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Elkhart's Premier Arts Is Back On The Lerner Theater Stage

Courtesy Premier Arts

Premier Arts, the Resident Theatre of the Lerner Performing Arts Center, will open its fall production, “The Sound of Music,” on Thursday, Oct. 8. It will be the company’s first show back on the Lerner stage after a summer of outdoor performances.


Premier Arts put on two shows at the Wellfield Botanical Gardens, which Executive Artistic Director Craig Gibson said was a great venue. But, he said the company is happy to be back in the Lerner.

"Being back with fully realized scenery and lighting, it certainly makes you appreciate what you have,” Gibson said.

Still, the fall production has had its challenges. Gibson said they had to “punt and pivot” when cast members came down with COVID-19.

“A few weeks ago, we had some members of the cast who had to bow out for their 14 days, which took them, unfortunately, out of the show," Gibson said. "We’ve gotta be a little more fluid than we’ve ever had to be.”

But, that’s what Gibson said makes “The Sound of Music” the perfect show to start an unusual fall season. 

“The theme is moving forward through adverse times, so, just kind of taking that theme and going as long as we can,” Gibson said.


“The Sound of Music” will run through Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Lerner Theater.


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Gemma DiCarlo came to Indiana by way of Athens, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2020 with a degree in Journalism and certificates in New Media and Sustainability. She has radio experience from her time as associate producer of Athens News Matters, the flagship public affairs program at WUGA-FM.
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