Fall productions to entertain NIU

By Brian Slupski

Students bitten by the acting bug or those who just love to see a good play should take note of the Theatre Department’s offerings this fall.

The department is putting on five productions this fall and five during the spring semester.

The five productions this fall will range from standard plays to audience participation musicals.

The first production, “Charlotte Cushman,” will run from Sept. 9 to Sept. 11.

Theatre Department Chair John Brooks said “Cushman” was performed by the department’s acting company in Chicago over the summer, and has been brought back to DeKalb.

One of the department’s more interesting productions will be its musical, the Tony Award winning “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” which will run from Oct. 21 through Oct. 23.

The musical is about a murder, however the twist to this murder mystery is the audience selects the murderer.

“There can be something like six or seven different endings, depending on which character the audience selects,” Brooks said.

This semester’s student director production is “La Ronde,” running from Nov. 4 to Nov. 6.

Other productions for the fall are the “Benefactors,” Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 and Northern Dance Theatre II, Nov. 18 to Nov. 20.

Brooks said all students are encouraged to attend and participate in the productions. Auditions for all productions are Aug. 23 and Aug. 24.

Students interested in attending the productions can purchase a season pass for $50 or individual tickets.

Brooks said some of the productions might cost as little as $5, but some of the prices vary.