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Students stage Agatha Christie's murder mystery "The Mousetrap"

Agatha Christie's murder mystery, "The Mousetrap," is coming to North Central College Oct. 14-16.

Students stage Agatha Christie's murder mystery "The Mousetrap"

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of media relations, 630-637-5306 

"Charlotte's Web" comes to life with two matinees Oct. 24

North Central will feature "Charlotte's Web," a children's play based on the book by E.B. White, with two matinee performances at 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24.

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of media relations, 630-637-5306 

Aug. 27, 2010--North Central College will feature "Charlotte's Web," a treasured children's play based on the book by E.B. White, with two matinee performances at 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24.

"The Sleepy Hollow Plays," an original play by Chicago artists

Matthew Miller will guest direct an original collection of one acts titled "The Sleepy Hollow Plays," for North Central for four performances, Oct. 21-24.

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of media relations, 630-637-5306 

Sept. 9, 2010--North Central College welcomes Matthew Miller, guest director and producer of an original collection of one acts titled "The Sleepy Hollow Plays," for four premiere performances Oct. 21-24.

Meet the College's nine new tenure-track faculty

Meet the College's nine new tenure-track faculty

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Among the many new faculty and coaches this academic year are nine full-time, tenure-track faculty. They are Leila Azarbad, assistant professor of psychology; Suzanne Chod, assistant professor of political science; Kristin Geraty-Bonacci, assistant professor of sociology; Andrei Guruianu, assistant professor of English; Katherine Heller, assistant professor of mathematics; Kelly Howe, assistant professor of theatre; Jonathon J.


Behind the scenes: Students key to staging events

Jared Grebner '11Jared Grebner ’11 (left) had been working with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra for weeks as the College’s advance contact for a performance in February. He had arranged for hotel rooms, a rehearsal schedule and catered meal. Everything was going smoothly until disaster struck: the orchestra ran out of spaghetti during the pre-show dinner. “I had to run over to Kaufman and find more pasta,” says Grebner.

Thoroughly Modern Millie Receives Rave Reviews

Audiences weren’t the only ones thoroughly thrilled with North Central College’s musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie. ”It thrilled judges who selected the production as a regional finalist in the nation’s prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. It thrilled the student cast, orchestra and crew, too.

“This was definitely the best dance, theatrical or musical experience I’ve ever had in my life!” Tommy Rivera–Vega ’11 told Brian Lynch, director/choreographer and fine arts director.

Brian Lynch touts fine arts season on radio

Brian Lynch touts fine arts season on radio

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Tune in to WERV-FM 95.9 "The River" before 9 a.m. today, Monday, Aug. 30, to hear Fine Arts Director Brian Lynch talk about the upcoming Sesquicentennial Fine Arts Season. Brian will be on the Scott Mackay in the Morning program as it broadcasts live from Tassos restaurant in downtown Naperville. Brian will talk about some of the artists performing this season, which features the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Leann Rimes, Blues Traveler, Frankie Valli and much more.


Help alumna win contest to appear on TV's "Mad Men"

Help alumna win contest to appear on TV's "Mad Men"

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Theatre major and 2007 graduate Shelley Crawford was featured in the Coal City Courant in her efforts to win a walk-on spot in the award-winning AMC TV series “Mad Men.” You can help her win by voting for her in an online contest, which gets her photo in front of the show’s creator and executive producer. One person will be selected out of the top 10 male and female vote-getters to appear during season five. Selection will be based on the contestants’ “Mad Men” style and originality.


"The Producers" opens Aug. 6, starring students, local actors

"The Producers" opens Aug. 6, starring students, local actors

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Mel Brooks’ comedic masterpiece “The Producers" takes the Pfeiffer Hall stage this weekend, featuring some 80 community and student actors with direction by Fine Arts Director Brian Lynch. The story concerns two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop. Complications arise when the show unexpectedly turns out to be a success. The 1968 film of the same name earned Brooks an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.


Will Allan

Will began making an impression on Chicago audiences before he graduated. As a student he played Scripps in the critically acclaimed drama The History Boys, appearing in six shows a week. (This TimeLine Theatre show sold out for 25 weeks before sweeping the Equity Jeff Awards.) While attending North Central Will was also cast as Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing at First Folio Theatre in Oak Brook, IL. Since graduating he has continued to build on his early successes, acting with Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre and Victory Gardens Theatre and the Goodman Theatre.

In addition to his growing list of acting credits, Will was among Chicago Tribune’s theater critic Chris Jones' seven top picks of 2011 in his list of “The Hot New Faces of Chicago Theater.”

Watch Will and other successful theatre alumni talk about their experiences at North Central College here.

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