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Towle Theater production named Event of the Year

M M Productions presents 'Merry Christmas George Bailey' 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 Center Stage Studio Theatre 227 Center St. Hobart

M&M Productions presents "Merry Christmas George Bailey" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Center Stage Studio Theatre, 227 Center St., Hobart, Ind. | Photo provided~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 15, 2013 6:10AM



The Towle Theater’s production of “A Fabulous ’50s/Swank ’60s Christmas” has been chosen as the Event of the Year by the the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority.

The award was presented earlier this month at the SSCVA’s annual holiday party.

“A Fabulous ’50s/Swank ’60s Christmas” started as “A Fabulous ’50s Christmas” a decade ago and this year added the 1960s to the mix. The variety show pays homage to the Perry Como and Andy Williams Christmas specials of that era, complete with original vocal arrangements and commercials.

The Event of the Year award recognizes the valuable contribution the Towle Theater makes to the entertainment and economic development of Hammond and the region at large.

Jeff Casey, managing director of the theater, said, “It’s always nice to have your work acknowledged. So often the efforts of small not-for-profit organizations are overlooked, but not in our case. We are very fortunate to have the support and recognition of the community.”

Casey is also the director of the show and the cast includes Rebecca Bradford, Megan DeLay, Heather Michele Lawler, Sarah Jean Mergener, Carol Rose and Leslie Allison Smith.

“A Fabulous ’50s/Swank ’60s Christmas” runs through this weekend (Dec. 16 is final show) and a limited number of tickets are available. Call the Towle box office at (937-8780 for reservations.

George Bailey in Hobart

M&M Productions will present “Merry Christmas George Bailey” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Center Stage Studio Theatre, 227 Center St., Hobart.

The production is a version of a 1940s-style radio show that recreates the 45-minute radio production of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” complete with the LUX Soap commercials and a live sound effects table, music from the season between acts, and complementary holiday cookies and punch.

The cast includes Garry St. Martin, Melinda Reinhart, Jacob Reinhart, Lucas Reinhart, Steve Elser, Debbie Elser, Will Akins and Carl Holden.

Call 947-4922 for reservations or more information.

‘Judgment’ in Crown Point

The Crown Point Community Theatre will present “Judgment at Nuremberg” as its annual courtroom drama in the historic courthouse on the downtown Square.

Set three years after the most important Nazi leaders had already been tried for crimes against humanity, “Judgment at Nuremberg” focuses on a trial of four German judges for their actions during the Nazi regime, including sterilization and cleansing policies.

The plot follows Judge Dan Haywood, the chief justice in the case from North Carolina, as he attempts to understand how such atrocities could happen in such a cultured country and how the people could not have known about the Holocaust. At the same time, the Cold War has started and many people want the trials to end and to forget the past.

The play is based on the 1961 Oscar-winning film starring Spencer Tracy, Judy Garland, Maximilian Schell, Marlene Dietrich, Burt Lancaster and William Shatner and is recommended for mature audiences only due to subject matter.

Written by Abby Mann and directed by Rob Kranc, the cast features Wayne Puchkors, Andy Leahy, Marc Ryser, William Milhans, Tony Cortina, Laurie Reyna, Jordan Parsons, Tim McCarthy, Ed Griffith, Debbie Johansen, Amy Aurelio, Dutch Williams, Mark Tobecksen, Roxann Poor, Scott Keene and Melanie Witham.

“Judgment at Nuremberg” will run from Jan. 18-27. Call 805-4255 for reservations or more information.



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