Astra T-shirt


1 free double scoop of ice cream per month at Libby’s Gourmet Ice Cream


1 free coffee per week at Brew


A growler and 1 free refill per month from both Schnitz Brewery & Pub and St. Benedict’s Brew Works


2 Theatre seats in your name


All incentives, plus 2 free tickets to Next Act events for 2017



Welcome to our Board of Directors Members

Next Act, Inc., has added two new members to its board of directors:  Ben Nowotarski and Rafaela Schaick.  Steffi Schmücker has also joined the board in a consultant’s capacity.

“Our original board of directors is now almost four years in on our journey and, as is the case with most not-for-profit by-laws, we saw the need to begin succession planning,” said Leslie Hamby, Next Act’s Chairperson.  “We had a number of quality applicants but only so many vacant seats, and with Ben, Rafaela, and Steffi we were convinced that they would be able to provide immediate value to the organization and the Astra.”

Nowotarski is an educator at Dubois Middle School, resides in Jasper with his wife Holly and their three children, and is also one of the owners/brewers of Basket Case Brewing Company.  Schaick, originally from Brazil, resides in Jasper with her husband Matt, is a music therapist with Personal Counseling Services, Inc., and is the director of Strings, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to providing professional personalized violin instruction according to the Suzuki method for students located in south-central Indiana.  Schmücker lives in Ferdinand with her husband Florian, is a credit analyst at German American, and is a member of Actors Community Theatre’s board of directors, the Jasper Partnership Commission, and volunteers for Junior Achievement.

Nowotarski, Schaick, and Schmücker join original board members Hamby, Marc Steczyk (president), Jay Hamlin (vice president), Selena Vonderheide (secretary), Courtney Knies (treasurer), and Eddie Luegers.  The board continues to raise money to help offset costs associated with the renovation of the Astra Theatre.

Next Act Seeking Applicants for up to Three Board Seats

First formed in October 2014, the Next Act has operated with six volunteer board members while having nine available seats—and we’re looking to expand.  Details below. “We have long been working toward a fully-renovated Astra Theatre,” said Leslie Hamby, Next Act’s chairperson.  “Now that we are starting to see where that road ends, we felt… Continue Reading

Funding Secured for Major Interior Renovation of the Astra Theatre

  With a recent series of major funding sources aligning in support of Next Act’s effort to renovate the interior of the historic Astra Theatre, a full and complete renovation—inclusive of the interior renovation—appears to be on the horizon. In August of 2016, Next Act received a historic preservation grant from the Indiana Office of… Continue Reading

May 19th—GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE! to support the Astra and the local arts!

TO DONATE TO THE ‘GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE!’ CAMPAIGN, CLICK HERE! Details of the May 19th ‘GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE!’ day of giving campaign aimed at supporting arts’ initiatives (the new Cultural Center and the renovations of the historic Astra Theatre and the Jasper Arts Center) have been announced.   CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A… Continue Reading

Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner…”Dirty Dancing” Coming to the Astra, Sat., Feb. 11

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR DIRTY DANCING, Feb. 11, 7 p.m. eastern The public opinion results regarding which classic movie should be shown at the historic Astra Theatre on Saturday, February 11 are in. Given the choices of Dirty Dancing, When Harry Met Sally, and Ghost, the majority has chosen the Patrick Swayze and Jennifer… Continue Reading

YOU can help us choose our Valentine’s weekend feature…

The historic Astra Theatre will open its doors on Saturday, February 11, at 6 p.m. for a 7 p.m. screening of…a movie that YOU can help choose.   Choices include Dirty Dancing, When Harry Met Sally, and Ghost.  Vote for your favorite here by Sunday, January 29.   “We have received a lot of great feedback since… Continue Reading

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