Philip Lynch Theatre


Heritage Theatre Company has been a ready and willing partner for the alumni, students and friends of the PLT for over 16 years. HTC has been the driving force behind the incredibly successful Christmas show that will celebrate its 10th year in December. We’re rejuvenated and continue to plan productions for the many new theatrical adventures with the addition of the new, beautiful Studio Theatre.

HTC is proud to announce that we’ll produce the second annual production entitled AlumNights: An Evening of Familiar Faces. It will be directed by Chad Tallon ‘08 and an informational meeting was held on July 11 for those wishing to participate in the production. The show will feature many of the PLT’s 'familiar faces' depicting scenes and songs from over 50 years of PLT and HTC productions.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, August 15 and 16. General admission tickets are $10 for the general public, and $2 for the members of the Lewis community. Tickets will be available for purchase at the performances of Shrek.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the box office, (815) 836-5500 or Let the Studio Theatre magic continue!

Lewis University’s Theatre Department alumni, students, faculty and staff produced another night of original theatre. The ‘BYOB’ stands for “Bring Your Own Blocking” two nights of performances that were held in May and featured students and alumni.

Blocking is the process of planning where, when, and how actors will move about the stage during a performance. A term coined in the 1870s by W.S. Gilbert, who used small wooden blocks to represent actors and he moved them about on a 3-D model of a set design.

The concept and title of “BYOB” came from the creative mind of recent May 2014 graduate, Jessie Richey, who was inspired by her directing class. With the new studio space, Richey wanted to re-experience the creativity, freedom and excitement of directing, writing and performing her original work.

“BYOB” continues to follow the creative energy from other Heritage Theatre Company (HTC) events including AlumNights and the 24-Hour Theatre Festival a.k.a. Black Box Blowout. There were 7 original scenes produced, written, directed and choreographed by students, alumni and PLT friends.

Jillian Kelm ‘07 married Michael Bollow on March 14 to become Mrs. Jillian Bollow. She is a manager at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. Her husband, Michael is the owner and operator of Phanatic Entertainment, LLC. The company does event planning for the Military History Fest held annually at the Pheasant Run Resort and Convention Center and Milwaukee’s comic convention, Fantasticon. .

  Christopher Selefski ‘11 performed the role of Conor, in the Signal EnsembleTheatre’s world premiere musical, The Next Thing. The plot revolves around characters Conor and Kate, ambitious actors from opposite sides of the Atlantic, who meet while co-starring in a Hollywood blockbuster. They take an immediate disliking to each other, and so it follows that they are immediately paired together for more films. The Next Thing is a new musical that spans six years, five movies, four deals, three significant others, two Oscars, and one combustible relationship. NewCity Chicago reviewed a performance and said, “...Selefski is nothing less than magical.”

  Congratulations to the following students for their Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Irene Ryan Acting nominations for Avenue Q.(Pictured left to right) Amanda Mascarello as Christmas Eve, and Sylmarie Soto as Kate Monster.

Harold McCay, Professor of Theatre and Sceneographer, received the Healthy Flyer Award in May. The award recognizes a faculty or staff member who demostrates a dedication to living fit. Harold was nominated by one of his peers and chosen by a committee of alumni dedicated to fitness and living healthy.

Erika Young, a May 2014 graduate, has been accepted to Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. She will be attending medical school this Fall. Congratulations!

  Erica Quirk ‘93 will perform the title role of Mame with ABC’s All My Children’s soap opera celebrity, Walt Willey and other soap opera favorites. Erica has also been featured playing opposite Willey in the Ottawa’s Visitors Bureau marketing campaign commercials “Pick Us.”

Art Show (During the run of Shrek)
Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery
Oremus Fine Arts Center
“Sound Capture”
Photographs by Dennis Pryber
July 16-August 14, 2014
Reception: Saturday, July 26, 7-9 pm (Open to the public)

For additional information: contact Natalie Swain, Gallery Coordinator,