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Lewis University Acting Workshop Presented at Minooka Community High School


Pictured: Bradford Bingham and Justin Anderson performing monologues for Minooka Community High School students.

On Saturday, November 11 an acting workshop was presented at Minooka Community High School. The Acting Workshop presented by Lewis University Philip Lynch Theatre Manager Jo Slowik of Joliet, and two Lewis students Justin Anderson of New Lenox and Bradford Bingham of Chicago.  The workshop was arranged by Minooka High School teacher and speech team coach, Olivia Gerk of New Lenox.

The focus and goals of the workshop were three-fold. One workshop goal was to give members of the high school speech team warm-up techniques.  The warm-up was both physical and vocal to assist and control nervous energy or stage fright in a speech tournament competition setting.  The second goal was to share Improv games and Meisner technique exercises to create partnership bonding and trust.  The third goal was to provide individual coaching to the high school students in their competition areas of public speaking, comedic and dramatic duets, as well as interpretation events.   The high school students are preparing for their first speech team tournament on December 2.

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates.

"Mr. Burns, a Post Electric Play" Propels Us Forward in Time at Lewis University

Mr. Burns, a Post Electric Play
Pictured: Survivors of the electric apocalypse: (standing) Kayla Marie Carson. (Left to right, seated) Estefania Flores, Jen Glynn, Jacob Rodriguez. (Left to right, bottom row) Sean Gallagher and Zackary Abu-Shanab.

This dark comedy follows a new civilization stumbling into its future. Act One is set in a post-apocalyptic world where survivors share a campfire. They begin to piece together the parody episode of “Cape Feare” from the TV show “The Simpsons.” The second act continues with the same group of characters seven years later. They have formed a theatrical company, who specializes in performing Simpson episodes. The final act is set seventy-five years in the future. The same “Cape Feare” Simpsons’ episode is now a familiar myth, reworked into a musical. Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play is an exploration of how pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.

The characters that are survivors of the electric apocalypse:

  • Matt, played by Jacob Rodriguez of Chicago, is a husband who has lost his wife, remembers the most about “The Simpsons,” and takes a leadership role.
  • Gibson, played by Sean Gallagher of Mokena, is an outsider who becomes a key player in the acting troupe.
  • Jenny, played by Jen Glynn of Mt. Greenwood, is a reflective younger woman and an active member of the troupe.
  • Maria, played by Estefania Flores of Tinley Park, is a reclusive ex-hippie who has a cabin in a wooded area not far from the Hudson River.
  • Sam, played by Zackary Abu-Shanab of Plainfield, is a good natured, helpful but rather simple member of the group.  He acts as a stage hand for the acting troupe.
  • Colleen, played by Kayla Marie Carson of Oak Lawn, is an assertive woman and the director of the acting troupe.
  • Quincy, played by Jessi Sheppard of Monee, is a strong willed woman who is outspoken, yet reflective.  She is one of the stars in the troupe.
  • Edna, played by Christy Carlson of Lockport, is the musical leader of the acting troupe.

Assisting the production director, Kevin Trudeau of Beverly, are Jamie Voustros of Chicago as the stage manager and Michael Palermo of Westchester as the assistant stage manager. Assistant Professor Andrew Nelsen of Joliet is designing the scenery and lighting. Resident costume designer, Celeste Mackey of Joliet, is designing the costumes and assisting her with costumes and mask construction is Natalia Bednarczyk of Burbank.   Designing and operating sound is second year theatre major, Bradford Bingham of Chicago.  Dorothy Blome of Macomb is the properties manager and assisting her with props is Olivia Ferarri of Peru. The light board operator is Natalia Bednarczyk of Burbank and backstage crew includes Chris Pupik of Naperville, Mike Nutter of LaGrange, Eric Redmon of Yorkville, Andrew Sisk of Plainfield, and Andrew Wainscott of Mokena. The house managesr are Haley Marchewska of Loves Park and Conrad Sipiora of Chicago.

What will happen when the grid fails, society crumbles, and we are faced with the task of rebuilding? Find out on November 10-12 and November 16-19. The play is recommended for patrons 16 years old and up. The evening performances are 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinees are 2:30 p.m. In addition, there is a matinee performance at 4 p.m. on November 18.  Advanced tickets purchases are strongly encouraged. Ticket prices are $10 for an adult, $9 for students and seniors. Lewis students pay $2 with an ID. Group tickets are available for parties of 15 or more. Tickets are non-refundable.  For more information patrons can call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday 1-4:30 p.m. The theatre is located on the main campus in the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53, Romeoville.

Lewis University Theatre Manager Participates in Disability Mentoring Day

Disability Mentoring Day
Pictured: (left to right) Students Lucas, Ashley, Jo Slowik, Camden and Lindsey participating in Disability Mentoring Day.

Lewis University Theatre Manager Participates in Disability Mentoring Day
ROMEOVILLE— Lewis University Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) Manager, Jo Slowik of Joliet participated in the Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) on October 18.  DMD is a large-scale national effort coordinated by American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) to promote career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities through hands-on career exploration and ongoing mentoring relationships.

Slowik welcomed 5 area high school students from Plainfield North High School and Lockport Township High School for a three-hour visit that included:  a backstage tour of the Philip Lynch Theatre and the Studio Theatre, hand-on opportunities with props, costumes and lighting, and instruction of an introductory acting class.  Their visit was complete with viewing PLT production photos and lunch on campus.

DMD was founded in 1999 through a White House initiative with less than three-dozen students participating to increase awareness. Since that event, DMD has spring boarded from a one-day event for a small group of students to an extensive national mentoring program for young professionals with disabilities across the United States, territories, and abroad.

The growth of DMD is made possible by the unwavering work of DMD Coordinators across the country who volunteer their time to host and manage the logistical requirements for local and regional programs. These events produce life changing results for mentees, such as full time employment and internship opportunities.  AAPD continues to increase the reach of DMD through growing its network of DMD coordinators.

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Mr. Burns a post electric play by Anne Washburn at Lewis University

Mr. Burns, a post electric play

2017 Minooka Community High School Acting Workshop

In Loving Memory of Chet Kondratowicz