Felix was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up with such television favorites as, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Jackie Gleason Show, and of course The Dean Martin Show. He collected almost all of Dean’s albums of the time and would practice impersonating him on his record player. He would also imitate a number of other celebrities as well.
After graduating high school, Felix joined the U.S. Navy, and continued to act and impersonate people while off duty. On his free time from the ship/base, Felix would go to Las Vegas to catch some shows. When he went to see Dean Martin at the MGM Grand, he was able to get on stage with Dean on a couple separate occasions, and performed his impersonation of him. Dean was pleasantly amazed with the likeness, and said, “That’s pretty damn good, kid.”
After the Navy, Felix went onto college and received his Bachelor of Science in Communication / Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. He auditioned for Walt Disney World and landed the job to open Disney/MGM Studios, bringing him to Central Florida.
Felix currently works for Universal Studios Orlando, impersonating a variety of movie celebrities and performing in their shows. He has been with Universal since its opening.
In this unforgettable performance, Tom Dreesen will take you from his childhood of shining shoes in bars in his hometown of Harvey, Illinois hearing Frank Sinatra on the jukebox, to one day touring the nation as his opening act, flying in his private jet and staying up with Frank till dawn, night after night.
He takes you to Frank’s last performance and the last song he ever sang and then to his last days on earth.
Dreesen’s keen insight to arguably the greatest career show business has ever known, and the lessons he learned from the legendary star, promises to move the audience! Dreesen has made over 500 appearances on national television, including 61 appearances on The Tonight Show, plus guest hosting David Letterman.
He is a regular in all the main showrooms in Las Vegas, and for 13 years he toured the United States as the opening act for Frank Sinatra.
Daily Variety called him "a thorough pro... one of the most respected family comedians of our time."
Larry Wilde, author of The Great Comedians said about Tom's performances, "Excellent material, impeccable timing, Tom Dreesen is the quintessential comedian."
Frank Sinatra, who called himself a 'saloon singer' characterized Dreesen as a 'saloon comedian.' He said, "We're a couple of neighborhood kind of guys."
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Our 125-year old building sprang to life in 1893, and continues to serve its original purpose to this day: to be a gathering place for the community.
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Dedicated as a memorial to veterans of all wars, our building continues to serve its original purpose as a gathering place for the community.
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Our performers and performances are what set us apart from other community theatres, and why we are one of the premier arts venues in
Porter County and the greater Northwest Indiana region.
As one of the premier arts venues in Northwest Indiana, we offer four Broadway quality musicals and one play each season.