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Theatre Northwest set to kick off Spring 2007 season with Student Showcase, dance festival

Local students to appear in trio of humorous one-act plays as part of January production

Theatre Northwest will kick off its spring lineup of stage shows at the Indiana University Northwest Tamarack Hall Theatre on Jan. 26 with the 2007 Spring Student Showcase. This year, the Showcase will feature three one-act comedies that deal with the language of courtship and the imperfect relationship between love and words.

This year’s Showcase productions include: Horton Foote’s “Blind Date,” directed by guest director Earl Howe, of Lansing, Ill., and featuring student performers Guy Hendricks and Jen McMullian of Crown Point, Derek Mikolajczyk of Valparaiso, and Lisa Walstra of Hobart; David Ives’ “Universal Language,” directed by 2006 IU Northwest theatre and communication alumna Lori Farver of Merrillville, and featuring student performers Charlie Scanlon of Lake Station and Sara Holst of Gary; and Ives’ “The Philadelphia,” also directed by Farver, and featuring student performers Robert Wilson and Vicky Lemmon of Gary and Alexander Hernandez of Portage.

All three Showcase plays will be performed back-to-back during 8 p.m. evening shows on Friday, Jan. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 27, and during a 2:30 afternoon performance on Sunday, Jan. 28. Tickets cost $10 each. For more information or to make reservations, contact the IU Northwest Department of Performing Arts at (219) 980-6810.

In February, Theatre Northwest shifts its focus from drama to dance as the IU Northwest Dance Company presents “Festival of Dance” on Feb. 23, 24 and 25. The show will feature multiple dance forms, including modern and lyrical dance, musical-theatre jazz, hip-hop, salsa/merengue, and even swing dancing!

The IU Northwest Dance Company features eight students, two faculty members and three dancers from the community. Adjunct Prof. Megan Lindsay of the Department of Performing Arts is director of the company. In addition to performing, student and faculty company members have the opportunity to set choreography for the show.

“Festival of Dance” will also feature guest performances from the Indianapolis-based swing-dance group The Dig-a-Doos and the Chicago-based modern-dance company Rebound Dance. The Dig-a-Doos take their name from the Duke Ellington tune “Diga Diga Doo.” The group features six members from Indianapolis and six others from Northwest Indiana. Rebound Dance was founded in 2003 by Lindsay and three other Chicago dance professionals. The company specializes in modern dance routines that utilize distinctive choreography, live music and visual art to enhance the spectacle of the performance.

“Festival of Dance” will unfold on stage at 8 p.m. on Feb. 23 and 24, and at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 25. Tickets cost $10 each. For more information or to make reservations, contact the Department of Performing Arts at (219) 980-6810.

On March 24 and 25, Theatre Northwest will present the Theatre for Youth Production “Aladdin & the Magic Lamp,” directed by Associate Prof. Jerry Taylor. Taylor brings this timeless tale to the stage in all its enchanting glory, complete with flying carpets, dancing genies, a dastardly villain, a princess with attitude, and a courageous young man who finds a grand adventure and much more when he stumbles upon the magical lamp of the title.

“Aladdin & the Magic Lamp” will light up the Tamarack Hall stage at 2:30 p.m. on March 24 and 25. Tickets cost $10 each. For more information or to make reservations, contact the Department of Performing Arts at (219) 980-6810.



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