Contact: David Booth / Elisabeth DeWispelaere, NIU School of Theatre and Dance
March 9, 2009
DeKalb — Variety shows and Vaudeville might be a things of a bygone era, but the next Studio Series production of the NIU School of Theatre and Dance, “A Night at the Cabaret,” draws its inspiration directly from that historic page.
According to student director, Patrick Pantelis, “A Night at the Cabaret” showcases 15 different acts, ranging from dancing to acting to musical numbers and everything in between. Pantelis calls it “a Cabaret-style show with a modern feel.”
“Students get the chance to perform and share talents that they might not otherwise have gotten a chance to perform onstage during their time at NIU,” he says.
The 2009 senior BFA in acting candidates host this Vaudeville-inspired variety show as a fundraiser for their talent showcase in Chicago at the end of the current semester. The cabaret is also an opportunity to practice what they will present to professional casting directors and talent scouts who will attend the senior’s showcase Wednesday, April 29, at The Chicago Center for the Performing Arts Green Street Theater.
“A Night at the Cabaret” runs Thursday, March 19, through Sunday, March 22, in the Stevens Building Corner Theatre on the 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.
All tickets are $5 and are available only at the Stevens Building box office one hour before performances. For additional information contact the box office at (815) 753-1600.
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