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2019-2020 Season

We are pleased to announce our 2019-2020 Season


Outside Mullingar

by John Patrick Shanley

Produced with special arrangements with Dramatist Play Service

Performances: November 8 -24, 2019

Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that—due to his painful shyness—suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, watching the years slip away. With Anthony’s father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. But then, in this very Irish story with a surprising depth of poetic passion, these yearning, eccentric souls fight their way towards solid ground and some kind of happiness. Their journey is heartbreaking, funny as hell, and ultimately deeply moving. OUTSIDE MULLINGAR is a compassionate, delightful work about how it’s never too late to take a chance on love.



Written by Yasmina Reza

Translated by Christopher Hampton

Produced with special arrangements with Dramatist Play Service

Performances: March 13-29, 2020

How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art? One of Marc's best friends, Serge, has just bought a very expensive painting. It's about five feet by four, all white with white diagonal lines. To Marc, the painting is a joke, but Serge insists Marc doesn't have the proper standard to judge the work. Another friend, Ivan, though burdened by his own problems, allows himself to be pulled into this disagreement. Eager to please, Ivan tells Serge he likes the painting. Lines are drawn and these old friends square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures. As their arguments become less theoretical and more personal, they border on destroying their friendships. At the breaking point, Serge hands Marc a felt tip pen and dares him: "Go on." This is where the friendship is finally tested, and the aftermath of action, and its reaction affirms the power of those bonds.


Closer than Ever

Music by David Shire

Lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr

Produced with special arrangements with Musical Theatre International

Performances: June 19 - July 5, 2020

A look into the private song vault of Richard Maltby, Jr., and David Shire (BigStarting Here, Starting NowBaby), the review, Maltby and Shire's Closer Than Ever, is filled to the brim with the brilliance for which these musical theatre giants are known.

Closer Than Ever is a nonstop exploration of everyday struggles in the "modern world." Topics ranging from unrequited adoration... to aging... to Muzak are tackled with resounding sincerity and precisely placed hilarity. Each song is a unique story told by a new character, taking audiences, not only into the songbook of Mr. Maltby and Mr. Shire, but into the minds of the individuals facing these completely relatable challenges.


7th Annual 10 Minute Play Festival

Performances: August 21 - 30, 2020

A series of 10 Minute Plays.  Watch our website or facebook page for submission dates, instructions and other details on the festival.


The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde

Produced with special arrangements with Dramatist Play Service

Performances November 6-22, 2020

This is a classic comedy of manners in which two flippant young men, in order to impress their respected beloveds, pretend that their names are "Ernest", which both young ladies believe confers magical qualities on the possessor.  First performed on February 14, 1895 at the St Jame's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personae to escape burdensome social obligations.  A satire of Victorian social hypocrisy, The Importance of Being Earnest is considered Oscar Wilde's greatest dramatic achievement.  Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make it Wilde's most enduringly popular play.


Special Events

We will have several special events throughout the year.  Watch our website and facebook for these announcements!


Audition once announced will be posted at Auditions page and on our facebook page.

2019 10 Minute Play Selections

2019 10 Minute Play Selection


The 10 Minute Play Festival reading committee had the difficult task of reading all the shows and narrowing it down to just 8 plays. After much debate, we are ready to announce this year’s 10 Minute Plays. Here are this year’s plays  


By: Mike McGeever   Characters: MARIE, 26, a graduate student in Physics GABE, 40, a Physics Professor   Synopsis; Marie, a graduate student in physics waiting for a train, encounters a stranger who suggests a route that will change her life forever.    

The Elimination Round

By: Carl L. Williams   Characters: FENRICK………..wealthy man seeking to eliminate an unwanted wife MORGAN………..hitman engaged to do the eliminating GENEVA…….…..the unwanted wife who resists being eliminated PRISCILLA.……..Fenrick’s wife-to-be and finalist in the elimination round   Synopsis: A wealthy man engages a hitman to kill his wife so he can marry a new love. The hitman, however, proves to be an even shrewder businessman in negotiating a better deal.  

Goodbye Itzy-Bitzy

By Betty Robinson   Characters: Ben and Annie Mickey – An elderly couple   SYNOPSIS Today’s the day! Ben and Annie are leaving their home to move into a retirement community. Though they have discussed this move many times, Annie is very upset. Their dog, Itzy-bitzy can not go with them because they can not afford the $900 dollar pet deposit. Ben has promised they will save up the money and in six months bring Itzy-Bitzy home. A niece is caring for the dog. Annie says she has called a taxi and is leaving to pick up Itzy-Bitzy and live on the streets because their daughter should have moved into their home and taken care of them. Years ago, Ben did that for his mother causing Annie to run off to Mexico for some time. Ben says she is running away, again. “If you don’t realize that we are responsible for caring for each other, then just go! Two wrongs do not make a right.” Both Ben and Annie must deal with what happened in the past and what needs to happen now. The unexpected happens at the end and Annie does not have to say goodbye to Itzy-Bitzy  

Budget Airlines Flight 711

By: Bruce Guelden   Characters: TODD …. about 35, professional MARY …. about 30, a loose cannon, spunky JENNA …. about 30 CAPTAIN SMITH (voice only) .…no-nonsense, southern drawl   SYNOPSIS: This play is about a struggling airline company and its dysfunctional flight crew.  


by Scott M ullen   Characters:   TOM (60s-70s). An aging man in a thin coat. QUINN (female, 20s). Just out of the army. Thin coat. JENNY (20s). Quinn’s girlfriend   Synopsis: When two veterans meet on a bus station bench, their differences are clear, but ultimately they find common ground as well  

You Haven’t Changed a Bit

By Donna Hoke   Characters: LEN: Old man LOTTIE: Old woman   SYNOPSIS: Lottie has never been to a high school reunion; Len has been to them all. Their 70th is a first for them both.  

About Time

By Robin Baron   Characters: JIM A man, around 50 years old. DIANE A woman, around 50 years old.   Synopsis: Time is just about up for Jim’s watch and clock store when Diane helps him discover a new way to spend his leisure time.  

Office Hours

by Bryan Harnetiaux   Characters: Eleanor Price – mid 50’s; a college professor – seemingly the ultimate professional Nicole Seversen – mid/late 20’s; edgy and unhinged in appearance   Synopsis: Nicole goes to confront a college professor about plagiarism.  

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Press Release – The Bridges of Madison County

4th Street Theater presents

The Bridges of Madison County, the Musical

Chesterton’s 4th Street Theater presents The Bridges of Madison County, The Musical. Forbidden love, self-discovery, summertime secrets and lust abound in this stage adaptation based on the novel by Robert James Waller. Book by Marsha Norman. Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. When Robert, a ruggedly handsome National Geographic photographer, shows up in the driveway of Italian beauty, Francesca, to ask for directions, sparks immediately begin to fly. Francesca, a dutiful wife and mother, suddenly finds herself questioning her past as she contemplates the possibility of a bright new future. Her family has gone to the Iowa State Fair, leaving her to enjoy some much needed alone time. But Robert’s appearance has Francesca daydreaming about anything but being alone. When she closes her eyes, she sees Robert. Until now, her heart has only belonged to her husband and their children. Her husband, a former American serviceman, rescued her from Naples, the most bombed city in Italy. Did she not still owe him her loyalty for providing her an escape route from the death and destruction she left behind, never again to return? Or, was it time for Francesca to rediscover herself, in ways she could have only imagined just a few short days ago? And what about Robert? Until now, he had been comfortable living a nomadic life, looking at the world through his camera lens. Was it time for Robert to discover himself, to remove the camera lens cover that seemed to always separate him from becoming a part of the world around him?

The music will delight you as it draws you into the deceptively simple story of Robert and Francesca. There is a very bluesy feel to it, exciting your soul and your senses. The big talent at this little theater never disappoints. Also bountiful at 4th Street Theater is the incredible sense of camaraderie, as I was reminded of while  sitting down with ensemble member, Brian Brophy, his hands full of paint from helping to build the set. It seems that many members there wear many different hats, always ready and willing to lend a hand when needed.

Director, Glenn Hering, is excited to bring this musical piece to the stage of 4th Street Theater and he proudly proclaims his cast members and crew as both talented and dedicated. Cast members include: Scott Hayes of Monee, IL as Bud, Bob Penney of Valparaiso as Charlie, Kristi Peterson of Chesterton as Marian/Chiara, Michael Ruff of Chesterton as Michael, Holly Schroeder of LaPorte as Marge, Scott Sowinski of Flossmoor, IL as Robert, Georgina Tyderek of Hammond as Carolyn, and Sheree Wheeler-Gudeman of Kouts as Francesca.

Music Director: Jeff Otto, Vocal Director: Linda Pauli,

Production Supervisor/Stage Manager: Jude Tanter

When: May 24, 25, 31, June1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9, 2019

Sundays at 3:00 pm, all other performances at 8:00 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 @ brownpapertickets.com

Patti Pretzel, Publicist for 4th Street Theater

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/