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Niles North Presents “13” the musical 3/10-12


 Niles North Theatre Department presents this year’s musical “13” on March 10 through 12 in the Auditorium at 9800 Lawler, Skokie. “13” is a Broadway musical, with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, based on the book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn.

Imagine, at 13, being taken from the pulsing power of New York to small-town Indiana. A geek, the cute girl, the faker, the jock, the loser: everyone is trying to fit in and be noticed. The New York Times says “it has on tap that natural radioactive energy that makes young teenagers so appealing.”

Performances are 7 p.m. on Friday, March 11 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 12. A free community performance will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 10.  Call the Box Office at 847-626-2122 or visit Tickets are $10.

The cast:  Tommy Montgomery as Evan, Bryanna Plaisir as Patrice, Yoni Eisenstein as Brett, Zachary Luna as Malcolm, Joseph Nagler as Eddie, Nina Rickett-Green as Kendra, Jacob Bernstein as Archie, Nina Codell as Lucy and Jake Rosenberg as Rabbi. Entourage:  Katie Bean, Kayla Chinitz, Judy Kim, Uche Nwansi, Margaret Selinger and Emma Vaughan. Ensemble:  Dani Brown, Stephen Decker (Richie), Hannah Doherty, Lena Folke, Jessica Hansen, Emi Kanda, Elizabeth Keegan, Esho Rasho, Jake Rosenberg (Simon), Cassidy Sax, Violette Shearer, Anaje Silva, Eric Simon, Kylie Smith, Spencer Soglin and Sahar Steiner.

Production Staff:

Timothy Ortmann, Director; Jennifer Page, Orchestra Director; Daniel Gregerman, Choral Director; Barbara Reeder, Scenic Designer; Annaliisa Ahlman, Technical Director; Teresa Ripley, Costume Designer, Michael Rourke, Lighting Supervisor; Tim Veach, Choreographer; Candice Crane, Choral Assistant; Rachel Kaufman and Elizabeth Soglin, Assistant Directors; Callie Folke, Stage Manager; Brian Fallon, Hair Designer; Rachel Regan, Sound Designer; Linda Room and Anita Scanlon, Costume Assistants; Megan Baskin and Tyrone Phillips, Rehearsal Assistants; Bobby Dietz and Jason Nelson, Rehearsal Accompanist; Ken Otsuka and Zach Zirlin, Promotional Materials; and Debbie Neitlich and Anne Zavell, Production Assistants; and Student technical staff: Sean Loach, Yourtana Sulaiman, Zain Dababneh, Martina Scofano and others.


Joshua Hoffman-Peterson, guitar; Geoffrey Schmelzer, guitar; Yuxi Chen, piano; Bobby Dietz, piano; Jason Nelson, piano; John McCreary, drumset; Benjamin Yusen, percussion; and Jared Brown, bass.


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Niles Township D219 Art Show 3/1-4/8


Always a treat to see the D219 visual arts talent!

Over 150 works of art created by D219 art students will be on display until April 8.
Please stop by the east side of the library. Sculpture is in the case in the entrance near the book drop, 2-D work is displayed in the gallery, the large wall near the book checkout and also on the 2nd floor.
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Auroris Dance Company Presents DELIRIUM

The 2015-2016 Auroris Dance Company presents “Delirium” on February 4 through 6  in the Niles North High School Auditorium at 9800 Lawler, Skokie.  There will be a free community performance on Thursday, February 4 at 10:00 a.m. and performances will be on Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $10 or contacting Deanna Sortino at or 847-626-2129. The dancers will be performing all different styles of dance including jazz, modern, hip-hop, Bollywood, and ballet!

Guest choreographers include Sarah Gonsiorowski, Corey Nagel, Santo Scavuzzo III, and Terry Turner (NN Alum). The company consists of 31 dancers under the guidance of Artistic Director, Deanna Sortino and Assistant Director, Danielle Wilder. Captains are seniors Jessica Badofsky, Anna Hershinow, Mi Lee, Olivia Meyers, and Noam Ron. Seniors are Alexis Benitez, Kevin Dumagpi, Davin Kaiser, Kagen Quiballo, Maia Sepaishvili, Vianey Toscano, Jazmyn Trinos, and Jisha Varughese. Juniors are Jasmine Gloria, Cindy Liang, Juliana Tichota, Gabby Ubaldo, and Jibran Umrani. Sophomores are Marcus Ambubuyog, Chloe Ballais, Mollie Chez, Tera Eliasoff, Emma Groner, Sharon Joseph, Sally Le, and Julia Schneider. Freshmen are Nicole Aleman, Yasmin Kaiser, Heline Kim, Sophia Mareczko, and Emiko Van Horn.

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Winter Band Concert

The Band Concert Program under the leadership of director, Michael Moehlmann will perform Wed. Dec. 9, 2015 in the Niles North Auditorium. The Percussion Ensemble will also conduct a number with a SPECIAL GUEST.  Be there!


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Niles North Theatre Production

The Niles North Theatre Department presents “Grass Harp” Truman Capote’s tale of a small town where being a little out of the ordinary – or just different than others – can land you in prison. “Grass Harp” will run November 19 through 21 in the Drama Performance Center at 9800 Lawler Avenue, Skokie. Performances are 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on November 20 and 21.


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Fall Jazz Concert TONIGHT, Friday, 11/6/15

Niles North fine arts fans will enjoy hearing the Vocal Jazz ensembles and Jazz Band tonight at the Fall Jazz Concert in the NN auditorium. The concert begins at 7:30pm and is great way to start your free weekend entertainment.

Bring your cash, checks and credit cards too! We’ll be having a fundraising bake sale, selling raffle tickets for our “Night of Magic” with Bill Cook on Sat. Dec. 5th and we’d welcome your membership to Niles North Fine Arts Parents & Patrons (get a car magnet!)

Show your support for our students!

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ILMEA District VII Festival musicians chosen!

Forty-one Niles Township High School District 219 musicians have been invited to perform at upcoming Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) District 7 Festivals this month. This is the largest contingent from D219 to ILMEA in many years. Students from the orchestra, choir and band underwent stringent auditions to qualify for the festivals. Their performances will determine whether these musicians receive an invitation to the All-State Festival in Peoria, IL during the 2016 Illinois Music Educators Conference on January 27 through 30, the most prestigious high school music festival in the state of Illinois, and the highest single honor a high school musician can achieve.
The following students will perform at the ILMEA District VII Concert Festival on November 7 at Glenbrook South High School:
Band:  Oscar Benbow, alto sax; Lucy Chavez, oboe; Filip Czarkowski, trumpet; Juliana Tichota, percussion.
Orchestra: David Caplan, cello; Robert Sanders, violin; and Daniel Aisenberg, clarinet.
Choir:  Jacob Austria, bass; Justin de la Cruz, tenor; Gabriella Dizon, alto; J.P. Dizon, bass; Hannah Eisman, soprano; Al Estacion, tenor; Goodwin Francis, tenor; Anna Hill, alto; Flonja Hoxha, alto; Thomas Montgomery, bass; Russell Reyes, tenor; Geoffrey Schmelzer, tenor; Sophie Steger, alto; and Joy Yelenosky, soprano.
The following students have been selected for the ILMEA Jazz Festival held at Niles West High School on November 21:
Vocal Jazz Ensemble:  Jacob Austria, bass; Justin de la Cruz, tenor; J.P. Dizon, bass; Anna Hill, alto; Russell Reyes, tenor; Geoff Schmelzer, tenor; and Emma Steger, alto.


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Niles North Band Concert TONIGHT! 10/21/15 7:30PM

Join us for our first Band concert of the school year under new director, Michael Moehlmann.

Mr. Moehlmann is certainly not a stranger to Niles North; he has been running our Progressive Steps percussion ensemble and involved with the NN Jazz Band for several years.

Come on out and enjoy this free concert at 7:30pm in the Niles North auditorium.