North Central College - Naperville, IL

Students stage lighthearted musical comedy “Forever Plaid”

From left: Max DeTogne ’13, Tanner Smale ’12, Garrett Lutz ’12, Bryan Renaud ’13
North Central College students stage and direct “Forever Plaid,” a toe-tapping musical homage to the harmonic guy groups from the 1950s on May 26-29.

May 2, 2011—North Central College will stage “Forever Plaid,” an affectionate, toe-tapping musical homage to the harmonic guy groups from the 1950s. Senior theatre major Angie Snodgrass of Naperville will direct this Stuart Ross musical comedy on May 26-29 as part of the College’s Student Director Series.  

Andrea Larson

Since graduation, Andrea has been busy auditioning and recently closed the U.S. premiere of the British musical “Departure Lounge” at the Royal George Theater in Chicago. Her North Central professors, with successful performing careers of their own, coached Andrea that success in show business is getting paid to do what you love. “By that definition, I am a success. I love what I’m doing”.

The circus comes to the stage in “Elephant’s Graveyard”

Relive the sights and sounds of a turn-of-the-century circus and discover a true and tragic tale when North Central stages “Elephant’s Graveyard” May 12-15.

April 12, 2011—Relive the sights and sounds of a turn-of-the-century circus when North Central College presents “Elephant’s Graveyard,” written by playwright George Brant and directed by Kelly Howe, assistant professor of theatre at North Central.

Students star in theatrical production of Greek tragedy “Phedre”

Ali Ledbetter portrays the Greek queen Phedre.
North Central College presents a classic tale of Greek tragedy when students perform “Phedre” April 28 through May 1.

April 14, 2011—North Central College presents a classic tale of Greek tragedy when students perform “Phedre” April 28 through May 1.

French playwright Jean Baptiste Racine (1639-1699) published his best-known play in 1677 and based his work on the ancient Greek play “Hippolytus” by Euripides (484-406 BC). “Phedre” (pronounced FAY-druh) explores classic themes of forbidden love, deception, intrigue and power.

The legacy of Paul Warren Allen

The North Central College community remembers music professor, Paul Warren Allen

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Dec. 15, 2010)—Music professor Paul Warren Allen could be moved to tears by the beautiful sounds created by students in his choir at North Central College.

“I remember one Christmas he was conducting the choir singing Handel’s ‘Messiah.’ The truth of the words gripped him and he had crocodile tears running down his cheeks,” recalls his daughter, Paula Billingsley.

New Music Festival features contemporary classical compositions

Brooklyn Rider
North Central celebrates contemporary classical music during its inaugural New Music Festival April 11-12 and features Dal Niente and Brooklyn Rider.

March 9, 2011—North Central College will celebrate contemporary classical music during its inaugural New Music Festival April 11-12.

The two-day festival will feature performances by contemporary music group Dal Niente and string quartet Brooklyn Rider. As part of the festival, acclaimed Russian composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, a member of the Silk Road Project and composer-in-residence at North Central College, will coach members of various area high school ensembles.

Students stage “The Wedding Singer” March 3-6

North Central seniors who are majoring in theatre will stage, direct, choreograph and present the classic romantic comedy “The Wedding Singer” March 3-6.

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

Music ensembles ‘Explore the Sound’ Feb. 23

“Explore the Sound III” brings together several of the College’s choral and instrumental ensembles for Feb. 23 performance in Wentz Concert Hall.

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

Feb. 18, 2011—North Central College presents “Explore the Sound III,” a Feb. 23 concert that invites listeners to hear several of the College’s choral and instrumental ensembles and discover the stunning acoustics of Wentz Concert Hall.

Concert Choir performs two shows with DuPage Symphony Orchestra Feb. 12-13

North Central College Concert Choir
Students will perform two concerts with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra Feb. 12 and 13.

Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Jan. 14, 2011)—Students in North Central College’s Concert Choir will perform two concerts with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra Feb. 12 and 13.

“The Genius of Prokofiev” will include excerpts from the composer’s 1940 ballet masterpiece “Romeo and Juliet” and will conclude with the powerful “Alexander Nevsky” cantata featuring the orchestra accompanied by the College’s Concert Choir and the Naperville Chorus.

North Central College offers five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree in leadership

North Central College is offering a new option to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master of leadership studies degree in just five years.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Nov. 16, 2010)—North Central College is offering a new option to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master of leadership studies degree in just five years.

Students accepted into this program earn both a bachelor’s degree—in any discipline—and the master of leadership studies with the completion of 141 credit hours.

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