North Central College - Naperville, IL

Senior lands part in professional “Cats”

Tommy Rivera-Vega ’11 has landed the part of Rum Tum Tugger in a professional production of “Cats” opening Nov. 21 in Chicago’s Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre.

North Central College senior Tommy Rivera-Vega has landed the key part of Rum Tum Tugger in a professional production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” in the award-winning Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at Chicago’s No Exit Café. The show runs Nov. 21-Jan. 2.

A Tale of Two Christines

When North Central College double cast the role of Christine in "The Phantom of the Opera," nobody could have guessed a third actress would save the day.

Reflections by Brian Lynch, director of “The Phantom of the Opera”

An event happened this weekend with “The Phantom of the Opera” that needs to be shared. It’s a human interest story that reflects so beautifully on one very talented young lady and her willingness to help a fellow performer when she was down. That young lady is junior Lauren Smith.

North Central was well represented at this year’s National Conference for Undergraduate Research.

The most ever student-researchers from North Central College—32—were accepted to attend the National Conference for Undergraduate Research in April. "This is impressive because we’ve never had this many students apply and it really reflects a changing culture here, a true culture of inquiry,” says Perry Hamalis, director of the Office of Academic Opportunities and assistant professor of religious studies.

Kristin Arredia

Kristin has been dancing since she was 10. When she came to North Central, she wanted to major in psychology—but she also wanted to continue dancing. “The dance minor allowed me to do that," she says.

But Kristin did much more than simply maintain her skills here—she also achieved new technical milestones, performed for large audiences and formed lasting friendships within North Central’s tight–knit dance community.

Kristin’s honors thesis—which she presented at the Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research and at the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research—coupled her artistic passion for dance and choreography with her desire to understand the psychology of aesthetic perceptions.

Majors Minors and Programs : Dance

Cardinal Dance Company showcases creative moves

Cardinal Dance Company showcases creative moves

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Seniors Rachel Mitchell, Vicki Pula, Kristin Arredia and Kelly Carew—creators of the student-run and directed Cardinal Dance Company—will perform with the 70-member student group for the last time at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 30, in Pfeiffer Hall. Cardinal Dance Company is a performance-based group and was created for all levels of dancers. Admission is free. Photo, from left: Rachel Mitchell, Kelly Carew, Vicki Pula


Our dance students have the moves!

Our dance students have the moves!

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Students in North Central’s dance program showed off their amazing talents in Madden Theatre May 14-15. Visit the College’s YouTube site and view eight different videos of student dance performances, under the direction of Nickole Lanham-Murray, adjunct instructor of theatre.



Senior musical "Pippin" bursts with show-stopping songs and dance

North Central College students will present "Pippin," a hip, tongue-in-cheek fairy tale.

North Central College students will present "Pippin," a hip, tongue-in-cheek fairy tale and winner of 11 Tony Awards by Oscar-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz. Four performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. March 4, 5 and 6, and at 2 p.m. March 7 in Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $15/adult and $10/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469). The story of "Pippin" takes place once upon a time, when a young prince Pippin longs to discover the secret of true happiness and fulfillment.

Commencement 2009

“To ‘Be a Builder’ also means this: don’t ever be satisfied. Look at the world and see how you can improve it — in other words, ‘Be A Critic.’”
-Blair Kamin, Commencement Speaker

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