Jan. 20, 2011—With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, North Central College’s production of “Spike Heels” provides a perfect interlude for those who know what it’s like to fall in and out of love.
The student-directed production will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10, 11 and 12 in North Central College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $5/adults and $3/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix. Note: This program is not suitable for children under 16. The show contains strong language and suggestive material.
North Central junior Courtney Ohler of Normal, Ill., will direct this rendition of Theresa Rebeck’s play as part of the College’s Student Director Series. Ohler says, “‘Spike Heels’ is a show that deals with complex issues. It’s about feminism and sexism. Empowerment. Weaknesses. It's all about relationships and life in general.”
Starting out with harsh criticism and backlash, “Spike Heels” has become a prominent, critically acclaimed play. It deals with the changing roles of men and women in a rising feminist society, shown through the main character Georgie and the relationships she encounters along the way. Rebeck, who wrote this contemporary show, is a widely produced playwright, novelist and a producer and writer of films and television shows, including “L.A. Law,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” and “NYPD Blue.”
As director, Ohler says, “Everyone should feel empowered by their sexuality and know they have the power to choose their relationships. Eleanor Roosevelt said, ‘No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.’ Men and women are not to be objectified and judged based on their sex, their education, their creed, or anything else. This play really illustrates that point.”
The cast for “Spike Heels” includes:
Part: Actor, town, year, major
Georgie: Rebekah Thurston of Chatham, Ill., a sophomore majoring in theatre and broadcast communication
Andrew: Cullen Rogers of North Aurora, Ill., a freshman
Edward: Evan Michalic of Elburn, Ill., a freshman majoring in theatre
Lydia: Carlee Fields of Clinton, Ill., a freshman majoring in Spanish
Crew: Student, town, year, major
Director: Courtney Ohler of Normal, Ill., a junior majoring in theatre and psychology
Stage manager: Bethany Schick of Yorkville, Ill., a freshman majoring in theatre
“Spike Heels” was selected as part of this year’s Student Director Series. The College’s theatre faculty invite students to submit a proposal to direct their own theatrical productions and the best are chosen.
North Central College offers majors in theatre or musical theatre and a minor in dance. A full range of acting and dance classes is available, as well as opportunities to direct a full-length production. Students of all majors can participate in musical and nonmusical performances, actor showcases and one-act plays and performances in the College’s four theatre venues. Full-time professors and active professionals who are artist-teachers serve as faculty. For more information about North Central College’s theatre programs visit northcentralcollege.edu/major/theatre.
North Central College’s 2010-2011 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season is supported by a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council. USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors.
This play is among the many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).