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DePaul Theatre School’s ‘Phantom Tollbooth’ not just child’s play

DePaul Theatre School’s ‘Phantom Tollbooth’ not just child’s play

Alicya Dennison

October 19, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Theater

Amid midterm milestones, The Theatre School’s production of “The Phantom Tollbooth” sparked a refreshing upturn of emotions. The play debuted Oct. 7 at the historic Merle Reskin Theatre and will run through Nov. 15. Read More »...

Q&A with the Joffrey Ballet’s Jeraldine Mendoza

Q&A with the Joffrey Ballet’s Jeraldine Mendoza

Courtney Jacquin

October 15, 2014


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Getting to dance a lead role in “Swan Lake” is a dream for any dancer. Getting to dance both female leads? Unreal. But for Joffrey Ballet dancer Jeraldine Mendoza, the dream is a reality as she is one of the company members dancing both Odette (the White Swan) and Odile (the Black Swan) in Christopher Wheeldon’s “Swan Lake,” running Oct. 15-26 at the Auditorium Th...

Improvising Samuel Beckett ‘From Almost Nothing’

Improvising Samuel Beckett ‘From Almost Nothing’

Erik Summerville

October 12, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Theater

Beauty was to be found in chaos last Monday night as the DePaul Humanities Center kicked off its season with “Sounds Generated from Almost Nothing from a Fully Corrupted Material,” featuring members of Chicago’s Theatre Y improvising an aural deconstruction of Samuel Beckett’s 1962 play “H...

Oracle Theatre’s ‘Romulus’ is falling apart — on purpose

Oracle Theatre’s ‘Romulus’ is falling apart — on purpose

Kathryn Eardley

October 9, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Theater

During her directing-debut, Kasey Foster recreates Gore Vidal’s “Romulus” with statuesque characters and a crumbling set design, a craft which set designer Joanna Iwanicka describes as “an empire that’s defaulting and crumbling around the characters.” At a small theater like Oracl...

Story hits home: Characters shine in DePaul Theatre School’s production of ‘In the Heights’

Story hits home: Characters shine in DePaul Theatre School’s production of  ‘In the Heights’

Grant Myatt

October 5, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Theater

More than 700 miles separate Chicago and New York City, but the story of a tight-knit community in “In the Heights” hits close to home. Leaving for school, scholarships, grades and trying to find where you fit in are all situations college students can understand and relate to on some level. And w...

Steppenwolf performance comes to life in ‘The Night Alive’

Steppenwolf performance comes to life in ‘The Night Alive’

Emma Rubenstein

October 5, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Theater

Theater, if we let it, has the ability to transport us to another world entirely. Sometimes, though, it simultaneously grounds us in the middle of a difficult and messy reality. Steppenwolf Theatre’s “The Night Alive,” written by Conor McPherson and directed by Henry Wishcamper, does just that. It...

Q&A: Chicagoan Julie Baird of ‘Evil Dead the Musical’

Q&A: Chicagoan Julie Baird of ‘Evil Dead the Musical’

Emma Rubenstein

September 28, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Theater

As Halloween approaches, Chicago is in store for a haunting and hilarious theatrical treat. Broadway in Chicago’s “Evil Dead the Musical” is an uproarious and outrageous show that audience members aren’t likely to forget. Chicagoan cast member Julie Baird recently spoke with The DePaulia ...

DePaul Theatre School prepares spin on Tony Award-winning musical ‘In the Heights’

DePaul Theatre School prepares spin on Tony  Award-winning musical ‘In the Heights’

Grant Myatt

September 22, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Campus News, News, Theater

[hr] [dropcap]S[/dropcap]tanding center stage, Wesley Toledo’s focus was all forward as director Lisa Portes gave him notes, while the cast of about 15 buzzed with excitement from behind. As Portes turned to walk back to her seat, his eyes began to wander looking at the set and cast behind h...

Joffrey Ballet weaves enchanting tales in season opener ‘Stories in Motion’

Joffrey Ballet weaves enchanting tales in season opener ‘Stories in Motion’

Eden Ames

September 21, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Theater

It is a Thursday evening at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, and the hall is hushed by the white­-clothed figure of a woman writhing under projected lights. Her every movement is a heart­-wrenching but bewitching portrayal of anguish and defilement­­ as the heroine — or victi...

Q&A: Theatre School alum Bridget Schreiber in ‘Whaleship Essex’

Q&A: Theatre School alum Bridget Schreiber in ‘Whaleship Essex’

Emma Rubenstein

September 21, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Theater

This fall, Shattered Globe Theatre is bringing a magnificent tale to life. “The Whaleship Essex,” written by Joe Forbrich and directed by Lou Contey, tells a story of resilience and heartbreak. Cast member and DePaul Theatre School Alumni, Bridget Schreiber, spoke with The DePaulia to provide ins...

Theatre school announces 2014-15 season, kicks off with ‘In the Heights’

Theatre school announces 2014-15 season, kicks off with ‘In the Heights’

Emma Rubenstein

September 14, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Theater

The DePaul Theatre School provides the Chicago community with a true gift. Its numerous shows, wealth of talent, and accessible nature solidify it as one of the most wonderful theater destinations that the city has to offer. This year, it is home to a vibrant and varied set of productions that are ...

The Theatre School announces 2014-2015 season

The Theatre School announces 2014-2015 season

Kirsten Onsgard

September 5, 2014


Filed under Campus News, News, Theater

The Theatre School at DePaul University announced the shows for its 90th anniversary season. Read More »...

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