Program Notes - Governors State University

Program Notes - Governors State University

Dear Friends, CPA Advisory Council               Merial Brown Lisa Corrao John Concepcion Julissa Cruiz David Curtis Maria Iafollo Inge Marra Cynthia...

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Dear Friends, CPA Advisory Council               Merial Brown Lisa Corrao John Concepcion Julissa Cruiz David Curtis Maria Iafollo Inge Marra Cynthia Pryor Leslie Sigale Faye Terrell-Perkins

Emeritus Christine Cochrane Loleta Didrickson Tom Dobrez Kathleen Field Orr Priscilla Rockwell Evonne Yonover

Ex-Officio Members Elaine Maimon, President of GSU Deb Bordelon, Provost of GSU Andre Marek, Interim Dean, College of Arts and Science Lori Montalbano, Division Chair, Communication, Visual and Performing Arts

Center for Performing Arts Staff Executive Director Lana Rogachevskaya Theater Manager Jon Cobb Office Manager Joyce Giroux Technical Director Michael Krull Technical Assistant Tracey Offett Technical Assistant Phillip Butowski Technical Assistant Aaron Wells Cultural Marketing Director Sharon Morrissey Patron Services Manager Jane Cox Arts In Education Director Kathleen Brennan Box Office Manager Patricia Guy Box Office Assistant Lydia Schwartz Box Office Assistant Erin Witt Box Office Student Worker Ingrid Anderson Box Office Student Worker Cashmira Johnson Box Office Student Worker Lester Moody Bar Manager/Ticketing Associate Malvina Jones Concessionaire Nick Jones Concessionaire Amy Cienkus Concessionaire Kimberly Gonzalez

Welcome to Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts. This season we present new works, premieres, and fan favorites – excellence that can be achieved only when a public university works together with a vibrant community. At GSU, you’ll get more than just a show. Immerse yourselves in the performing and visual arts. Stroll through the world-renowned Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. Visit the Visual Arts Gallery. You can sample culinary and operatic delights, celebrate the Historically Black College marching band tradition with DRUMLINE LIVE! laugh with Southland Area Theatre Ensemble, and ring in the holidays with The Nutcracker. Our MADE IN CHICAGO series, generously supported by The Chicago Community Trust, will bring us a national touring premiere of Chicago Dance Crash’s street dance phenomenon, the return of the popular Porchlight Music Theatre telling a story of national importance, and the timeless sounds of Jazz, with special guest rising Chicago star Tammy McCann. GSU’s Theatre and Performance Studies (TAPS) program presents two critically important works: Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig, and Shakespeare’s The Tempest (sited in the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park!) Our students live and learn in the midst of art; we aspire to share this artistic environment with the wider community. The Center enhances the lives of over 60,000 patrons annually through the dedicated support of philanthropists, foundation and corporate partners, and loyal patrons like you. Please consider making a contribution to support our Arts In Education program, which opens the theater to thousands of underserved students to experience their first live performance. Your donation will provide life-changing experiences for students in our community. As a full-service public university, GSU brings art to the public square for students, faculty, staff, and community members. Sincerely, Elaine P. Maimon, Ph.D. President

Rental Information The theater is available for rental use for many types of events. Contact the Theater Manager at 708.235.2237 for details, or download our Venue Packet at Group Sales Groups of 20 or more should call 708.235.2222 for tickets to Field Trips, Family, and Mainstage shows. Ushers If you are interested in becoming a volunteer usher at GSU Center, please call the Patron Services Manager at 708.235.2811. Cameras/Recording Devices Audio and visual reproduction of any kind is prohibited. Please turn off all cell phones. Please refrain from bringing video cameras or any other types of recording equipment into the theater. Elevators An elevator serving the balcony is located at the east end of the main floor lobby. Do not use the elevator during an emergency. Emergency Fire Exits Emergency exits may be found outside each door to the hall and are clearly marked. The lighted “Exit” sign nearest your seat is the shortest route outdoors. Do not use the elevator during an emergency. Telephones Pay telephones are located just beyond the main floor lobby across from the “Will Call” window. Please remember to silence all cell phones while in the seating area. Smoke-Free Governors State University is a completely smoke-free facility. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on campus, inside or outside. Children All children, even those sitting in laps, must have their own tickets. We suggest children under one year old not attend performances. Assisted Services & Seating Special seating areas for wheelchair accessibility are available. Please contact the box office in advance to secure a seat in this area. Audio amplification is available for the hearing impaired free of charge. A driver’s license or other identification is all that is required for deposit. Restrooms Restrooms are located in the Celebrity Gallery in the outer lobby. Ticket Policies All sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges on single ticket or group sales. Donor Listing If your donor listing is incorrect, please call 708.235.2811. We do our best to ensure accuracy and are grateful for your assistance if an error has been made. Late Seating Performances begin promptly as scheduled. For best service, plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to curtain time. As part of our commitment not to disturb other audience members, late arrivals may be seated at the back of the house by discretion of the House Manager. You may move to your regular seats at intermission. BOX OFFICE: 708.235.2222 Serving you from 10am - 4pm Monday - Friday (6pm Thursday) and Two Hours Prior to CPA Curtain Time.

Your Seat in the Spotlight! As Governors State University Center for Performing Arts celebrates its 21st season of operation, you are invited to participate in a very special opportunity. We invite you to take a seat in our dazzling theater as a Seat Donor. With your Seat Campaign gift of $500, you will become a permanent part of one of the most exciting theaters in the region. The Seat Campaign offers you the chance to leave a lasting legacy and play a part in enhancing our community’s way of life. Great Gift Idea! As a Seat Donor, your name or the name of a loved one you choose

to honor will be engraved on a permanent metal plaque on the back of a luxurious, custom-designed seat. Your donation to the Seat Campaign is tax-deductible as allowed by law. Accommodations will be made whenever possible for specific seat requests, but cannot be guaranteed. Seat name recognition does not guarantee that seat for future performances.

To participate or for more information contact Jackie Small at 708.235.2188 or email her at [email protected] .


The Tempest

Presented by GSU’s Theatre and Performance Studies (TAPS) Thursday, April 6 at 6 p.m. Friday, April 7 at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 8 at 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday, April 9 at 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. Tickets $15

Join us in the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park,as it is transformed into a remote island for Shakespeare’s tale of magic, deception, revenge,and romance. After years of being exiled with his daughter, Prospero the rightful Duke of Milan, summons a storm of epic proportions to trap his usurpers and exact his revenge with the help of a mischievous fairy.

All of us at GSU Center for Performing Arts would like to acknowledge the generosity of many who have made our success possible. The following is a list of funders who have donated $5000 or more in the past 21 years. $100,000+



Pasquinelli Family Foundation Sage Foundation The Illinois Arts Council The Chicago Community Trust Foundation & Affiliates Mr. & Mrs. James T. Reid

Beverly Bancorp., Inc., Charles Ofenloch Dr. Paula Wolff & Wayne Whalen Illinois Dept. of Commerce & Community Affairs Arts Midwest Mrs. Terry Medhurst

Chicago Tribune Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Pasquinelli Charter One Bank The Duchossis Foundation Mr. & Mrs. William Condon, The Condon Group, Ltd. Dr. Antonio & Mrs. Inge Marra Pasquinelli Homes


$5,000+ (continued)

Andrew Corporation, Andrew Foundation Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. George Arquilla, Jr. AT&T Bank One Corporation David & Barbara Barr Bimba Manufacturing Co., Patrick Ormsby Ed & Priscilla Bruske The Chicago Tribune Citizens Savings Foundation Gordon & Christine Cochrane ComEd Mr. & Mrs. Aldo DeAngelis Joan Dobrez Stuart Fagan & Ora Simcha Fagan Favorite Brands International Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Fulton The Graycor Companies, Melvin Gray Harris Bank Heartland Arts Fund Mid-America Arts Inter-Continental RE & D P. Halikias International Classic Arts Management

Mr.& Mrs. Theodore H. Krengel Lexus Marshall Fields Matteson Rotary Club Wilbur Morrison Richard & Janet Neer NICOR Gas Jane Oelschlager Old Second National Bank Anthony J. & Roxanne Pasquinelli, Jr. Pathways Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Donald L. Pizza James B. Fadim & Melissa Sage Fadim St. James Hospital Star / Daily Southtown Newspapers Summit Laboratories Sutton’s Olympia Ford, Mr. & Mrs. N. Sutton

$10,000+ Ace Hardware Paint Division Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Donald Beal George & Jean Bernstein Century Steel Corporation, Mr. & Mrs. James Reid Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau Coldwell Banker, David B. Colmar Robert & Marletta Darnall Dr. & Mrs. William H. Dodd Kathleen Field Orr Fifth Third Bank Old Kent Bank Grand National First Midwest Bank First National Bank of Evergreen Park FNB of Illinois, Gilbert Rynberk, Jr. Martin Freeman, Taxperts, Ltd. Halikias Family Foundation Gordon & Julie Henschel Heritage Bank John Ladowicz Bert Hoffman Joliet Ballet Society Jovon Broadcasting Corp. Virginia Pizza Mr. & Mrs. H.P. Rockwell St. Paul Federal Bank Seehausen’s, Inc. Lynn & Jerry Thrall


To our Recent Supporters:

THANK YOU! $10,000+

The Chicago Community Trust and Associates First Midwest Bank Terry Medhurst $1000+

AAA Rental System AARP Arts Midwest AT&T Bimba Boulevard Pediatrics Mrs. Jean Bernstein Dr. Joyce Carmine Country Financial Dr. and Mrs. Antonio Marra Jeanne McInerney-Lubeck Carol Roberts New England Fndtn. for the Arts The Illinois Arts Council


Sharon Morrissey Jane Bohlin Merial Brown Lisa Corrao Samuel E. Debose Maria Iafollo Marco Krcatovich Ms. Virginia Wright


Marilyn R. Drury-Katillo Eugene and Juanita Dumas Eldred Harland Charitable Fndtn. Tony Labriola Dr. and Mrs. Michael Lewis Charles and Fran Licht Michelle Medhurst Dr. Rashidah Muhammad Cynthia Pryor Ms. Lana Rogachevskaya Leslie and Jordan Sigale


Sara Acton Leonard Bezat Dr. Deborah Bordelon Kathleen Brennan Joseph and Lynn Callahan Joyce Carmine Julia Caroll Larry Coe Bernice Coffey Carol Collonnelli Paul Concepcion Janet and William Doran Jon and Heather Evers Elizabeth Glasscoff Mr. and Mrs. Walter G. Glascoff III Charles and Marie Grass Luther and Carlene Hall Angela Hickey Reinhold and Nell Hill Tenner Hemphill Glenn Hopkins Joseph and Lisa Horvath Ms. Maria Iafollo K.G. Rep, Inc. Carolyn Lee Alicia McCray Michelle Medhurst and Jeffrey D. Fortman Raymond A. Morrow Jr. Mel and Janet Muchnik Gwen Nodiff, in Memory of Edward Nodiff Mr. and Mrs. Sam Ogrizovich John Ray Ms. Karen Keil Stuenkel Julie Townsend Karen Trimuel Lizzie, Donna, and Matt Wenzel Tamara Winn Charles and May Wiza Mr. Kenneth Youga

CREATIVE TEAM AND CREDITS DON P. ROBERTS Creator, Director, and CEO BRIAN SNELL Asst. Musical Director, Drum Major and Cast Manager JACQUES BELL Assistant Show Director and Choreographer LARRY ALLEN Percussion Director SLATER THORPE III Host and Vocal Coach GARY BRUNCLIK Technical Director / Stage Manager XAVIER PIERCE Lighting Designer JERRY JOHNSON Costume Designer THERYN KNIGHT Lighting Technician KEITH “KD” MORLEY Sound Technician DE’ANDRA DOMINIQUE Director of Communications and Outreach SAMANTHA TERRY Marketing Coordinator VANITY HILL Graphic Artist RAYMOND ROLLE II Arranger KEVEN SHEPHERD Arranger NICHOLAS THOMAS Arranger QUENTIN GOINS Arranger LINDSEY SARJEANT Arranger DON P. ROBERTS Producer YONA D. ROBERTS Producer CHRISTINE L. BARKLEY President/CEO Creative Booking Agency

WWW.DRUMLINELIVE.COM [email protected]

CAST ANTOINE GIBSON (Saxophone), Florida A&M University NADERAH MUNAJJ (Dancer / Vocalist), Florida A&M University KAYLA COX (Dancer / Vocalist), Florida A&M University ISAIAH “CROW IKE” ELLIS (Drum Set), Benedict College CADRICK SMITH (Euphonium), Florida A&M university PAUL WOODS (Percussion), Kentucky State University TEVIN WILLIAMS (Percussion / Vocalist), Prairie View A&M MARCUS JOYNER (Percussion), North Carolina Central University BERNARD SMITH (Percussion) Norfolk State University JEAN VILPIN (Trumpet), Florida A&M University KADEEM CHAMBERS (Sousaphone) Kennesaw State University LOUBINS RICHARD (Sousaphone) Berklee College of Music ELIJAH THOMPSON (Trumpet), Jackson State University LARRY J. ALLEN (Creative Staff/Percussion Director/Trumpet & Percussion Player), Prairie View A&M University MYCHAL MOSS (Trombone), Jackson State University LOMARIO MARCHMAN (French Horn) Florida A&M University MATTHEW ASHRAF (Trombone), Alabama A&M University DA’SHON HAYES (French Horn), Florida A&M University ALICIA DIXON (Dancer / Vocalist), University of Georgia CORMESHA JOHNSON (Dancer), Clark Atlanta University REUBEN AHUKANNA (Trombone), North Carolina Central University JOSHUA DANDRIDGE (Euphonium), Florida A&M University RHANDAL JACKSON (Trumpet), Alabama A&M University HONESTY BRENNAN (Trumpet / Dancer / Vocalist), Florida A&M U. ANTHONY SCOTT (Trumpet), Florida A&M University EDWIN BLAKLEY (Trombone / Clarinet), Florida A&M University JACQUES BELL (Saxophone / Choreographer / Michael Jackson), University of Georgia SHELDON QUICK (Trumpet), Florida A & M University BRIAN SNELL (Drum Major / Creative Team), Florida A&M U. SLATER THORPE (Host / Lead Vocalist / Creative Team), Florida A&M University

Program Notes A LOVELY DAY (HBCU Tailgating) When you wake up at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), a LOVELY DAY typically awaits you, highlighted by beautiful sights and sounds, especially when you are “Tailgating” on GAME DAY as you count down to “HALFTIME.” SHOUT IT OUT (Pep-Rally) Our drum majors will give you a little razzle and dazzle just to get things started. Be prepared for a big “SHOCK” as the band gives a high-energy rendition of “Shout It Out” from the hit movie, “Drumline,” during our pre-game PEP RALLY. GENERATIONS (Music History) What artists have influenced today’s marching bands? Be prepared for a lesson in “Music History” as our DRUMLine Live vocalists and dancers take you back in time to the 1950’s through 2000’s, featuring the sounds of some of America’s greatest performers. THE KING (The Best of Michael Jackson) Michael Jackson brought his amazing talents to the football field through his performance at Super Bowl XXVII and halftimes have never been the same. Be prepared to “Beat It” with DRUMLine Live as we give you a “Thriller” highlight reel from the King of Pop. “DRUMLine” BLING These drummers are hip and magical. Check out their flashy stick work as they perform drumline cadences to the top tunes of today’s hip-hop music.

- Intermission -

SNAP YOUR FINGERS The pageantry of HBCU marching bands has been influenced by the sounds of jazz, ragtime and big band music. Snap your fingers as you watch our old school marching band perform classics popularized by musicians of the early 20th century. EXPRESS YOURSELF At HBCUs the best musical moments sometimes occur on the football field before or after band practice. Watch our virtuoso drummers, dancers, and musicians express themselves through music and dance (Inspired by Director, Jean Paul Goode). IT’S HALFTIME!! (Salute to Prince Rogers Nelson) Ladies and Gentlemen, you are about to witness the sensational, the astounding, the breathtaking, and “The Greatest Show On Stage!” Nothing can prepare you for what you are about to see. Enjoy “HALFTIME” with a special salute to PRINCE!! THE BATTLE The drum battle begins with each extraordinary percussionist demonstrating spectacular style and technique. However, there can only be one champion. We’ll let the audience decide! FUNKY FOOT WORK “From Funk to Hip-Hop” The DRUMLine Live band will climax the “Halftime” dance routine with dazzling choreography and musical selections that highlight the best of the ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000’s Hip-Hop music. COME JOIN THE PARADE “Post Game Party” As the football game ends, the POST GAME PARTY begins. Most HBCU homecoming parades and post game parties resemble the huge street celebration in New Orleans, called Mardi Gras. It’s time for everybody to join the parade and party in the aisles with the DRUMLine Live Band, HBCU style! Meet us in the Lobby!!