Towle Youth Theater Ensemble Presents the Musical, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?

Towle-TheaterThe Towle Youth Theater Ensemble is proud to present their newest musical production, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? by John Powers. The production is under the direction of Managing Director, Jeff Casey with Musical/Vocal Direction by Elizabeth Tuazon.

This "coming of age" story involves the 1950’s Catholic education of eight Chicago children, following them from the start of elementary school through the senior prom & beyond.

The cast of Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? includes some returning ensemble members as well as some new members. Elise Bereolos (St. John), Aaron Cappello (St. John), Brianna Dittmer (Munster), Julia Fugger (Lansing), Chloe Jancosek (Munster), Connor Khoury (Chicago), Claire LeMonnier (Munster), Harry Ogrentz (Chicago)and Alex Traina (Griffith). Isabel Zuniga (Munster) is the Assistant Director/Stage Manager and Lauren Florek (Munster) is the Assistant Music Director. Playing the nuns and priest are adult veteran actors, Gayle Faulkner Kosalko (Whiting), Stephanie Sepiol (Munster) and Kevin Bellamy (Hammond).

The production runs October 18-19, 24-26. Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling the Towle Theater box office at 219-937-8780 or visit

The concept behind The Towle Youth Theater Ensemble is to allow the youth participation in theater production, but not necessarily a role in each show presented. With the diverse range of talent selected to be in TYTE, the Ensemble is cast from on-stage, technical, administrative and marketing duties as appropriate. The overall mission is to build a team of theater artists and leaders, not just actors. It is the goal of this program to encourage participation in the overall process of creating theater, not just being in a particular show. The Towle staff believes that this process will bring more value to the participants, to their creative process and ultimately to each production. The Towle holds auditions twice a year and will be seeking enthusiastic students with the most drive, dedication and commitment to the Ensemble as a whole.

The Towle Theater is located in historic downtown Hammond at 5205 Hohman Avenue. Free, well-lit, secured parking is available off of Fayette Street only steps away from the back entrance or in the parking lot directly across the street from the theater on Hohman Avenue.