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2023 Canterbury Summer Theatre Season

Join us for 55th anniversary season of productions---a summer of comedy, love, music, drama and thrills---performed at the intimate Canterbury Theatre in the vibrant Uptown Arts District in Michigan City!

The Violet Hour
By Richard Greenberg
June 14-17

It’s April 1st, 1919, and the young independent publisher John Pace Seavering is setting up his office: a couple of dilapidated rooms in a Manhattan tower. With only enough capital to publish one book, John finds himself besieged by two authors. Denny McCleary, John’s brash and gifted college friend, has produced a manuscript so large, it lives in a trio of crates. . But John is also being lobbied to publish the memoirs of Jessie Brewster, the popular black jazz singer who is also John’s very secret mistress. As John deals with these two, another drama is playing out in the outer office--a mysterious machine has arrived and is spewing out stacks of pages while John’s hapless assistant strives vainly to stem the flood. However, what's written on these pages will throw John’s every hope and plan into disarray!

Dames At Sea
Book and Lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller
Music by Jim Wise
June 21-July 1

A long-running off-Broadway hit, which brought stardom to newcomer Bernadette Peters, this delightfully campy show revels in nostalgia for Hollywood musicals of the '30s. Sweet little Ruby from faraway Hometown, U.S.A. has come to the big city make her mark on Broadway. Who should she chance to meet but another boy from Hometown, U.S.A.: Dick, a sailor, who also has ambitions as a songwriter. Ruby begins in the chorus, and by the end of the day, in true Hollywood fashion, Dick saves her doomed Broadway show with a smash tune and Ruby becomes a star on the deck of a battleship, which just happens to be passing by. Dames at Sea is a non-stop ride of romance, laughs and musical delights!

The Pin-Up Girls
by James Hindman and Jeffrey Lodin
July 5-15

From The Andrew Sisters to hip-hop! From World War I to Afghanistan. The Pin-Up Girls sing a cavalcade of hits inspired by letters home from our troops overseas! While singing at their local VFW hall, Leanne and her friends stumble upon a huge stash of letters that go back a hundred years. Inspired by what they find— funny, romantic, heartbreaking and… sexy— the ladies put on a show that celebrates the guys and gals who fight to defend our country!

Honky Tonk Angels
by Ted Swindley
July 19-29

When three gutsy gals from different backgrounds take charge of their lives, they decide to follow their honky tonk dreams to the city of Nashville. Combining 30 classic country tunes (including “Stand By Your Man,” “9 to 5,” “Harper Valley PTA” and more!) The Honky Tonk Angels is a hilarious, foot-stomping good time from the creator of Always…Patsy Cline!

Scotland Yard
By Jeffrey Hatcher
August 3-5 (No Wednesday performance)

In the last decade of the twentieth century, a beautiful young woman in nineteenth-century clothing is found floating on an iceberg in the middle of the North Atlantic. When rescued, she says only one word: Titanic. The woman, Winifred, is taken to an isolated spot on the coast of Maine where an expert on the sinking of the liner, a mysterious man named John, has arranged to interrogate her for six days. His goal: to crack her story, get her to confess she’s a fake, and reveal her true identity; his one clue: her enigmatic references to an unknown place called “Scotland Road.”. By the play’s end, one of the characters is dead, all the character’s identities have been questioned, and John and Winifred’s shared secret is revealed as they make one final journey to Scotland Road!

See all five shows for $80 with our Season Discount Cards!

For information regarding tickets, please call (219) 874-4269, or e-mail

Summer Performance Times

Wednesdays    2:00 PM
Thursdays--Saturdays    7:00 PM

Student, senior and group discount ticket rates available

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