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Residents who have a hankering to help the Town Theatre get up and running are encouraged to check out a bevy of new committees. Some groups will aid in restoration while others will target postconstruction operations.


FUND-RAISING: Spearheads events and projects that generate immediate and long-term dollars to rehab and run the theatre.


MEMBERSHIP: Develops and launches a “Friends of the Theatre” program to cultivate interest and raise funds.


PUBLICITY & MARKETING: Creates social media opportunities to increase awareness of events germane to the theatre.


VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENT: Supports every committee by tapping into the talents of local individuals and groups.


PROGRAMMING: Develops theatre performances that cater to the region and its interests.


OPERATIONS: Provides the technical expertise necessary to operate projection equipment.


MAINTENANCE: Provides general upkeep both inside and outside the building.





With work continuing to refurbish

the town’s vintage movie house,

the Theatre Board is looking to the

community to support the project

by becoming a founding member.

Membership levels from $20 to $75 are available. Benefits include:


•    Your name in the commemorative

    Town Theatre Booklet    

    acknowledging your support.

•    A VIP pass to an exclusive      

    Preview Event, including a tour of

    the newly renovated theatre and

    members-only reception.

•    Your personal invitation to the first

    annual corporate meeting of the

    Theatre Board.

•    A complimentary decal to show

    your support of the Town Theatre.




Keith Bruxvoort, retired Vice President of Finance

Strack & Van Til


Dawn Diamantopoulos, independent artist


Matt Domasica, Auditorium Coordinator, School Town of Highland


Dan Dunn: Communications Professor, Purdue Northwest


Michael Griffin: Town of Highland Clerk-Treasurer


Bruce Leep: Chairman Provision Theatre Company

professor at Trinity College


Michael Maloney: Former Highland Redevelopment chairman


Mary Shelton, Assistant Vice President Business Development

Branch Manager, Centier Bank


Town Council Representatives:Dan Vassar and Bernie Zemen


Legal Team: Rhett Tauber and Carol Green-Fraley.


MAIN STREET VOLUNTEERS: Are working to increase theatre memberships, recruiting volunteers to assist with theatre operations and researching grant opportunities to reduce the town’s share of the construction and operational costs. Want to volunteer? Call Cecile Petro at (219) 972-7598 or email 



President              Dawn Diamantopoulos

Vice President      Bruce Leep


Treasurer              Keith Bruxvoort


Morris Architects to present Town Theatre plans January 23

Morris Architects and the Redevelopment Commission will be presenting plans for a

revamped Town Theatre to the public during the Town Council’s Jan. 23 meeting at the Lincln Community Center Banquet Hall.


The Town Theatre presentation will be the only item on the agenda.


Following two years of discussing the nuances of the project both great and small, Redevelopment Director Cecile Petro said the commission is proud to show the council how a renovated theatre can transform the landscape.


“I am most excited about reaching this point after working with committed volunteers who

have given hours of hard work,” Petro said. “They believe the Town Theatre will make

Highland an even better place to live, work and visit,” she said. “Without them, there

wouldn’t be a Town Theatre project.”


Steven Libman, a theatre consultant with The Libman Group, will provide information on a three-year forecast for operations and information on how the arts benefit municipalities.

Calling all contractors!

Highland is accepting bids for the Town Theater Renovation Project. Please email David Burns at to request a complete set of bid documents. Hard copies are due noon January 16, when they will be publicly opened and read aloud.