NIU School of Theatre and Dance to present an evening of short plays by Ukrainian playwrights

NIU School of Theatre and Dance to present an evening of short plays by Ukrainian playwrights

The NIU School of Theatre and Dance will present an evening of short plays by Ukrainian playwrights, Sunday, April 3, to raise funds to benefit Ukrainian artists.

The event is part of The Ukrainian Component of the World-Wide Reading Project, readings of brand-new plays about war-time Ukraine from The Theatre of Playwrights in Kyiv.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted with 100% going to benefit Ukrainian artists.. Seven short plays will be performed starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Stevens Building’s O’Connell Theatre, located on the main NIU campus.

The performance will also be live steamed via Zoom: https://niu-edu.zoom.us/j/86950564792?pwd=dmdEeGJqK1ZVOGJYUWhob2hGeFhndz09 

The plays include:

  • A Dictionary of Emotions in Wartime –Yelena Astasyeva, tr. John Freedman
  •  In Darkness – Natalia Blok, tr. Daisy Hayes
  • Our Children – Natasha Blok, tr. John Freedman and Natalia Bratus
  • Peace and Tranquility – Andriy Bondarenko, tr. John Farndon
  • A Sense of War (2022) – Yulia Gonchar, tr. John Farndon
  • Pussycat for Memories about Darkness – Neda Nejdana
Huskie Spotlight: Rachael Yoder, MFA Acting, ’22

Huskie Spotlight: Rachael Yoder, MFA Acting, ’22

Hometown: Niskayuna, NY

Year: Anticipated graduation year: 2022

Major: MFA in acting

What did you want to be when you were growing up? Are you pursuing that as a major, or have you taken another path?
I have always wanted to be an actor. I remember going to the theater as a kid and thinking it was magic—and I still feel that way. I am pursuing my MFA in acting here at NIU, and it’s wonderful to be surrounded by other people who feel as passionately about the craft as I do.

What is your major (and/or minor) and why did you decide on this course of study?
I am in my final year of the MFA acting program here at NIU. I have a B.A. in theater from SUNY Brockport, and I also graduated from the two-year conservatory program at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City, but I felt called to deepen my training. When I met the acting faculty here at NIU, I knew this was the right place for me to continue my training and grow as an artist.

What has been something you have found pleasantly surprising about your experience at NIU?
The sense of community at NIU is wonderful. Coming from New York, the “Midwest nice” was a bit of a culture shock for me! But I’ve grown to be genuinely touched by how welcoming this community is.

How have you connected with other students to study for classes, meet new people or form new friendships?
I have so much love for the MFA acting cohort, as well as for the undergraduate B.F.A. and B.A. students in the School of Theatre and Dance. I have learned so much from my classmates and from my students in equal measure, and I have found many lifelong friends here.

Are you involved in any student organizations, mentoring programs or extra-curricular activities? If so, which ones? How have they added to your experience as a Huskie?
I am heavily involved in the School of Theatre and Dance productions. They’re the reason I’m here! It’s such a joy to work on productions and test out everything we’ve learned in class in the actual theater. The facilities here (particularly the Black Box) are gorgeous, and it’s always incredible to collaborate with the student designers.

Who has been one of your favorite instructors/professors and why? What course did they teach?
Patricia Skarbinski, the former head of the MFA acting program, is the reason I came to NIU—but the rest of the SOTD faculty is the reason I stayed. It’s an incredible program, so I really can’t choose a favorite teacher!

Where is your favorite spot on campus or in the community? Why are you drawn to it?
I’ve practically lived in the Stevens Building for the past three years! It feels like home. It’s so full of life. There are always students in there who are hungry to create.

What advice would you give to a student who is applying to colleges?
Do all of the research, but then go with your gut. Sometimes your intuition will tell you when a program is right more reliably than your intellect can. Learn to trust it, and you may wind up in places you never expected.

Coming to college, what is something that you have had to learn to do differently?
Adjusting my daily schedule to accommodate the rigors of my class and rehearsal schedule was a challenge at first. First semester I remember thinking, “When am I supposed to eat?!” But three years later, I think I figured it out!

What do you do to relax or recharge?
I love to take long walks. Especially during the pandemic, I took a lot of walks around campus and around the lagoon to reconnect to nature and peace.

NIU School of Theatre and Dance presents “You Are You”

NIU School of Theatre and Dance presents “You Are You”

The NIU School of Theatre and dance presents a new work by alumnus Matthew C. Yee titled “You are You” based on characters from Karel Čapek’s play “RUR.”

Before “RUR” there were automatons and androids, but this is the play that gave us the word “robot.” Čapek’s 1921 play tells the story of a dystopian world where a corporation creates synthetic humans that become a servant class and eventually revolt. The production is directed by Matt O’Brien of GreatWorks Theatre Company.

Tickets are available online or by calling the Annette Johns Box Office at (815) 753-1600. NIU students can attend free of charge by pre-reserving their ticket.

Cast Bios

Mandi RanalloAmanda Ranallo (Ana) is a junior BFA Acting candidate and is pumped to share You are You with U! Amanda’s past NIU SoTD productions include “Town Hall” by Caridad Svich and “Love and Information” by Caryl Churchill. She is beyond grateful for this experience and hopes you enjoy.

 

Caitlyn GeorgeCaitlyn George (Gus Toocool/Reporter 2/Robot 1/Agent/Bus Woman) is delighted and excited to be in her first ever play in the School of Theatre and Dance program. She has very little theatre experience but has been an extra in the Stagecoach production of “Shrek the Musical” in 2015. She is a BA major with a dream to go into musical theatre in the near future.

 

Jeffrey BozekJeffrey Bozek (Marius) is a sophomore BFA Acting candidate here at NIU, and this is his first ever show here. He has been in shows before through his high school and outside of school he does competitive hip-hop dancing. He’s very proud of everyone who put in their hard work to make this play what it is now. He’s excited to share this story with you and he hopes you enjoy the show!

 

Kate DruryKatherine Drury (Mimi) is a junior BFA Acting candidate and dance minor. Originally from Nashville, Tenn., this is Kate’s third play here at NIU. She was previously seen in “Bird in the Hand” and “Edward II,” along with the past three faculty dance concerts. Catch her in the NIU School of Music’s Stephen Sondheim tribute concert later this semester!

 

Lauren KrelleLauren Krelle (Ensemble) is a second-year BA Theatre Studies candidate. She is very excited to be a part of this adaptation of RUR. This is her second show at NIU. She has was previously seen in last semester’s production of “Edward II.” She is grateful for the training and opportunities she has received through the School of Theatre and Dance.

 

Rylan JohnsonRylan Johnson (Tyler/Reporter 1/Father) is a second year BFA Acting candidate. This is his first production with NIU. Previous notable performances are “Macbeth” as Banquo (College of DuPage), “Cinderella” as Sir Sebastian (CYT Chicago), “Elf the Musical” as Santa Claus (CYT Chicago) and “The Music Man” as Mayor Shinn (CYT Chicago). Rylan would like to thank everyone involved in the creation of this show for making it a fun and enjoyable process! Please enjoy the show!

 

Samantha BlissSamantha Bliss (Sulla) is a junior BFA Acting candidate. Sam’s past NIU credits include “Edward II,” “Angels in America,” “A Bird in the Hand,“ and “Rogues’ Gallery” (Third Onion Series). Some of her favorite past credits from Commonwealth Theatre Center include Hermione in “The Winter’s Tale,” Queen Elizabeth in “Richard III,” and Aaron Kriefls and others in“The Laramie Project.” She is very excited to share this play with all of you! And remember, You are You.

Vincent J. AugustineVincent J. Augustine (Rossum) – Greetings you, Vincent is officially a senior BFA Acting major at Northern Illinois University. Vincent was recently seen in “R&J” at Kane Repertory Theatre and as Drosselmeyer w/Beth Fowler Dance Studio at Dekalb’s Egyptian Theatre. His past NIU credits include Paris in Shakespeare’s “Troilus and Cressida,” Gabriel in “Bird in the Hand” by Jorge Ignacio Cortinas, and in “Town Hall” by Caridad Svich directed by Azar Kazemi. Vincent would like to give special thanks to his director Matt O’ Brien for his direction and vision, Cheers and enjoy the show!

 

Will PavinWill Pavin (John/Guard/Radio Voice/Robot 5) Will Pavin is a theater minor and business marketing major. He is a senior set to graduate in May. This will be his first mainstage and first show at NIU. He has had an interest in acting since he was a teenager. His acting journey began towards the end of his high school career. He performed in Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” with some singing performances here and there. He continued his studies at McHenry County College for three years before transferring to NIU. Will is looking forward to sharing this show with everyone and hopes you enjoy the show.

Production Team Bios

Matthew C. Yee (Author) (he/him/his) is an actor, playwright, and musician. Chicago theatre credits include Cambodian Rock Band (Victory Gardens); Vietgone (Writers theatre); Treasure Island (Lookingglass Theatre);The Wheel (Steppenwolf Theatre). Most recently he performed in the pre-broadway production of “Almost Famous
The Musical” (The Old Globe Theatre). TV credits include Chicago Fire, Chicago Justice, 61st Street, and Empire. His new musical, “Lucy and Charlie’s Honeymoon,” for which he wrote the book and music, will make its world premiere this season at Lookingglass Theatre.

Matt O’Brien (Director/Sound Designer) is pleased to return as a guest artist at NIU School of Theatre and Dance, having previously directed “The Time of Your Life,” “The Marriage of Bette and Boo” and ‘By the Bog of Cats.” Matt is producing director for GreatWorks Theatre of Chicago, a national touring company with fourteen productions for student audiences. He has served as executive and/or artistic director for a number of companies and festivals throughout the US, including Irish Repertory of Chicago, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, and the Vail/Beaver Creek Theatre Festival in Colorado. Many thanks to the SoTD leadership, faculty, and staff for the opportunity to work with this next generation of performing artists and designers.

Jonathan McLawhorn (Assistant Director) Jon is very excited to Assistant Direct his third and final SoTD production, after “Kernel of Sanity” and “Polaroid Stories.” Jon is a Theatre Studies Major with an emphasis in directing/writing. He’s also co-founded, produced, and directed shows in the 24 Hour Festival here at NIU (2019-Present). Jon is so thankful to his family and friends who support him, and to all that have made his time here at NIU one he will never forget.

Sarah Blickem (Stage Manager) is elated to be stage managing her first show at NIU. She is a BFA Design Tech major with emphasis in stage management/props design. She would like to thank her parents and friends, as well as her team, crew, and cast for giving her a fantastic experience as her first show.

Aryn Carr (Costume Designer) a first year MFA costume design student from Mobile, Ala. After designing shows at the educational and regional theater levels, Aryn decided to pursue her MFA to hone her skills and learn new techniques. She is very excited for her first design at NIU and is grateful for the opportunity to tell this story alongside so many talented artists.

Alexa Wiljanen (Lighting Designer) is a second year MFA lighting design student. Alexa holds a BFA in Theatre: Design and Technology from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. Previous design credits include: “Kernel of Sanity” (NIU), “Twelfth Night” (NIU), “Collide: Deos Contemporary Ballet” (Grand Rapids, Mich.), “Amadeus” (WMU), and Mostly Medieval Theatre Festival (Kalamazoo, Mich).

Emily Vitrano (Intimacy Coach) Emily is an Instructor of acting, voice and movement at NIU, and an actor, and writer making her creative home in Chicago. She holds a BFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University. As an intimacy coordinator, Emily utilizes foundational principles created by Theatrical Intimacy Education. These consent-based practices rely on the foundational understanding that consent is contextual, conditional, and revocable and include establishing and respecting boundaries, a de-loaded process, choreography, and documentation. Emily is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Production Team

Scenic Coordinator – Sahin Sahinoglu
Scene Shop Supervisor – Kallen Eckert

Costume Design Advisor – Jeremy W. Floyd
Costume Director – Lori Hartenhoff
Costume Shop Supervisor – Clare Ritchey-Kaplan

Lighting Design Advisor – Brandon Wardell
Lighting Shop Supervisor – Chris Kurszewski

Properties Director – David Doherty

Technical Direction Advisor – Tracy Nunnally
Production Manager – Ethan Rosing
Stage Management Advisor – Ethan Rosing
House Manager Supervisor – Tómas Dakan

Graphic Design Concepts for Program and Publicity – Vincent J. Augustine

“Hit the Wall” runs Feb. 4-6 and 10-12 in the School of Theatre and Dance

“Hit the Wall” runs Feb. 4-6 and 10-12 in the School of Theatre and Dance

The NIU School of Theatre and Dance presents “Hit the Wall” running February 4-6 and 10-12 in the Sally Stevens Players Theatre in the Stevens Building on NIU’s main campus.

It’s 1969, summer in New York, and Judy Garland is dead. Police raid the Stonewall Inn on June 28, sparking several days of protests and birthing the modern gay rights movement. We all think we know this story. Chicago playwright Ike Holter explodes this myth, using fictionalized characters to retell history and make it live again for a new generation of activists.

The show is directed by Ericka Ratcliff, the artistic director of Congo Square Theatre Company where she “works to amplify the mission of celebrating the complexities of Black life and culture on stage.”

Tickets are available online or by calling the Annette Johns Box Office at (815) 753-1600. NIU students can attend free of charge by pre-reserving their ticket.

Cast

Jonathan AllsopJohnathan Samuel Allsop (Carson) is a third year MFA Acting candidate at Northern Illinois University. Jonathan received his BA in Music from the University of Pennsylvania before moving to Chicago. Some of his credits include: Sir Toby Belch in “Twelfth Night” (Northern Illinois University), Peter Quince in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival), Bus/Dryer (swing) in “Caroline or Change” (Firebrand Theatre), “Concrete Jungle” (Goodly Frame Theatre), Samuel in “Pirates of Penzance” (Savoyaires), and Leroy in “A Bright New Boise” (Northern Illinois University). He also performs with the renowned music improv group “Baby Wants Candy” at the Second City. Jonathan is also a singer and his debut album, Lavender Therapy, is available on all streaming platforms. To learn more about Jonathan and his work visit jonathanallsop.com.

NickNicholas James Bishop (Cop) is a sophomore BFA Acting student at Northern Illinois University. He has played many extra roles in several television and movie productions. Some of his favorite roles include Fuckhead in “Art Collectors” (Bryce Schwerbrock), Macbeth in “Macbeth” (Elgin Theater company), Rhode in “Three Sisters” (Alex Gelman), and Taste Tester in “Cookie Dough Commercial” (Olivia Cunnally). After the four years at NIU Nicholas plans to move to Moscow, Russia to pursue his acting education there.

MontgomeryGabriel Montgomery (Cliff) is a fourth year BFA in acting candidate. His previous credits at NIU include Key Key in “The Walk Across America for Mother Earth, The Artist in “The Time of Your Life,” Butcher in “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui,” and S in “Town Hall.” Gabriel is excited to start his final semester at NIU with “Hit the Wall” and the rest of its members, bringing this historical moment to life.

SmithUa Smith (Mika) is a senior BFA: Acting Candidate. You might have seen them in the NIU SOTD production of “The Walk Across America for Mother Earth” as King Arthur, as Gunter in NIU’s production of “Summertime,” as Sheet/Ensemble in NIU’s production of “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui,” or as Belize in NIU’s production of “Angels in America.” Ua was also in NIU’s production of “Twelfth Night, Or, What You Will” last fall as Sir Andrew Aguecheek. They are extremely excited to share this beautiful, funny and mostly real story with a live audience. Enjoy.

JonesJoLan Lacy-Jones (Roberta) is a fourth year BFA Acting candidate here at Northern Illinois University and this is her sixth show. She is very blessed and grateful to work with an amazing cast and with an amazing director. JoLan has learned and grown over the past three years at NIU, even through the pandemic JoLan has become a stronger actor. You may have seen JoLan in past NIU’s productions: “The Castle” as Olga & The InnKeeper’s Wife, “Bike America” as Rorie, “Summertime” as Mimi and NIU’s last year’s production “Edward The Second” as Warwick. JoLan is very excited and thrilled for everyone to watch the show and hopes everyone enjoys it as much as she does.

PalettaMaya Paletta (A-Gay) is a second year BFA Acting Candidate and is honored to be making her NIU acting debut. Recently you may have seen her in the NIU Fall Dance Concert: Best of Broadway, featured in the Westside Story Mambo, and 42nd Street opening number. Hailing from Seattle, Washington Maya has had many years of training in theatre, dance, and voice with companies all across the Puget Sound. She would like to send thanks to everyone involved in this production, and all those working to keep theatre alive in these trying times.

WassermanShraga D. Wasserman (Newbie) is a year three MFA in Acting candidate. A native of Iowa City, Shraga graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Interdisciplinary Performing Arts with emphases in music, art, and theatre. They spent the following four years based in Minneapolis before relocating to pursue further training at NIU. Their favorite roles past include Moritz in “Spring Awakening” (Theatre Cedar Rapids), Marius in “Les Misérables” (TCR), Jamie in “The Great God Pan” (UNI), Peter in “Peter and Alice” (Candid Theater Co.), and Paul in “Quilt: A Musical Celebration” (MJP Theatrical / Candid NYC). Shraga is glad to be making art in these unwieldy times.

ThompsonMegan Thompson (Madeline) is a junior BFA in acting candidate from Louisville, Kentucky. Some past credits include Chorus of Women in “The Trojan Women” (Commonwealth Theatre Center), Lennox in “Macbeth” (Commonwealth Theatre Center), A Flamingo in “Bird in the Hand” (NIU), and Mom in “Bike America“(NIU). This is her first live production here at NIU! Cheers to returning back to live theatre!

Tomás Dakan (Tano) is a lifetime resident of Southern California and attended Occidental College where he spent some time abroad at the London Dramatic Academy and graduated with a B.A. in Theater. Some of his other favorite roles there include Solyony in “Three Sisters,” Todd in “Far Away,” and Chip in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Other credits include “Twelfth Night,” “Nabucco,” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor” among others. He’s also been a part of Universal Studios: Halloween Horror Nights for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. After completing his thesis role as Andre in “Three Sisters,” Tomás is really excited to get one more time on stage as Tano in “Hit the Wall.” Reach him @Tomas_Acts_Up on Instagram.

Shannon Austin-Goodin (Peg) is a BFA Acting candidate in her third year here at NIU! Her previous credits at NIU include “A Bird in the Hand” and “Town Hall.” She is so excited to share this beautiful show with you!

 

Production Team

Ericka RatcliffEricka Ratcliff (Director) is very excited to work with the uber talented students of NIU in collaboration with this relevant and raucous production. Ericka is Artistic Director of Congo Square Theatre Company where she works to amplify the mission of celebrating the complexities of Black life and culture on stage.  She has worked as an actor regionally and locally with Second City, Steppenwolf, Northlight, Victory Gardens, Chicago Shakespeare, Collaboraction, Mixed Blood, Milwaukee Rep, Kansas City Rep, CENTERSTAGE, Pittsburgh Playwrights and Alliance Theater to name a few. Ericka is also an artistic associate with Lookingglass Theater and an emeritus ensemble member with The House Theatre of Chicago.

‘What happened at Stonewall happens…all across the world. I hope you walk away remembering the sacrifice so many made at Stonewall the summer of 1969 and in the words of Gay Rights Activist Marsha P. Johnson “You never completely have your rights, one person, until you all have your rights.” Enjoy the show and Fight On!’

Elias Dennis (Costume Designer) (they/them) is a first year MFA costume design student. They have a Bachelor’s in Theater from Southern Illinois University. After traveling the Midwest, south, and parts of the southwest, pursuing dreams of freelance costuming, Elias has returned to theatre and academia. They are very excited for their first design at Northern Illinois University and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this production.

Adam Rager (Technical Director)

Ashley-Marie Chávez (Assistant Director) is a fourth year BFA Acting Candidate, she had such a great time learning from Ericka and the talented cast throughout this process. She hopes you enjoy the show and continue to share these important stories!

Victor Hugo Jaimes (Stage Manager) is a recent graduate from NIU with a BFA in Theatre Arts: Design and Technology. His previous roles range from properties designer, scenic painter, assistant scenic designer, and assistant director. Victor has had the pleasure of working for the Lyric Repertory Company in Utah as their props assistant, and the Chicago Opera Theater as run crew. He’s grateful for the opportunity to come back and stage manage for the school. He hopes everyone enjoys the show as much as he enjoyed being a part of it.

Emily VitranoEmily Vitrano (Intimacy Coach) is pleased to work with Ericka and the cast of Hit the Wall. Emily is an Instructor of acting, voice and movement at NIU, and an actor, and writer making her creative home in Chicago. She holds a BFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University. She is a certified yoga instructor at the 200-hour level, as well as certified in Mental Health First Aid. She is currently pursuing her MA in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies from Loyola University in Chicago. Emily hopes to bring greater awareness, conversation and scholarship to the untold stories of women in an effort to shape global conversation. As an intimacy coordinator, Emily utilizes foundational principles created by Theatrical Intimacy Education. These consent-based practices rely on the foundational understanding that consent is contextual, conditional, and revocable and include establishing and respecting boundaries, a de-loaded process, choreography, and documentation. As an actor, Emily has worked regionally on many stages, including: Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Next Act Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, and Allentown Shakespeare in the Park. Emily has also appeared on television in a national commercial for Batteries/Bulbs Plus, and regional commercials for Mills Fleet Farm, Sanford Brown University, and Walgreens. Emily is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Production Team

Scenic Coordinator – Sahin Sahinoglu
Scene Shop Supervisor – Kallen Eckert
Run Crew – Ansley Pierce, Logan Blake

Costume Design Advisor – Jeremy Floyd
Costume Director – Lori Hartenhoff
Costume Shop Supervisor – Clare Ritchey-Kaplan
Wardrobe Crew – Eli Oleson, Kyla Graham

Lighting Shop Advisor – Brandon Wardell
Lighting Shop Supervisor – Chris Kurszewski

Properties Director – David Doherty

Technical Direction Advisor – Tracy Nunnally
Production Manager – Ethan Rosing
Stage Manager Advisor – Ethan Rosing
House Manager Supervisor – Tómas Dakan

Cover art concepts for program and publicity – Vincent J. Augustine

The NIU School of Theatre and Dance follows the COVID-19 safety protocols of the university. The guidelines are updated as conditions change. At this time, face coverings are required in all indoor university spaces including our theatres. Updated information is available at: niu.edu/protecting-the-pack.

Theatre and Dance faculty and staff members help SpaceX post-landing party take flight

Theatre and Dance faculty and staff members help SpaceX post-landing party take flight

On September 20, a SpaceX four-person crew who had spent three days in orbit splashed down off the Florida coast. One of those four crew members was Hayley Arceneaux, a 29-year old physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. When Hayley was 10 years old she was a patient at St. Jude’s. A bone cancer survivor, she is the first person with an internal prothesis in space.

After the splashdown, the Inspiration 4 crew celebrated not just the successful mission, but also that the mission had reached the goal of raising more than $200 million for St. Jude’s. At the party, revelers enjoyed the music of Collective Soul and Three Doors Down, and got to experience some soaring of their own, thanks to Vertigo, a theatrical effects company owned by NIU School of Theatre and Dance Technical Director and Head of Design and Technology Tracy Nunnally.

The company had been contacted just four days before the party with a request from the group hosting the event for SpaceX. Nunnally said his team, which includes School of Theatre and Dance Master Electrician Chris Kurszewski, was able to put the necessary equipment on a 53-foot trailer less than 22 hours after the initial request. They then booked last minute tickets to Orlando and were there to complete the necessary set up, programming and testing in about 12 hours to have it all ready in time.

The crew from Vertigo was there to fly the astronauts, St. Jude donors, members of the two bands, some VIPs and most importantly, some of the St. Jude children who were able to attend the event.

“I would not trade the pure joy and happiness experienced by these kids and their parents, as well as the sweet, amazing and generous people at SpaceX and St. Jude for anything in the world,” Nunnally said. “Our Vertigo crew worked from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Monday night [Sept. 20] and would not leave until everyone who wanted to fly had a chance to be trained and take a short flight across the stage.”

 

Free NIU student tickets for Jazz at the Egyptian, Feb. 5

Free NIU student tickets for Jazz at the Egyptian, Feb. 5

DeKalb’s iconic Egyptian Theatre hosts the Fifth Annual Jazz at the Egyptian, Saturday night, February 5 at 7 p.m.

The concert features the NIU Jazz Orchestra, Jazz in Progress, the DeKalb High School Jazz Ensemble and the Sycamore High School Jazz Ensemble. Tickets are available at egyptiantheatre.org and current NIU students can pick up free tickets at the Holmes Student Center Welcome Desk seven days a week, between 7 a.m. and midnight.

NIU student tickets are free as part of the NIU Arts Fee.