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Student show premieres at ChicagoSketch

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The North Central College student production “An Evening in Revue” will premiere this weekend at the 10th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, called the world’s largest sketch comedy festival.

“An Evening in Revue” will be presented at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, at Stage773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago, in a double-header with another group. For tickets visit or call the Stage773 box office at 773-327-5252.

A short comedic sketch, “An Evening in Revue” was developed entirely by the cast of North Central students, using improvisation and writing techniques. They presented the show on campus in May 2010 as part of the College’s Student Director Series.

Director Bruce Reif, a 2010 graduate and theatre major, says this about the show: “The cast and I put worlds of effort into this show, and the chance to stage it again is a huge honor. We look at the world with a twinkle in our collective eye. We plant strange things in normal situations: A student takes an exam on a dead body. A bag of BK Whoppers bears an ancient curse. The obese are drafted into the Olympics.”

Carin Silkaitis, assistant professor of theatre and theatre program coordinator, says, “When I read Bruce’s application for a student-directed series show, I thought his idea was fantastic and approved him to do the show as part of last season. The show was a wonderful experiment in both improvisation and ensemble work. We are so proud of Bruce and his entire cast for making it into Chicago Sketchfest. It’s a great show!”

Cast members include:
Kristy Dunlap-Berg ’10, theatre graduate
Jude Roche ’11, theatre major
Emily Schmidt ’12, theatre and English writing major
Mark Campbell ’12, English writing major
Mike Kintz and Hannah Starr are former students

The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival features 152 performances by more than 120 local, national and international sketch comedy groups Jan. 6-16. For more information about “An Evening in Revue,” visit their YouTube and FaceBook pages.