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North Central College students perform ‘The Flu Season’ Oct. 11-14


North Central College students will perform “The Flu Season,” a contemporary play about the pain and joy of life.

Four performances of “The Flu Season” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11-13 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 in Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $10/adults and $8/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

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“The Flu Season” is written by Will Eno and examines the act of making a play and the play itself. A man and woman fall in and out of love with one another, a play gets written and rewritten, while the characters explore the meaning of life.

North Central’s production is directed by guest artist Ted Hoerl, who directed the College’s production of “Stage Door” in 2010. Hoerl has been working in the professional theatre since 1971 when he started at Houston’s prestigious Alley Theatre. He has directed, produced, designed or stage managed at more than 50 theatres and acted in more than 100 plays for such theaters and companies as Chicago’s Goodman, Remy Bumppo, Shattered Globe, New American, Next, About Face, Shaw Chicago and Organic theatre companies. In addition to directing, his career credits include casting films and commercials, teaching and guest speaking.

The cast for “The Flu Season” features (role, actor, town, year, major): Man: Grant Schumacher of Naperville, a junior majoring in marketing; Woman: Maddie DePorter of Orion, Ill., a sophomore majoring in theatre; Doctor: Bryan Renaud of Sugar Grove, Ill., a senior majoring in theatre; Nurse: Taylor Calderone of Mishawaka, Ind., a freshman majoring in musical theatre; Prologue: Colleen O’Connor of Mesa, Ariz., a senior majoring in musical theatre; Epilogue: Rosa Reinemann of Madison, Wis., a junior majoring in musical theatre; and Writer: Jessica Gallo of Park Ridge, Ill., a junior majoring in musical theatre.

North Central College offers majors in theatre or musical theatre and a minor in dance. A full range of acting and dance classes is available, as well as opportunities to direct a full-length production. Students of all majors can participate in musical and nonmusical performances, actor showcases and one-act plays and performances in the College’s four theatre venues. Full-time professors and active professionals who are artist-teachers serve as faculty. Visit northcentralcollege.edu/majors/theatre to learn more about studying theatre at North Central College.

Navistar is underwriting sponsor of North Central College’s 2012-2013 Fine and Performing Arts Season. The season is partially supported by USG Corporation and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Photo courtesy North Central College

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Founded in 1861, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. Located in the Historic District of Naperville, Illinois—rated by Money magazine as among the nation’s “Best Places to Live”—North Central College is just 30 minutes from Chicago’s Loop. With more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students, North Central College is committed to academic excellence, a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, values and service, a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation and a caring environment with small classes. Visit northcentralcollege.edu to learn more.


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