Holiday laughter returns to Lewis University

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Holiday laughter returns to Lewis University

Published: November 28, 2011.

Lewis University’s Heritage Theatre Company (HTC) will celebrate the season with “The Seventh Annual Holiday Spectacular.” Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, December 8, 9 and 10. Fun for the whole family, the show will deck the halls with 90 minutes of joyful music, skits, and improv merriment. The “Holiday Spectacular” is a non-stop sleigh ride of heartwarming moments filled with singing, dancing, and laughter. The ho-ho-holiday extravaganza will be held in Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre, located in the Oremus Fine Arts Center on the Lewis main campus on Route 53 in Romeoville.

The theatre opens at 7 p.m. with holiday confections in the lobby. At 7:30 p.m., digital photos on stage with Santa and his holiday helpers will be available. The proceeds from concessions and the photos go to the Theatre Scholarship Fund. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the general public, and $2 for the members of the Lewis community. Half price tickets are available at the door with a donation of non-perishable foods to go to local shelters.

Seating is general admission, and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets may be purchased at the Philip Lynch Theatre box office the evening of the performances or in advance during regular box office hours Monday – Friday, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. For more information, patrons can visit the PLT website at or e-mail the box office at or call (815) 836-5500.

This year’s show features a cast of 38 Lewis students & alumni. They’ll sing, dance and warm your spirits as they put a holiday twist on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ Lady Gaga, The Blues Brothers and much, much more. Its 90 minutes of non-stop warm and fuzzy fun the whole family can enjoy! The holiday spirit abounds as HTC shares the gift of live theatre!

The cast features: Saul Ortega and Sabra Thomas of Bolingbrook, Jackie Flint of Braidwood, Victoria Vega and Alex Weaver of Burbank, Matt Dutton, Sade Hutchinson, Hector Jimenez, and Laura Wisniewski all of Chicago, Greg Rossbach of Crete, Danielle Taylor of Hazel Crest, Brittany Bishop and Carli Wheeler of Joliet, Matthew Carlson, Stephanie Daley, and Erika Young all of Lockport, Kelly Provenzano and Jessie Richey of McHenry, Natalie Asp of Minneapolis, MN, Ashley Daun of New Lenox, Natalie Horath and Steph Lipinski of Oak Forest, Mary Bradley of Palos Heights, Courtney Everett of Palos Park, Lisa Wojcik of Plainfield, Adam Smetana of Racine, WI, Abby Novy of Reddick, Jill Jeffrey of Romeoville, Ben Gilly of St. Joseph, Jennifer Rhode of Villa Park, Michael Wall of Wauconda, Alex Kwiatkowski of Wheaton, Rachel Tau of Wood Dale, and Katie O’Niel and Michelle Staie of Yorkville.

The show is conceived and directed by Lewis University’s Director of Theatre Keith White, and Philip Lynch Theatre Manager Jo Slowik both of Joliet. Stage-managing the production is Jonathan Erikson of Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood, Melissa Chicola of Lockport is the assistant stage manager, Christopher Selefski of Plainfield is the properties master, and Melanie Gillies of Lombard is designing and operating the lights. Stephanie Hill of Romeoville and Jackie Sabani of Hanover Park are the costume coordinators, and Jackie Staszak of Braidwood is the sound board operator.

Don’t be a grinch; join HTC as it rings in the holiday season with “The Seventh Holiday Spectacular.” HTC is sure to chase the holiday blues away with laughter!

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 6,500 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 aware, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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