Today: Wind, Brass, & Percussion Concert!

Wind, brass, AND percussion?! What a deal! Loyola's Wind, Brass, & Percussion Concert will be held tonight in the Mundelein Auditorium at 7:30 PM. A variety of pieces will be performed as a part of our spring concert series. Tickets are between $5 - 10 and Read more

Now Open: Senior Exhibition 2014

This past Saturday, April 12, marked the beginning of Loyola's 2014 Senior Exhibition. The work of Loyola's graduating fine arts majors will be displayed in our Ralph Arnold Gallery and Newhart Promenade from now until June 21. For details on specific viewing hours as well Read more

2014-2015 Season Announced!

As our last mainstage production of the spring semester approaches, we look forward to autumn to announce the 2014-2015 season! Next year, Loyola will present the following plays and musicals in the Newhart Family Theatre:  Proof | SEPT 25 - OCT 5, 2014 Directed by Jonathan Wilson In this Read more


Student Discounts at Northlight Theatre

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chapattiThe Northlight Theatre, part of the North Shore Center for The Performing Arts in Skokie, is offering a pay-what-you-can show of their current mainstage performance Chapatti this Sunday, March 30.

This opportunity is ideal for students!  Tickets will be available by walk-up on the day of the performance, or they are currently available for half-price and chance-free on Hot Tix from $5-15.

Northlight Theatre will also be offering $15 tickets for theatre industry professionals on Sunday, April 6.  This offer is available by phone or walk-up and proof of industry (such as a headshot or business card).

Can’t catch one of the upcoming deals? No worries! Chapatti will be running until April 19. To purchase tickets, click here!

Chapatti is about a lonely animal-lover living in Dublin with his dog Chapatti, who crosses paths with a friendly female who lives with 19 cats; they bond over their love of animals, grow close, and help each other re-discover the importance of human companionship.  Join the Northlight Theater for this performance featuring lead actor John Mahoney and actress Penny Slusher, and come appreciate the arts in Skokie. For more information, click here!

2014-2015 Season Announced!

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updateAs our last mainstage production of the spring semester approaches, we look forward to autumn to announce the 2014-2015 season!

Next year, Loyola will present the following plays and musicals in the Newhart Family Theatre

  • Proof | SEPT 25 – OCT 5, 2014
    Directed by Jonathan Wilson
    In this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play, Catherine is the daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician and University of Chicago professor. The discovery of a mysterious notebook leaves Catherine questioning: how much of her father’s madness– or genius– will she inherit?
  • The House of Bernarda Alba  | NOV 13 – 23, 2014
    Directed by Dr. Ann Shanahan
    After the death of her second husband, matriarch Bernarda Alba places her household into an eight-year period of mourning. As her five daughters struggle with this repressive conservative environment, jealousies are exposed, dreams are thwarted, and desires threaten to destroy the family.
  • fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life  |  FEB 19 – MAR 1, 2015
    Directed by Dr. Sarah Gabel
    Jo’s junior year of high school looks bleak as she becomes the target for homophobic cyber-bullying, but when her teacher assigns Carson McCuller’s The Heart is a Lonely Hunter she might find a way to survive and experience the transformative power of literature firsthand.
  • Spring Awakening  | APR 9 – 19, 2015
    Directed by Dr. Mark Lococo
    10 students, ill-equipped by their parents and teachers, struggle to become adults in this adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 play about teenage sexuality and society’s efforts to control it. This edgy musical rocks with a sense of timelessness, urgency, and vitality.

Although next season’s subscriptions are not yet available for purchase, we will accept subscription reservations by e-mail or telephone. If you wish to reserve your subscription in advance, contact us at or call us at 773.508.8400.

In the meantime, don’t miss Hot Mikado– it opens next week, and tickets are on sale now!

Rehearsals Continue

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A Toast to Nanki PooWe have finally made the move from the rehearsal room into the theatre! Whether it’s a painted bridge, muslin scrolls, or hakama pants, the design team provides us with something new every day.  The cast also continues to make strides every day, and they bring something new to each moment of rehearsal. We start tech on Wednesday, and while we have lots of work to do, we are in a very good place!

We’ve been spending a lot of our time going back to the aesthetic of the 1940s American jazz club to help influence our choices. Referencing videos of dancing (seen below), torch singers, and using lots of period slang has helped us feel out the world of the play and to specify our actions throughout the story. When we have doubts about  a line or a moment, we are also fortunate enough to have access to a direct source.

Ross Lehman, a current part-time faculty member here at Loyola, has played Ko-Ko in Washington, D.C., here in Chicagoland at the Marriott Theatre, and in London’s West End.  Lehman was kind enough to stop into our rehearsals this past Thursday to talk about the show with us. The cast was enthusiastic to hear stories of production past, and learn how some of the lines and plot points came to be. We also had great conversation about the influence of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado on our production, and how it relates to our current worldview.

Overall, the entire team is making great strides as we make our way into tech! Stay tuned!