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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.

Seven members of the North Central theatre community will perform individual monologues that were recorded by people who emigrated through Ellis Island to the United States. Each monologue runs approximately three minutes. Fine Arts Director Brian Lynch calls the work “a fascinating, moving piece.”

Presentations include:
Helen Lansman Cohen immigrated from Poland in 1920, played by Deborah Harris, professor of theatre
James Apanomith from Greece, 1911, played by Brian Lynch, fine arts director
Lillian Galletta from Italy, 1928, played by Lauren Omelson ’09, musical theatre graduate
Lazarus Salamon from Hungary, 1920, played by Harrison Ashley ’14, musical theatre major
Helen Rosenthal from Belgium, 1940, played by Carin Silkaitis, assistant professor of theatre, chair of art and theatre and theatre program coordinator
Emanuel “Manny” Steen from Ireland, 1925, played by Grant Stokes, adjunct instructor of theatre
Katherine Beychok from Russia, 1910, played by Kelly Howe, assistant professor of theatre

Two performances will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, in North Central’s Wentz Concert Hall. Tickets are $28/adults, $25/seniors and $11/students; call 630-637-SHOW. The performances are presented by the DSO in collaboration with the College’s Office of International Programs, Cultural Events committee and department of theatre.