For Immediate Release
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June 13, 2001
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Theatre Northwest Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary
With the 1940s, Swing and WWII Memories

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Theatre Northwest will take audience members back in time to Wartime America in the 1940s with the musical production, Over Here! scheduled for June 21 through June 24. As part of the celebration, wartime veterans will be recognized after each production and The Veterans Memorial Parkway will present a display honoring Americans who fought in war. 

With music and lyrics by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, Over Here! is a nostalgic ride back to the big band era taking place on a train full of World War II draftees heading for Europe. The DePaul Sisters (aka the Andrew Sisters) are along for the ride in search of a new member for their singing group. They find her in Mitzi, who turns out to be a Nazi spy with a slinky Dietrich manner and secret lipstick microphone. Along the way, there are 17 big band song and dance numbers that set the pace for the train-ride adventure.

In its 40th year, Indiana University Northwest’s Theatre Northwest began with a troupe of five local actors that appeared in the comedy, Bell, Book and Candle. Their effort launched locally produced plays that would eventually evolve into IU Northwest’s Bachelor of Arts degree program starting in 1974. Since that time, Theatre Northwest’s entire season has been produced exclusively by campus students and faculty with an open-casting policy offered to the community. 

Jerry R. Taylor, associate professor of theatre and chairperson of IU Northwest’s performing arts program has been with the department for over 19 years and serves as director of most of the season’s productions. He has directed and/or designed nearly 250 college/university productions, and has also acted in numerous roles. A graduate of Ball State University and West Virginia State College, Taylor was the recipient of the Gulf-Life Insurance Grant to study theatre in England, and also received the Kennedy Center Festival Award of Merit for his direction of the 1997 Theatre Northwest production, All My Sons.

Over Here! will begin at 7:30 p.m. on June 21, 22, and 23, and on Sunday, June 24 at 2:30 p.m. Theatre Northwest is located on the campus of Indiana University Northwest in Tamarack Hall. For more information – or to make reservations, telephone 219-980-6810 or email at Reservations can also be made on line at

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