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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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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.

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Choir and Orchestra Concert Thursday, 10/15, 7:30pm

The Niles North Orchestra under the direction of Jennifer Page and the NN Choir led by director Dan Gregerman will conduct the first concert of the school year at 7:30pm TODAY, Thursday, October 15. ALL WELCOME to this free performance of our outstanding musicians.

The orchestra will be having a Butterbraid fundraiser during the event. Sample one of the delicious varieties after the concert and plan on putting your order in!

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Niles North Theatre presents “Lord of the Flies” Friday, 10/9, Saturday, 10/10

Niles North Theatre presents “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding on October 8 through 10 in the Auditorium at 9800 N. Lawler, Skokie. The classic tale of a plane wreck that strands a group of English students on a deserted island during wartime. As the students explore their new-found freedom, what starts out as fun and games turns into a vicious battle for power. They split into two tribes: one that strives for civility and another that delights in savage violence. The competition escalates into a dangerous, frightening climax, as this thrilling classic looks into the darker parts of human nature.

Performances are 7 p.m. on Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10 in the Auditorium. Tickets are $10. Purchase by calling the Box Office at (847) 626-2122 or visit

The cast includes: Jacob Berstein as Ralph, Zac Luna as Jack, Eric Simon as Piggy, Emi Kanda as Roger, Kayla Chinitz as Sam, Lizzie Soglin as Eric, Esho Rasho as Simon, Nicolas Slater as Henry, Nina Codell as Maurice, Martina Scofano as Billie, Emaurie Pelt as Perceval, and Nathaniel Schetter as Naval Officer. Ensemble: Lena Folke, Katie Yau, Nathaniel Schetter, and Lauren Rosenfeld.

The play will be directed by Tyrone Phillips, the artistic director of Chicago’s Definition Theatre Company, and a Niles North alumnus (Class of 2008). Production staff includes Annaliisa Ahlman, Scenic Designer; Barbara Reeder, Technical Director; Michael Rourke, Lighting Designer; Teresa Ripley, Costume Designer; Brian Fallon, Hair Designer; Leila Henry, Choreographer; Sarah Scanlon, Makeup Specialist; Timothy Ortmann, Vocal Coach; Anita Scanlon and Linda Room, Costume Assistants; Ken Otsuka and Zach Zirlin, Promotional Materials; and Debbie Neitlich and Anne Zavell, Production Assistants.

The student production staff includes: Martin Wiviott, Assistant Director; Dani Brown, Stage Manager; Sean Loach and Jessica Hansen, Assistant Stage Managers; Hannah Doherty, Assistant Technical Director; Elizabeth Keegan, Properties Designer; Anajé Silva, Sound Designer; Jacob Rosenberg, House Manager; and Karen Wallace, Assistant Lighting Designer.

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Niles North Theatre presents…


The hit musical “Hairspray” comes to the auditorium stage on March 5 through 7. “Hairspray,” with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, is based upon the 1988 John Waters film. The story takes place in 1960s Baltimore, where overweight teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program. Tracy gets a role on the show, becomes a celebrity, and launches a campaign to integrate the show. Hairspray is a social commentary on racial injustice during the 1960s. This show has it all–romance, infectious tunes, delightful production numbers, big hair, and familiar faces…all converging on the Niles North stage.

This year Niles North celebrated its 50-year anniversary, and invited graduates of Niles North High School and Niles East High School to audition for this musical extravaganza. More than 30 alumni are taking part in this show.

Performances are at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 6 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. Tickets are $10 per person. Call the Box Office at (847) 626-2122. A free community performance will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 5. No tickets are needed for the community performance.

The cast for “Hairspray” (D219 alumni are marked with asterisk *): Katie Bean as Tracy Turnblad; Teresa Franks as Penny Pingleton; Violette Shearer as Amber Von Tussle; Natalie Aleman as Velma Von Tussle; Martin Dubin* as Corny Collins; Tommy Montgomery as Link; Council Ensemble: Megan Baskin*, Elizabeth Casem, Nina Codell, Hannah Doherty, Elizabeth Keegan, Jamie Petit, Hannah Sahyouni, Margaret Selinger, Jacob Bernstein, Nelson Chen, Jonathan Eisenstein, Zac Luna, Joseph Nagler, Jacob Rosenberg, Geoff Schmelzer, Eric Simon, Robin Wallace and Spencer Soglin; Rebecca Moody* as Motormouth Mabelle; Tyrone Phillips* as Seaweed J. Stubbs; Uche Nwansi as Little Inez; Detention/Record Shop Ensemble: Jacob Austria, Gabrielle Dizon, Ankit Gandhi, Bailey Green, Jamaul Murray, Nina Rickett-Green, Kristen Sadorra, Joanna Vaklin, Heeah Banerjee, Joe Isip, Simon Gebremedhin, Makayla Lewis, Bryanna Plaisir, Ruth Rivera, Anaje Silva, and Jarvell Williams; Joe Sochacki* as Edna Turnblad; Jeffrey West* as Wilbur Turnblad; Nancy Jaffe-Faloona* as Prudy Pingleton; Esho Rasho as Penny’s Brother; Baltimore Ensemble: Faye Bulaclac*, Kayla Chinitz, Emi Kanda, Corey Lubowich*, Chris Nguyen, Jessica Ost*, Carissa Yau, Tricia Bulaclac*, Norman Fox*, Rosalie Koontz*, Sara McGuinn*, Carrie Ost*, and Emma Vaughan; and Dynamites: Gabrielle Dizon, Bryanna Plaisir and Ruth Rivera.

Production Staff:  Timothy Ortmann*, Director; Jennifer Page, Orchestra Director; Daniel Gregerman, Choral Director; Zach Zirlin*, Scenic Designer; Annaliisa Ahlman, Technical Director; Kristy Hall*, Costume Designer; Teresa Ripley, Costume Supervisor; Daniel Friedman*, Lighting Designer; Michael Rourke, Lighting Supervisor; Tim Veach, Choreographer; Barbara Reeder, Production Manager; Tyrone Phillips*, Assistant Director; Madeline Martin, Stage Manager; Brian Fallon, Hair Designer; Madison Kartcheske, Properties Designer; Martina Scofano, Assisting Lighting Designer; Danielle Kropveld, Assistant Production Manager; Linda Room and Anita Scanlon*, Costume Assistants; Lauren Schmelzer*, Dance Assistant; Simon Gebremedhin and Hannah Sahyouni, Rehearsal Assistants; Robert Dietz and Anita Turner-Baker, Rehearsal Accompanist; Daniel Raymond, Choral Student Teacher; Ken Otsuka* and Zach Zirlin*, Promotional Materials; and Debbie Neitlich and Anne Zavell, Production Assistants.

The crew:

Deck Crew Headers: Nathaniel Schetter and Elizabeth Soglin; Deck/Properties Crew: Madison Kartcheske and Maureen Statland*; Master Electrician/Light Board Operator: Jessica Hansen; Follow Spot Operators: Sahar Steiner and Hannah Wohlman; Fly Operators: John McCreary, Kylie Smith and Martin Wiviott; Sound Board Operators: Braden Gardner and Karen Wallace; Wardrobe Supervisor: Stacey Herman; Costume Mistress: Kyra Sarris; Costume Run Crew: Danielle Brown, Hannah Brown, Stacey Herman, Shaina Kravetz and Rachel Melnik; Box Office Assistant: Jami Lieder*, Wig Assistant: Karen Current; House Manager: Sean Loach; Lighting Crew: Danielle Kropveld, Christopher Nguyen, Margaret Selinger, Kylie Smith and Sahar Steiner; Costume Crew: Stacey Herman, Rachel Kaufman, Shaina Kravetz, Sean Loach, Cindie Spilg-Rogers*, Erin Rourke*, Kyra Sarris, Payge Sarris, Emma Sheffy, Hannah Solan; Shop Manager: Elizabeth Soglin; Scenic Project Manager: Martin Wiviott; and Set Construction: Casey Behrens; Julie Berg-Einhorn*, Abby Bettenhausen, Jason Block*, Kayla Chinitz, Jessica Clark, Zain Dababneh, Gabrielle Dizon, Hannah Doherty, Norman Fox*, Jessica Fucik, Ankit Gandhi, David Gilbert, Jessica Hansen, Sara Helgemo, Matheu Hoegen, Mary Jablowicz, Madison Kartcheske, Rachel Kaufman, Tolga Kester, Shaista Khan, Danielle Kropveld, Jessica Kropveld, Bella Levavi, John McCreary, Joseph Nagler, Allison Newman, Christopher Nguyen, Jacob Rosenberg, Nathaniel Schetter, Julia Schneider, Molly Scanlon*, Martina Scofano*, Jacob Shor, Kylie Smith, Elizabeth Soglin, Spencer Soglin, Maureen Statland*, Sahar Steiner, Diane Sucherman-Behrens*, Yourtana Sulaiman, Karen Wallace, Hannah Wohlman, Martin Wiviott and Mary Helen Youseph.

The Pit Orchestra:  Sophia Huang, Debby Hwang, Judy Kim, David Caplan, Michelle Katz*, Brianna Nielsen*, Aaron Dorfman, Josh Hoffman-Peterson, Anna Aussman*, Matthew Harris-Ridker, Daniel Aisenberg, Ethan Soo, Luke Dorais, Lyka Ando, Ben Shapiro, Nikko Frani, Mia Torres, Sharon Jacobson-Stine*, Sandy McCurdy, Brian Cua, Tony Yao, Mitch Cassman*, Alexis Moy, Juliana Tichota, Megan Crane, Robert Dietz, Anita Turner-Baker, Andrew Goldberg and Madeleine Howard*. Assistant Pit Director, Lucy Chavez.


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See the talented Auroris “Impulse” performance

The 2014-2015 Auroris Dance Company presents “Impulse” on January 15 through 18 in the Niles North Auditorium at 9800 Lawler, Skokie.  Performances will be on Friday, January 16 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, January 18 at 5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $10. Tickets can also be reserved in advanced by contacting Deanna Sortino at or 847-626-2129. The dancers will be performing all different styles of dance including jazz, modern, hip-hop, Broadway, Bollywood, Argentinian folklore and ballet.

Guest choreographers include Soledad Centurion, Corey Nagel, Santo Scavuzzo III, Elmo Scott, Martin Ortiz Tapia, and Lauryn Schmelzer (NN Alum). The company consists of 31 dancers under the guidance of Artistic Director, Deanna Sortino and Assistant Director, Danielle Wilder.  Captains are seniors Sivan Eliasoff, Christan Cole Fajardo, Keenna Shah, and junior Anna Hershinow.  Seniors are Irene Diblich, Saadat Kaplinsky, Philip Khuu, Anna Mancia, and Allen Nou. Juniors are Jessica Badofsky, Alexis Benitez, Nati Duarte, Mi Lee, Olivia Meyers, Kagen Quiballo, Noam Ron, Mindy Smith, Joanna Tan, Jazmyn Trinos, Jisha Varughese and Abigail Villanueva. Sophomores are Cindy Liang, Juliana Tichota, and Gabby Ubaldo. Freshmen are Marcus Ambubuyog, Chloe Ballais, Mollie Chez, Tera Eliasoff, Emma Groner, Sharon Joseph, Julia Schneider, and Yetunde Washington.


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Go to Potbelly Sandwich Works Today!