Footlight Players open 68th season with “Crimes of the Heart”

Seated (from left): Lauralee Sikorski, Kathy Chase, Bobbi Lauritsen. Standing (from left): Alexander Bonner, Candace Archer, Jon Winey.

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The Footlight Players of Michigan City will open their 68th season with Beth Henley’s dark comedy, “Crimes of the Heart,” directed by Janice Rice and assisted by Anthony G. Holt.

The story takes place in Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters, Lenny (Kathy Chase), Meg (Bobbi Lauritsen) and Babe (Lauralee Sikorski) are gathered to receive news about the health of their grandfather. Along the way they encounter grave yet often hilarious problems highlighted by their priggish cousin Chick (Candace Archer), an old beau (Jon Winey) and an awkward young lawyer (Alexander Bonner). The set design by John Avila and lighting by Anthony G. Holt will transport you back to a simpler time in the South where a cool lemonade on the front porch is the perfect way to spend a summer day.

Opening night is Friday, Aug. 11, with additional shows on Aug. 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, and 20. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger, and $10 for everyone on Thursday, Aug. 17. Visit the Footlight website for a coupon offer. The theater is located at 1705 Franklin St. in Michigan City.  Reservations are strongly suggested and may be made by calling the theater at (219) 874-4035 or visiting

Auditions Aug. 13-14 for “Moonglow”

Footlight Players will be holding auditions for their fall production of Kim Carney’s new play, “Moonglow.” Director John Avila is looking for 3 male actors and 4 female actresses all ranging from 17-80 years of age. The story is about 2 elderly residents of a nursing facility, both on the brink of Alzheimer’s, forming a loving bond that at times of lucidity becomes strained. Audition dates are Sunday and Monday, Aug. 13-14, from 7-9 p.m. at the theater, 1705 Franklin St., Michigan City. The performance dates are Oct. 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, and 15. For more information, contact the show’s producer, Bobby Komendera, at (219) 879-5840.

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