The Wait is Over! 8th Annual Holiday Spectacular at Lewis

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The Wait is Over! 8th Annual Holiday Spectacular at Lewis University

Published: November 23, 2012.

Heritage Theatre Company (HTC) will celebrate the season with the 8th Annual Holiday Spectacular. Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, December 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. Due to popular demand, a 4 p.m. matinee has been added on December 8.

Fun for the whole family, the show will deck the halls with 90 minutes of joyful music, skits, and merriment. The Holiday Spectacular is a non-stop sleigh ride of heartwarming moments filled with singing, dancing, and laughter. A special feature this year will be the return of the “Charlie Brown Christmas” sketch.

The box office opens at 6 p.m. and 3 p.m. for the matinee on December 8 with holiday confections in the lobby. Digital photos on stage with Santa and his holiday helpers will be available 30 minutes prior to show time. The proceeds from concessions and the photos go to the Theatre Scholarship Fund.

Tickets are $10 for the general public, and $2 for the members of the Lewis community. Half price tickets are available with a donation of non-perishable foods going to local shelters.

Seating is general admission and ticket reservations are recommended. Tickets may be purchased at the Philip Lynch Theatre box office in advance during regular box office hours Monday – Friday, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. E-mail the box office at or call (815) 836-5500 for your tickets today to this PLT holiday tradition.

This year’s show features a cast of 34 Lewis students and alumni. They’ll sing, dance and warm your spirits as they put a holiday twist on ‘Gangnam Style,’ Lady Gaga, The Blues Brothers and much, much more. The holiday spirit abounds as HTC shares the gift of live theatre! The cast features: Saul Ortega and Sabra Thomas of Bolingbrook, Victoria Vega of Burbank, Matt Dutton, Hector Jimenez, and Ryan Tadych of Chicago, Greg Rossbach of Crete, Briana Reidy and Nicole Reidy of Darien, Bryan Lochner of Essex, Eric Henely of Hammonton, NJ, Brittany Bishop and Carli Wheeler of Joliet, Emily Lif and Erika Young of Lockport, Tenaira Douglas of Matteson, Cassandra “Kiwi” Pruitt of Milwaukee, WI, Kelly Provenzano of McHenry, Natalie Asp and Jeff Weiss of Minneapolis, MN, Austin Hill of Naperville, Steph Lipinski of Oak Forest, Carole McKee and Lisa Wojcik of Plainfield, Adam Smetana of Racine, WI, Jill Jeffrey of Romeoville, Ben Gilly of St. Joseph, Ashwin Kadaba of Sydney, Australia, Jordin Richards of Tinley Park, Michael Wall of Wauconda, Emily Hayden of Westmont, Alex Kwiatkowski of Wheaton, Rachel Tau of Wood Dale, and Katie O’Neil of Yorkville. The show is conceived and directed by Lewis University’s Director of Theatre Keith White, and Philip Lynch Theatre Manager Jo Slowik both of Joliet. Stage-managing the production is Melissa Chicola of Lockport, Ross Reed of Country Club Hills is the assistant stage manager, Annie Martello of Plainfield is the properties master, and Melanie Gillies of Lombard is designing and operating the lights. Jackie Staszak of Braidwood and Sandy Bednarz Woodridge are the costume coordinators, and Kevin Kaucher of Chicago is designing the sound.

Don’t be a grinch; join HTC as it rings in the holiday season with “The Eighth Holiday Spectacular.” HTC is sure to chase the holiday blues away with laughter!

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