The Niles West Theatre Department presents the modern musical [title of show] on October 30 through November 2 in the Black Box Theatre at Niles West High School, 5701 W. Oakton, Skokie. Performances are 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 1 and Saturday November 2. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students, senior citizens and children. Call the Box Office at (847) 626-2633 or visit www.nileswesttheatre.com. A free community performance will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 30.
Based on the book by Hunter Bell and with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen, [title of show] centers on struggling writers Hunter and Jeff as they race against a deadline to enter an original musical into a theater festival. It is the journey of four dreamers as they write a musical about writing a musical. This production marries wry wit, poignant struggles and memorable music into a fast-paced reflection on what it is like to be a “nobody in New York” who dreams of something bigger.
The production of [title of show] marks a first at Niles West—a Thespian only production. All members of the cast, student design team, student crew heads and student production crew are inducted members of troupe 1714 of the International Thespian Society. These students have completed over 100 hours of theater work while at Niles West and qualified for this special show.
The cast includes Surdeep Chauhan as Hunter, Cameron Broderick as Jeff, Sharon Pasia as Susan and Nicole Miller as Heidi.
Student Designers / Crew Heads include: Lila Gilbert, Scenic Designer; Scott Albaum, Co-Costume Designer; Caleigh Havansek, Co-Prop Designer; Cynthia Ruberry, Assistant Lighting Designer; Daniel Bedoy and Andre Eramia, Assistant Directors; Mira Berkson, Stage Manager; Renee Castillo-Ralon, Assistant Stage Manager; Rachel Weisbecker, Costume Head; Emma Ryan, Head Carpenter; Rosebud Johnson, Master Electrician; Susy Montoya-Quinchia, Paint Lead; Maria Coss, Prop Mistress; and Asha Lodhia, Sound Lead.
Members of the Production Crew: Sebastian Achettu, Yassir Dasser, Katie Doherty, Mikey Edelstein, Thea Gonzales, Elissa Hoffman, Marian Ismayl, Kyle McCaffrey, Julia Nejman, Samantha Abbie-Padillo, Amanda Pusateri, Elisabeth Schapmann and Hannah Williams.
The Production Team includes: Andy Sinclair, Director; Julie Crossen, Vocal Director/Pianist; Kimberly Morris, Co-Costume / Properties Designer; Charlotte Rathke, Lighting Designer; Andrew Glasenhardt, Technical Director; Amy Branahl, Music Assistance; Stefanie Akwa, House Management; and Jackie Garvey, Box Office Management.