‘Blake by the Year’ captures college life
By Bob Craig Post-Tribune correspondent July 18, 2012 4:26PM
JoBeth Cruz won the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation award for Best Costumes in a Play for her designs for the production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Chicago Street Theatre in Valparaiso. Here, Daena Sisk plays Titania, Aram Arden is Oberon and Jason Kaplan stars as Puck. | Photo provided
Updated: August 21, 2012 6:13AM
Starving college student Blake Zolfo will return to the Towle Community Theater in Hammond for his second solo cabaret at 8 p.m. Aug. 10.
While most students take on part-time jobs, the Crown Point High School graduate decided to take advantage of his theatrical background and connections to help make paying for college easier.
Last summer, he partnered with the Towle Theater to produce his scholarship cabaret, “An Evening with Blake Zolfo.” And, after a year at the Boston Conservatory, he has been given the green light to produce another cabaret, titled “Blake by the Year.”
The one-night-only show is directed by Joyee Lin, and Cam Moncur will act as musical director.
Zolfo has performed as a vocalist for the Women’s Association of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Society and in the NWI Symphony’s Summer Concert Series. For the August cabaret, Blake will capture college life and his own personal collegiate adventure through story, song and dance.
The Towle Theater is at 5205 Hohman Ave. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.blakezolfo.com. To make phone reservations, call the box office at 937-8780.
Rainbow Bar and Grill
Catch the 4th Street Theater production of “Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grill” this weekend in Chesterton.
Written by Bruce Graham and directed by Larry Piotrowski and Jude Tanter, this apocalyptic play questions how we might react to the knowledge of when the world will end.
The cast includes Lucienne Doler, Steve Ellis, Lewis Jones, Michael “Doc” Kuhn, Kim Meyne, Matt Stinnett and Jeffry Steven Zimmerman.
“Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grill” runs through July 29. The 4th Street Theater is at 125 N. 4th St. Call 926-7875 for reservations or more information.
‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’
If you missed last weekend’s performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Central Park Plaza in Valparaiso, there are a few more chances to catch the production indoors at the Chicago Street Theatre.
Running through July 29, Shakespeare’s much-beloved comedy where mischief, mayhem, fairies, lovers and buffoons collide is directed by Eric Brant and Steve Holm and features a colorful set and inspired costumes.
The cast includes Barb Malangoni, Jasmine Lake, Kelsey Dougherty, Daena Sisk, Carly Smith, Jessica Howe, Robyn Rutar, Mary Bird, William Carns, Peyton Daley, Karl Berner, Jason Kaplan, Matt Hummel, Aram Arden, Jwordan Chaddock, Matt Byerly, Jim Drader, Glenn Silver, Rodney Thornton, Patrick Morley, Dan Matern, Heather Olsen, June Saavedra, Melissa D’Aloisio, Darrell Hobson, Bridie Jurasevich and Patricia Schulz.
All remaining performances will be at the Chicago Street Theatre, 154 W. Chicago St. in Valparaiso. Call 464-1636 for reservations or more information.