John Cain Special for The Times
the Memorial Opera in Valparaiso shares the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with an overflowing imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her destiny. “Matilda The Musical” is a gripping masterpiece that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Matilda is a little girl with an amazing mind, intelligence, and psychokinetic powers. She is not liked by her cruel parents but impresses her teacher, the very kind Miss Honey. During her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives. Run on weekends, from February 11 to 27. www.memorialoperahouse.org
Seedling Theater Company presents “Fresh Brewed: Tales from the Coffee Bar” at Beatniks on Conkey in Hammond. Written by Henry Meyerson, “Fresh Brewed” is made up of 11 single-scene plays about smart, funny, sad, humiliating and dysfunctional people and their everyday lives. Directed by Jerry and Becky Jascoviak, the show runs from February 11-20, 2022. www.facebook.com/seedlingstheatre/?fref=tag
the Whiting-Robertsdale Historical Society mission is to collect and preserve the history of Whiting-Robertsdale, and to share its collections with those interested in the community’s past, present and future. The new exhibit, “Pearl Harbor and World War II,” commemorates the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, while chronicling the start of World War II in Europe two years earlier. Photos of men and women from Whiting and Robertsdale who served in the Armed Forces during the war are displayed along with items such as coins, stamps, V-mail, air raid drill instructions , gas masks, ration books and stamps, newspaper headlines and newspaper articles about local service members. Part of the George Rogers Clark High School Honor Roll can also be seen. The museum is open on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The current exhibition runs until January 31.