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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.

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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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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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