As I continue to run about NW Indiana, I keep passing by the Towle Theater in Hammond. I heard about this theater at Paul Henry's Art Gallery. In fact, they are right next to each other, sharing the same rear parking lot. So, from all this passing by, I needed to do something about it so I contacted the Towle Theater. Thank you Jeff for letting me in!
The current production is the musical Ordinary Days. To respect the musical, I am going to use the names of the characters in this blog. This will help you connect to the musical when you go see it. Do realize it is the cast that made it delightful. So with that, let me first introduce you to the main characters and cast with some brief photos . . .
The story of the musical is great. I am neither a columnist nor a critic. So I will not even attempt to go there. What I am is a multi degree engineer that as of late, wished he followed his art instead of engineering. I see things, I make things go, and now I want to change from engineering to art and have you see what I see through my writing and photography. I want to show you Warren's and my ordinary that is all around us, the daily obstacles that Deb and I share, the ups and downs with relationships that Claire, Jason, and I endure, and to show you things we seem to pass by every day. Ordinary days in NW Indiana.
I can also relate to Claire and Jason. I remember arguing with my girlfriend, then later that same person as my wife. In fact I remember our first big argument when we were dating. I left sad, knowing that I wanted to win her heart, and for reasons she knew and not me at the time, she was fearful to give her heart. As I drove home I could not help but feel this is the girl I want to marry, to live the rest of my life with. So I stopped at a store that was still open, walked around, bought a popcorn popper (okay laugh), went back to her apartment, and well, won her heart, at least for 15 years.
Though individual characters, they later cross paths, becoming intertwined in the play of life. Is that it in a nut shell? No, not really. Each of us are unique because of our experiences, so go experience this musical!
Both additional characters were important to the musical. They helped connect the audience to the visual of city life, and the story the characters were telling.
The "Woman" was played by Abby Ogrentz. My son and I both recognized Abby from one of Paul Henry's Thursday night JAMs.
The production staff included the director, vocal/music director, lighting design, set design, and light board operator. Though credits are normally in that order, I am going to reverse it for good reason.