CLC Theatre Department announces 2012-13 season of five shows
The College of Lake County Theatre Department’s 2012-13 season will include an adaptation of a classic C.S. Lewis children’s story, an 18th-century French comedy, a student showcase and a Pulitzer and Tony Award winner.
The college’s five productions and their performance dates are: “The Horse and His Boy,” Sept. 27-30; “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” Nov. 9-17; the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play, “Proof” by David Auburn, March 1-9; Play On! A CLC Theatre Student Showcase, April 19-27; and the Pulitzer and the summer musical (TBA), July 19-28.
Presented in the CLC James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, located at 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake, college shows feature talented CLC students as well as seasoned actors from the Lake County community. Audition dates for each production are listed below.
Play On! A CLC Theatre Student Showcase on Friday and Saturday, April 19-20 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m.; and Thursday through Saturday, April 25-27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre.
The student directors, Shannon Lee Day and Theresa Rayfield, selected two comedic one-act plays: “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” by Steve Martin and “The Whole Shebang” by Rich Orloff. The productions are student run, with CLC students working as actors, directors, stage managers and technicians under the tutelage of faculty and staff mentors.
Tickets: Regular: $10; CLC/Senior/Teen/JLC Subscribers: $8. Special ticket offer: Buy one, get one free on April 19 and 25. Auditions: Jan. 28 and 29 at 6:30 p.m., Mainstage Theatre (CLC students only)Summer musical and auditions
“Rent,” the previously announced 2013 summer musical, has been replaced by "A Chorus Line." Performance dates will remain: Friday and Saturday, July 19-20 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 21 at 2 p.m.; and Thursday through Saturday, July 25-27 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, July 28 at 2 p.m. in the Studio Theatre. The director is Thomas B. Mitchell. Auditions, which are open to the community, will be on Monday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre.
Conceived by Michael Bennett, with book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, "A Chorus Line" is one of the longest running shows in Broadway history, "A Chorus Line" is a celebration of those unsung heroes of the Musical Theatre—the chorus dancers. It tells of the achingly poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies to land a job in the show, and is a powerful metaphor for all human aspiration. Memorable musical numbers include "I Can Do That," "At the Ballet," "Dance: Ten; Looks: Three," "The Music and the Mirror," "What I Did for Love," "One (Singular Sensation)" and "I Hope I Get It." A brilliant fusion of dance, song and drama, this compelling classic is the winner of nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Tickets: Regular $16; CLC/Senior/Teen/JLC Subscribers $13. Special ticket offer: Buy one, get one free on July 19 and 25. Auditions: May 20 and 21 at 6:30 p.m., Studio Theatre (open to the community).
The Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance. College theatre performances make excellent group outings, and groups of six or more people are eligible for discounted ticket prices. Call group sales at (847) 543-2431 or email JLCgroupsales@clcillinois.edu for more information.
To request sign language interpreting, please contact the Box Office two to three weeks in advance at (847) 543-2300.
To request a copy of the 2012-13 CLC cultural arts events brochure, which includes professional touring series as well as college-sponsored events such as music concerts, theatre and dance productions, films, art exhibits, literary events and more, call (847) 543-2300 or join the mailing list at www.clcillinois.edu/tickets.
About the Theatre Department
The CLC Theatre Department offers 13 different courses and an Associate in Arts degree, with emphasis either on theatre performance (acting/directing) or technical theatre (design/stage management). For more information, contact the Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts division at (847) 543-2040. To stay current on the Theatre Department, become a fan of the College of Lake County Theatre Department Facebook page. During the 2011-12 fiscal year, 4,7000 patrons attended five productions: “Oliver!” “The Secret Garden,” “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged),” “Shadow Box” and the student showcase production of “Almost, Maine.”
Shows previously held in 2012-13
Children’s Theatre Production: “The Horse and His Boy” by C.S. Lewis, adapted by Glyn Robbins, on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m.; Friday, Sept. 28 at 10 a.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29 at 3 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre, James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts.
In this enthralling adaptation of one of the “Chronicles of Narnia,” horses can talk, adventure abounds and destiny awaits! To escape the clutches of the evil warlord Rabadash, the horse, Bree, and the boy, Shasta, run away together from the cruel land of Calormen. When they discover that Rabadash has plans to invade Narnia and neighboring Archenland, they must race ahead to warn the people of Narnia. Blending drama, fantasy and humor, “The Horse and His Boy” is a timeless tale about identity, friendship, loyalty and courage that is suitable for grades three and above.
“One of the reasons I chose this show was my childhood connection to ‘The Chronicles of Narnia,’” said Thomas B. Mitchell, the show’s director. “I read them over and over again and would love to direct all of them in my lifetime.” CLC previously presented “The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe” and “The Magician’s Nephew.”
Tickets: $7 for individuals and $5 for school groups of six or more (in advance). Ticket price includes JLC $1 facility fee. For more information about group rates, call (847) 543-2431. For regular tickets, call the Box Office at (847) 543-2300. Auditions: Aug. 21 and 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre. The director is casting up to 30 actors of all ages, from 8 to 60. Actors over age 14 should prepare a two-minute monologue that shows off their personality and stage presence. Actors under age 14 will be asked to read a short monologue at auditions. Scripts are available at the CLC Grayslake Library at the circulation desk for in-library viewing. For more information, contact Mitchell at (847) 543-2967 or email@example.com.
“Les Liaisons Dangereuses” by Christopher Hampton, from the novel by Choderlos de Laclos, directed by Craig Rich, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, November 15-17 at 7:30 p.m.
In this acclaimed adaptation of the scandalous 18th-century French novel, two former lovers play a decadent game of intrigue and seduction. But what begins as an amorous amusement escalates into a brutal battle where love and sex become the weapons of war. In a world of dangerous liaisons, passions may burn hot, but revenge is a dish best served cold. “....An evening of high comedy, high drama and surprising passion,” wrote the New York Post.
Tickets: Regular $10; CLC/Senior/Teen/JLC Subscribers $8. Special ticket offer: Buy one, get one free on Nov. 9 and 15. Prices include $1 JLC facility fee. Auditions: Sept. 17 and 18 at 6:30 p.m., Studio Theatre (open to the community). For more information, contact Craig Rich at (847) 543-2567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Proof” by David Auburn, directed by Scott Mullins, on Friday and Saturday, March 1 & 2, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m.; and Thursday through Saturday, March 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, “Proof” tells the story of Catherine, who spent years caring for her mentally unstable father, once a brilliant mathematician. Now she must deal not only with his death, but with the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire, and with the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 cryptic notebooks her father left behind. As Catherine struggles with a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a particularly mysterious notebook, she is forced to confront the most difficult question of all: How much of her father’s genius—or madness—has she inherited? “Exhilarating…” says The New York Times.
Tickets: Regular $10; CLC/Senior/Teen/JLC Subscribers $8. Special ticket offer: Buy one, get one free on March 1 and 7. Prices include $1 JLC facility fee. Auditions: Dec. 3 and 4 at 6:30 p.m., Studio Theatre (open to the community). For more information, contact director Scott Mullins at email@example.com.