Lewis University's Philip Lynch Theatre celebrates 35 years

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Lewis University's Philip Lynch Theatre celebrates 35 years

Published: June 14, 2010.

Lewis University's Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) announces the 2010-2011 theatre season. The five main stage shows include: the blockbuster Broadway hit, "The Producers" on July 16-18 and July 22-25; the heartfelt exploration of 9/11 survivor guilt in "New York" on Oct. 1-3 and Oct. 7-10; the charming romance of "Enchanted April" on Nov. 12-14 and Nov. 18-21; the lust, love, and horror of "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" on Feb. 11-13 and Feb. 17-20, 2011; and the hilarious comic romp, "Shakespeare in Hollywood" on April 8-10 and April 14-17, 2011.

Originally an airplane hangar, the PLT is an intimate thrust stage designed after the world famous Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN, and contains 242 comfortable stadium style seats. The PLT has over 500 loyal theatre subscribers, and is one of Will County's Heritage Corridor most unique venues.

Over the span of 35 years, the PLT has produced over 175 main stage shows, and dozens of student directed shows and projects. AlphaBet Soup Productions has been a resident professional children's theatre company for 23 years. Heritage Theatre Company (HTC), an actively producing alumni organization, has been producing for 14 years. HTC will produce their 6th Annual Holiday Spectacular in December 2010. In addition since 1999, the theatre department has yearly participated in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition.

The PLT has over 300 alumni and community friends who have supported the theatre program at Lewis University. Many of them have successful careers in teaching, technical theatre, acting, directing, writing, producing, and in the diverse fields found in the professional entertainment industry.

Notable alumni of Lewis University include: Kay Cannon, writer/producer for the 3 time NBC Emmy winning "30 Rock;" Daniel Hess '95, company manager for the Chicago Shakespeare Theater; John Loprieno '82, character Cord Roberts on the ABC soap opera "One Life to Live," Skip Griparis '83, headlining major comedy clubs across the country, from Dangerfield's in New York to the Ice House in Los Angeles, to Zanies in his home town of Chicago; Allison (Braitkrus) Wood '99, Head of Creative, Film & TV Music for Universal Music Enterprises, John Lordan '72 professional actor, and Chicago south-side raised professional comedian John Caponera '79. His impressions of the late Howard Cosell and Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray are dead-on and hilarious.

Join the PLT as they celebrate 35 years with a season subscription.

Experience a PLT production as a subscriber and receive one ticket to each of the five plays for $44. Subscribers receive first choice of seating, five issues of the theatre's newsletter Offstage, advance notice of special events, and guaranteed seats for each production. Or discover the affordable single ticket price to a musical at only $12 for adults and $11 for students and senior citizens. Single tickets for the plays are $10 for adults and $9 for students and senior citizens. The Lewis student ticket price is $2, and has been for 35 years!

Free parking is available in lots adjacent to the Oremus Fine Arts Center.

Wheelchair assessable, and an elevator located in the lobby with access to the main floor seating. An assisted listening system is available to hearing impaired patrons. A concession service is available before and at intermission of each production. All proceeds from concession sales go to the Philip Lynch Theatre Scholarship Fund for theatre students.

For more information on the exciting events offered at Lewis University's Philip Lynch Theatre contact the box office by calling (815) 836-5500 or by email, boxoffice@lewisu.edu. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1-4:30 p.m. The Philip Lynch Theatre is located on the main campus of Lewis University on Route 53 in Romeoville.

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