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‘Rhapsody in Swing!’ gets ready for China

Updated: January 22, 2013 6:14AM



South Shore Orchestra, Carnegie Arts Center and South Shore Dance Alliance are collaborating to take a Northwest Indiana community theater show to tour China later this month.

“Rhapsody in Swing!” is an original musical love letter of the greatest hits from the jazz and swing era featuring music from Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and other composers.

JoBeth Cruz is directing the production, with vocal direction by Lisa Woodruff Hedin, musical direction by Troy Webdell and choreography by Larry Brewer. The tour also includes a 17-piece jazz orchestra.

The cast features Kyrie Anderson, Lindsey Foreman, Mary Herrod, Summar Jonas, Michael Ohm, Jeff DeBoer, Michael Greenlief, Joshua Ishmon, Kyleen Linsemeyer and Bryce Shaffer.

A single preview performance of “Rhapsody in Swing!” will be performed at 8 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Ave., in Valparaiso. Tickets are free, but reservations are required. Call the box office at 548-9137 for reservations.

‘The Fantasticks’

The 4th Street Theater in Chesterton will hold auditions for its upcoming production of “The Fantasticks” at 7 p.m. Jan. 7 and 8.

“The Fantasticks” is one of the longest-running musicals of all time. It is an allegory about two fathers who pretend to feud in order to trick their children into falling in love.

The 4th Street Theater is at 125 N. 4th St. Call 926-7875 for more information.

‘Guys and Dolls’

The Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso has announced the cast for its 2013 production of the classic Broadway musical “Guys and Dolls.”

The production will run Feb. 22 through March 10 and will be directed by Craig Golbesky with vocal direction by Chris Stalbaum and choreography by Molly Vass. “Guys and Dolls” features music and lyrics by Frank Loesser
and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows.

The cast includes John Peluso, Sheree Wheeler-Gudeman, Luke Bouman, Mary Kay Steele, Jordan Chaddock, Michael Pals, Tom Knoerzer, Adam Woolever, Tim Slatton, Michael “Doc” Kuhn, Mona Loomis, Patrick Pohrte, Krista King, Amy Hubbard, Andrea Bertsch, Isha Leon, Judy Riggle, Joy Hathaway, Katie Marak, Donna Rettew, Elizabeth Powers, Maddie Blaney, Nathan Bouman and Matt Shutske.

Call the box office at 548-9137 for reservations or more information.

‘Beautiful Bodies’

The Crown Point Community Theatre has released the cast list for its production of “Beautiful Bodies,” which will run Feb. 8-17.

Directed by KeriAnne Valukis, “Beautiful Bodies” is a tale about women’s friendships and life choices. Although the title of the play might suggest a focus on the physicality of women’s bodies and the ever-present question of what is beautiful, the play focuses on the dynamics of female relationships.

When six women in their 30s gather on a stormy winter night at a New York apartment to celebrate the pregnancy of one of their friends, they’re expecting an evening of wine, fun and gossip. Their true feelings surface in all their wonderful, funny, endearing and heart-wrenching glory. In the end, they all find out a little more about one another than they had bargained for.

The cast includes Jena Bellezza, Mandy Dietrich, Caitlyn Desjardins, Rebecca Fortner, Kerry Fitch and Jen Williams.

Call the theater at 805-4255 for reservations or more information.



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