College of Lake County welcomes dancers from Chicago Tap Theatre

The percussive, story-telling dance style of Chicago Tap Theatre will be on display at 7:30 p.m. on April 18 at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County in Grayslake.

This young and vibrant dance company strives to preserve the American dance form of tap and make it even more creative and innovative. CTT’s hallmark format, the story show, employs modern themes and personalities to tell original stories using diverse music, from Chet Baker to David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails to Leonard Cohen.

Founded by internationally renowned dancer and choreographer Mark Yonally, CTT has performed in many high profile, as well as non-traditional settings, including the Green Mill, Jazz Dance World Festival, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Lollapalooza and the National Tap Dance Day Celebration.


Kaeppeler/Fleiss wedding has us wondering ...

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Now we know “Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?”

Our own Laura Kaeppeler!

You’ll laugh; you’ll cry; you’ll love ‘Call the Midwife’

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Being “Call the Midwife” is rather like being Tom Brady’s non-athletic brother, Aretha Franklin’s tone-deaf cousin or Paul Newman’s brown-eyed sibling.

While its “sister” show on PBS — the massive hit “Downton Abbey” — gets showered with attention and adulation, this show, about London midwives working among the city’s poorest residents, toils in relative obscurity.

‘Becky’s New Car’ appealing thanks to originality of laughs

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Over Our Head Players is bringing a warm, romantic comedy to Sixth Street Theatre in “Becky’s New Car,” opening tonight.

Director Rich Smith said the sharp, hilarious play takes a woman on a devious, delightful ride down the road not taken. Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage.

Christian Life students explore deep issues in ‘South Pacific’

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Christian Life School takes on heavy issues in a fun and entertaining musical in “South Pacific,” today through April 25.

Winner of 10 Tony Awards, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s popular 1949 Broadway show is based on the 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Tales of the South Pacific” by James Michener. The plot revolves around a nurse stationed on a South Pacific island who falls in love with a French plantation owner. As the nurse struggles to accept his mixed-race children, another romance emerges between a U.S. lieutenant and a local Tonkinese woman.

Opera workshop students performing comic operettas

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Opera Workshop’s latest production — “Mikado vs. Pinafore” — has a preview at noon today (April 11) in the school’s Bedford Concert Hall. Admission to the preview is free.

The show will also be performed at 7:30 Saturday night (April 12) and 3:30 p.m. Sunday (April 13), also in Bedford Hall, located in the Picken Center for Arts and Humanities on the west side of the campus, 900 Wood Road.

Easter-based play to be staged at church in Williams Bay

“The Story,” a musical based on the best-selling books by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee, will be staged starting Saturday (April 12) at Calvary Community Church (Highway 50 and Harrison Road in Williams Bay).

The Easter-related event will take place at 5 p.m. April 12, 9 and 10:45 a.m. April 13, 7 p.m. April 17 and 7 p.m. April 18.

Artists sought for April 26 Dorian Gray Art Show

Dale “Dr. Destruction” Wamboldt — a Kenosha artist and host of local cable TV’s “Crimson Theater” — is looking for artists, along with models, mask makers, horror hosts and filmmakers, for the 30th annual Dorian Gray Art Show.

This year’s Dorian Gray show — inspired by Oscar Wilde’s novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” considered one of the last works of classic gothic-horror fiction with a Faustian theme — is 1 to 7 p.m. April 26 at Rockheads, 2328 Roosevelt Road.

Local author, columnist to speak at Antioch Library

Local author Donna Abear will talk about writing and self-publishing her recent book, “Relatively Criminal: A Memoir,” in the Antioch (Illinois) Public Library at 7 p.m. Tuesday (April 15).

She will “share her challenges, inspirations and tips on finishing and publishing a book.”

Photographs from trip to Cuba displayed at Anderson Arts Center

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In January 2014, Kathy Brand embarked on a trip to Cuba with Carthage College professors Jeffrey Roberg and Penny Seymoure. The excursion included three students and five non-student adults.

The course title was “Life and Politics: Surviving Socialism and the U.S. Embargo in Cuba.” It started with a three-day class at Carthage discussing the book “Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know” by Julia E. Sweig.

‘Grease’ comes to life at Wilmot

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Wilmot High School is performing a crowd favorite for the third time in recent school history in their production of “Grease” this weekend.

“Grease,” written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, is based on the greasers of fictional Rydell High School and is set in 1959. The musical is loosely based on the Pink Ladies and Burger Boys of Taft High School in Chicago, the school attended by both Jim Jacobs, the playwright, and spring musical director, Deb Fragale.

Missing Persons puts together a comeback winner

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College of Lake County welcomes dancers from Chicago Tap Theatre

The percussive, story-telling dance style of Chicago Tap Theatre will be on display at 7:30 p.m. on April 18 at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County in Grayslake.

This young and vibrant dance company strives to preserve the American dance form of tap and make it even more creative and innovative. CTT’s hallmark format, the story show, employs modern themes and personalities to tell original stories using diverse music, from Chet Baker to David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails to Leonard Cohen.

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