Department of Performing Arts
Theatre Northwest's 2011-2012 Season
The musical group New Element is categorized as a "unique blend" of many styles of Irish/Celtic/Rock music played with a contemporary feel. The group has been playing in the Chicagoland area for the last 13 years and is having tremendous success from their performances. Their uniqueness derives not only from their musical skills but also from their high energy stage show. Their sound and personality are very warm and unique as New Element takes its audiences on a "musical roller-coaster" that is a must see.
October 23, 2011 2:30 p.m.Bergland Auditorium
Theatre Northwest's 50th Celebration Gala
November 12, 2011
Reckless by Craig Lucas
It's Christmas Eve, 1983. Rachel, mother of two, is deliriously happy. That is, until she discovers that her husband has taken a contract out on her life! What follows is the absurdly dark, insanely funny story of Rachel's reckless ride through guilt, game shows and the gutter in search of serenity and redemption.
November 10th, 11thand 12th, 2011 7:30 p.m.
November 13th, 2011 2:30 p.m. Theatre Northwest at Arts on Grant
South Shore Dance Alliance
South Shore Dance Alliance, a performing company and dance studio in Northwest Indiana and the flagship occupant of the new South Shore Centre for the Arts in Gary's Miller neighborhood. Home to award-winning dancers, instructors, and choreographers, South Shore Dance (SSDA) was founded on principles of strong work ethic, outstanding discipline, technical expertise, and a love and passion for dance that is embraced by students, performers, and audiences alike.
February 26, 2012 2:30p.m. Bergland Auditorium
Wiley and the Hairy Man by Suzan Zeder
Wiley is a little boy with big potential! Join him, his magical Mother and his dutiful Dog as they journey deep into the Mississippi swamp on a quest to trick the Hairy Man and become "the best conjurer in the whole southwest county."
Thursday, Apr 5, School Performance, 9:30am
Friday, Apr 6, Public Performance 12pm
Tuesday, Apr 10, 2 School Performances 9:30am and 12pm
Friday, Apr 13, 2 School Performances 9:30am and 12pm
Saturday, Apr 14, Public Performance, 2:30pm
Sunday, Apr 15, Public Performance, 2:30pm GO
Wednesday, Apr 18, 2 School Performances, 9:30am and 12pm
Thursday, Apr 19, 2 School Performances, 9:30am and 12pm
Friday, Apr 20, 2 School Performances, 9:30am and 12pm
Baby with the Bathwater by Christopher DurangHelen and John are very unprepared for parenthood. They can’t seem to name the baby. John thinks it’s a boy, but Helen says the doctors said they could decide later. When the baby cries, they can’t quite decide what to do. To their rescue comes Nanny – who enters their apartment as if by magic, and is full of abrupt shifts of mood, first cooing at the baby soothingly, then screaming at it. In subsequent scenes, John and Nanny have an affair, Helen takes baby and leaves, only to come back a moment later rain-soaked and unhappy. (“Well if it isn’t Nora five minutes after the end of A Doll’s House,” says Nanny.) At some point they finally name the baby Daisy, and as a toddler, Daisy has a penchant for running in front of buses; or for lying, depressed, in piles of laundry. We hear an alarming essay Daisy has written in school, and the principal, the terrifying Miss Willoughby, is oblivious to the essay’s cry for help, and instead gleefully awards it an A for style. Finally, we meet Daisy – dressed as a girl, but otherwise a polite, confused young man. In a “jump cut” sort of scene, we follow his years and years of therapy, where he alternates feeling depressed and angry, and is unable to complete his Freshman essay on Gulliver’s Travels for over 5 years. In the end the play comes full circle as the former Daisy and his young bride fondly regard their own baby—forgiving of the past but determined not to repeat its calamitous mistakes.
June 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 7:30 p.m.
June 24th, 2:30 p.m.
All performances will take place at Theatre Northwest at Arts on Grant.