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Niles North Theater 'Plays' on Pageants

'Pageant Play' is an upcoming performance by the Niles North Theater Department. The play takes a look at the surreal world of child beauty pageants.

The Niles North Theater Department opens the 2012-13 season with the Director’s Circle production of “Pageant Play,” by Matthew Wilkas and Mark Setlock. The production's story examines the surreal world of child beauty pageants; from the coaching sessions to the questionable (and hilarious) behavior from parents. 

Performances will be held at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Aug. 24 and 25 in the , 9800 Lawler Ave. Tickets are $10. To reserve tickets, please call the Box Office at (847) 626-2122. A free community performance will also be held Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m.

The cast of “Pageant Play” includes Christopher Khoshaba as Bobby and Buddy; Ryan Loach as Bob and Gunnar; Nina Roy as Pinky and Rachel Sepiashvili as Marge, Pinky’s Mother. Additional cast and voiceovers:  Jo Ludington, Michael Rourke, Erin Rourke and Athanasia Giannetos.

Production staff:  Timothy Ortmann, Director; Annaliisa Ahlman, Scenic Designer; Teresa Ripley, Costume Designer; Barbara Reeder, Lighting Designer; Brian Fallon, Hair Designer; Erin Rourke, Sound Designer; Alex Hammond, Assistant Technical Director; Athanasia Giannetos, Stage Manager; Sarah Alkyer, Properties Mistress; Linda Room, Costume Assistant; Zach Zirlin and Ken Otsuka, Graphic Artists and Anne Zavell and Stephanie Persaud, Production Assistants.

Upcoming shows - 

Upcoming Niles North productions include:  “Love’s Labors Lost,” Oct. 11-13; “That’s My Story,” Nov. 7; “Almost, Maine,” Dec. 6-8; “Reflections,” Jan. 9, 2013; Aristophanes’ “The Birds,” Feb. 12-13; “Beauty and the Beast,” March 14-16; and “Punk Rock,” May 2-4. For more information, go to www.nntheatre.com.

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