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Amid Complete Renovation, Next Act/Astra Launches 2018 Membership Drive

Next Act, Inc., the 501c3 renovating the historic Astra Theatre in downtown Jasper, has launched its 2018 membership campaign.  Launched while the building is currently undergoing a complete and total renovation and remodel lead by general contractor Seufert Construction, proceeds from the campaign will be used to pay for final design elements in the theater (including sound, lights, and new seating), as well as to fund programming for an abbreviated 2018 season of events.

The renovation of the Astra is scheduled to be complete this spring, with a yet-to-be-announced grand opening event set to take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018.  That date is significant as it is a nod to the 82nd anniversary of the building’s original grand opening on April 17, 1936.

“We continue to be amazed and humbled by the tremendous support of this community and their belief in not only the Astra Theatre, but in us, as well,” said Next Act’s chairperson, Leslie Hamby.  “This annual member campaign is a crucial part of our ability to operate and, this year is even more important as we are fighting hard to finish raising dollars for necessary design and sound and light elements in the theater.”

This year, there are two options for membership:  individual and business.  The individual memberships are available for the following levels: $100 (1 scoop of ice cream per month at Libby’s Gourmet Ice Cream), $200 (1 coffee per week at Brew), $300 (a pair of season tickets to the 2018 Next Act events at the Astra); $500 (your choice of 1 growler and 1 free refill per month at St. Benedict’s Brew Works or 1 theater seat in your name); $1,000 (2 theater seats in your name); and $2,500 (all incentives).  There are two levels of business memberships:  one at $500 and one at $1,000.  Both come with a variety of incentives including complimentary event tickets, calendar year recognition in the Astra acknowledging your support, on stage/on screen business mentions, complimentary popcorn, sodas, and more.  Additional, custom business packages are available, as well.

Memberships can be secured online via paypal at and/or forms can be downloaded there, printed, and mailed to The Next Act, P.O. Box 23, Jasper, Indiana 47547.  Individual donor cards can also be picked up at several downtown Jasper locations, including Made With Grace, Jagged Edge, and Chocolate Bliss.

Questions can be sent to or by calling 812-566-1935.

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… Continue Reading

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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