North Central College - Naperville, IL

Hear faculty present stories of emigrants through Ellis Island

Hear faculty present stories of emigrants through Ellis Island

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North Central’s theatre faculty and an alumna and student will be part of the Feb. 11-12 multimedia program “Heroic and Hopeful” presented by the DuPage Symphony Orchestra in Wentz Concert Hall.

The second part of the DSO program features Peter Boyer’s “Ellis Island: The Dream of America,” an original composition with historical imagery and spoken word from the Ellis Island Oral History Project.



Chicago Tribune features the Wentz, sings its praises

Chicago Tribune features the Wentz, sings its praises

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Tribune reporter Steve Johnson interviews North Central College’s Fine Arts Director Brian Lynch, President Harold Wilde and acoustics consultant Richard Talaske with Talaske Sound Thinking, internationally known acoustic consulting firm, in an extensive front page A&E feature in the Chicago Tribune. The Sept.



Still time to join the New Season Unveiling Party May 26

Still time to join the New Season Unveiling Party May 26

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There’s still space for you to attend the unveiling party for the 2011-2012 Fine & Performing Arts Season. Students, faculty and staff who haven’t called in your RSVP can still join the party from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in the Madden Theatre lobby. Email csmith@noctrl.edu. Learn about specials, discounts and programs and be one of the first to purchase tickets to individual shows; tickets go on sale to the public June 1. Come as you are; light appetizers and beverages will be serviced.



"A Tale of Two Christines" ... the story behind "Phantom"

"A Tale of Two Christines" ... the story behind "Phantom"

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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.



Brian Lynch touts fine arts season on radio

Brian Lynch touts fine arts season on radio

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Tune in to WERV-FM 95.9 "The River" before 9 a.m. today, Monday, Aug. 30, to hear Fine Arts Director Brian Lynch talk about the upcoming Sesquicentennial Fine Arts Season. Brian will be on the Scott Mackay in the Morning program as it broadcasts live from Tassos restaurant in downtown Naperville. Brian will talk about some of the artists performing this season, which features the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Leann Rimes, Blues Traveler, Frankie Valli and much more.


"The Producers" opens Aug. 6, starring students, local actors

"The Producers" opens Aug. 6, starring students, local actors

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Mel Brooks’ comedic masterpiece “The Producers" takes the Pfeiffer Hall stage this weekend, featuring some 80 community and student actors with direction by Fine Arts Director Brian Lynch. The story concerns two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop. Complications arise when the show unexpectedly turns out to be a success. The 1968 film of the same name earned Brooks an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.


Seniors present “Pippin” with show-stopping songs, dance

Seniors present “Pippin” with show-stopping songs, dance

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“Pippin” is directed, choreographed, staged and coordinated entirely by senior students majoring in musical theatre. Staged March 4-7, the play is a hip, tongue-in-cheek fairy tale and winner of 11 Tony Awards by Oscar-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz. Seniors Mandy Nousain and Maggie Wimp Scott will do-direct four performances at 7:30 p.m. March 4, 5 and 6, and at 2 p.m. March 7 in Pfeiffer Hall. 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.


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