Ritchie as Mrs. Phagan/Ensemble
Donna Rowland as Mrs. Slaton/Ensemble
Kendra Vanderstar as Iola Stover/Ensemble
Wayne Wendell as Tom Watson/Ensemble
Mary Yong as Fiddlin’ Jane/Ensemble

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