Tuesday
Apr112017

Announcing Season 63

The BIG News is that CST is excited to announce a whole new season of plays and musicals being slated for 2017/2018. Individual Tickets and Viewer's Choice Subscriptions will go on sale July 1! Be here for Season 63 when we will celebrate our 20th Anniversary at Chicago Street with great shows right here in your community!

  • Aug/Sept. 2017--Family Musical--How to Eat Like a Child 
  • October 2017--Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Tribal Musical--HAIR 
  • Nov/Dec. 2017--Holiday Favorite--It's A Wonderful Life 
  • Jan/Feb. 2018--Edgy Drama--Hurlyburly 
  • March 2018--Family Favorite--Sideways Stories From Wayside School 
  • April 2018--Comedy--Moonlight and Magnolias 
  • May/June 2018--Drama--Fool for Love 
  • July 2018--Shakespeare's Comedy--Much Ado About Nothing
Sunday
Mar192017

Cast for Incorruptible Announced!

Huge thanks to all those who auditioned for the upcoming comedy Incorruptible by Michael Hollinger, directed by Jason Utesch. We are thrilled to present this quick-witted, lighting-fast farce! The production runs May 19 - June 3 and will feature:

  • Charles: Donald Beck
  • Martin:  Darren Serhal
  • Peasant Woman:  Denise Murray
  • Olf:  Dean Johanson
  • Felix:  Eddie Castle
  • Jack:  Rodney Thornton
  • Marie:  Angela Wehner
  • Agatha:  Luanne Pezel
Wednesday
Mar012017

Support CST--Have Lunch with Frog & Toad

Meet members of the cast for lunch from Noon to 1PM for the Barnes and Noble/Chicago Street Book Fair happening Saturday, March 4 at the Valparaiso Store located at 150 Silhavy Road. Be there for a story, a song, a special Frog and Toad lunch menu, and photo opportunities with the cast with a percentage of your purchases being donated to CST's Children's Theatre Works Educational Programming. It's a great way to support the arts and a fun way to do it!

Learn more by visiting the Facebook event page here.  

 

Monday
Jan022017

Auditions Sat, March 11

It's time to audition for the final two productions of Chicago Street Theatre's 2016/2017 Season and we want you to be part of the experience. Amatuer actors are needed to audition for our two comedies that will wrap up our 62nd season of serving the community with the very best in theatre You'll find all the details on available roles and how to prepare on our Audition page.  On Saturday, MARCH 11, 10am-1pm, directors are auditioning both Incorruptible and The Taming of the Shrew. 

To audition, please read the descriptions on the Audition page to determine if there is a role that is of interest to you, and that it is within the appropriate age range. Next, check the rehearsal dates and performance calendar of the production(s) you are interested in, making sure you do not have any major conflicts. Lastly, fill out the on-line audition form and, if there are any scenes (or songs) posted, print them out and make yourself familiar with them in preparation for the audition. We hope to see you there!

Sunday
Nov062016

Staged Reading: November 11

Attend a FREE Staged Reading of a brand new work by Chicago Street Theatre's very own Tom O'Neill.

VAMPIRE ROBOTS OF GIANT SPIDER ISLAND
by Tom O'Neill

November 11 in the Edith B. Wood Studio (Upstairs) at 8pm

If you're a fan of the "B" Movies of a bygone era, VAMPIRE ROBOTS of GIANT SPIDER ISLAND is a show you will love! Packed with laughs, thrills, and science fiction mayhem, you can be part of helping CST and the playwright further develop this comedy for future performances.

Featuring Andy Urschel, Kat Lutze, Matt McCann, Daniel Matern, Mary A. Bird Matern, Tim Gleason, and Jason Kaplan. 

RSVP on CST's Facebook page.

Monday
Oct032016

Upcoming Auditions

We have several upcoming auditions open to our membership and the public. You'll find all the details on available roles and how to prepare on our Audition page.  The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical is auditioning October 8 and 9, and Pale Dream (a world premiere) is auditioning on October 22.


To audition, please read the descriptions on the Audition page to determine if there is a role that is of interest to you, and that it is within the appropriate age range. Next, check the rehearsal dates and performance calendar of the production(s) you are interested in, making sure you do not have any major conflicts. Lastly, fill out the on-line audition form and, if there are any scenes (or songs) posted, print them out and make yourself familiar with them in preparation for the audition.   

We hope to see you there!

 

Sunday
Jul312016

FALL CLASSES 2016

Chicago Street Theatre's Childrens Theatre Works Fall semester begins the week of September 12 and ends with a Showcase & Certificate Ceremony the week of December 12. Take a look at the offerings below and visit our education page for details on registering!

DIRECTING II (Ages 12+)

Designed to continue developing young theatre artists’ understanding of the director’s craft, this elective will explore and further apply skills developed in Directing I,including vision & concept, script analysis, blocking, collaboration, and rehearsal techniques. Students will choose a 5 minute piece, cast it, set up a Director’s Notebook, and rehearse the piece for performances during our Showcase Week. Must have taken Directing I (Special or Elective) to participate in this class.

  • MONDAYS (Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, Nov. 7, 14, 28 & Dec. 5 - Performance during Showcase Week on December 12), 6:30-8:00 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano

SEEDS (Grades 1 & 2)

This class is an energy-packed exploration of imagination.  The emphasis is on creative expression through structured play.  Young students learn to “act out” a story while important skills such as listening, concentration, and collaboration are introduced. New and returning students will benefit from this class.

  • New & Continuing - TUESDAYS, 5:30-6:30 pm with TBD
  • Advanced Session - THURSDAYS, 4:30-5:30 pm with Jenna Johnson

SPROUTS (Grades 3 & 4)

This class is an exciting initiation where students are guided through the foundational elements of drama (who, what, and where).  While acting out favorite stories and playing theatre games, students explore imagination and creative expression with a purpose.  The emphasis is on extending concentration and focus while illuminating discipline, self-esteem, empathy, understanding, and basic problem solving.  New and returning students will benefit from this class.

  • Advanced Session - MONDAYS, 4:30-5:30 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano
  • New & Continuing - THURSDAYS, 5:30-6:30 pm with Jenna Johnson

SPROUTS 2 (Grades 5-6)

In this stimulating class, students learn to sharpen their work in improvisation and theatre games while transitioning into scripted material. The concept of “playing” the wants and needs of characters is introduced, as they are taught to understand the importance of “listening.” The continued emphasis on concentration, discipline and self-esteem is enhanced through collective and constructive assessment. New and returning students will benefit from this class.

  • Advanced Session - WEDNESDAYS, 4:30-5:30 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano
  • New & Continuing - THURSDAYS, 6:30-7:30 pm with Jenna Johnson

BUDS (Grades 7-8)

In this exploratory class, students continue to sharpen their work in improvisation and theatre games while creating and developing original scripted material. The concept of “playing” the wants and needs of characters is applied through the creation of scenes. The continued emphasis on concentration, discipline and self-esteem is enhanced through collective and constructive assessment. New and returning students will benefit from this class.

  • Advanced "Teen Ensemble" Members - WEDNESDAYS, 5:30-6:30 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano
  • New & Continuing - MONDAYS, 5:30-6:30 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano

BLOOMS (Grades 9-12)

This challenging course focuses on bringing a character to life through an advanced exploration of text. Students learn to identify and play objectives( wants/needs), how to break a scene into beats, and continue to explore “listening and responding.” Students will also develop skills to analyze and critique dramatic work and suggest alternative artistic choices. New and returning students will benefit from this class.

  • Advanced "Teen Ensemble" Members - WEDNESDAYS, 6:30-8:00 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano

THE TEEN ENSEMBLE 

Advanced BUDS & BLOOMS students are invited to become a Member of the Teen Ensemble, performing in the 2nd Annual CTW Teen Festival in May.  During the Fall semester, we will work on character development, script analysis and ensemble, while exploring the performance pieces.  They will be chosen for the first day of the Fall semester.  During the Spring semester, we will apply the skills learned in the Fall, and rehearse the plays for performance in the Festival.  Signing up for these advanced classes requires a commitment to both the Fall and Spring Semesters and availability for the following dates:  Tech Week: May 2, 3 & 4 (7:30-9:30 pm).  Performances: Friday, May 5, Saturday, May 6 & Wednesday, May 10 at 7:00 pm, along with Saturday, May 6 at 2:30 pm.

Saturday
Jul302016

Night of the Living Dead Cast

A huge thanks to all those who auditioned for CST's Zombie thriller. We are pleased to announce the cast of talented volunteers. Congrats to all!

  • Barbara - Mary DeBoer
  • Johnny - Andrew Ross 
  • Ben - Tim Gleason  
  • Harry Cooper - Jim Henry
  • Helen Cooper - Andrea Bertsch
  • Karen Cooper - Abigail Berrisford
  • Tom - Brandon King
  • Judy - Mary Yong 
  • Radio Anouncer/Head Zombie - Jeff Schultz
  • News Reporter/Bill Baradough - Aaron Hebert
  • Chief McClellan - Bill Hebert
  • 2 Uniformed Deputies - William Hardin & Jason O'Hearn
  • Zombies - Jillian Davison, Roman Gleason , Matt Hebert,  Dona Henry, Lori Herring, Sarah Hurley, Kirby Johnsen, Carl Mishler, Kelly Owens Hite, Caroline Prairie Connor, Patricia Schulz
Thursday
Jun232016

Harriet the Spy Cast Announced!

Thank you to all who auditioned!  

Cast:

  • Harriet - Izzy Contreras
  • Mother - Sarah Wermuth
  • Father - Jack Kick
  • Cook - Linda Didelot
  • Sport (Simon) - Andrew Bishop
  • Janie - Olivia Lozano
  • The Boy with Purple Socks - Wolfie Saavedra
  • Beth- Ellen Hansen - Bethany Wehner
  • Marion Hawthorne - Ione Calvin
  • Rachel Hennessey - Paloma Calvin
  • Carrie Andrews - Laura Kick 
  • Laura Peters - Aleksandra Ramon
  • Pinky Whitehead- Jakob Innes
  • Miss Elson - Delaney Nava
  • Ole Golly - Lindsey McDermott
  • Mamma Dei Santi - Sarah Wermuth
  • Little Jane Curry - Cadence Orange 
  • Harrison Withers - Martin Weisenbacher
  • Mrs. Agatha K. Plumber - Linda Didelot
  • Nadine - Melissa Daloisio
  • Mr. Waldenstein - Martin Weisenbacher
  • Miss Berry - Melissa Daloisio
Friday
May272016

CST WELCOMED AACT WORLD PREMIERE 

On Friday, May 20 Chicago Street Theatre served as hosts to guests from the American Association of Community Theatres, The Jack K. Ayre & Frank Ayre Lee Theatre Foundation, Dramatics Publishing and playwright, Nedra Pezold Roberts for the World Premiere of Wash, Dry, Fold. The drama was a winner of the 2016 AACT NewPlayFest and CST was chosen as one of seven theaters in the nation to produce a winner from the festival. Audiences delighted with being the first to see a staged production of Roberts' work.

Wash, Dry, Fold tells the heartwarming tale of Trudy and Enola, a pair of bickering siblings that inherit a run down laundromat in New Orleans. In addition to their late mother's business, the duo also gain custody of Uncle Slack, a kind but somewhat off POW vet. Things seem grim until a tattoo artist named , Arlene, enters the sisters' lives bringing with her the possibilities for hope and reconciliation.
Roberts commented that the play has a lot to do with the theme of "reconciliation" in interviews and the Special Saturday Talkback during her visit to Valparaiso. She and her husband, John attended both of the Opening Weekend performances and were impressed by CST's calibre of talent with all aspects of the play. The playwright commented that, aside from experiencing her words brought to life on stage, was the surprise of the set with its working machines.
Nedra also said that she and John felt like they were "treated like celebrities' by the staff and the members of the theatre. Also present for the Opening Night ceremony and fantastic after party at don Quijote were: Carrie Blomquist of Dramatics Publishing; AACT Executive Director, Julie Crawford; and Linda M. Lee of the Ayre Theatre Foundation. Lee presented CST Chairman, Jim Drader with a $4,000 grant from the Foundation during a ceremony preceding the opening night performance. 
Dramatics Publishing attended the event since part of the honors for winning the NewPlayFest are to have your work published by the royalty house. Wash, Dry, Fold will be available to produce individually from the company as well as appear in an Anthology with the other AACT award-winning plays. The playwright is the only two-time winner of the NewPlayFest and her first work, The Vanishing Point appears in the 2014 Anthology along with Jim Henry's Jellofish. Nedra told directors, Traci Brant and Jonni Pera that she would be making some slight changes to the script based on their "brilliant' staging of the work.
Overall, it was an exciting weekend for the theatre and their guests as CST gained national attention for this brand new work. Audiences can still catch this award-winning World Premiere show running through June 4 at Chicago Street.