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Theatre to Present “The Taming of the Shrew”

By Mara Shapiro

February 22, 2012

Niles West theatre will be presenting "The Taming of the Shrew" Thursday, Feb. 23 through Saturday, Feb. 25 in the Black Box Theatre. The play is based on William Shakespeare's very own rendition, except this version is set in Italy's 50's.  It's the tale of two sist...

School Board Changes Theatre Curriculum

By Mara Shapiro

February 7, 2012

Stagecraft is no longer available as electives for the upcoming  school year. Instead, elements from the course will be redistributed into Advanced Theatre Studio, as result of the Annual Review of Programs. Theatre Dire...

“The Phantom Tollbooth” is a Hit

By Mara Shapiro

December 15, 2011

  Not many people have heard of "The Phantom Tollbooth." As Theatre Director Andrew Sinclair said, "It's one of those hidden gems." Based on the book by Susan Nanus, the play really is a gem for people of all ages. No matter if you're 5 or 55, you will laugh and sympathize wit...

Theatre to Present ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’

By Mara Shapiro

December 8, 2011

Niles West Theatre will present its annual children's play, this year's being "The Phantom Tollbooth," Thursday,Dec.8 through Saturday, Dec.10  in the Robert L. Johnson Auditorium. The play is based of the children's book by Norton Juster. It tells the story of a young boy named Mi...

Theatre to Perform “Xanadu” at Theatre Fest

By Mara Shapiro

December 5, 2011

Niles West Theatre will be performing the musical "Xanadu" this year at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival at Illinois State University Jan.5-Jan.7. The festival is the nation's largest, non-competitive high school theatre fest. It is in its 37 year and more than 4,000 Illinois high school students com...

“Xanadu” Shines

By Mara Shapiro

November 9, 2011

[singlepic id=2787 w=320 h=240 float=left]Guys in dresses and short-shorts, girls with ridiculously poofy hair, lots of singing, and roller skates? This is how Niles West Theatre's production of "Xanadu" appeared to the packed...

Inside Look at Niles West Theatre’s “Xanadu”

By Mara Shapiro

November 3, 2011

[media id=133] Flashing blue-colored lights seem to pop up from simple clicks of a keyboard from stage manager Aria Caldwell and assistant director Jason Magel, as the actors from Niles West Theatre's "Xanadu" finish their song...

Niles West Theatre to Present The House of Blue Leaves

By Mara Shapiro

September 21, 2011

Niles West Theatre will be putting on its first play of the season, The House of Blue Leaves, Thursday, Sept. 22 through Saturday, Sept. 25 in the Black Box Theatre. The setting is Queens in 1965 on the day Pope Paul VI visits New York City. A local zookeeper named Artie Shaughnessy, played by senior Quinn Lawson-Hall, dreams of b...

Niles West Theatre to Put on Improv Show

By Mara Shapiro

May 26, 2011

Niles West Theatre is scheduled to put on their annual Improv Show Friday, May 27, in the Black Box Theatre at 4 and  7: 30 p.m. "It's something that we do every year. It's a nice way to end our season," Theatre Director ...

Leah Hummel: Costume and Actress Extraordinaire

By Mara Shapiro

May 26, 2011

Senior Leah Hummel sits at a table in the Black Box Theatre. She  is portraying a salesman in Niles West Theatre's The Director's Studio. She tries to sell fellow actress, senior Sarah Hernandez, light bulbs, but even with her charming pitches she still fails. The scene goes on, and it's an...

Aleks Krapivkin: The Theatre Great

By Mara Shapiro

May 20, 2011

Senior Aleksandr Krapivkin struts across the stage in the Robert L. Johnson auditorium, snapping his fingers and bossing his servants around. He is playing the role of The King in Niles West Fine Arts Department's The King and I. He charms the crowd as he makes witty remarks and ...

The King and I: Great, Fantastic, Wonderful, Et Cetera, Et Cetera, Et Cetera

By Mara Shapiro

May 7, 2011

A petulant king, 67 and counting children, many wives, a determined schoolteacher, wonderful scenery, and beautiful music. What is this you may ask? Well, it's Niles West's version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved musical, The King and I. The musical opened up with a song by the b...