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North Central College presents poetic musical ‘Renascence’ Feb. 16-19


Above / North Central College Department of Theatre presents poetic musical hit “Renascence” in Madden Theatre in the North Central College Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., just steps from downtown Naperville.

Join the North Central College Department of Theatre for the new poetic musical “Renascence” during performances in Madden Theatre, Thurs., Feb. 16, through Sun. Feb. 19.

North Central is the first theatre and college to produce the show since its original New York City debut in 2018. The College’s performers even had the opportunity to connect with the composer and writer of the show as a means of professional development, which will no doubt enhance their performance come February.

North Central College’s rendition of “Renascence” welcomes Chicago theatre professionals, Michelle Lilly, scenic design, Jessica Neill, lighting design and music director, David Fiorello, as guest artists. North Central faculty member Mitzi Smith serves as director with colleague Dr. Rebecca Stafford as poetry consultant and Fine Arts technical director Colin Trevor as sound designer.  

Synopsis of ‘Renascence’

A theatrical exploration of identity and artistry will be presented through the poems of Pulitzer Prize-winner, Edna St. Vincent Millay. In 1912 at the age of 19 she writes a profoundly powerful poem, “Renascence,” catapulting her to stardom and releasing her from her rural, humble beginnings into a bohemian, reckless and unconventional urban lifestyle. Millay captivates both men and women with her unapologetic sensuality and frank intellect and becomes the “original riot girl” of her time. “Renascence” not only follows the early years of this artist’s life, but also invites its performers and audience to sit in this poet’s soul, and view humanity and nature as if through her window.

Note: The show is meant for a mature audience and is not geared toward children.

The early poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892–1950) are recognized for their lyric beauty, including “Renascence” written in 1912.

Six performances of ‘Renascence,’ Feb. 16-19, 2023

“Renascence” will be performed at 7:30PM Thurs., Feb. 16; Fri., Feb. 17, and Sat., Feb. 18; and during matinees at 2PM Sat., Feb. 18, and Sun., Feb. 19. Performances will be staged in the Madden Theatre, located in the North Central College Fine and Performing Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave.

Tickets are $14 for the public, $10 for members of the military, retired individuals and educators; and free to North Central College students, faculty and staff with a valid College ID.

Tickets are available for purchase online, here: northcentral.vbotickets.com.

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North Central College provides students with the confidence, instruction and direction they need to exceed their personal best inside and outside of the classroom and throughout their careers. Founded in 1861 and located just 28 miles west of Chicago in the Historic District of Naperville, Ill. — named among the nation’s “Best Places to Live” by Money magazine — North Central is home to more than 2,800 students and offers 82 undergraduate majors, 67 additional undergraduate minors and concentrations, and 22 graduate degree and graduate certificate programs. Visit northcentralcollege.edu to discover why U.S. News & World Report has named North Central a “Best in the Midwest” school for 29 years in a row, and to learn more about the College’s state-of-the-art facilities and distinctive programs, particularly in the sciences and business.