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North Central College stages the tender, funny musical "Sweet Charity" Nov. 9-12

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North Central College stages the tender, funny musical "Sweet Charity" Nov. 9-12

Nominated for nine Tony Awards in its debut year 1966, "Sweet Charity" follows the ever-optimistic Charity Valentine, a dancer at the seedy Fandango Ballroom in New York City.

Despite a comically misfortunate love life, Charity remains hopeful she will find happiness outside the confines of the dance hall.

The student cast is under the direction of Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center's Artistic Director Jacob Harvey.

"'Sweet Charity' is a timely story about looking for love despite the sometimes-stifling realities of modern life," said Harvey. "In a world that continually attempts to negate a woman's power, this musical tells the story of Charity and her unwillingness to cease her quest for love and power over her own destiny."

Four performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9-11 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 in North Central's Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/students and seniors; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/performance.

The cast is (role, name, town, year, major):

Charity: Lauren Smith of Mount Horeb, Wis., a freshman majoring in music performance

Oscar: Jake Elkins of Aurora, a sophomore majoring in musical theatre

Herman: Caleb Swick of Wilmington, Ill, a freshman majoring in musical theatre

Vittorio: Nico Salazar of Racine, Wis., a junior majoring in psychology

Ursula: Maria Clara Ospina of Somonauk, a freshman majoring in musical theatre

Daddy: Ben Paynic of Downers Grove, a freshman majoring in musical theatre

Nicki: Bridget Adams-King of Western Springs, a junior majoring in musical theatre

Helene: Carter Rose Sherman of Overland Park, Kan., a sophomore majoring in theatre

Carmen/Daddy's Assistant 1: Abby Boegh of Jenks, Okla., a senior majoring in musical theatre

Lead Frog Dancer: Sara Zgonina of Elmhurst, a freshman majoring in musical theatre

Girl/Daddy's Assistant 2: Miranda Keating of Sun Prairie, Wis., a sophomore majoring in musical theatre

Second Woman/Waitress: Jane Hoshell of Naperville, a freshman majoring in musical theatre

Betsy/Rosie: Kira Savegnago of Wheaton, a sophomore majoring in musical theatre

Manfred/Woman Panhandler: Lexii Gravis of Montgomery, a junior majoring in musical theatre and organizational communication

Second Woman Panhandler/First Woman/Alice: Sarah Irene Rosenberg of Arlington Heights, a junior majoring in Spanish and theatre

First Cop/Doorman: Nathan Calaranan of Chicago, a sophomore majoring in musical theatre

Marvin/Second Man Panhandler: Danny Ackman of Romeoville, a freshman majoring in choral music education and secondary education

Charlie/Man/John S: Reese Clostermery of Cottage Grove, Wis., a freshman majoring in musical theatre

Second Cop/Man Panhandler/Young Man: Curtis Jewell of Monroe, Mich., a freshman majoring in musical theatre

The production team is:

Director: Jacob Harvey, artistic director of Greenhouse Theater Center, Chicago

Producer: Carin Silkaitis, associate professor of theatre

Music director: Kevin Disch, guest artist

Choreographer: Genna Walden, adjunct instructor of theatre

Assistant director: Kellyn Maguire of Downers Grove, a senior majoring in theatre and sociology

Stage manager: Stephen Kossak of Somonauk, a 2017 alumnus, majored in theatre and theatrical design and technology

Assistant stage manager: Tommy Varela of Ketchikan Ala., a junior majoring in a junior majoring in interactive media studies, and Nick Horky of Sun Prairie, Wis., a freshman

Scenic designer: Lizzie Bracken, guest artist

Lighting designer: Will Coeur, half-time assistant professor of theatre

Sound designer/systems technician: Andrew Butler, facility manager and technical director

Costume designer: Julane Sullivan, guest artist

Hair/makeup designer: Alexandra Wilkin of Aurora, a sophomore majoring in music education and secondary education

This event is among many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit northcentralcollege.edu/performance or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).

Contact Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, at nadunker@noctrl.edu or 630-637-5306.

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