“2014 AlumNights: An Evening of Familiar Faces,” Aug. 15-16

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The Success of “Shrek the Musical” leads to “2014 AlumNights: An Evening of Familiar Faces” at Lewis University’s Studio Theatre

Published: August 1, 2014.

Pictured (front row, left to right): Tim Tholl, Becky Hicks,
Matt Colbert, Tim Karkowski, Christopher Hueg, Jo Slowik.
Pictured (back row, left to right): Keith White, Aubrey
Malito, Sean Barber, Monisa Victrum, Laura Wisniewski

Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) just completed a successful and popular run of “Shrek the Musical.” It was a PLT patron favorite that was fun for the whole family. Coming up next on August 15 and 16, Heritage Theatre Company (HTC) is proud to announce the return of the production entitled “AlumNights 2014: An Evening of Familiar Faces.” HTC has been a willing company for the alumni and friends of the Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) for over 17 years. HTC has been the driving force behind the incredibly successful Christmas show, another patron favorite production that will celebrate its 10th anniversary in December. HTC is rejuvenated for the many new theatrical adventures with the addition of the new, beautiful Studio Theatre.

“AlumNights 2014” performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, August 15 and 16. General admission tickets are $10, and $2 for the members of the Lewis community. The show will include scenes and songs from previous PLT productions that span from “Chorus Line” in 1986 to “Almost, Maine” in 2012. “AlumNights 2014” will feature 11 'familiar faces’ including: Theatre Department chairperson, Keith White, and PLT theatre manager, Jo Slowik both of Joliet performing a scenetogether. Directing and performing in the production is alumna Monisa Victrum teaming up with PLT friend Becky Hicks as music director and performer both also of Joliet. Other alumni and friends include: Tim Karkowski from Channahon, Aubrey Malito from Palos Park, Tim Tholl from Lockport, Matt Colbert from Plainfield, Christopher Hueg from Roseville, MN, Sean Barber from Aurora and Laura Wieniewski from Chicago.

“AlumNights 2014” was conceived and written by alumnus Chad Tallon of Essex. Chad has completed performing the title role in “Shrek the Musical” and has received a teaching fellowship with the Red House Arts Center in Syracuse, NY. Working behind the scenes on the show are Jackie Sabani from Plainfield (stage manager), Ross Reed from Country Club Hills (assistant stage manager), Andrew Nelsen (lighting and set design), Melissa Chicola from Lockport (sound), Ashley Daun from New Lenox (props), Melanie Gillies from Lombard and Sandy Bednarz fromDowners Grove (box office), Stephanie Hill from Romeoville (house manager).

“AlumNights 2014” will be held in Lewis University’s Studio Theatre, located in the Oremus Fine Arts Center on the Lewis main campus on Route 53 in Romeoville. Seating is general admission, and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets may be purchased or reserved at the Philip Lynch Theatre box office the evening of the performances or in advance during regular hours Monday – Friday, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. For more information, patrons can visit the PLT Web site at www.lewisu.edu/plt or e-mail the box office at boxoffice@lewisu.edu or call (815) 836-5500.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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