Wilmette, IL

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Theater: Youth & Adult

Center for the Arts: Theater

Theater Artistic Director
Alison Dornheggen
Tel: 847-256-9694
Email: adornheggen@wilpark.org

All production-related questions should be directed to Alison Dornheggen. Questions regarding theater classes should be directed to Julie Nichols at 847-920-3927.

Upcoming Performances: Adult Community Theater

2014-2015 Season: Spring Production

All Shook Up

This musical comedy, inspired by the music of Elvis Presley,® is a tale of romance, mistaken identity and the true power of rock n’ roll. ALL SHOOK UP uses Elvis’s songs as a backdrop to help tell the story of a small Midwestern town that is down on its luck, until a motorcycle-driving roustabout brings music back into their lives. With arrangements that include a Gospel version of “Devil in Disguise” and a mash-up of “Hound Dog” and “Teddy Bear,” audiences of all ages will be able to connect and enjoy the show.

Performances: March 6-8 and March 13-15.
Fridays/Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.& Sundays at 2 p.m.

Where: The Auditorium of the Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Rd., Wilmette.

Tickets can be purchased online and in person at the Community Recreation Center front desk. Tickets are $16 for adults/$14 for seniors and students. For group tickets (10 plus) email theatergroupsales@wilpark.org. Questions? Call 847-256-9686.


The Wilmette Children’s Theater is currently accepting requests for audition appointments for the spring production of Disney’s ALADDIN Jr.  General auditions are open to any child in grades 4 – 10 and will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 17 from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 5:15 – 7:15 p.m.  Callbacks will be on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 19.
To request an audition appointment please email your child’s name, current grade, preferred audition date and if he or she has ever auditioned before to auditions@wilpark.org  . The last question is only to make sure that children are grouped with others of similar experience.  You will receive a confirmation email with a specific date and time, as well as information on what your child must prepare for the auditions.

For more information about auditions or the 2014/2015 theatrical season, contact Alison Dornheggen at adornheggen@wilpark.org .

 The Theater Department offers acting classes for children and adults along with community theater performance experiences for adults and children. A summer musical is performed outdoors as part of the Starlight Theatre series in the Wallace Bowl at Gillson Park.

Theater Staff

Wendy Avon has been teaching performing arts to children for more than 15 years. She is a graduate of Columbia College, where she studied theater and dance. She has acted in Chicago theatrical productions, professional films and commercials.

Alison Dornheggen has been working in the Chicago theatre community as an actor, director, fight choreographer and administrator for the past 15 years. She is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, where she majored in Acting and Directing. In 2008, she took a hiatus from Chicago to become the Graduate Theatre Fellow for the Arts Management program at American University in Washington, DC. She has worked with the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Oak Park Festival Theater, Caffeine Theatre, Steep Theatre Company, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, Women’s Theatre Alliance, 20% Theatre Company, The Factory Theater and greasy joan & co. She currently is an ensemble member, as well as marketing and development coordinator, for Babes With Blades Theatre Company, a female based theatre company which specializes in the art of stage combat.

Christine Kostuchowski received her bachelor’s degree in Speech and Performing Arts from Northeastern Illinois University. She has appeared in local community theater productions and has an extensive background in technical theater as a director, costumer, stage manager, and make-up consultant.

Kirsten Markham is a professional choreographer and dance instructor with a background in singing and acting. She studied with Gus Giordano and Second City, Chicago and also has a degree in Early Childhood Education.

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