Purdue Calumet Theatre 50-Years On Campus Begins This Weekend

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April 21, 2014 — Purdue University Calumet– The Purdue University Calumet Theatre Co. celebrates 50 years of campus performances with its April 24-27 presentation of “Places!”, a retrospective review of scenes and songs performed by the Company during the past five decades.

“Places!” will be presented at 7 p.m., April 24-26 and concluding with a special performance and reception at 3 p.m., April 27, which retired Theatre Company founder and first director Maurice “Bud” Dixon is expected to attend. Performances will be held in the intimate, 75-seat YJean Chambers Hall on the third floor of the Student Union & Library. 

“Places!” will include memorable moments from “Twelve Angry Men;” “The Teahouse of the August Moon;” “Twelfth Night;” The Odd Couple;” and “Our Town,” as well as selections from such musicals as “Gypsy;” “Chess;” “Assassins;” “Baby;” “Kiss Me, Kate;” “Dreamland Burning;” “Pump Boys and Dinettes;” and “Working,” among others.

Though Purdue Calumet does not offer a performing arts study program, its Theatre Company has presented more than 100 shows performed by hundreds of students and community members.

“Over the years, we have had talented students willing to put in the long hours, commitment and hard work of producing a play or musical because they LOVE IT and it’s FUN!” Director Corya Kennedy Channing said. “Students who have gravitated to theatre and performance enjoy expressing themselves in this classic art form. Many of our students come to us from area high schools that have strong theatre programs.” 

Assisting Channing, the fourth director in Theatre Company history, with the production of “Places!” is musical director Patricia Hales. Several scenes will be student-directed. Past Theatre Company performers are invited back to campus for the golden anniversary celebration of performances.

Advance ticket reservations are highly recommended throughthe Treatre’s Facebook page,  or via email:

Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for Purdue Calumet students displaying their student identification card. At the door cash sales will take place as long as seats remain available.

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