Musical gala planned to celebrate Dunes Arts Foundation’s 70th anniversary


The Dunes Arts Foundation will celebrate its 70th anniversary at a theater-themed gala celebration Saturday, June 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. 

“Dunes Through the Decades” will be an evening of dinner theater featuring Broadway hits from 1950-2020 musicals such as “My Fair Lady,” “Cabaret,” “Chicago,” “Les Miserables,” “Rent,” “Wicked,” and “Hamilton.” Foundation Guest Director Steve Scott will be master of ceremonies. Performers of Dunes Summer Theatre, which is overseen by the foundation, will sing the tunes.  

Gala tickets are $100 per person and include a sit-down dinner, a silent auction and a cash bar. The event will take place in the historic Barker Hall at Episcopal Trinity Church, a performance and event venue at  600 Franklin St. in the heart of Michigan City’s Uptown Arts District. Some COVID restrictions may apply, such as social distancing and masks. The event will be live-streamed for ticket holders who want to contribute but cannot attend in person. Auction items will be available to ticket holders at starting June 15. To purchase an 8-person table for $800, call 219-879-7509. 

The nonprofit Dunes Arts Foundation, formed in 1951, provides performances and fine arts that  inspire audiences and promote community spirit. 

Generations of audiences have attended dramatic, comedic and musical performances at Dunes Summer Theatre, said Clarence Hulse, executive director of the Michigan City Economic  Development Corporation. Hulse, president of the foundation board, said, “Now, with financial  support from individual donors and business and corporate sponsors, we are expanding outdoor performance spaces and refurbishing our site so we can offer a wider variety of entertainment options.” 

Gala tickets and event details are available at

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