Philip Lynch Theatre


Congratulations to the following students for their Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Irene Ryan Acting nominations for the PLT April production, Urinetown the Musical (from left to right) Jordin Richards who performed the role of Little Sally and Michael Frale who performed the role of Bobby Strong.

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On Saturday, June 18, PLT students, alumni and cast members of the upcoming production Big Fish performed at the Celebration of Br. James Gaffney, FSC. An excerpt from the song Be the Hero was featured and theatre major, Michael Frale also performed a solo song, Goodbye from the musical Catch Me If You Can. Br. James’ 28 years as the 9th President of Lewis University was commemorated with the bestowal of President Emeritus by a resolution adopted on May 2, 2016 by the Board of Trustees.

Throughout his remarkable tenure, he played an extraordinary role in the development of Lewis through a renewed and revitalized institutional commitment to Mission; the growth and quality of academic programs; the advancement of student success initiatives, significant growth in enrollment; the physical transformation of the campus and the development of regional sites, and leadership in the surrounding community. Br. James is an example of faith, leadership and dedication to students, faculty and staff at Lewis University.


Congratulations to Stephanie Hill ‘11 (left) and Kate Sisto ‘11 (right) for each receiving a Master’s Degree in Education at the May commencement ceremonies. Bravo!


Greg Vojtanek ‘98 has added published author to his resume with his novel, I Hate NY: True Stories of Life in New York City. It is a tongue-in-cheek, first-hand account of events that transpired while living in the Big Apple. It’s not the lights of Broadway or a symbolic statue of freedom. This is the dirt, and the grit. It’s not pretty, but it is true.

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Briana Reidy ‘16 was recently cast in Aurora’s upcoming Riverfront Playhouse’s production of The Man with the Plastic Sandwich. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, July 29–September 3.

Art Show (During the run of Big Fish)

Point of View Fine Art Photography, featuring the work of local artists: Richard Ainsworth, Jon Balke, Barbara Eberhard, Hank Erdmann, Jim McCollum, Kare McCollum, Donna Nevels, Jennifer Petric
Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery
Oremus Fine Arts Center

Big Fish Off stage Web Gallery June 13 – August 12, 2016
Reception: Friday, July 29, 7-9 p.m.
For additional information: contact Natalie Swain, Gallery Coordinator,

Big Fish Off stage Web Thank You Bravo! The Lewis University Philip Lynch Theatre students, faculty and staff would like to express our appreciation for the generosity in support of our Teaching Theatre Technology, fondly known as the #T3PLT, fundraising campaign. The kindness displayed by patrons, subscribers, alumni, students, faculty and staff is incredibly beneficial to the theatre department, and will allow current students to train and operate industry standard lighting equipment. We turn the spotlight on you and sincerely treasure your patronage. A standing ovation to the following: Dennis Anastasopoulos, Alexandria Austring, Am Barczak, George Black, Colleen bradberry, Thomas Brens, Sheri Brens, Donna Brens, Jeremy & Emily Brzycki, David Bukowski, William Butler, Kay Cannon, Michael Carnahan, Anna Carter & John Scott, Kaaron Cephas, Melissa Chicola, Angela Cotta, Patricia Crowley, John Culik, Mr. & Mrs. Keith Deck, Rosemarie Devine, Candice Diaz, Martin Donovan, Mikaela Donovan, Mr. & Mrs. Ken Dorencz, Dr. & Mrs. Alan Eckman, Ronald Dzik, Sharon Fisher, Father Mark Fracaro, Michael frale, Kathleen Frale, Christine French, Barbara Greenham-Conway, Mr. & Mrs. James Grogan, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hammond, Franchesca Heidenreich, Walter ‘Bucky’ Hines, Mr. & Mrs. Richard Hoblin, Michelle Hueg, Mary Ingmire, Gwendolyn Jacobson, Mr. & Mrs. Corey Johansen, Mr. & Mrs. Alan Kaplan, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Kararo, Mr. & Mrs. John Kella, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Klein, James Klick, Dr. & Mrs. Raymond Klump, Rosemary Kowa, Mr. & Mrs. Michael Kunka, Gregory Loston, Justin Marchert, Bill Marra, Sue Martin, Mr. & Mrs. John Meyer, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Miraglia, Maria Mulcahy, Katherine Nakis, Mr. & Mrs. Brian Nelsen, Carolyn Newlin, Lisa Notter, Jeraldine O’Brien, Kathleen O’Neil, Dr. Kathleen Owens, Patricia Penca Gaugush, Jesus Perez, Mr. & Mrs. Terrence Piazza, Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Preston, John Michael Quinn, P. Joanne Ray, Christal Reed, Briana Reidy, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Richter, Kathryn Risor-Heise, Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Rollinger, Mr. & Mrs. James Rozanski, Camille Rubin, Mr. & Mrs. Lanny Seebert, Mr. & Mrs. William Sikorski, Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Slowik, Dr. Clare Slowik, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Smith, Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Soliman, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Soltis, Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Staniszewski, Scott Stewart, Jane Stiker, Mr. & Mrs. Warren Thom, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Turley, Carol Wassbert, Jack Wenger, Keith White, Mary Willis, David Woody, Barbara Wyne, Rockdale Controls Company, Inc., Midwest Tankermen, Inc.

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Lewis University’s Theatre Department alumni, students, faculty and staff presented another night of original theatre. The event entitled BYOB stands for Bring Your Own Blocking two nights of performances featured students and alumni. Blocking is the process of planning where, when, and how actors will move about the stage during a performance. BYOB continues to follow the creative energy from other Heritage Theatre Company (HTC) events including Late Night Meisner and the 24-Hour Theatre Festival a.k.a. Black Box Blowout.

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2016-17 Season Tickets


Places! Dress Rehearsal

Improv Night September 2016

Philip Lynch Theatre Summer 2016

Philip Lynch Theatre 40th Anniversary Year in Review