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Contact: David Booth / Elisabeth DeWispelaere, School of Theatre and Dance
(815) 753-1337

April 6, 2009

School of Theatre and Dance presents
annual Storytellers Theatre opening April 16

DeKalb, Ill. — In a simpler time, a world without radio, television, Internet or other modern electronic conveniences, people told stories as a form of entertainment and as a way to hand down history to succeeding generations. It is an ancient tradition that the Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance continues with its next production.

For the final Studio Series show of its 2008-2009 season, the school presents its annual Storytellers Theatre, opening Thursday, April 16, in the Stevens Building Corner Theatre on the DeKalb campus.

The stories for this edition of Storytellers Theatre will focus on the theme of patriotism. Director Patricia Ridge said that she chose this year’s theme to illustrate what is good about America and why it is important. “Through my eyes, I see that America is in a dark place,” she said, “but that there are great things about it dating all the way back to its establishment.”

Ridge pointed out that she wants the audience to hear the stories of different people who have in real-life contributed to this country.

However, by the telling of personal stories, biographies, poems, tall tales, folk tales, music and song, the students of Ridge’s storytelling class pay tribute to all of America’s heroes, past and present, and acknowledge what it is to be an American. 

Storytellers Theatre runs Thursday, April 16, through Sunday, April 19, in the Stevens Building Corner Theatre on the NIU DeKalb campus, located behind McDonald’s restaurant on West Lincoln Highway. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $5 and are available at the Stevens Building box office only on performance nights. For additional information, contact the box office at (815) 753-1600.

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