North Central College - Naperville, IL

College premieres original family musical "Lunacy" May 20-23

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

May 3, 2010--"Lunacy" is an original, never-before-seen musical, premiering at North Central College May 20-23. The show features actors, ages 8 and up, from the community and an up-and-coming playwright and composer. Based on the classic works of science fiction author Jules Verne, "Lunacy" is the funny, family-friendly tale of a space race that never was.

Created by writer Matt Boresi and composer Jonathon Lynch, "Lunacy" is directed by Naperville resident Susan Craig-Olsen.

Six performances are planned at 7:30 p.m. May 20, 21, 22 and 23, and two matinees at 2 p.m. May 22-23 in Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $15/adults, $10/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit http://northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

"Lunacy" tells the story of a fictitious 19th century race to fire a projectile to the moon. With the American Civil War at an end and nothing left to blow up, the country's artillerists and cannoneers are restless, so they decide to launch a projectile into space. But who will be the first to build this remarkable device? Who will take the perilous trip, and what will they find on the surface of the moon? It's a comedic take on the "steampunk" genre, which combines elements of science fiction with 19th century settings.

"Lunacy" is also a story about budding artists Boresi and Lynch who will see their original production come to life. Director Craig-Olsen says, "These two have wanted to collaborate on a musical and this spring musical is a great outlet for their original work. Matt created characters with some of our actors in mind. Jonathon's music is exciting and up-to-date and really appeals to today's audiences."

Boresi writes musicals for a living but is also a teacher and director. He's a visiting lecturer at North Central College and Carthage College, co-founder of North Central's Summer Musical Theater Workshops and program director for the musical theater program at the Music Institute of Chicago. He has received honors from the New York Musical Theatre Festival, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, ASCAP Foundation, Lincoln Laureate Society and York Theatre NEO (New/Emerging/Outstanding) festival.

Lynch is a composer, music director and actor in the Chicago area. His compositions and arrangements have been seen at Apple Tree Theatre, American Eagle Productions and Northwestern University.

Cast: Part, name and hometown
Archibald Barbicane: Brett Bush of Clarendon Hills
Beatrice Nicholl: Alex Oechsel of Naperville
Cannonball Maston: Jared Grebner of Washington
Prosymna: Colleen O'Connor of Mesa, Ariz.
Impey Barbicane/Thothe: Jonathan Berosek of Streator
Lavinia Nicholl/Gala: Jen Berosek of Streator
J.T.Maston/Khonsu: Matt Schluntz of Aurora
Fanny/Frigga: Kathy Musselman of Woodridge
Michel Ardan: Mik Dempsey of Naperville
Brigantia: Victoria Newhuis of Naperville
Col. Blomsberry and chorus: Dennis Ortman of Woodridge
Maj. Elphinstone, chorus and dancer: Chris Oechsel of Naperville
Mrs. Blomsberry and chorus: Malinee Ganahl of Plainfield
Mrs. Elphinstone, chorus and dancer: Hillary Haymond of Darien
Demi Maston and children's chorus: Natalie Pear of Naperville
Pheobe and children's chorus: Taylor Oechsel of Naperville
Blondelle, chorus and dancer: Kaitlyn Tarullo of Lisle
Russhelle, chorus and dancer: Molly Durava of Naperville
Brunette, chorus and Apache couple: Holly Scheltens of Clarendon Hills
Apache couple and chorus: Jordan DeLeon

Children's chorus, ages 12 and under:
Anna Baermann, Grace Lenaghan, Jeremy Russell, Rippley Biggs Isabella Newhuis Derek Rippe, Autumn Ganahl, Gina Vekkos, Kyle Hatford, Doris Olsen, Rachel Viehmann, Rachael Isdale,

Dancers:
Lea Cahill, Kim Merrick, Holly Scheltens, Ryan Cap, Kaley Peterson, Claire Zajdel, Melanie Frewen, Justin Rosado, Nathan Rosado

Chorus:
Sarah Baermann, Kendall Olsen, Liam Byrnes, Riana Sirmans, Amy Hart, Tim Vogel, Sam Natt

"Lunacy" is one of many ongoing programs hosted at North Central College to enrich and broaden the academic and cultural outlook for the College and community. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/show or call North Central's Office of Marketing and Communications at 630-637-5300.

05-03-2010