Monthly Archives: April 2016

“AS YOU LIKE IT” April 29-30, 4pm & 7pm

Niles North Theatre presents “As You Like It”, William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy about love and forgiveness, dukes and shepherdesses, and country life and courtly etiquette. Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke falls in love with Orlando. When she is banished from the court, Rosalind calls herself Ganymede and travels with her cousin Celia and the jester Touchstone to the Forest of Arden, where her father and his friends live in exile. New friends are made and families are reunited. By the end of the play Ganymede, once again Rosalind, marries Orlando. Orlando and Rosalind, Oliver and Celia, Silvius and Phebe, and Touchstone and Audrey all are married in the final scene.

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“As You Like It” will be performed in the Drama Performance Center at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. Tickets are $10. Call the Box Office at (847) 626-2122 or go to www.nntheatre.com. There is a free community performance at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 28.

The cast:  Violette Shearer as Duke Senior, Ari Bearman as Amiens, Yourtana Sulaiman as Melancholy Jacques, Joseph Nagler as Duke Frederick, Florence Loach as Le Beau, Ari Bearman as Charles, Joseph Nagler as Jacques de Boys, Callie Folke as Adam, David Stasevsky as Touchstone, Tiselle Talaboc as Sir Oliver Martext, Lizzy Soglin as Corin, Michael Small as Silvius, Vaughn Celdran as William, Katie Bean as Rosalind, Nina Codell as Celia, Anajé Silva as Phebe, and Lena Folke as Audrey. Ensemble:  Mary Awaysho, Vaughn Celdran, Oren Efergan, Sara Gentry, Florence Loach, and Tiselle Talaboc.

Production Staff:  Annaliisa Ahlman, Director; Barbara Reeder, Scenic Designer and Technical Director; Teresa Ripley, Costume Designer; Michael Rourke, Lighting Designer; Linda Room and Anita Scanlon, Costume Assistants; Hannah Doherty, Assistant Technical Director; Brian Fallon, Hair Designer; Dani Brown, Stage Manager; Kati Yau, Assistant Director; Kylie Smith, Assistant Stage Manager; Jimmy Fraus, House Manager; Ken Otsuka and Zach Zirlin, Promotional Materials; Debbie Neitlich and Anne Zavell, Production Assistants

 

Stage Crew:  Jessica Hansen, Master Electrician; Jacob Bernstein, Sound Crew; Hannah Brown, Costume Mistress; Zain Dababneh, Properties Crew; and Jessica Hansen, Carpenter. Set construction:  Mika Alexander, Ari Bearman, George Big, Vaughn Celdon, Kayla Chinitz, Hugo Cruz, Zain Debabneh, Hannah Doherty, Beatrice Draghiceanu, Yoni Eisenstein, Callie Folke, Lena Folke, Jimmy Fraus, Jessica Fucik, Sara Gentry, Jessica Hansen, Sam Hirsch, Florence Loach, Olivia Morales, Lia Moreno, Joseph Nagler, Allison Newman,  Uche Nwansi, Antonia Papanikolaou, Emaurie Pelt, Bryanna Plaisir, Esho Rasho, Alphonso Riddick, Nathaniel Schetter, Margaret Selinger, Anajé Silva, Nick Slanks, Michael Small, Lizzy Soglin, Spencer Soglin, Mikki Stotter, Shane Tolentino, Tiselle Tolobos, Karen Wallace, Marty Wiviott, Mary Ellen Youseph and Ben Yusen.

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25th Anniversary Vocal Jazz Night-Saturday, April 16

Don’t miss this exciting celebration of Vocal Jazz at Niles North on April 16.25yrs_img_assist_custom-791x612

Saturday, April 16, will bring over 50 of Dan Gregerman’s former vocal jazz students from locations throughout the U.S. to return to their roots, as well as reconnect with former classmates. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium at 9800 Lawler, Skokie. Tickets are $10.  Niles North vocal jazz groups Take One, Sound Check and Harmonic Motion will perform several numbers.  There is also a free community performance at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 15.

The evening’s performances will include Take One, under the direction of Daniel Gregerman, singing “I’ve Got The World on a String,” arranged by Paul Langford, “”Teach Me Tonight,” arranged by Kelly Kunz, and “Mister One-Take,” by Gary Fry. Harmonic Motion, directed by Kathryn Lachey, will perform “Long Ago and Far Away,” arranged by Paris Rutherford and “Rather Be,” arranged by Mark Brymer. Sound Check, under the direction of Logan Farris, will sing “Song for My Father,” arranged by Raymond Roberts and “In My Life,” arranged by Steve Zegree.

The program was started in 1991 by Daniel Gregerman, and under his direction the program has grown and flourished. Although definitions of vocal jazz may differ, it can commonly be agreed to be a style of singing, either a cappella or accompanied by a rhythm section, that embellishes the melody with ornamentation or improvisation, with the ability to transform a song into something distinctive and personal. Since the vocal jazz program began, the program has gained recognition beyond Niles North’s borders, for instance, headlining the Puerta Vallarta Jazz Festival in Mexico.  In 2014, Gregerman was the recipient of the John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year award, an accolade for an outstanding educator with a focus on jazz education.

 

 

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Come check out Empty Walls Art Auction

EMPTY WALLS is an all day event where artists from the community, staff, teachers and talented art students team up and create art the entire day at Niles North High School.  At the end of the day, they graciously donate their artwork to be a part of the silent auction which helps the 2016 School Chest charity, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, and Niles North Art Department scholarships.  Please join us for this wonderful event!

Where: Niles North High School, Student Commons, 9800 N. Lawler Ave, Skokie, IL

When: Saturday, April 16, 2016

All types of artwork will be represented at the auction including: painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, watercolor, jewelry, fiber arts/clothing, and ceramics. There will also be donations from professional artists and educators in the community up for auction. Proceeds from Empty Walls go to Chicago for the Homeless. Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is the only non-profit in Illinois dedicated to advocating for public policies that curb and can ultimately end homelessness. The organization leads strategic campaigns, community outreach, and public policy initiatives that target the lack of affordable housing in metropolitan Chicago and across Illinois. See more at http://www.chicagohomeless.org.

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North Artists Design Posters Honoring Skokie’s Finest and Bravest Fire and Police

 

Three Niles North artists designed the winning posters for the upcoming Honoring Skokie’s Finest and Bravest Fire and Police Campaign which will be held in May. Dechen Tsechen, Cindy Salazar, and Revathi Ravindran created artwork that will be used in the campaign that will show support and gratitude to first responders in the Village of Skokie.

 

From May 15 to May 31, residents, businesses, houses of worship and schools in Skokie are asked to tie red and blue ribbons around trees and lampposts. This is a village-wide show of support and gratitude for our fire and police departments. Starting April 11th, ribbons will be distributed.

 

The Kickoff will be held on Monday, April 11 at Village Inn. Grab a meal, pick up a ribbon and mention that Skokie honors its finest. A portion of all sales will be contributed to the campaign.

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