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Astra Theatre Releases 1st Half of 2019 Season Schedule

Next Act, Inc, the non-profit organization that owns and operates the historic Astra Theatre in Jasper, Indiana, releases the first half of their 2019 season.  Newly renovated with 357 seats, the Astra has main level and balcony seating with a concessions stand offering snacks, local craft and domestic beer, and wine that are available for purchase.

This is the second season of entertainment in the theatre since major renovations took place in 2017.  Through the end of July, another seven public events will take place on the Jim and Pat Thyen Performance Stage.  

Tickets are on sale to the public now for each of these events at Next Act has reached out directly via email to both season ticket holders on how to reserve their tickets and 2019 Business Members who are eligible for a $1.00 discount on all ticket purchases.

The season kicks of this weekend, on Saturday, February 23 with a 30th anniversary screening of When Harry Met Sally.  This is a general admission event with tickets being $8.00 each.  The movie will begin at 7:00pm EST. Celebrate the season of love with this classic romantic comedy, rated R.

Then, on Friday, March 22, Iris DeMent will take the stage with opening act Pieta Brown.  You can get tickets to see this two-time Grammy nominated artist for $24.95 for general admission or upgrade to a VIP package which includes preferred seating, reserved parking, and a drink voucher for only $39.95.  The night of entertainment will begin at 7:30pm EST.

The fun will just be beginning when comedian Costaki Economopoulos delivers his stand-up routine on Friday, April 12 at 7:30pm EST.  Don’t miss the chance to see this self-proclaimed “biggest name in comedy” who regularly appears on the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show.  Tickets are general admission and available for $14.95.

Get your part of the spring training action by joining us to view the classic baseball movie Major League at 7:00pm EST on Saturday, April 20 for only $8.00 a ticket.  Enjoy the 30th anniversary screening of the movie in which the teams’ owner and the players work against one another, rated R.  

Cris Jacobs will be the next act to rock the house on Saturday, May 18, at 7:30pm EST. The singer, songwriter, guitarist will perform this concert just after the release of his upcoming album “Color Where You Are.”  This is a reserved seating show, and tickets are $20.00 each.

Jump into a chalk drawing to experience the Disney classic Mary Poppins on Saturday, June 1, as we partner with Jasper Community Arts and their annual Chalk Walk event.  Wrap up your day by joining us at 7:00pm for $8.00 a ticket. Movie is rated G.

In the heat of the summer, watch the competition get hot with our second annual Rock Lotto on Saturday, July 20 at 7:00pm EST.  The unique event will take 12 local musicians, divide them into three bands, and perform five songs each.  General admission tickets are only $10.00.

Additonally, a 2019 membership campaign for charitable donations to The Next Act is currently underway.  The campaign includes fun incentives, and more information about support levels can be found at

“Christmas Vacation” to Return to the Astra Theatre in mid-December

We are excited to again present the Christmas comedy classic Christmas Vacation on Saturday, December 15, 2018.  Tickets are $8 and can be purchased online in advance by CLICKING HERE or, if available, the night of the show at the doors.  Show time is 7 p.m. and the Astra’s doors will open at 6:15 p.m.  We would definitely… Continue Reading

Details for the Second Annual ‘GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE!’ Day Announced

The second annual ‘GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE!’ day of giving campaign aimed at supporting arts’ and literacy initiatives will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018, with activities planned for the entire day.  This year’s campaign will specifically benefit programming at the Jasper Public Library, stage equipment at the Jasper Arts Center, and ongoing facility… Continue Reading

We’re looking for event volunteers for this fall!

We’re seeking volunteers for our fall 2018 performances. Roles and responsibilities could vary from show to show, but primary areas the venue needs assistance with are as ticket scanners, ushers, concessions, and more. Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to email or phone 812-566-1935. The Astra’s fall 2018 schedule includes a performance by Pokey LaFarge on… Continue Reading

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” to make an ‘almost’ Halloween 2018 return to the Astra!

The Astra Theatre will screen The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturday, October 27, at 7 p.m.  Doors will open at 6 p.m. and there will be Astra-appropriate props available for purchase that night as a $5 kit. Tickets are $8 and are available in advance at or at the doors the night of the show.  The approved kit… Continue Reading

“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” Coming to the Astra on August 4

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is coming to the Astra Theatre on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. The screening is being presented by and through a unique partnership and collaboration with Jasper Community Arts. This special community-minded event during Strassenfest is open and free to the public, but seating is limited by capacity. Free will… Continue Reading

Astra to Host Noted Film Historian for “History of Color in Cinema” Session

The Astra Theatre will host noted film historian Eric Grayson on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation entitled “History of Color in Cinema”.  The presentation will feature the use of real film and antique projectors, will include a question and answer session with Grayson, and is appropriate for all ages.  The program is… Continue Reading

Two-time Grammy Winner Rodney Crowell to Perform at the Astra Theatre in November

Rodney Crowell will perform at the historic Astra Theatre on Saturday, November 3, 2018.  Doors for this intimate acoustic trio performance will open at 6:30 p.m., a yet-to-be-determined opener will perform at 7:30 p.m., and Crowell and his two accompaniments will take to the Jim and Pat Thyen Performance Stage at 8:30 p.m. Crowell is a… Continue Reading

Pokey LaFarge to Perform Intimate Solo Acoustic Set at the Historic Astra Theatre in October

American musician Pokey LaFarge will perform a solo acoustic set at the historic Astra Theatre on Saturday, October 6, 2018.  Doors for this intimate performance will open at 6:30 p.m., a yet-to-be determined opener will perform at 7:30 p.m., and LaFarge will take to the Jim and Pat Thyen Performance Stage at 8:30 p.m. LaFarge is… Continue Reading

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