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Lewis University Philip Lynch Theatre Presents "The Romancers" Streaming Online!
The Romancers
Pictured (left to right): Austin Jones as Pasquinot, Kyra Savage as Sylvette, John Kladis as Stafrofel, Lukas Roy as Percinet, and Haley Marchewka as Madam Bergamin.

The Romancers,written by French dramatist and poet Edmond Rostand,will stream performances on April 16-18 and April 22-25, 2021.  The play is recommended for patrons 13 years and up. Evening performances are 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m. In addition, there is a matinee performance at 3:30 p.m. on April 24. Streaming link purchases are $13 for an adult, $12 for students and seniors. Lewis students pay $3 with an ID. Running time of the show is approximately 80 minutes.

Purchase streaming links online with a credit card on the PLT Website at www.lewisu.edu/plt.  Click the “buy tickets” link. Prior to the streaming performance, patrons will be emailed a link and password to the online production. For more information patrons can follow the Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) on social media @pltlewisu Patrons may also call the box office (815) 836-5500, or email boxoffice@lewisu.edu Wednesday through Friday 1-4:30 p.m.

The plot of The Romancers follows two neighboring parents whose estates are separated by a wall, and who pretend to feud with each other to make their children fall in love and marry.  The parents hire a fake swashbuckler to stage a kidnapping of the daughter, and scheme to have the son rescue her, causing the daughter to fall in love with the son.  Filled with sword fights and puppet shows, all goes as planned, or does it? The play was written in 1894 by Edmond Rostand considered by many scholars as the father of Romantic and creative writing. The play was later adapted in 1960 by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt into the long-running and successful American musical The Fantasticks.

Lewis University students perform the roles of the five characters. Sylvette (played by Kyra Savage of Romeoville) and Percinet (played by Lukas Roy of Palos Park) are the young lovers who do not think their rival parents should keep their love apart. They compare themselves to the tragic romance of Romeo and Juliet, and hope they don’t suffer the same fate.  The falsely feuding parents are Madam Bergamin, Percinet’s mother (played by Haley Marchewka of Rockford,) and Monsieur Pasquinot, Sylvette’s father (played by Austin Jones of Steger.) John Kladis of Palos Hills performs the role of Strafrofel, the hired rogue.  

Philip Lynch Theatre Director of Theatre Kevin Trudeau of Chicago directs the neo-Romantic play. Assistant theatre professor and designer Andrew Nelsen of Joliet designs the romantic lush scenery and focuses on elegant lighting. Resident costumer Celeste Mackey of Joliet has conceived colorful vibrant period costumes to illustrate the French fashion. Working behind the scenes are Alex Schedel of Bolingbrook (stage manager), Katie Horn of Sturgis, MI (properties manager/puppeteer), Katie Szymkiewicz of Chicago (properties assistant/puppeteer), Jamel Gillispie of Plainfield (puppeteer) Julia Egizio of Plainfield (sound design and board operator), Matthew ‘Vinny’ Vineyard of Worth (body microphone operator) and Dave Pomatto of Naperville (assistant technical director).

Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,300 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES
The Romancers

The plot of THE ROMANCERS follows two neighboring parents, who pretend to feud with each other to make their children fall in love and marry. The families are separated by a wall. The parents hire a fake swashbuckler to stage a kidnapping of the daughter, and scheme to have the son rescue her. Thereby the daughter would fall in love with the son. Filled with sword fights and puppet shows, all goes as planned, or does it? The play was written in 1894 by Edmond Rostand considered by many scholars as the father of romantic and creative writing.

Lewis University Theatre Major to Advance to National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
Egizio - National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
Pictured: Lewis University junior theatre major Julia Egizio of Plainfield, the 2021 KCACTF Management Fellowship Recipient in Stage Management

Lewis University junior theatre major Julia Egizio of Plainfield has been selected to be one of 125 students to compete in the Kennedy Center American College Theater National Festival. The virtual event is scheduled to be held in April.

During the KCACTF Regional Festival, Egizio was named the 2021 KCACTF Management Fellowship Recipient in Stage Management for her exceptional leadership and organization on the February 2020 PLT production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” 

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to share and receive feedback on my work.  Everyone at the regional festival was extremely supportive and helpful. I was lucky to have such an amazing show to present my work and I learned so much from the experience,” Egizio stated.  

Egizio also attended the theatre festival last year and advanced to the regional finals in Stage Management with her work on the 2019 PLT production, “Mamma Mia!” 

The Lewis University Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) Department annually participates in the festival. For the first time, this year’s 53rd KCACTF was held virtually and showcased streaming university productions and offered a variety of online activities, including workshops, symposia, and recognition of student artists’ individual work through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, directing, management, technology and design.

The KCACTF experience offers student artists the opportunity to showcase their work and receive outside collegiate-level assessment. Lewis University student achievements and festival participation were also represented in the areas of acting, sound, lighting and properties design.

Junior education major Katie Szymkiewicz of Chicago advanced to the regional finals with her sound design from the November 2020 PLT production, “These Shining Lives.” Junior theatre major Katie Horn of Sturgis, Mich., participated in the VOICES OUT LOUD Workshop writing and performing an original monologue, the Irene Ryan acting competition, and her sound design for “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” Junior theatre major John Kladis of Palos Hills auditioned for the New Playwrights Program and was cast and performed the role of Jim in the original work “Bev Playing Bev.” Junior criminal justice and psychology major Kelsey Papineau of Mazon presented her properties fabrication for the dog, Wellington, in the PLT production, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”  Junior theatre major Austin Jones of Steger participated in the Design Storm Competition with a lighting design project.

Ten Lewis students in total--along with three theatre professors, Kevin Trudeau of Beverly, Andrew Nelsen and Jo Slowik both of Joliet--attended the festival. Nelsen assisted with the operations of the Tech Olympics and Slowik assisted in the Irene Ryan acting competition feedback sessions. Other students who also attended KCACTF were Haley Marchewka of Plainfield, Kyra Savage of Romeoville, Saenovia Poole of Chicago, Alexander Schedel and Brianna Knutsen, both of Plainfield.

Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,300 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates.

A tribute to retiring Director of Theatre, Keith White
Lewis University Philip Lynch Theatre Retiring Director of Theatre, Keith White

A Salute to Keith White, PLT Director of Theatre