Portage resident LuAnne Pezel (left) plays Mother Abbess and Christine Marilyn Parry, of Crown Point, is Maria in "The Sound of Music" at the Chicago Street Theatre in Valparaiso, Ind. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 8, 2013 6:11AM
The holiday theater season is in full swing this weekend with a wide variety of plays and musicals to choose from.
Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic musical “The Sound of Music” continues this weekend at the Chicago Street Theatre, 154 W. Chicago St., Valparaiso.
A family favorite, the show includes many familiar songs including “So Long, Farewell,” “Do, Re, Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and “My Favorite Things.”
“The Sound of Music” follows the Von Trapp family as they experience the upheaval of their country at the beginning of World War II. When a postulant who proves too high-spirited for the religious life is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children, her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of their widowed father and they marry.
More than 100 children auditioned for seven roles in the play. Choosing the cast was “our biggest challenge,” co-director Kristen Bruss said.
The cast includes Christine Marilyn Parry, Richard Castleton, LuAnne Pezel, Jessica Rodriguez, Daniel Barajas, Maddie Blaney, Jack Schwartz, Ruthann Marfoe, Isabel Blaney, Maddi Ames, Andrew Flasch, Dana Samardzich, Matt Stinnett, Andrea Bertsch, Caroline Rau Geldernick, Daena Sisk, Rande Dawson, Allison Michna, Heather Ames and Joy Hathaway.
“The Sound of Music” runs through Dec. 15. Call the box office at 464-1636 for reservations.
‘Dashing Through the Snow’
The Hammond Community Theatre is presenting “Dashing Through the Snow,” opening this weekend and running through Dec. 16.
Directed by Don Taylor, this comedy takes place in the tiny town of Tinsel, Texas, where eccentric guests arrive at the Snowflake Inn and deck the halls with holiday humor.
The cast includes Leslie Evans, Steve Kaminsky, Kim Bernstein, John Wotkun, Kali Rasala, Angie Lowe, Kay Wagman, Linda Didelot, Larry Hinken, Sharon Harbert, Betsy Archer, Rhonda Lynn, Rachel Steigely and Don Taylor.
Performances are at Beatnik’s on Conkey, 418 Conkey St., Hammond. Call the box office at (888) 928-6648 for reservations.
‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’
The musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie” opens this weekend at the Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso, and runs through Dec. 16.
Directed by Scot MacDonald with musical direction by Chris Stalbaum, this dance-filled show follows young Millie Dillmount as she encounters and thrives in the rapidly changing world of 1922 New York City.
The cast includes Colleen Peluso, Andy Polomchak, Elise Riddell, Jessalyn Ayers, Krista King, Trisha Sabocik, Isha Leon, Christina Pals, Valerie J. Balogh, Amy Lowry, Mike Glorioso, Michael Pals, John Peluso, Amber Mills, Jacob Barber and Trinidad Snider.
Call 548-9137 for reservations.