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Human Connection Arts Premieres its First Installment of Naked Theater As ‘Freedom Dance’ Readies for June 2 – 5 Run at the Gene Frankel Theatre

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Human Connection Arts, a non-profit founded by NYC-based artist and body painter Andy Golub, announced today performance dates of the group's second Naked Theater production, "Freedom Dance."

Running from June 2 through June 5, 2022 at the Gene Frankel Theatre at 24 Bond Street in lower Manhattan, "Freedom Dance" consists of a series of playful scenes that build a symbolic, existential story about the challenge of coping in our current troubled world. The production will feature a totally nude cast.

"It's actually not about the nudity at all," says writer/director, and Founder of Human Connection Arts, Andy Golub. "Clothing covers up our natural state. We are socialized on so many levels, it prevents us from processing ourselves, each other and the world around us."

Throughout the production, a series of existential scenes build an abstract story filled with original music, song, dance, movement, and acting. Scenes include a dance scene exemplifying the relationship of fire and the tree as she burns him down, a person perpetually swimming, the contemplations of a disgruntled god, and the cast symbolically sharing various interpretations of what is freedom.

"There is a time in life when things get so complicated, that we simply need to simplify, to step back and see things in a more basic way," says Golub. "This production is designed to help people to get back to seeing the basic, important things in life."

Prior to turning to theater production, Golub has organized many large-scale art events throughout Europe and the U.S., and his "living art" has been featured at many New York City Parades and Pridefests.

Naked Theater's production of "Freedom Dance" stars Annie Cox, Atlantis Carp, Ethan James First, Joseph Grosso, ​ Luca Villa, ​Maggie Rineman, Mizuho Kappa, Nora Gatz, and ​​Raul Gajasamharamoorthy.

The production is written and directed by Andy Golub and stage managed by ​​Raul Gajasamharamoorthy with lighting and sound by Hammer Productions. It runs June 2-5 at the Gene Frankel Theatre at 24 Bond Street in Lower Manhattan.

"Freedom Dance" is a unique, one-of-a-kind show with a very limited run of just four performances: Thursday - Saturday night at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The production runs approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are $35. Must be 18 years or older to attend.

To be part of this historical theater moment visit: http://www.nakedtheater.org.

Venue information: https://www.genefrankeltheatre.com/.

About Human Connections Arts:

Founded by NYC-based artist and body painter, Andy Golub, Human Connections Arts is a non-profit organization that creates large scale public art events and performances to promote unity and acceptance for all people. Learn more: https://humanconnectionarts.org/.

Related link: https://humanconnectionarts.org/

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The Lowell Chamber Orchestra is proud to present ‘LCO Pride: A Rainbow of Repertoire’

LOWELL, Mass. -- The Lowell Chamber Orchestra is proud to present "LCO Pride: A Rainbow of Repertoire" on Sunday, June 5, 2022 at Middlesex Community College in Lowell, Massachusetts. This chamber concert will celebrate Pride Month by showcasing LGBTQ+ composers from the Lowell area and around the world.

Creative director of LCO, Em Russell, states that putting on this concert has been a dream of the theirs since the orchestra's very first season! As well as works by Jean-Baptiste Lully, Benjamin Britten, this concert will showcase a World Premiere by composer Julia Moss, featuring soloist mezzo-soprano Julianna Smith, as well as exciting works by four other living composers.

Queer people have made many significant contributions to the classical music community, yet their identities are often concealed. This concert is meant to embrace and celebrate these identities, which we hope can one day become the norm in classical music culture.

Stylistically, this concert really has something for everyone, from poetry lovers to rock metal-heads. While Kevin Lubin's string quartet "The Flower Shop" includes a spoken narration with words by Virginia Woolf; Hannah Rice has written a Heavy Metal string quartet called "SQ666," which has been composed using techniques from heavy metal rock music.

This concert also features a variety of ensemble sizes, varying from string quartets all the way up to large ensemble works conducted by LCO's music director Orlando Cela. Steven Sérpa's "An Invocation," for solo oboe and strings, is a tone poem inspired by his long-time collaborator, queer poet Jeffery Beam, about the small beauties of nature. Sérpa has also written about more difficult topics, including an oratorio on HIV stigma with Inversion Ensemble and an opera responding to the Pulse nightclub shooting with companies in Chicago, Montréal, Hartford, and Austin.

Ethan Soledad's "Why Wait," for a 9-person ensemble, is about his own journey of self-discovery and defeating self-doubt. Ethan's music has been described as "bold, dramatic, and unapologetically expressive."

The largest work of the afternoon will be a World Premiere by composer Julia Moss: "The World is Too Much for Us". Written for mezzo-soprano soloist Julianna Smith and a 10-person chamber ensemble, the work is based on conversations between the composer-performer pair about the feeling of being overwhelmed by the ever-growing clutter of life. Inspired by these ideas, she chose to set the piece to a poem by William Wordsworth about how we have become so obsessed with possessing material items and controlling nature.

"By drowning out nature," Moss says, "we are really drowning out ourselves. The piece is meant to be an optimistic and empowering reminder of what we should really be paying attention to." In the fall of 2022, Moss will enroll at the University of Southern California's (USC) Thornton School of Music to earn a Masters in Music Composition.

"We also wanted to show through our programming that queer composers have stood the test of time. There are so many composers whose music we play all the time and whose names most anyone would recognize, but nobody knows they were queer. Tchaikovsky, for instance. He was queer. Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, Benjamin Britten, just to name a few more of the "classics." And of course this doesn't even start to scratch the surface of the loads of queer composers living today, nor accurately represent the diversity that exists among them. But this is why we wanted to program someone as old as Baroque composer Jean-Baptiste Lully, who was born in 1632, to show that we really have been here all along, only now can we start to proudly assert our identities."

TICKETING / DONATION INFO:

The Lowell Chamber Orchestra is Lowell's first and only professional orchestra, demolishing the socio-economic barriers to classical music by always providing the area with music at a very high level, of all styles and eras. Consequently, this event is free of charge, but donations are kindly requested.

If you believe this concert to be a worthy cause and are able to contribute to the event funds, please donate at the link below. Thank you! https://glcf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?funit_id=2326

"LCO: Pride: A Rainbow of Repertoire"

Sunday, June 5, 3 p.m.

Richard and Nancy Donahue Academic Arts Center

Recital Hall

240 Central Street, Lowell, MA

Free to attend, no tickets, just show up - Mask required

For more information, visit: https://lowellchamberorchestra.org/events

VIDEO (YouTube): https://youtu.be/Mua2UoBBld0

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Music Theater Works Presents DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID

SKOKIE, Ill. -- Music Theater Works shall present "DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID" at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie (9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076) from June 2, 2022 to June 26, 2022 as the second production of the 2022 Season.

About The Show

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic Disney animated film, "DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID" is a classic and beautiful love story for the entire family. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this Broadway gem will capture your heart with its irresistible song favorites, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."

From the moment you step into the theater, this immersive production will make you feel part of Ariel's world. When she disobeys her father, King Triton, and makes a deal with the evil witch, Ursula, Ariel thinks her dreams have come true. But when the bargain is not what it seems, Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to save her true love and restore order under the sea.

Production Details

Who:
* Music Theater Works

What:
* DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID
* Book by Doug Wright
* Music by Alan Menkin
* Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glen Slater
* Music Directed and Conducted by Celia Villacres
* Co-Directed by Stacey Flaster and Joshua Castille
* Choreography by Stacey Flaster and Matthew Weidenbener

Cast Members:
* Joselle Reyes (Ariel)
* Caroline Lyell (Ursula)
* Anakin White (Jetsam)
* Korey White (Grimsby)
* Clayton Cross (Scuttle)
* Gus Franchere (Flotsam)
* Eloise Mulliken (Flounder)
* Nathan Karnik (Prince Eric)
* Thomas E. Squires (King Triton)
* Meredith Wells (Atina, Ensemble)
* Amy Delgado (Aquata, Ensemble)
* Aubrey Trecek (Adella, Ensemble)
* Wesley Anthony Clerge (Sebastian)
* Trillium Falotico (Allana, Ensemble)
* Jimmy Hogan (U/S Flotsam, Jetsam)
* Nick Johnson (Chef Louis, Ensemble)
* Jennifer Ledesma (Andrina, Ensemble)
* Emily Turner (U/S Mersisters, Flounder)
* Chase Infiniti (Arista, U/S Ariel, Ensemble)
* Darryl Jones (Pilot, Ensemble, U/S King Triton)

Creative Team:
* Shane Cinal (Set Designer)
* Will Hughes (Tech Director)
* Joshua Castille (Co-Director)
* Kathy Logelin (Dialect Coach)
* Eric Backus (Sound Designer)
* Celia Villacres (Music Director)
* Bob Silton (Production Manager)
* Andrew Myers (Lighting Designer)
* Eric Nicole Eggers (Stage Manager)
* Dr. Aaron Ozee (Director Of Marketing)
* Rachel Sypniewski (Costume Designer)
* Samantha Salmi (Assistant Stage Manager)
* Kyle A. Dougan (Producing Artistic Director)
* Stacey Flaster (Co-Director & Choreographer)
* Maria "Mimi" Compton (Hair & Make-Up Designer)
* Matthew Weidenbener (Assistant Choreographer)

When:
* Press Performance: Friday, June 3, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
* Saturday, June 4, 2022 @ 2:00 PM
* Saturday, June 4, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
* Sunday, June 5, 2022 @ 2:00 PM
* Wednesday, June 8, 2022 @ 1:00 PM
* Thursday, June 9, 2022 @ 7:30 PM
* Friday, June 10, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
* Saturday, June 11, 2022 @ 2:00 PM
* Saturday, June 11, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
* Sunday, June 12, 2022 @ 2:00 PM
* Sunday, June 12, 2022 @ 6:00 PM
* Wednesday, June 15, 2022 @ 1:00 PM
* Thursday, June 16, 2022 @ 7:30 PM
* Friday, June 17, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
* Saturday, June 18, 2022 @ 2:00 PM
* Saturday, June 18, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
* Sunday, June 19, 2022 @ 2:00 PM
* Sunday, June 19, 2022 @ 6:00 PM
* Wednesday, June 22, 2022 @ 1:00 PM
* Thursday, June 23, 2022 @ 7:30 PM
* Friday, June 24, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
* Saturday, June 25, 2022 @ 2:00 PM
* Saturday, June 25, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
* Sunday, June 26, 2022 @ 2:00 PM

Where:

North Theatre

North Shore Center For The Performing Arts In Skokie

9501 Skokie Blvd.

Skokie, IL 60077

Tickets:

Ticket prices range from $39 to $106 and tickets for guests 25 and under are half-price.

Box Office: (847) 673-6300

Website: https://www.musictheaterworks.com/disneys-the-little-mermaid/.

Run Time:

Run time is approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission.

Health Safety:

For more information about the Health Safety Procedures at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, please visit https://www.musictheaterworks.com/health-safety-procedures/.

Upcoming Shows

Music Theater Works has announced the 2022 Season, opening with Jerry Herman's LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (March 10, 2022 - April 3, 2022) starring Ginger Minj from RuPaul's Drag Race, followed by DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID (June 2, 2022 - June 22, 2022), ZORRO: THE MUSICAL (August 11, 2022 - August 21, 2022), CAMELOT (October 30, 2022 - November 13, 2022), and IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS (December 15, 2022 - January 1, 2023).

Please visit https://www.musictheaterworks.com/2022-Season/ for more information.

About Music Theater Works

Music Theater Works is a professional non-profit theater company based in Wilmette, Illinois featuring a colorful repertoire including operetta, the Golden Age of Broadway, the Great American Songbook, and modern classics since 1980.

As of 2021, Music Theater Works has become a resident theater company at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts In Skokie (9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076).

Related link: https://www.musictheaterworks.com/

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Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye Kicks Off 2022 GOTV Tour Featuring Award-Winning One-Woman Play: The Fannie Lou Hamer Story

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Healing Through The Sound of Music announces: Award-winning singer, actress, and playwright, Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye kicks off the 2022 tour of her one-woman stage play about voting rights activist, Fannie Lou Hamer, with a live performance Feb. 17, 2022 at University of Maryland Eastern Shores in Princess Ann, Maryland. 'The Fannie Lou Hamer Story: Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired" celebrates the unsung hero whose brave struggle for human dignity and freedom became a catalyst for the passage of the Voter's Rights Act of 1965, and also promotes voting in the 2022 midterm elections as part of their Voice of the Empowered (V.O.T.E.) 2022 edutainment tour.

"I am excited to kick off our 2022 tour during Black History month because Fannie Lou Hamer made huge sacrifices to defend American democracy. That's the reason we must fight to keep our history included in school curriculums," said Aimbaye. "She was a warrior in the fight for voting and civil rights. Given the surge in voting restrictions across the country as well as the attempts to limit access to Black History, it's critically important to learn about the sacrifice and success of Fannie Lou Hamer, the daughter of a sharecropper."

The audience is in for a treat as Aimbaye couples her exceptional storytelling abilities with her mellifluous voice and commanding stage presence to take the audience on an incredible journey as Fannie Lou Hamer returns from heaven on a mission to invoke a sense of purpose and responsibility. Through intimate conversation and twelve emotionally moving songs Aimbaye gives a witty and personal account of Fannie Lou Hamer growing up as the youngest of 20 siblings in the 1920s on a Mississippi sharecropping plantation and the struggles she encountered fighting for the right to vote.

"Black History is American History and we have a duty to make sure our children and grandchildren know our struggle," adds Djehuty Se Hotep, producer of "The Fannie Lou Hamer Story." He adds, "Mzuri created this play after being moved by footage of Hamer's truthful account of voter registration suppression and brutal jail-house beatings. Mzuri knew that she needed to find a way to give an oral rendition of Hamer's testimony that would create the same emotion, authority, and call to action to vote that Hamer did."

Additional February and March tour dates include February 22, Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA; March 8, University of Maryland in College Park, MD; and Mar 18 and 19 at the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

For times and tickets go to https://www.thefannielouhamerstory.com/

Awarded "Best Actress," "Best Producer," and "Best Play" at the 2015 Atlanta Black Theater Festival, "The Fannie Lou Hamer Story" is part of a national voter empowerment initiative coupling the musical extravaganza with panel discussions and town hall meetings for an innovative "edutainment experience" aimed at registering, educating and mobilizing voters. The play is Directed by Byron C. Saunders and produced by Healing Through the Sound of Music, a social impact music and theatre production company. Virtual and in-person tour dates are still available.

For more information visit https://www.thefannielouhamerstory.com/, email mstee@thefannielouhamerstory.com, or call (347) 395-0259.

For more information on Healing Through The Sound of Music, visit: https://www.healingthroughsoundmusic.org/

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Two TV Icons Take the Stage at The Pompano Beach Cultural Center

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is proud to present the humorous and insightful stage play "Willie & Esther", starring 70s television legends Ted Lange and BerNadette Stanis. Combining quick-witted dialogue and deeply emotional scenes, James Graham Bronson's story follows two middle-aged African American lovers as they fantasize about robbing a bank.

Ted Lange, best known for his role as Isaac on "The Love Boat," and BerNadette Stanis, who gained fame as Thelma in the groundbreaking sitcom "Good Times," portray the couple for two special performances; Saturday, March 26 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 27 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $45-$75. Learn more at https://www.pompanobeacharts.org.

"'Willie & Esther' premiered in 1987 at the Inner City Cultural Center in Los Angeles and won first place at the Center's first short-play competition, beating out more than 100 other plays from around the U.S.," said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs Director. "Since then, the play has had many successful stagings, including an acclaimed Off-Broadway run. Now, we are thrilled to launch our own production, showcasing the talents of two beloved television stars."

The play centers on a couple who hatch a plan to overcome their troubles by robbing a bank. A frustrated scam artist, Willie, is a warehouse worker scheming to achieve a big break. Meanwhile, Esther endures the drudgery of her beauty parlor job and Willie's endless schemes. Hilarious, touching, and real as a bad day, this play's truth is that sometimes the only way to overcome your troubles is to laugh at them with someone you love.

"Willie & Esther is riotous, seamless, even daring because it pulls out the emotional stops and triumphs on its own terms," -- Los Angeles Times.

ABOUT THE CAST:

BerNadette Stanis is a Juilliard School trained actress, best known for her breakout role as sassy Thelma Evans in "Good Times." Stanis is also the author of four books: "Situations 101: Relationships, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly"; "For Men Only"; "Situations 101: Finances"; and "The Last Night."

Ted Lange personifies the Renaissance Man Theatre Award he received from the NAACP. A graduate of London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Lange's career had gained worldwide attention as a gifted actor of stage and screen, revered director and prolific writer. He has written 25 plays and counts three Shakespearean plays among his directing credits.

RELATED PROGRAMMING:

Live on the Set: The Love Boat with Theodore Lange | March 24 | 7 - 9 p.m. | FREE

Join us for a screening of an episode of "The Love Boat" at 7:15 p.m. followed by an Interview and audience Q&A with Theodore William Lange who portrayed Isaac on the wildly successful television show. This romantic and comic drama aired from 1977 to 1987 on ABC and followed three story lines of the passengers and crew of the cruise ship, Pacific Princess.

Live on the Set: Good Times with BernNadette Stanis l March 25 | 7 pm - 9 p.m. | FREE

Join us for a screening of an episode of "Good Times" at 7:15 p.m. followed by an Interview and audience Q&A with BernNadette Stanis who played Thelma on the sitcom that aired for six seasons on CBS from 1974 to 1979. Created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans and developed by executive producer Norman Lear, "Good Times" was television's first African American two-parent family sitcom. Florida and James Evans and their three children live in a public housing project in a poor, black neighborhood in inner-city Chicago and the show's characters attempt to overcome poverty.

Writing the Play-Master Class with Ted Lange | March 28 | 6 - 9 p.m. | $65

In this playwriting masterclass led by legendary actor, playwright, and director Ted Lange from the iconic television show "The Love Boat" you will discover or rediscover, the playwriter in you! Whether you've never written anything before, you're experienced in another kind of writing, or you're a playwright looking to sharpen your skills, "Writing the Play" offers clear, step-by-step guidance in the basics: character, conflict, and structure, setting, dialogue, and formatting. But that's not all. Need to make that good script great? We'll study more than a dozen elements you can use in the rewriting process to move your script up a level and then discuss what to do next in the development process.

WHERE:

Pompano Beach Cultural Center is located at 50 Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach, Florida.

About the City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department

The mission of the Cultural Affairs Department is to provide cultural programming that includes visual arts, digital media, music, film, theater, dance and public art for the enjoyment and enrichment of residents and visitors to Pompano Beach, Broward County, and the greater South Florida area. The department programs and manages the City's premiere cultural arts venues, including the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Ali Cultural Arts Center, Bailey Contemporary Arts Center, and the Blanche Ely House Museum. The department also oversees the City's Public Art Program and the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts' Our Town grant awarded to the Pompano Beach Crossroads place-making arts initiative.

Learn more: https://www.pompanobeacharts.org/

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Music Theater Works Presents BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICAL

SKOKIE, Ill. -- Music Theater Works shall present "Billy Elliot: The Musical" at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts In Skokie (9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076) from December 23, 2021 through January 2, 2022 as the final production of the 2021 Season.

About The Show

Boasting a Tony Award and an Olivier Award for Best Musical, "Billy Elliot" is based on the 2000 international smash-hit film and features a score by music legend Sir Elton John. "Billy Elliot" is an inspirational story about the power of being true to yourself, the unity of family, and the coming together of a community backgrounded by the UK miners' strike in 1984.

From the bleak, muggy streets of northern England to the bright stage lights of a London stage and a brighter tomorrow, "Billy Elliot" tells the story of a boy's desire to express himself through dance and is the inspirational story about the power of being true to yourself, the unity of family and the coming together of a community during the UK miners' strike in 1984.

Production Details

Who:
* Music Theater Works

What:
* Billy Elliot: The Musical
* Music by Sir Elton John
* Directed by Kyle A. Dougan
* Book and Lyrics by Lee Hall
* Choreography by Clayton Cross
* Music Directed and Conducted by Michael McBride

Cast Members:
* Matt Miles (as Dad)
* Rick Rapp (as George)
* Caron Buinis (as Grandma)
* Lydia Burke (as Dead Mum)
* Brandon Machuad (as Tony)
* Jake Siswick (as Billy Elliot)
* Kai Edgar (as Michael Caffrey)
* Casiena Raether (as Mrs. Wilkinson)
* Jon Parker Jackson (as Mr. Braithwaite)
* Everleigh Murphy (as Debbie Wilkinson)

Creative Team:
* Dramaturg (Nathan Lamp)
* Tech Director (Will Hughes)
* Set Designer (Lauren Nigri)
* Dialect Coach (Kathy Logelin)
* Sound Designer (Eric Backus)
* Choreographer (Clayton Cross)
* Props Designer (Frank Roberts)
* Production Manager (Bob Silton)
* Lighting Designer (Andrew Myers)
* Director Of Marketing (Aaron Ozee)
* Fight Choreographer (Nick Sandys)
* Stage Manager (Sean Michael Mohler)
* Company Manager (Christopher Riley)
* Costume Designer (Darcy Elora Hoefer)
* Assistant Stage Manager (Kelly Jonske)
* Hair And Make-Up Designer (Alice Salazar)
* Producing Artistic Director (Kyle A. Dougan)
* Assistant Choreographer (Ariel Etana Triunfo)
* Music Director And Conductor (Michael McBride)

When:
* Press Performance: Thursday, December 23, 2021 @ 7:30 PM
* Sunday, December 26, 2021 @ 2:00 PM & 6:00 PM
* Wednesday, December 29, 2021 @ 1:00 PM
* Thursday, December 30, 2021 @ 7:30 PM
* Friday, December 31, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
* Saturday, January 1, 2022 @ 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
* Sunday, January 2, 2022 @ 2:00 PM

Where:
North Shore Center For The Performing Arts In Skokie
9501 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL 60077

Tickets:
Ticket prices range from $41 to $108 and tickets for guests 25 and under are half-price.

Box Office: (847) 673-6300

Website: https://www.musictheaterworks.com/Billy-Elliot/

Run Time:
The approximate run time is 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission.

Health Safety:

ALL GUESTS will be required to wear a face mask regardless of vaccination status and to present their photo ID with proof of full vaccination from COVID-19 with an approved vaccine.

Please visit https://www.musictheaterworks.com/health-safety-procedures/ for more information.

Upcoming Shows

Music Theater Works has announced the 2022 Season, opening with Jerry Herman's "LA CAGE AUX FOLLES" (March 10, 2022 - April 3, 2022) starring Ginger Minj from RuPaul's Drag Race, followed by "DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID" (June 2, 2022 - June 22, 2022), "ZORRO: THE MUSICAL" (August 11, 2022 - August 21, 2022), "CAMELOT" (October 30, 2022 - November 13, 2022), and "IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS" (December 15, 2022 - January 1, 2023).

Please visit https://www.musictheaterworks.com/2022-Season/ for more information.

About Music Theater Works

Music Theater Works is a professional non-profit theater company based in Wilmette, Illinois featuring a colorful repertoire including operetta, the Golden Age of Broadway, the Great American Songbook, and modern classics since 1980.

As of 2021, Music Theater Works has become a resident theater company at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts In Skokie (9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076).

Related link: https://www.musictheaterworks.com/

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Lowell Chamber Orchestra presents ‘As One,’ the most produced contemporary opera in North America, on the Transgender Day of Remembrance

LOWELL, Mass. -- Lowell Chamber Orchestra is proud to present "As One" on Saturday, November 20, 2021, 7:30 p.m., at Middlesex Community College. The critically acclaimed, 75-minute chamber opera created by composer Laura Kaminsky and librettists Kimberly Reed and Mark Campbell with film by Ms. Reed, has had nearly 50 productions around the world and, according to OPERA America, is the most produced contemporary opera in North America.

In "As One," two voices-Hannah after and Hannah before-share the part of a sole transgender protagonist. Fifteen songs comprise the three-part narrative; with empathy and humor, they trace Hannah's experiences from her youth in a small town to her college years-and finally traveling alone to a different country, where she realizes some truths about herself.

For the first time in the opera's history, "As One" will be performed by an entirely gender-expansive cast: mezzo-soprano Tona Brown and baritone Rahzé Cheatham will play "Hannah after" and "Hannah before," respectively. Further, the work will be performed on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day that commemorates violence against the transgender community.

Says Ms. Brown: "Hannah's story is a story of struggle, self discovery and triumph...and anyone can relate to that even if they don't know much about transgender people. For the first time in history transgender people can see themselves represented on the stage of an opera! This performance will go down in history!"

Orlando Cela, music director for Lowell Chamber Orchestra, will conduct with stage direction by Em Russell.

Like all Lowell Chamber Orchestra concerts, the concert is free of charge, but donations are kindly requested. Audiences must show proof of vaccination upon entry and remain masked during the entirety of the opera.

Learn more: https://lowellchamberorchestra.org/events/as-one

SUMMARY:

"As One"

Saturday, November 20, 7:30 p.m.

Richard and Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center

Middlesex Community College

240 Central Street, Lowell, MA

Presented by Middlesex Community College "A World of Music" Concert Series

Sponsored by the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, and Parma Recordings

REVIEWS:

"As One forces you to think, simultaneously challenging preconceptions and inspiring empathy." - The New York Times

"Its universality is key to As One's becoming the hottest new American opera of recent years. It challenges us to ponder questions of authenticity, identity, compassion and self-love. And it does so without preachiness." - The Chicago Tribune

Related link: https://lowellchamberorchestra.org/

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Innovative Strip Artist Coworking Space, The Artists Plex, Kicked Off GoFundMe

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- A dedicated group of current and former strip artists have combined their resources to form Artists Plex (https://artistsplex.com/), a community based, coworking space that promotes creative collaboration and financial prosperity, while merging the current demand for networking and production facilities within their industry.

Spearheaded by veteran dance performance artist and activist Natalie 'NatsHoney' Clark and podcaster/social activist and labor movement secretary for Strippers United, AM Davies (AMD), Artists Plex marks the first space of its kind within the strip artist industry. Their nationwide crowdfunding campaign was kicked off of GoFundMe, but the determined coalition is continuing their effort to raise funds, support and awareness for the innovative project.

While coworking spaces are a popular workplace structure utilized in many other industries, the concept is new to the world of strip artistry and offers a pioneering platform of resources. Artists Plex seeks to develop a one-stop location for photography and content shoots, ticketed event rentals, cinema, podcasting rooms, and team networking events for all members. As a production complex, the location will house a pole suite, retail and art gallery, photography suites, a cinema room, library, and meditation center. Monthly social, community, and pop-up events are also being planned for their calendar.

Serving a demographic that is often misconstrued and maligned, the Artists Plex seeks funding from supporters to help address issues of community engagement, educational resources and professional development. Funds raised will be used to provide foundational assistance for entrepreneurs within the industry.

"By utilizing our years of experience, we are poised to disrupt the status quo. As leaders and innovators, we are optimistic about how this first-time professional hub will benefit the careers of so many strip artists who currently lack viable means of artistic aid," cites Natalie 'NatsHoney' Clark. "It's devastating that platforms like GoFundMe don't respect or recognize our efforts. The Artists Plex can change the dynamics of the strip artist workforce and offer a never-before-seen collaborative environment for industry professionals. We are a demographic of working women and mothers who deserve access to mainstream structures like coworking spaces as well as access to platforms like GoFundme."

"This Artists Plex is a natural step, especially considering the social and economic climate we operate in currently," adds Yes, A Stripper Podcast producer, AM Davies. "Having the Artists Plex is the perfect way to bring this community together, so we can grow, learn and activate, in whatever capacity that may be, with unity. When platforms like GoFundMe shun us, it brings more urgency to our need to cocreate spaces where we are not demonized but appreciated for our work and creativity as artists."

Natalie 'NatsHoney' Clark is a spirited entrepreneur and creative artist. Her knowledge of advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership abilities come from her twelve years at the forefront of the medicinal cannabis collective industry. Today, she enjoys adventures with her son in her spare time, catching up with loved ones, and volunteering for the labor outfit 'Strippers United,' an organization which works to unionize dancers.

An iconic veteran of Hollywood's nightlife scene, AM Davies (AMD) has been working with and advocating for dancers and workers within the sex community for nearly two decades. She is the secretary for Strippers United (formerly Soldiers of Pole), which works to unionize dancers and host her podcast, Yes, a Stripper Podcast (YAS Podcast) (https://yesastripperpodcast.com/) as an educational resource for inquiring listeners.

A below the knee amputee, a scooter accident in 2018 and the resulting amputation changed her path. Amazingly however, she continues to dance and still dons her legendary platform shoes while doing so. Her primary focus though is using her voice to effect broad social change.

To learn more about The Artists Plex and assist with funding their campaign go to the https://artistsplex.com/.

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Music Theater Works Announces 2022 Season

SKOKIE, Ill. -- Music Theater Works has announced the 2022 Season, opening with Jerry Herman's "LA CAGE AUX FOLLES" (March 10, 2022 - April 3, 2022) starring Joshua Eads Brown (AKA Ginger Minj) from "RuPaul's Drag Race," followed by "DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID" (June 2, 2022 - June 22, 2022), "ZORRO: THE MUSICAL" (August 11, 2022 - August 21, 2022), "CAMELOT" (October 30, 2022 - November 13, 2022), and "IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS" (December 15, 2022 - January 1, 2023).

A word from Producing Artistic Director, Kyle A. Dougan: "Our 2022 season will get us back on track to expanded programming and more challenging artistic endeavors to bring 'Great Music' and 'Great Theater' to our audiences. I look forward to sharing our exciting season with our community."

Music Theater Works Presents "LA CAGE AUX FOLLES"

Music Theater Works will present "La Cage Aux Folles" at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts In Skokie (9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076) in the North Theatre from March 10, 2022 through April 3, 2022.

About The Show:

The winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, and recently Best Revival of a Musical, "La Cage Aux Folles" is a night full of belly-laughs! Based on the hit French farce that also inspired Hollywood's The Birdcage, this Broadway smash has a hilarious book by Harvey Fierstein and a score by the king of show tunes, Jerry Herman (Hello, Dolly! and Mame).

We will transform the theater into La Cage's elegant St. Tropez nightclub complete with an onstage bar and surprises lurking at every turn. And when a non-traditional family's future in-laws come for a visit, the truth comes out in the wildest of ways!

Starring RuPaul's Drag Race headliner, Joshua Eads Brown (AKA Ginger Minj), and with costumes by Project Runway designer Justin LeBlanc, this is an event you cannot miss!

Music Theater Works Presents "DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID"

Music Theater Works will present "Disney's The Little Mermaid" at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts In Skokie (9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076) in The North Theatre from June 2, 2022 through June 26, 2022.

About The Show:

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic Disney animated film, "Disney's The Little Mermaid" is a classic and beautiful love story for the entire family. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this Broadway gem will capture your heart with its irresistible song favorites, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."

From the moment you step into the theater, this immersive production will make you feel part of Ariel's world. When she disobeys her father, King Triton, and makes a deal with the evil witch, Ursula, Ariel thinks her dreams have come true. But when the bargain is not what it seems, Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to save her true love and restore order under the sea.

Music Theater Works Presents "ZORRO: THE MUSICAL"

Music Theater Works will present "Zorro: The Musical" at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts In Skokie (9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076) in The Center Theatre from August 11, 2022 through August 21, 2022.

About The Show:

Brace yourself for extraordinary aerial acrobatics, spectacular sword-fighting and incredible magic in the theater as Music Theater Works tells the tale of the legendary swordsman and defender of justice in "Zorro: The Musical".

Zorro has captured the imagination of millions for over a century, in books, movies and television-now he takes the stage in a thrilling original musical. Don Diego de la Vega, a wealthy caballero, lives a double life as a masked hero entangled in adventure and romance, fighting to protect his people from tyranny, and to win the love of the beautiful Luisa.

In association with Ensemble Español, this regional premiere is an unforgettable and action-packed experience, with dazzling choreography and a captivating Flamenco-based score by the international pop sensations, Gipsy Kings!

Music Theater Works Presents "CAMELOT"

Music Theater Works will present "Camelot" at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts In Skokie (9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076) in The North Theatre from October 20, 2022 through November 13, 2022.

About The Show:

Join us as we recount the enduring legend of King Arthur, Guenevere, Lancelot, and the Knights of the Round Table in Lerner and Loewe's "Camelot". Based on T.H. White's novel "The Once and Future King", this Broadway classic is a four-time Tony Award winner packed with chivalry, passion, pageantry and betrayal.

Music Theater Works brings this medieval love triangle to the theater stage with a remarkable cast and beloved score that includes timeless songs such as "If Ever I Would Leave You," "Camelot," "C'est Moi" and "How to Handle a Woman".

Follow along as King Arthur's most trusted knight, Sir Lancelot, falls for the beautiful Queen Guenevere, and together they give in to their passion. Will this betrayal destroy Camelot and all for which it stands? This intimate new production promises to bring "Camelot" to new and thrilling life!

Music Theater Works Presents "IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS"

Music Theater Works will present "Irving Berlin's White Christmas" at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts In Skokie (9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076) in The Center Theatre from December 15, 2022 through January 1, 2023.

About The Show:

Based on the heartwarming classic film, "Irving Berlin's White Christmas" is a holiday favorite for the whole family. With a sparkling new book by David Ives and Paul Blake, the musical delight features such classic Berlin songs as "Blue Skies," "I Love a Piano," "How Deep is the Ocean," and of course the perennial holiday favorite, "White Christmas."

"Irving Berlin's White Christmas" follows World War II veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, who have a successful song-and-dance act. They follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to a Christmas stage show, and end up at the Vermont inn owned by their former army commander, General Waverly.

When Bob and Phil discover the General's inn has fallen on hard times, they decide to put on a big show to draw in business. But will romance and misunderstandings stop the performance? Join us this holiday season when this classic Christmas story unfolds with unforgettable songs and joyous dance!

TICKET INFORMATION

Ticket prices range from $39 to $106 and tickets for guests 25 and under are half-price.

Box Office: (847) 673-6300

Website: https://www.musictheaterworks.com/2022-Season/

HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

ALL GUESTS will be required to wear a face mask regardless of vaccination status and to present their photo ID with proof of full vaccination from COVID-19 with an approved vaccine.

Please visit https://www.musictheaterworks.com/health-safety-procedures/ for more information.

ABOUT MUSIC THEATER WORKS

Music Theater Works is a professional non-profit theater company based in Wilmette, Illinois featuring a colorful repertoire including operetta, the Golden Age of Broadway, the Great American Songbook, and modern classics since 1980.

As of 2021, Music Theater Works has become a resident theater company at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts In Skokie (9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076).

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Music Theater Works Presents RAGTIME

SKOKIE, Ill. -- Music Theater Works will present "Ragtime" at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts In Skokie (9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076) from October 29, 2021 through November 7, 2021 being the third production of the 2021 Season.

About The Show

Music Theater Works brings this 13-time Tony Award-nominated musical with its rich, award-winning score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens - the lyricist and composer duo behind Once on This Island and Seussical to its stage. "Ragtime," based on the E. L. Doctorow, tells the unforgettable story of an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a young, daring Harlem musician living during the early years of the 20th century.

Showcasing the great struggle that accompanies the American Dream and featuring some of the most well-known figures of the time, Ragtime tells the tale of three different individuals who desire a brighter future but must unite to achieve their goals.

Production Details

WHO:

* Music Theater Works

WHAT:
* "Ragtime"
* Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
* Book by Terrence McNally
* Music by Stephen Flaherty
* Directed by Stacey Flaster
* Choreography by Ariel Etana Triunfo
* Music Directed and Conducted by Roger Bingaman

CAST MEMBERS:
* Dan Gold (as Tateh)
* Kelly Britt (as Mother)
* Lydia Burke (as Sarah)
* Brian Hupp (as Father)
* Bob Sanders (as Grandfather & Judge)
* Korey White (as Booker T. Washington)
* Curtis Bannister (as Coalhouse Walker Jr.)
* Ryan Dooley (as Mother's Younger Brother)

CREATIVE TEAM:
* Dramaturg (Nathan Lamp)
* Tech Director (Will Hughes)
* Dialect Coach (Kathy Logelin)
* Props Designer (Ellen Markus)
* Sound Designer (Aaron Quick)
* Set Designer (Sotirios Livaditis)
* Production Manager (Bob Silton)
* Lighting Designer (Andrew Myers)
* Fight Choreographer (Nick Sandys)
* Stage Manager (Sean Michael Mohler)
* Costume Designer (Rachel Sypniewski)
* Assistant Stage Manager (Parker Bailey)
* Producing Artistic Director (Kyle A. Dougan)
* Hair And Make-Up Co-Designer (Alice Salazar)
* Hair And Make-Up Co-Designer (Charlene Sellers)

WHEN:
* Group Performance: Thursday, October 28, 2021 @ 1:00 PM
* Press Performance: Friday, October 29, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
* Saturday, October 30, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
* Sunday, October 31, 2021 @ 2:00 PM
* Wednesday, November 3, 2021 @ 1:00 PM
* Friday, November 5, 2021 @ 8:00 PM
* Saturday, November 6, 2021 @ 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
* Sunday, November 7, 2021 @ 2:00 PM

WHERE:
North Shore Center For The Performing Arts In Skokie

9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077

TICKETS:

Ticket prices range from $41 to $108 and tickets for guests 25 and under are half-price.

Box Office: (847) 673-6300

Website: https://www.musictheaterworks.com/Ragtime/

RUN TIME:

The approximate run time is 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission.

HEALTH SAFETY:

ALL GUESTS will be required to wear a face mask regardless of vaccination status and to present their photo ID with proof of full vaccination from COVID-19 with an approved vaccine.

Please visit https://www.musictheaterworks.com/health-safety-procedures/ for more information.

UPCOMING SHOWS

BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL (Dec 23, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022).

The 2021 season has been proudly sponsored by Joyce Saxon.

ABOUT MUSIC THEATER WORKS

Music Theater Works is a professional non-profit theater company based in Wilmette, Illinois featuring a colorful repertoire including operetta, the Golden Age of Broadway, the Great American Songbook, and modern classics since 1980.

As of 2021, Music Theater Works has become a resident theater company at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts In Skokie (9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076).

The mission of Music Theater Works is to produce and present musical theater from a variety of world traditions and to engage the local community through educational and outreach programs.

MEDIA CONTACT
Aaron Ozee
Director of Marketing
Music Theater Works
Phone: (847) 920-5360 ext. 7
Email: aozee@musictheaterworks.org

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