Dear Theatre Patrons,
Magic has certainly been happening at the Fine Arts Building this past year. Most of you have seen the beautiful new additions which include the art gallery, handicapped washrooms right off the lobby, a new patio area, and the Studio Theatre located directly above the art gallery and accessible through the gallery up the beautiful staircase. Some new areas you may not have seen are the new scene shop and the wonderful furniture and properties storage area above the shop. We are thrilled that our university is committed to the support of the arts.
We are also thrilled about this upcoming season. It is wonderfully diverse in styles, which is always important for our students’ education and experience. Thematically, the shows all deal in some way with human self-discovery. The majority of our students are at an age when finding out who they are may often be confusing and sometimes elusive. I believe the students of theatre gain perspective by empathically living the lives of these incredible characters. We often find out what we’re made of when confronted with conflict, and the five shows being presented are filled with delicious conflict.
We would love for you to join us in this upcoming year of self-discovery, if not as a subscriber, then for a few productions. Who knows? We may all make some magical discoveries about ourselves.
See you at the theatre,
Keith J. White
Chair, Director of Theatre
Subscribe and save! Become a Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) subscriber and save up to 15 percent on the entire season. PLT subscribers receive preferred seating for 5 magical shows for the low price of $44. Other subscription benefits include: free parking, free ticket insurance and free ticket exchanges. Subscribe and save to the magic of theatre. Individual tickets go on sale June 19, 2013 for Lewis University's Philip Lynch Theatre 2013 - 2014 season.
The five main stage productions include the upbeat musical about self-discovery in "Legally Blonde," a comedic romp into the world of fantasy in "She Kills Monsters," the timeless classic that explores moral responsibility "To Kill A Mockingbird," side-splitting laughs in the behind-the-scenes peek of 3 infamous silver screen giants in "Moonlight and Magnolias," and a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good, and life lessons are learned in the musical "Avenue Q."
Lewis University’s Heritage Theatre Company hosts 24 Hour Theatre Festival
"Late Night Meisner" rehearsals in preparation for the "24 Hour Theatre Festival" pictured left to right:
Chris Hueg, Katy Papineau, Stephanie Lipinski and Tyler Senjanin
Lewis University's Heritage Theatre Company (HTC) is proud to host a "24 Hour Theatre Festival a.k.a. Black Box Blowout" on Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15. The new Studio Theatre, nicknamed the "black box," is a theater with a very simple design, which makes it an extremely flexible space.
As its name would suggest, this kind of theatre is designed kind of like a box. The space which contains the theatre is square and painted black, because black is a neutral color which will not clash with costumes, sets, and lighting. The floor is flat and open, allowing designers to arrange seating however they desire. The great thing about a black box space is that it can be anything anyone wishes to imagine. A black box theatre is capable of endless new configurations, allowing artists to exercise their creativity, which can be especially valuable in the case of experimental performances, like a "24 Hour Theatre Festival."
In January, HTC started seeking playwrights, directors, actors, stage managers, technicians and front-of-house staff for a weekend long experience of creating original live theatre. They have 1 day – 1,440 minutes – 86,400 seconds – for total play creation. They will be given a theme, a bag of theatrical supplies and one chance at glory. The “24 Hour Theatre Festival” will begin at 7 pm on Friday, March 14, 2014 and conclude with a free performance on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm.
HTC board members and Lewis alumni, Chad Tallon ’08 of Essex, Jo Slowik ’88, Andrew Nelsen ’04 both of Joliet and Matt Dutton ’13 of Chicago are the festival leaders. Lewis alumni participating in the event include: Sean Barber ’11 of Aurora, Christopher Hueg ’11 of Roseville, MN, Ashley Daun ’12 of New Lenox, Tim Karkowski ’07 of Channahon, and Sandy Bednarz ’12 of Woodridge.
Current Lewis students participating in the festival include: Justin Anderson of Orland Park, Mary Bradley of Palos Heights, Matthew Carlson and Erika Young both from Lockport, Brendan Casey and Sylmarie Soto both from Joliet, Allie DiMiele of New Lenox, Austin Hill of Naperville, Stephanie Lipinski of Oak Forest, Bryan Lochner of Essex, Annie Martello of Morris, Kate O’Neil of Yorkville, Katy Papineau of Kankakee, Nicole and Briana Reidy of Darien, Jessie Richey of McHenry, Tyler Senjanin of Evergreen Park, Rachel Tau of Wood Dale, and Sabrina Parr of Plainfield.
The show is recommended for patrons 18 and above and will have a one-night only performance on Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lewis University Studio Theatre. This event is free and open to the public. Seating will be general admission, first-come-first-serve. For more information, patrons can check out the PLT Website at www.lewisu.edu/plt
, or call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday 1-430 p.m. Patrons can also email at firstname.lastname@example.org
. The Studio Theatre is located on the main campus, the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53 in Romeoville.
Music, Lyrics and Original Concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Book by Jeff Whitty
Originally Produced on Broadway by
Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffery Seller
Vineyard Theatre and The New Group
April 4 - 6 & April 10 - 13
"...explores prejudice, coming out of the closet and post-Internet-boom angst -- with puppets and song."
- The New York Times
Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show; a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good, and life lessons are learned. The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
Thursday, Fridays & Saturdays, 8 pm
Sunday matinees, 2:30 pm
2nd Saturday, 4 pm matinee
Directed by Keith White
Recommended for 16 and up.
$10 single tickets go on sale 6/19/13
LIGHTS! CAMERA! AUCTION!
4 pm performance, Saturday, April 12, 2014
Silent Auction & Complimentary Dessert Bar
A fundraising event to benefit Regional CARE Association