Chicago Street Theater is embarking on their 62nd season of community theatre, and on August 25 they invited the public to see a preview of the 2016/2017 productions. The event allows those interested in seeing the shows a chance to learn more about plotlines and themes.
“We’ve been doing this free event for 8 years,” said Eric Brant, Director of Marketing for Chicago Street Theatre “It highlights the 10 different shows we are doing, and it gives patrons an opportunity to decide which shows they do or don't want to see.”
Appetizers were served before the preview began, and included finger foods from local restaurants: Don Quijote, Martinis, Pikk’s Tavern, Sage, and Valpo Velvet. As attendees mingled around the lobby sampling all the food, they were welcomed into the theatre to find a seat for the show.
“I’m really really into theatre,” said Katie Golding, an 8th grader at Ben Franklin, “but I really don’t know any of the plays so it will be cool to see what they are all about.”
Upcoming shows at Chicago Street Theatre include: Harriet the Spy, Night of the Living Dead, A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail, The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, Pale Dream, A Year With Frog and Toad, The Rose Tattoo, Incorruptible, The Taming of the Shrew, and Betrayal.
Performers were all members of the Chicago Street Theatre Artistic Committee, and included: Laura Carns, Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano, Jim Henry, Kari-Anne Innes, Daena Sisk, Andy Urschel, Jason Utesch and Trisha Hales on piano.
“They don’t always get to be in the shows because sometimes they are directing.” Brant said, “so it gives them a chance to perform on stage.”
The theatre was filled with patrons anxious to see what Chicago Street Theatre has in store for them. The crowd was silent as the lights came on, but not for long. The humorous excerpt from Harriet the Spy quickly brought on the laughter.
“This is all volunteer,” said Jim Drader, Chairman of Chicago Street Theatre, “all our actors are volunteers, and we’re just trying to give people some art and great theatre.”