The Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster, Indiana is just a stone’s throw across the Illinois border and offers a number of classes, exhibits and performances for lovers of the arts. The Theatre at the Center is a 410-seat rounded theatre that is the only professional theater company in Northwest Indiana and the quality of the experience is comparable to that of a professional theater in Chicago.
The current run of Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn continues through October 15. Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score, the musical follows some of Mark Twain’s classic tales along with music by Roger Miller.
I had the opportunity to see this masterpiece twice and couldn’t recommend it more. James Romney as Huck and Jonathan Butler-Duplessis, who plays the role of a slave named Jim, do an extraordinary job of portraying this unlikely friendship and the adventures they encounter along their journey.
Humorous and heartfelt, you’re completely transported to another time and place and enthralled by the story and each musical number. A feature of this performance that really helps to pull you in is that the music isn’t pre-recorded, nor are musicians placed in a pit or off-stage. The musicians are front and center on stage and actors move in an out from reciting lines to playing various instruments along side the band.
Don’t miss out on your chance to see Big River. Click here for tickets. The Theatre at the Center is located at 1040 Ridge Road in Munster, IN. Contact the Box Office at (219) 836-3255.