Astra Lights Turned On For Test; Will Shine Sunday For First Time Since 2002

The marquee lights of the Astra Theater in downtown Jasper were turned on for test Thursday night.   Photo: J. R. Matheis/NewsNow Dubois County

The marquee lights of the Astra Theater in downtown Jasper were turned on for test Thursday night. 

From Scott Saalman

JASPER, Indiana — The Dubois County Community Foundation will present two Will Read and Sing For Food performances at The Astra Theater on May 4.  Show times are a 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Performers and material will vary with each show. The 2 p.m. show includes Scott Saalman, Marc Steczyk, Ed Walston, Michael Cummings and Mountain Harmony Bluegrass Band. The 6 p.m. show will feature Saalman, Steczyk, Walston, Cummings, Abbie Rumbach, Eddie Rasche (Whiskey Angels) and the Troubadours of Divine Bliss.

The Astra, which opened on the square in Jasper in 1937, provided magical memories for generations of Dubois County residents. The Will Read and Sing For Food shows represent the first opportunity since the theater’s closing in 2002 for the public to relive the old, small-town movie theater ambiance as it was intended.

Last night, the lights of the old theater were turned on as a test before Sunday’s shows and was captured in the photo by NNDC Chief of Photography J. R. Matheis.

Will Read and Sing For Food is a unique blend of humor essays and live music. Since Oct. 2011, the group of volunteers has raised $22,360 for community causes, thanks to the sustained generosity of its audiences.

Admission: $10 (adult) donation at the door. The proceeds will benefit community grant-making.

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