Philip Lynch Theatre


Thank you to everyone who participated and attended the HTC 9th Annual Holiday Spectacular! What’s the recipe for a successful show?

Prep time: 12 rehearsals and 3 technical/dress rehearsals. Decorate the lobby and theatre, paint the stage floor, hang the holiday lights, wrap the prop presents, press the pretty costumes, and dance to the music of the season.

  • 36 talented performers
  • 17 creative production staff members
  • 10 helpful front-of-house staff members
Piping hot for 841 happy holiday patrons!

HTC would like to extend a special recognition of thanks to the generosity of the patrons who attended the 9th Annual Holiday Spectacular. Your donations went the St. Patrick’s Food Pantry in Joliet. Each week they deliver groceries to over 18 families who depend on the operation of their food pantry. Your donations of non-perishable food items has become a tradition of the holiday show and this year your donations were truly spectacular!

  The volunteers of St. Patrick’s Food Pantry posed in front of the shelves filled by our generous patrons.

Kamil Borowski as Orcus in She Kills Monsters and Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird
Jordin Richards as Agnes in She Kills Monsters
Matthew Carlson as Bob Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird

Lewis University officially opened the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Plaza on Monday, October 14, in the beautifully landscaped fountain area between the dining halls and the Oremus Fine Arts Center. The turning on of the fountain was conducted by Br. James Gaffney, FSC and student representatives: Sabra Thomas from the Theatre Dept., Connor McLennan from the Art Dept., and Jeffrey M. Wegrzyn from the Music Department. Designed as a place for those on campus to relax outdoors in a lovely setting, the Wadsworth Family Plaza also features paver paths for those going to and from the Oremus Fine Arts Center. It includes a covered arbor walkway, a “seat” wall, ornamental plants, a rose garden and environmentally friendly landscaping. Special thanks to Lewis student, Natalie Asp for her beautiful photo.

  Alumna Kay Cannon is a new mom! The Pitch Perfect and New Girl writer welcomed a baby girl on October 12 with her comedy writer husband Eben Russell. “I finally pooped out a baby!” the Emmy-nominated writer wrote via Instagram on Sunday, Oct. 13. “Evelyn Rose Russell. We call her Leni.”

  Ernest W. Ray’93 and Diandra E. Cecchetti shared their wedding day with family and friends on October 12. Congratulations newlyweds!

Heritage Theatre Company (HTC) was proud to present an alumni connection band concert in the Studio Theatre on Saturday, October 19. Headlining the event was Jack Be Nimble, a Chicago-based Indie pop-rock band that features Mike Friar ‘12, Doug Chibe ‘12, Sean Biltgen, Kevin Forney ‘12. Ted Slowik ‘87 also performed. Joliet singer/songwriter, Ted is a storyteller with a heart and a healthy sense of humor. His songs range from the political and social commentary of “Springfield” and “Hinsdale” to the personal family history of “Ballad of Slowiks.”

Alumnus Ted Slowik ‘87

  Jack Be Nimble featuring (left to right)
Doug Chibe ‘12, Mike Friar ‘12, Kevin Forney ‘12 and Sean Biltgen on drums.
  Among the audience members were faculty member Harold McCay and alumna Monisa Victrum ‘12.

Under the direction of alumna, Patti McCann Stoltman ’88, the Benton County School of the Arts High School, show choir “Shoc” performed in the new Studio Theatre on Friday, November 8, 2013.  

18th Annual
Regional CARE AIDS Walk
Saturday, October 5, 2013

A special ‘Bravo’ to the participants and our student volunteers at the 18th Annual Regional CARE AIDS Walk on Saturday, October 5. Your kindness will be remembered.
Hannah Buchanan ‘18, Stephanie Daley ‘14, Jennifer Beck ‘14, and Br. James Gaffney, FSC

  Keith White ‘77

Stephanie Daley ‘14
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Greetings from Lewis University's Philip Lynch Theatre

Welcome to Lewis University's Philip Lynch Theatre