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The Unity Event will present historical musical 'Ragtime' Nov. 9 HighlHigh School's Monbeck Auditorium. Cast members include Ruthie Marfoe (from

The Unity Event will present the historical musical "Ragtime" on Nov. 9 at Highland High School's Monbeck Auditorium. Cast members include Ruthie Marfoe (from left), Michael McCrory, Colleen Peluso, Scott Fech, Nathaniel Wasko, Adrian Weaver and Qiana McNary.

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Updated: December 9, 2013 9:19AM



Carnegie Arts Center, Highland High School and South Shore Orchestra have joined to present the annual Unity Event, “Ragtime,” on Nov. 9.

The show will take place at the Monbeck Auditorium at Highland High School, 9135 Erie St. in Highland.

“Ragtime” is a powerful portrait of life in turn-of-the-century America.

Written by the composer-lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens and Terrence McNally, the musical is based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel of the same name.

The story examines the lives of the ordinary and the famous as they are all tied together while America grows into the great melting pot society.

Directed by Matt Domasica, the cast includes Colleen Peluso, Michael Greenlief, Adrian Weaver, Qiana McNary, Robin K. DaSilva, Michael McCrory, Nathaniel Wasko, Ruthie Marfoe and Christina Pals.

Other cast members include Scott Fech, Madolyn Hedin, Randy Ballesteros, Kevin Sherman, Bob Penney, Javon Goshay, John Peluso, Michael Pals, Don Ross, Geoff Bach, Maggie Amanatidis, Kate Lynn Edwards, Jimmy Smith and Cathy Mindeman.

The featured ensemble includes Anna Mosoriak, Brandon Melia, Emily Smith, Lauren Golson, Maggie Reister Walters, Sydney Reyes, Yolanda Agosto, Camille Wilson, Kara Munro, La’Rae White and Milagro Martinez.

The choir ensemble includes the Highland High School Varsity Choir, the Wirt-Emerson Visual and Performing Arts Academy Choir, Kristoria Cannon, Alex Traina and Deb Thinnes.

Tickets are available at the door or at brownpapertickets.com/event/461898.

Neil Simon’s ‘Rumors’

L’arc en Ciel Theatre Group will present Neil Simon’s comedy “Rumors” from Nov. 10-24 at Great Oaks Banquets, 13109 Wicker Ave., Cedar Lake.

The author of “The Odd Couple,” “The Sunshine Boys,” “Lost in Yonkers,” “Fools,” “Barefoot in the Park” and many others brings another laugh-a-minute farce to the stage in “Rumors.”

Directed by Paul and Angie Lowe, the cast includes Bruce Jung, Linda Slankard, Grant Fitch, Kali Rasala, Kathie Rosdil, Gary Mion, Alan Smith and Donna Griggs.

All shows are dinner theater format. Information: (219) 365-3197 or (219) 374-8000.

‘Night Watch’

The thriller “Night Watch” will be presented by Crown Point Community Theatre, 1125 Merrillville Road, from Nov. 15-24.

Written by Lucille Fletcher and directed by Stephanie Naumoff, the play centers on a woman troubled by unsettling memories and dark fears.

As her husband tries to comfort her, she thinks she sees a dead man and the police are called.

From there psychiatrists are called, and questionable characters enter the story until it reaches its chilling climax.

The cast includes Sherry Sweeney, Brandon Denton, Laurie Reyna, Will Dulin, Thomas Knoerzer, Sarah Denton, NaJeana Brown, Amanda Tomczak and Mario Dongu.

Information: (219) 805-4255 or cpct.biz.

Bob Craig is a local freelance writer.



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