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Theatre at the Center announces Black Friday deals on 2018 season

Black Friday—November 24—from 9:00am to 2:00pm only

Information provided by Big Splash PR

MUNSTER, Ind. (November 15, 2017) – Theatre at the Center has just announced a special pricing opportunity for theater-goers—subscriptions for the 2018 season will be reduced to $140 for five hours on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. The offer is valid in person or by phone: 219-836-3255, and applicable fees may be involved.

2018 Mainstage Productions
Linda Fortunato
The subscription includes five mainstage shows, and Linda Fortunato, Artistic Director of Theatre at the Center (TATC), has announced the mainstage titles for the 2018 season.

Fortunato will direct three of the five productions, including Steel Magnolias, which will launch the 2018 season. Forever Plaid and The Lady with All the Answers are the spring and summer shows. In the fall, Fortunato will also direct Ghost: The Musical, a stage adaptation of the 1990 Academy Award-winning film. Closing the 2018 season, she will direct and choreograph Meredith Willson’s Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical, inspired by the 1947 classic film.

Steel Magnolias (February 22–March 25, 2018) is a hilarious and heart-warming play set in a Louisiana beauty shop. It follows the hopes, dreams, triumphs, and tragedies of six colorful characters. Inspired the 1989 film which starred Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, and Dolly Parton, it’s a story exploring the bond between a mother and daughter, and the friendships of those who feel like family.

Spring welcomes Forever Plaid (May 3–June 3, 2018), one of the most popular and beloved of musical revues. “The Plaids” are a quirky quartet of high school chums in the spotlight for the biggest performance of their lives. Their spirited antics and comic banter weave together such hits as “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “Heart and Soul,” and “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing” in this playful tribute to the close harmony of “guy groups” of the 1950s.

An up-close and personal introduction to the real Ann Landers awaits audiences in The Lady with All the Answers (July 12–August 12, 2018). Popular advice columnist Ann Landers had a life that seemed letter-perfect. With more than 90 million readers each day, she had a quick wit which could be comical and creative, as well as sharp and shocking, all in the same sentence. The play unfolds in Landers’ Lakeshore Drive apartment in 1975, where she shares some of her most fascinating stories as she prepares to write the most difficult column of her career.

In the fall, Ghost: The Musical (September 13–October 14, 2018) is the musical adaptation of the 1990 Academy Award-winning film sharing the love story of Sam and Molly. After Sam’s untimely death, he tries to protect Molly from an unknown threat. In an attempt to communicate with her, he enlists the help of a storefront psychic to hilarious and harrowing effect. This tale about the power of love features a score by Grammy Award-winning songwriters Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard, and includes the classic “Unchained Melody.”

The holidays are celebrated with Meredith Willson’s Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical (November 15 – December 23, 2018), from the composer of The Music Man. Inspired by the beloved 1947 film, the musical brings today’s audiences the gift of music and laughter. After Santa encounters a skeptical little girl during the season of sharing and caring, a message about the importance of believing is made clear to all. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” became famous as one the memorable songs in this joyous favorite for all ages.

“In choosing Theatre at the Center’s 2018 season, I wanted to create a blend of different styles to engage our audience,” Fortunato said. “Through intimate plays, a beloved musical revue, a new musical, and a holiday classic, we will explore the bonds of friendship and family, of loves lost and found, and meet strangers who feel like family. I hope our audiences will laugh heartily, maybe cry a little, and enjoy some favorite music and songs as they join us for both familiar stories and new ones.”


Theatre at the Center mainstage show performances are 2:00pm Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30pm Fridays, 3:00 and 7:30pm Saturdays, 2:30pm Sundays, and select Thursday and Sunday evenings.

Ticket information

Individual ticket prices for the 2018 Mainstage Productions range from $42–$46. Tickets for any of the five mainstage shows of the 2018 season go on sale December 12. To purchase individual tickets, including the remaining shows of the 2017 Season, call the Box Office at 219-836-3255 or at 800-511-1552. Group discounts are available for groups of 11 or more, and gift certificates are also available. For more information about Theatre at the Center, visit

About Theatre at the Center

Founded in 1991, the 410-seat Theatre at the Center is a year-round professional theater at its home in The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana. Theatre at the Center is the only professional theater company in Northwest Indiana, offering downtown-caliber performances in an accessible venue with plenty of free parking.



Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
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