2017 - 18 Season

Oakton Guitar Festival
Oakton brings some of the world’s great guitarists to campus for its third annual celebration of guitar virtuosity. This year’s festival will feature John Knowles, two-time Grammy winner Laurence Juber, Eric Lugosch, and David Onderdonk. Each afternoon, before the concert, students and community members can attend free guitar workshops, offered by some of the evening’s performers and Oakton faculty members.

Technique Workshop
with two-time Grammy winner, Laurence Juber
Friday, September 15, 2 p.m.
Studio One, Des Plaines
Free admission

featuring David Onderdonk and Eric Lugosch
September 16, 8 p.m.
Studio One, Des Plaines
$8 general admission; $5 students and seniors
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Guitar Workshops
Laurence Juber, 10 a.m.
John Knowles, 12 p.m.
David Onderdonk, 2 p.m.
Eric Lugosch, 4 p.m.
Saturday, September 16
Studio One, Des Plaines
Free admission

John Knowles and two-time Grammy winner, Laurence Juber
September 16, 8 p.m.
Studio One, Des Plaines
$8 general admission; $5 students and seniors

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Nickel and Dimed
Staged Reading
By Joan Holden
Based on Nickel and Dimed, on (NOT) Getting by in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich.
Directed by Barbara Zahora
Joan Holden’s stage adaptation is a comic epic shadowed with tragedy that tells the story of what happens when a middle-aged, middle-class woman leaves her comfortable life and tries to survive on America’s $7 minimum wage. Her odyssey is vivid, witty, and dotted with enduring characters who manage gallantry despite life’s struggles. As a writer going undercover, she is prepared to work hard. However, nothing prepared her for double shifts and nonstop aches and pains; for having to share tiny rooms, beg from food pantries while working fulltime at restaurants, and constantly swallowing humiliation. The worst, she learns, is not what happens to the back or the knees: but to the heart.
Saturday, September 23, 8 p.m.
Sunday, September 24, 2 p.m.

Studio One, Des Plaines
$8 general admission
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Book by Joe Masteroff; lyrics by Fred Ebb; music by John Kander
Directed by Jason A. Fleece
“What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play!” These upbeat and fun-loving lyrics, sung by the character Sally Bowles hide a dark secret brewing in the background. There is a storm of cruelty and political upheaval as the Nazis take over Berlin and the rest of Germany. Sally and the other performers at the Kit Kat Klub choose to live in carefree ignorance believing that politics have no place in their lives of freedom and fun. Cabaret is a tragic love story featuring iconic, showstopping Broadway tunes and a poignant message.
Thursday, October 5, 8 p.m. ($5 preview)
Friday, October 6, 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 7, 8 p.m.
Sundays, October 8, 2 p.m.
Thursday, October 12, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 13, 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 14, 8 p.m.
Sundays, October 15, 2 p.m
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines campus
$12 general admission; $10 students and seniors; $8 group rate
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Jazz Lounge
This popular event transforms the Performing Arts Center into a jazz lounge featuring the Oakton Jazz Band under the direction of Robert Evans. The band performs popular jazz standards that highlight moments of virtuosity which call on all the musicians’ skills. Snap your fingers to cool jazz in this intimate setting. Refreshments served after the program.
Friday, October 20, 8 p.m.
Performing Arts Center lobby, Des Plaines
$5 general admission; $3 students
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The Language Archive
By Julia Cho; Directed by Paul Cook
Julia Cho’s The Language Archive is a poetic, whimsical, quirky, and tender story about a man—George—who spends his life studying dying languages but is unable to use his own words to express himself to those he loves. At its heart, the play is about how words form human connections, how words can bring us closer or drive us apart, and how words can express both our hearts and minds. It is also about the limits of language. With moments of magical realism, the play provokes the imagination like the works of Sarah Ruhl, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, or Rene Magritte.
Thursday, October 26, 8 p.m. ($5 preview)
Friday, October 27, 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 28, 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 29, 2 p.m.
Thursday, November 2, 8 p.m.
Friday, November 3, 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 4, 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 5, 2 p.m.
Studio One, Des Plaines campus
$10 general admission; $8 students and seniors; $6 groups
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The Art of Music, the Music of Art
Experience the talents of Oakton’s art and music students. Hear performances and see original paintings, drawings, collage, photography, and 3D art, while you mingle with the talented artists and your neighbors who enjoy the arts. Don’t miss this annual tradition.
Friday,  November 17, 7:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center lobby, Des Plaines
Free admission

Pop-Up Film Festival
Oakton’s fourth annual film festival explores the work of regional and national filmmakers, followed by a post-show discussion with Oakton film teachers and special guests. After last year’s packed houses, expect great things and put this on your must-see calendar now while the line up of great independent films is being finalized.
Monday, November 27 - Friday, December 1
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
Free admission

If on a Winter’s Night*
Guitar and Strings Recital
Short winter days leave more time to enjoy the pleasures of a musical evening recital featuring two of our favorite ensembles—the Oakton String Ensemble and the Guitar Ensemble. The String Ensemble will brighten the season with a Salzburg Symphony by the young Mozart and the ravishing Fantasia on Greensleeves by Vaughn-Williams. Also, they will premiere new arrangements of seasonal music by Gloria Estefan and Sting as well as Sephardic Hanukkah songs. Led by noted violist Daniel Golden, the String Ensemble features Oakton’s own members as well as outstanding area guest artists as soloists and chamber performers. The Oakton Guitar Ensemble will feature a winter portrait composed for the group by our own Jim Kendros. Under the direction of Yale School of Music trained Tom Clippert, the guitar ensemble features guitarists of all styles and celebrates the diversity of the instrument. Original compositions and arrangements are performed by the Guitar Ensemble.
Monday, December 4, 8 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
$5 general admission; $3 students and seniors
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Speaker Showcase
Don’t miss Oakton’s best speech students and speech team members as they present the finest of the semester’s public speaking. Join Showcase Director, Bob Gynn, and be enlightened as our students showcase their oratorical skills on topics spanning the spectrum from educational to inspirational to the comical.
Tuesday, December 5, 8 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
Free admission

Jazz Invasion*
The Oakton Jazz Band wraps up the semester with an exhilarating evening under the direction of Robert Evans. Come for the special celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of jazz pianist, Thelonius Monk. Featured soloists swing to the works of Mercer Ellington, Richard Rodgers, Stevie Wonder, Patrick Williams, Rick Hirsch, and Rob Vuono.
Friday, December 8, 8 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
$5 general admission; $3 students and seniors
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*Take Note Conversations: Just before our two recitals this semester, join Oakton Jazz Band director Robert Evans for Take Note. These pre-recital discussions will help you learn more about the music featured in Oakton’s String and Guitar Recital, and Jazz Invasion.
Monday, December 4, 7:30 - 8 p.m.
Friday, December 8, 7:30 - 8 p.m.
Performing Arts Center lobby, Des Plaines
Free admission

OMG Improv
Get ready to split your sides with laughter as Oakton’s student improvisation group takes the stage. Frequent performers at popular Chicago comedy venues, OMG Improv invites you, the audience, to join the fun by suggesting the unique situations that the players will explore.
Saturday, December 9, 8 p.m.
Studio One Des Plaines

Coming Spring 2018

Powerless Gods
Mother Courage and Her Children
Six Piano Ensemble, conducted by Glenna Sprague