Theater of imagination
The New Trier Class of 2012 is hosting The Tom DeLuca “Theater of Imagination” Show at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Gaffney Auditorium on the Winnetka Campus. DeLuca is a nationally recognized hypnotist and entertainer. His popular shows have been featured on Good Morning America and Dateline NBC.
Early birds get a bargain price: Pre-sale tickets are $12 each and can be purchased now in Room 200 at the Winnetka Campus, between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday while supplies last. Prices increase to $15 after Nov. 30 All proceeds go to the Senior Service Project to build a house with Habitat for Humanity. For more information, call (847) 784-2246. The event is open to the public.
Community members, parents, family, and friends are invited to view the work of students from New Trier’s Integrated Global Studies School from Dec. 1-4 at the Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave. Their work will be featured in the exhibition “Inside the Leviathan: The Art of Moby Dick.” A reception will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Dec. 1.
Timothy Dohrer, Winnetka Campus principal, was recently presented with the 2011 Principals’ Recognition Award by the Illinois Directors of Student Activities. The award is given to principals who show consistent support to the development of student activities opportunities in their schools.
New Trier High School’s educational cable channel, NTTV, has revamped its schedule to feature a plethora of new show options, including a focus on additional local programming. Some highlights of the new schedule include: Exclusive New Trier programming all day Tuesdays and Thursdays; children’s programming on Sunday and Wednesday mornings; adult health shows on Saturday mornings; sci-fi, paranormal, and horror films late on Friday and Saturday nights.
Area residents and viewers are encouraged to tune into the new and improved NTTV, which is broadcast via Comcast Cable on Channel 18 in Winnetka, Glencoe and Kenilworth, and on Channel 16 in Wilmette and Northfield. More information and the daily schedule can be found on the NTTV home page, http://newtrier.k12.il.us/page.aspx?id=5948.
The Performing Arts Division of New Trier High School will present Zombie Prom and The Threepenny Opera this week.
Zombie Prom, New Trier’s freshman-sophomore musical workshop, will warm the Cornog Auditorium at the Northfield Campus Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8 and 9 at 4:30 p.m., and Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. This girl-loves-ghoul rock and roll musical tells the story of the students at Enrico Fermi High. Toffee has fallen for the class bad boy, an orphan named Jonny. Toffee’s parents force her to end the romance and Jonny rides his motorcycle into the nuclear waste of the neighboring atomic power plant to his death. Somehow, Zombie Jonny escapes his lead-lined coffin at the bottom of the ocean and returns to town determined to reclaim Toffee’s heart and take her to the prom. Could there be a better reason to become one of the undead?
“This musical is such fun on many levels,” says director Hilerre Kirsch. “First, it’s just such a joyous send-up of the fifties genre – complete with poodle skirts and cheesy horror film clichés. But it’s also a loving commentary on the extreme nature of teenage emotions and offers a chance for kids to make fun of themselves. We are all working hard and having a great time putting this workshop together.”
The Wednesday at 7:30 and Friday at 4:30 cast includes Joe Agase, Samantha Bravos, Caroline Corley, Esther Fishbein, Isaac Gamoran, Catherine Heath, Ben Klein, Hailey Kline, Mary Lee, Jack Levin, Jeffrey McHugh, Krista Mersino, Laura Montenegro, Sammie Mulmot, Makaila Rosin, Lucas Sanders, Nikki Scheman, Rebecca Schriesheim, Katie Shelman, Leah Sherin, Alina Taber, Kenneth Townsend, Brad Wiedrich, and Elizabeth Woodburn.
The Thursday at 4:30 and Saturday at 7:30 cast includes Alice Barlow, Kevin Blair, Shira Brandhandler, Helen Feeney, Sabrina Fosse, Preston Fulks, Rachel Goldstein, Rachel Goldstein, Katie Gotta, Madeline Harbaugh, Carolyn Kaiser, Zach Lobman, Natalie Miller, Maddie Murnane, Emma Noyes, Jack Oldfield, Allie Pappas, Josh Philoon, Brian Reedy, Kevin Slowey, Aria Szalai-Raymond, Loucine Topouzian, Brian Weaver, Max Weiner, and Lindsey Whisler.
Bertolt Brecht’s Threepenny Opera sets the stage for laughter, music, and suspense Dec. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 2:00 p.m. in the McGee Theatre at the Winnetka Campus. This play with music explores the underbelly of jazz-age London and the twisted world of beggars, thieves, and entrepreneurs. The sly portrayal of epic theatre promises to push audiences to consider whether it is worse to rob or worse to ruin.
“I’m very excited by the work of our scenic designer, Richard Penrod,” says director Josh Rubin. “The play itself is set at the start of the Victorian age when carnivals and side shows were popular entertainment for both upper and lower class citizens in London. The set features a functioning carousel and weaves together the elements of carnival showmanship and spectacle with music and drama.”
“Also,” Rubin continues, “the play was first written in 1928 and criticized the growing separation of upper and lower class citizens in both Europe and the US. Given the economic and political issues of today ranging from the debt crisis to the occupy movement, the issues are still relevant and the play provides a lens for students and audiences to consider our past as we determine our next steps.”
The cast includes Abby Albrecht, Emily Ashenden, Sarah Bachler, Zoey Bond, Emma Bressler, Maude Brown, John Burns, Christie Castagna, Valerie Feygel, Barbara Harvey, Kyle Kahnweiler, Chloe Knight, Jill Lurie, Gregg Miller, Bridget Murdoch, Ellen Naughton, Jessica Perelman, Christopher Perrin, Alexi Seigel, Leah Silberman, and Emily Trevor.
Tickets for both productions are available online for purchase by credit card now and up to 24 hours prior to each performance at www.seatyourself.biz/newtrier., Tickets are $8, which includes the service charge. Tickets at the door will be $8.50.