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5 Niles North Artists Named to All-State Festival

Five Niles North musicians have been invited to perform at the 2013 Illinois Music Education Conference, held Jan. 23-26 at the Peoria Civic Center.

Representing Niles North are Jonathan Luk, orchestra; Jacob Nagler, orchestra; Sally Alvarado, choir; Matthew Sund, choir; and Phoebe Yeo, choir.

Students from the orchestra, choir and band underwent stringent auditions to qualify for the All-State Festival, the most prestigious high school music festival in Illinois, and the highest single honor a high school musician can achieve.

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See Almost, Maine Dec. 6, 7 & 8

ALMOST MAINTravel to the out-of-the-way town of Almost, Maine, where the icy cold of the northern region illuminates the crucial moments in relationships. Several characters face a moment of choice, and the audience is treated to moments of magic underneath the Northern Lights. Performances are at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8 in the Drama Performance Center at 9800 N. Lawler, Skokie. Reserve tickets by calling the Box Office at (847) 626-2122. Tickets are $10. A free community performance will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 6. The cast of “Almost, Maine” includes:

ALM_3333Prologue:  David Gilbert as Pete and Camille Paskind as Ginette.

Her Heart: Noah Zeidman as Man and Athanasia Giannetos as Woman.

Sad and Glad: Glenn Weissman as Jimmy, Nina Roy as Sandrine and Sarah Alkyer as Waitress.

This Hurts: Christopher Khoshaba as Steve and Robin Wallace as Mervalyn

Getting It Back: Ryan Loach as Lendall and Erin Rourke as Gayle

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ALM_3315They Fell:  Sebastijan Torgus as Randy and Evan Sturt as Chad

Where It Went: Martin Wiviott as Phil and Emma Decker as Marci

Story of Hope: Alex Hammond as Man and Carissa Yau as Hope

Seeing the Thing: Justin Shannon as Dave and Danielle Kropveld as Rhonda

The technical staff/crew: Timothy Ortmann, Director; Annaliisa Ahlman, Tech Director; Teresa Ripley, Costume Designer; Barbara Reeder, Lighting Designer; Anita Scanlon and Linda Room, Costume Assistants; Lauryn Schmelzer, Stage Manager; Amy Hagedorn, Assistant Director; EugeneHyun, Assistant Stage Manager; Camille Paskind, Dramaturg; Jaquelyn Shannon, Shop Manager; Sabina Dzelilovic, Assistant Technical Director; Allegra Rosenberg, Properties Manager; Erin Rourke, Sound Engineer; Nathan Selinger, Assistant Lighting Designer; Anne Zavell and Stephanie Persaud, Production Assistants; Natalie Aleman, Master Electrician; Maddie Martin, Costume Mistress and Julia Melnick, House Manager.

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FAPP Meets Tues., Nov. 13

PLEASE JOIN US—The next meeting of Niles North Fine Arts Parents & Patrons is Tues., Nov. 13 at 7p.m. in room 1685 at Niles North High School.

Lori Real, Niles North Art Teacher, will be our featured speaker!

All interested community members are invited to attend and encouraged to share their skills, talents and ideas.

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See That’s My Story This Week!

After encouraging elementary school authors from the community to write a variety of creative stories, non-fiction retellings, and dialogues, Niles North students will develop their creative texts into a series of dramatized mini-plays.
They will be going to the young author’s schools with the children’s work imaginatively staged. The young authors will see their stories brought to life in a show called That’s My Story! (Only one day of performances at Niles North)
Wed., Nov. 7, 4:00 & 7:00 pm, Drama Performance Center
 

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Free Choir & Orchestra Concert Wednesday, Oct. 24

The Niles North Choir and Orchestra will perform in the Auditorium on Wed., Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m.

The concert is free to the public.

The Choir and Symphonic strings will combine to perform Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus.” The Symphonic strings will also play Holst’s “Brook Green Suite,” Strauss’ “Pizzicato Polka” and the theme “Schindler’s List” featuring soloists Aidan Perreault on violin and Zoe Hertz on cello. The Philharmonic strings will play “Autumn” by Vivaldi and “An American Hymn,” based on “Chester” and Slovakian dances.

The Niles North Orchestra is directed by Pamela Hendrix and Daniel Gregerman directs the school’s choirs.

Enjoy After-the-Show Treats, Too!

After the show, grab a treat in the lobby! The Fine Arts Parents & Patrons selling BAKED GOODS and JAMBA JUICE to benefit the fine arts at Niles North.

 So, enjoy the concert and the delicious treats!

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Theatre Department Presents Loves Labors Lost Oct. 11-13

The Niles North Theatre Department presents Love’s Labor’s Lost by William Shakespeare, Oct. 11-13 in the Niles North High School Auditorium, 9800 Lawler, Skokie.
Performances are at 7 p.m. on October 12 and 13. Tickets are $10. To reserve tickets, please contact the Box Office at (847) 626-2122. A free community performance will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 11.

The plot of the play is the King of Navarre who wants to focus on his education and has declared that no women will be allowed at court—they are a distraction. He convinces his loyal friends to join him on this noble venture. But when the lovely Princess of France and her entourage come to court, how can the king and his compatriots resist?

The cast includes Noah Zeidman as King of Navarre; Justin Shannon as Berowne; Simon Gebremedhin as Longaville; Christopher Khoshaba as Dumaine; Teresa Franks as Princess of France; Natalie Aleman as Rosaline; Rachel Sepiashvili as Maria; Joanna Vaklin as Katherine; Nathan Selinger as Boyet; Eugene Hyun as Don Armado; Martin Wiviott as Moth; Sam Rosenfeld as Costard; Lauryn Schmelzer as Jaquenetta; Hannah Sahyouni as Sister Nathaniel; Katie Bean as Holofernes; and Tahir Razzaq as Constable Dull.

The Technical Staff includes:  Timothy Ortmann, Director; Annaliisa Ahlman, Technical Director; Teresa Ripley, Costume Designer; Michael Rourke, Lighting Designer; Brian Fallon, Hair Designer; Linda Room, Costume Stitcher; Anita Scanlon, Costume Assistant; Anne Zavell, Production Assistant.

Student Staff includes:  Nina Roy, Stage Manager; Athanasia Giannetos, Assistant Director; Max Dolinko, Assistant Stage Manager; Camille Paskind, Dramaturg; Sabina Dzelilovic, Shop Manager; Emma Decker, Assistant Technical Director; Maddie Martin, Carpenter; Ryan Loach, Properties Master; Sarah Alkyer, Props Assistant; Rachel Sepiashvili, Sound Designer; Erin Rourke, Sound Engineer; Alex Hammond, Assistant Lighting Designer; Danielle Kropveld, Master Electrician; Sarah Alkyer, Costume Mistress; Ryan Loach, Costume Assistant; and Sebastijan Torgus, House Manager/Promotions.

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Chorale European Trip Canceled

Dan Gregerman, Niles North choral director, announced that the proposed Chorale trip to Europe has been canceled. In a letter to Chorale parents, Mr. Gregerman said after surveying parents, the cost of the trip would be prohibitive to getting a large enough group of students to go. He added that after several meetings with a group of Chorale parents, fundraising plans could not reduce the trip price to a level that would make it affordable for the majority of Chorale members.
 
The FAPP board would like to applaud Mr. Gregerman’s hard work in trying to organize this trip in a difficult economy. The board is committed to continue working toward becoming a first-rate fund-raising organization to help ensure that, in the future, such trips can find the funding to make them more affordable for students and their families.

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FAPP Meets Tues., Oct. 9

 PLEASE JOIN US—The next meeting of Niles North Fine Arts Parents & Patrons is Tues., Oct. 9 at 7p.m. in room 1685 at Niles North High School.

Deanna Sortino, Auroris Dance Director and Visual Art Instructor will stop by to address the group. All interested community members are invited to attend and encouraged to share their skills, talents and ideas.

 

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Good Luck at IMEA Auditions

Fine Arts Parents and Patrons would like to wish good luck and break a leg to all Band, Choir and Orchestra members who are auditioning for the Illinois Music Educators Association. Choir auditions will be Oct. 4 at Libertyville High School. Band Auditions will be at Zion/Benton High School, Thursday, Oct. 9. And Orchestra auditions will be at Fremd High School on Oct. 9.

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Big Art Season for Niles North

lorigabeditedIt will be a busy few weeks for District 219 art students and teachers with three major events to check out.

North and West Create Works for Sculpture Park
Join students and teachers from Niles North and West as they are honored for creating two new sculptures for the Northshore Sculpture Park on McCormick Blvd. Join them for the live christening at 5:45pm. Just RSVP by Sept. 18 tolorrea@d219.org. The school is exploring the possibility of providing a bus due to limited parking at the Sculpture Park. Please indicate that you are interested in taking a bus from Niles North to the park in your RSVP. A bus update will be sent via email before Sept. 27. If you prefer to drive, parking will be available at the Skokie Police Department boat launch on Oakton. The sculptures are located in the park just south of Oakton St.

09_12_SculpturePark2Art Students Compete
Eight Niles North Art Students are participating in the fourth annual 12×12 Art Competition and Exhibit at Dick Blick in Evanston. The reception is Thursday, Sept. 20, from 6-8 p.m. at Dick Blick, 1755 Maple Ave., Evanston, Ill. Eight artists from the school will have their work on display. Those students are: Corie Adams, Sally Lavengood, Gabrielle General, Jungha Suk, Alexa Jasenof, Anna Poloz, Sarah Lewin and Serena Hocharoen.

Teachers as Artists
Also, on Thursday, Sept. 20, the Teachers As Artists reception will take place at the Skokie Public Library at 6:30 p.m. District 219 art teachers, as well as art teachers from feeder schools, will be exhibiting their personal artwork on the east side of the library. The exhibit will include paintings, drawings, digital art, photography, scupture and ceramics. The Skokie Public Library is located at 5215 Oakton St.

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