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Contact: Mark McGowan, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-9472

January 13, 2005

Chicago musical ‘Menopause’ to benefit
NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts fund

DeKalb — Smiles and laughs at the expense of four women going through “The Change” will help enhance learning experiences for students in Northern Illinois University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA).

Supporters of the college are invited to attend the 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, production of Menopause The Musical™ at the Apollo Theatre, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. All proceeds benefit the Dean’s Fund for Arts Initiatives.

The Apollo seats 400, and Dean Harold Kafer is working all lines of communication to pack the house. NIU alumna Jeanie Linders, writer and producer of the musical and a member of the CVPA advisory board, and the “Menopause” cast will attend a special post-show reception.

The event is a CVPA Advisory Board project. A subcommittee of the board has been working for two months on marketing and promotion of the event, including launching a Web site ( and organizing a silent auction and a raffle to further boost the fund.

It’s all part of the college’s most ambitious fundraising effort to date.

“Our college has been driven over the past decade by a focus on being a major provider of artistic services to the region in ways that strengthen the teaching and learning environment – the interaction of faculty and students on campus,” Kafer said.

“Like the university in general, we have more opportunities than we can possibly pursue given the limits of financial and human resources, so there has to be some rubric by which one says ‘yes’ rather than ‘no,’ ” Kafer added. “Certainly those opportunities which are going to have the greatest positive benefit for our students, especially in terms of enhancing their educational experience, are the opportunities to which we try to say ‘yes.’ ”

Menopause the Musical™ follows four women in the dressing rooms of Bloomingdale’s who comment and sing about their experiences with “the change.” The show is structured as a musical review of classic pop tunes from the 1960s through today whose lyrics have been cleverly rewritten to reflect the topic at hand. This is a show that men and women will enjoy.

A member of the college’s advisory board is donating the raffle prize: a four-day, three-night trip to Las Vegas for two with hotel and airfare included.

For more information and to order tickets, visit the Web site ( or contact Susan Carter at (815) 753-1636 or via e-mail at

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