Alumni on stage

Six Characters in Search of an Author  Dec. 2 – 10 in IPFW Studio Theatre
Vince Rainelli can be seen in the rear looking at the two actors.
When Sicilian-born Luigi Pirandello (1867-1937) won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1934, he was widely known as the author of intricate philosophical comedies. One in particular, Six Characters in Search of an Author, had catapulted him onto the international scene in the early 1920s, leading to acclaimed performances all over Europe and the Americas.

The setting and the initial style of Six Characters… is very familiar to audiences worldwide. A professional acting troupe gathers on stage to rehearse Pirandello’s The Game of Role Playing. The troupe is comprised of the requisite players including a prompter, stage manager, director, technician, actors, secretary, crew members; in essence, a representation of the hustle and bustle of professional theatre. Professional to the point that the director wants the impudent leading lady…

Six Characters in Search of an Author
By Luigi Pirandello
Directed by Bev Redman
Studio Theatre in Kettler Hall 
Dec. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10          8:00 p.m.
Dec. 4              2:00 p.m

Tickets are $16 and under 
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Christmas Spectacular

 Christmas Spectacular tickets go on sale today at noon. $4 presale/$6 at the door.  We will have our popular Cookie Walk also that night. $8 fills a box with homemade goodies.

Christmas Parade


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Weekly Schedule 11/21

Monday 3:30 – 9 Classic Connection choreography with Dwight

Tuesday 6 – 9  Christmas Parade.  Meet at the Fairgrounds – Beef barn @ 6 pm.  Parade starts at 7 pm.

Parade route from Fairgrounds – 16th street West to Main Street north to 9th Street East to Cedar North to Downtown Courtyard Park.  Lighting of Frosty!

Wednesday – Sunday  – Thanksgiving Holiday!



Article about COLE in the Star

An evening of ‘Cole’ cast a magic spell

Lou Ann Homan-Saylor  Posted: Friday, November 11, 2016 11:00 pm  The Star

Just when I think Indiana’s Bicentennial has slowed down, DeKalb High School comes roaring through with their marvelous show, “Cole.” With a large red circle on Nov. 5 on my calendar, I knew that I would consider it a date! I phoned my friend, Mary, and we made plans!

The night was so beautiful as I stepped out of my Jeep that I had to take a photo of the November waxing moon before going into the high school. As we entered the make-shift box office (a table filled with tickets in a file box) it was obvious the night would be a sellout. The woman was taking orders on the phone while handing out tickets and taking our money. It was just $5 a ticket. What a deal for a Saturday night!

Since I had ordered the tickets ahead of time, we had the opportunity to sit next to the stage sharing the table with singers. We were escorted to our table by a young man in a tuxedo who handed us our programs with a professional, “Enjoy the show!” I was already in love with the production! The gym had been transformed into a Cabaret night club with the stage in the middle. An old piano was on the stage with a blue light and old fashioned microphones adorned each corner. All that was missing was the blue smoke from cigarettes and cigars and perhaps the clinking of martini glasses from the bar. As it was we bought KitKats and bottled water!

Promptly at 7:30 p.m., looking as dapper as a New York director, Kent Johnson took to the center of the stage to welcome everyone. As he spoke the cast of singers and dancers came in through the side doors. The young men were also in tuxedos and the young ladies in short glittery silver dresses. Two settled in at our table. We all nodded and kept on listening to Kent speak. I had to smile to myself as he spoke of convincing the students to do a show about Cole Porter. “Who?” they all asked. Then convincing them to do a show in the round and then mingling with the audience during the show.

With special thanks to his wife, Shelley, and former students, Josh Sassanella and Audria Carter, he bowed and left the stage. Thunderous applause followed and preceded Hunter Grate as he took his place at the piano and the show began. With my program in front of me, I followed these young people on the journey of the life of Cole Porter as song after song, choreographed to perfection, entertained the audience.

I can’t begin to mention all of the cast, but a few stood out for me in the evening. Analyse Coutlee stole the show with her version of “Lost Liberty Blues.” With a quick change of clothes, Samantha Owsley and four couples, sang “I Love Paris in the Springtime.” It was beautifully done!

In between songs the narrations kept us informed of the life of Cole Porter. Porter was born in 1891 in Peru, Ind., thus letting us claim him as our own. His colorful life was marked by time at Yale and Paris where he lived a marvelous life with fabricated stories for the American press.

Too soon the first half ended with a full cast singing “Tomorrow.” Just as I was enjoying more KitKats and water, Kent Johnson came strolling over to chat at my table. I gushed over the show. Sometimes I am not sure everyone understands the hours and days and months of work that goes into a show such as this.

The second half began with new young people at our table, and this time the girls were in red sequined dresses. I know I sighed when Kamryn Moreland finished singing “In the Still of the Night,” one of my all-time favorite Porter songs. As professional and lovely as the songs were, I wasn’t prepared for the rollicking rendition of “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” by Malek Brown, Jacob Samuelson and Colin Becker. It was marvelous.

The evening ended with their last song, “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye.” I really didn’t want to leave, but the gym lights were turned on and they had already started to strike the show.

No matter what, the magic spell of a Cole Porter evening could not be broken.

Thank you, DeKalb High School, for a show well done!

Alumni featured in Productions Mag

This month’s Production Magazine has an article about the Singing Hoosiers and Brandon Park and Adele Pouderier are both seen prominently in the pictures.   To see the article yourself, go to

Weekly Schedule 11/14

Monday: 5-6 Dynamix with combo; 6-9 CC;    Boys costumes

Tuesday: 6-9 SS with John; Spring and Christmas Choreography




Giving Party

A big THANK YOU to all who attended, supported, worked and organized our show choir annual Giving Party.  It was a great night of sharing stories, good food and entertainment and raising money for the show choirs.

Cole! Update



COLE, the life and times of Cole Porter opens on Friday November 4th and continues on Saturday November 5th.  This show tells the story of Cole Porter – one of Indiana’s premier songwriters   Born in Peru Indiana, Cole Porter wrote timeless music like Night & Day, I Get a Kick Out of You, You’re the Top, Anything Goes, and on and on.  This show was an officially endorsed Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project.

Spring Schedule

DeKalb Show Choirs will be attending the following competitions this spring ~

January 14 – Belmont HS Decatur IN

January 21 – Twin Lakes HS Monticello IN

January 28 – Bishop Dwenger HS Ft Wayne IN

February 4 – TBD

February 10/11 – DeKalb Invitational.  New this year – Middle Schools moved to Friday Night.

February 18 – Ben Davis HS Indianapolis IN

February 25 – Franklin Central HS Indianapolis IN

March 4 – DeKalb Hosts District Jazz State Qualifier

March 11 – Bishop Luers HS Ft Wayne IN

March 18 – STATE Finals Plainfield HS Plainfield IN