Open Mic & Karaoke

Open Mic at Footlight AND Karaoke?! Yes, please!

Our open mic event is back with some changes for the 2023-204 season. The event name is changing to Open Mic at Footlight. While we will miss the alliteration of “Friday Night at Footlight,” it just no longer works…because (new for this season) the events will be held on the first SATURDAY of non-show months.



You have the talent. We have the stage. Footlight is a warm and inspiring place for our community, friends, and neighbors to come together to connect and celebrate each other’s talents. Never performed? Perfect! We’re nervous too. Come share some anxiety and take a chance! If you’re a veteran of the stage, you are also very welcome.



Doors open at 6:45pm. Performances begin at 7:00pm. Family Friendly event: children are welcome, and encouraged to perform! Admission is $5, but free for registered performers (up to a 15 minute set). Apply below to perform. Walk-in performers may be accommodated as space allows.


·         A different "Featured Artist" each event!

·         "Dinner and a Show" raffle prize featuring local restaurants and Footlight show tickets.

·         Snacks and beverages available by donation.



To encourage new and varied performers, we have an application to perform rather than registration. Performers will be chosen to allow a mix of new and returning performers, as well as a balance of performance styles. Applicants will be contacted one week prior to the event via the email address provided on the application to confirm if they have been selected or not. 

Performances should be limited to 10-15 minutes. A keyboard, 3 microphones, Bluetooth, and a sound tech will be available. With advanced notice, we may be able to arrange for an accompanist. If you have any questions, you may ask them in the comment/question box on the form or call the theater at 219-874-4035 and leave a message.

Click here to apply to perform at Open Mic at Footlight, our open mic/open stage event.


Not ready to be the center of attention for an entire 15-minute set? How about joining us for Karaoke? New this season we will host Karaoke the first Saturday of show months. That’s right! Come see the Saturday afternoon matinee the first show weekend, and return for Karaoke that night. This is an all-ages, family friendly event. Adults and children are invited to perform! Choose from a catalogue of over 51,000 songs and sign up when you arrive. Doors open at 6:45 with first performance at 7pm. Admission is $5 at the door.