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Cast List for The Bridges of Madison County

Thank you to everyone who auditioned. We are proud to announce the cast list for The Bridges of Madison County

Laura Blythe as Radio Singer/Ensemble

Brian Brophy as Ensemble

Sheree Wheeler Gudeman as Francesca

Scott Hayes as Bud

Bob Penney as Charlie

Kristi Peterson as Marian/Chiara

Michael Ruff as Michael

Holly Schroeder as Marge

Tim Slatton as Radio Singer/Ensemble

Scott Sowinski as Robert

Georgina Tyderek as Carolyn

Wayne Wendell as Ensemble

Christopher Woods as Ensemble

About the Show

Based on the best-selling novel, a forbidden love affair between a photographer and a housewife changes them forever.

Music and Lyrics by
Jason Robert Brown
Book by
Marsha Norman
Based on the novel by Robert James Waller.

Orchestrations by Jason Robert Brown

The Bridges of Madison County Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Directed By Glenn Hering
Vocal Direction by Linda Pauli
Music Direction by Jeff Otto

Based on the best-selling novel, and developed by the Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning creative team of Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Songs for a New World) and Marsha Norman, The Bridges of Madison County captures the lyrical expanse of America's heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question" "What if…?" Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations, this sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave audiences breathless.

Francesca Johnson, a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy, looks forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm when her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. When ruggedly handsome, National Geographic photographer, Robert Kincaid, pulls into her driveway seeking directions, though, what happens in those four days may very well alter the course of Francesca's life.


All My Sons

Chesterton’s 4th Street Theater presents Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. Family secrets, greed, lust and tragedy abound in this iconic drama directed by Steve Rohe. This production is based on a real incident that occurred in 1943 and was brought to Miller’s attention by his mother-in-law. Defective airplane parts were sold to the military, resulting in catastrophic consequences. The story revolves around the Kellers and the Deevers.  They had been neighbors and the men business partners. Their children grew up together.

Director, Steve Rohe, is a regular at 4th Street Theater and an avid Arthur Miller fan. Rohe has previously directed Crucible, as well as Enemy of the People (translation by Arthur Miller) and has performed in Death of a Salesman. He is excited to bring this dramatic piece to the stage of 4th Street Theater and he proudly proclaims his cast members and crew as both incredibly talented and dedicated.

Cast members include: Donald Beck of Michigan City as Joe Keller, Barb Malangoni of Valparaiso as Kate Keller, Rodney Thornton of Hobart as Chris Keller, Erin Shields of Chesterton as Anne Deever, Thomas Knoerzer of Portage as George Deever, Emily Gulbransen of Hobart as Lydia Lubey, Jeff Schultz of Valparaiso as Frank Lubey, Mark McColley of Valparaiso as Dr. Jim Bayliss and Laura Toops of Merrillville as Sue Bayliss.

Assistant Director: Victoria Luster Bartz, Stage Manager: Rea Robinson, Production Supervisor: Jude Tanter.

When: March 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 2019 at 8:00 pm and

March 17, 24, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Where: 4th Street Theater, 125 N. Fourth St., Chesterton

Cost: $20

Call to reserve seats: 219-926-7875 www.4thstreetncca.org or order tickets online @ https://allmysons.brownpapertickets.com

Patti Pretzel, Publicist for 4th Street Theater

All My Sons Cast List

All My Sons Cast List

Cast List:

Joe Keller ………… Donald Beck
Kate Keller…………Barb Baker Malangoni
Chris Keller………..Rodney Thornton
Anne Deever……….Erin Shields
George Deever……Thomas Knoerzer
Dr. Jim Bayliss……Mark McColley
Sue Bayliss…………Laura Toops
Frank Lubey……….Jeff Schultz
Lydia Lubey……….Emily Gulbransen


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Christmas Favorite to Return

Grant Fitch in his one man version of A Christmas Carol

Christmas Favorite to Return

4th Street Theater in Chesterton proudly presents Grant Fitch in the Charles Dickens holiday classic “A Christmas Carol.” This family favorite kicks of the holiday season on Saturday, November 24th at 7pm.

Grant Fitch, an award-winning local actor, and professional storyteller will perform his one-man version of the Dickens tale for one performance only on the 4th Street stage. Now in his 21st year of performing this timeless story, Fitch brings all the characters vividly to life. Meet the lovable Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, as well as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge along with Marley’s Ghost and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Even if you’re familiar with the many screen versions, Fitch includes scenes from the original novella rarely depicted on film.

Grant first developed his text for “A Christmas Carol” in 1997, and it has grown in performance with each passing year. It was the first story of many; he is today a professional storyteller, bringing picture books and silly stories to school kids, and giving dramatic readings of the works of authors from Mark Twain to Edgar Allan Poe. He has been acting on area stages nearly as long as he’s been storytelling. He has starred in, among others, “The Foreigner.” “My Fair Lady,” “Same Time, Next Year,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” and “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

Tickets for this one night only performance on Saturday, November 24th are available through Brown Paper Tickets as well as at the door. Tickets are $10 adult and $5 of children/students. 4th Street Theater is located at 125 N. Fourth Street in Chesterton, Indiana. Bring the family and begin your holiday season with this timeless classic.

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/