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2010-11 Season

Avanti Guitar Trio
Avanti Guitar Trio performs an eclectic variety of music, from Renaissance to rock ‘n’ roll, while staying firmly rooted in the traditions of classical guitar. Oakton guitar instructor, Thomas Clippert, and friends Julie Goldberg, and Jeffery Gabriel Silva have studied at and graduated from such prestigious institutions as Yale School of Music, Northwestern University and the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.


Handicap This!
by Molly Mulcrone
Directed by John Frisco

Mike is an extraordinary young man who lives with cerebral palsy. Tim is an ordinary guy seeking inspiration in life. Together they learn from each other about people and their abilities — not their limitations. This bold production challenges all those willing to hear its inspirational message of “improvise, adapt and overcome.”


Chicago Human Rhythm Project

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project builds community with the exploration of toe-tapping, heart-pounding American tap and contemporary percussive arts. Celebrate the cultural diversity of American dance while helping to support the Oakton Educational Foundation Student Scholarship Fund.

When the Messenger is Hot
Adapted by Laura Eason, from a short story collection by Elizabeth Crane; Directed by Marti Lyons
Three years after Josie’s mother dies, no one expects her to telephone from a bus station in North Dakota — just to ask how the dog is doing. Josie comes face to face with herself in a touching comedy that travels over the bumpy road to self-acceptance.

A Flea in Her Ear by Georges Feydeau
Adapted by David Ives; Directed by John Frisco

Get your je ne sais quoi on in this classic French farce played with breathtaking speed and confusion. Convinced that her husband is having an affair, Madame Chandebise sets a trap at a hotel of questionable repute. Mayhem ensues when the invitation is misinterpreted and her husband dispatches an amorous friend in his stead.

Musical Brunch: Make Someone Happy
Beloved vocalist Eileen Berman and special guests host this popular brunch and concert series. Come satisfy your hunger for delicious food and delightful music.

Concert and Master Class
La Guitarra Trio
Virtuosos Matthew Warnock, Matthew Schroeder, and Brad DeRoche coax modern sounds from an ancient instrument in their Performing Arts at Oakton debut.

  • Don’t miss
    La Guitarra Trio’s FREE “performance clinic”   
    This is a unique opportunity to work with and learn directly from world-renowned artists. Contact Thomas Clippert at clippert@oakton.edu to reserve your spot.

Jazz Lounge
Join Oakton music students in the transformed Lakeview Lounge for a program of jazz standards—and a few surprises—under the direction of Robert Evans.

Speech Showcase
Ready to conquer “mankind’s greatest fear” (according to the New England Journal of Medicine), Oakton students explore creative and informative styles of public speaking.

Kid Simple: A Radio Play in the Flesh by Jordan Harrison
Directed by Kevin Fox

A genius girl inventor, a shape-shifting mercenary, and the last boy-virgin create a sonic whirlwind of excitement in this modern fable. Science fair
champion Moll creates a machine for hearing sounds that can’t be heard—spider footsteps or a heart breaking—and must battle the forces of darkness to save the universe from total destruction.

Christmas with Rudolf
Get a head start on the holidays with popular family entertainer Dave Rudolf! This annual tradition offers something for everyone, from holly, jolly parodies including “Santa Got Stuck in the Chimney Flue” and “Candy Cane Twist,” to traditional favorites. Recommended for all ages.

The Winter Noteworthy Festival features traditional recitals and concerts at the Footlik Theater. Join us for this week-long celebration of Oakton’s talented student performers and outstanding music faculty.

  • Guitar Ensemble
    Six-string sorcery makes this one of the North Shore’s most unique events. Oakton guitar students showcase their talent under the direction of Tom Clippert, a member of the Avanti Guitar Trio and graduate of Yale University School of Music.
  • String Ensemble
    Join student ensembles and soloists, under the direction of Daniel Golden, for a program featuring familiar classics and stimulating selections from all over the globe.
  • Vocal Recital
    Voice students directed by Eileen Berman, a performing member of Oakton’s music faculty, present an evening of classic and contemporary song favorites.   
  • Choral Recital
    Classical and contemporary selections, including favorite songs from Broadway, highlight this performance of the Oakton Community Choir, directed by Eileen Berman.
  • Jazz invasion
    The legendary Oakton Jazz Band, under the direction of Robert Evans, performs timeless classics by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Horace Silver, among others.

It’s a Wonderful Life  A Staged Reading
Adapted and directed by Anthony Churchill
The Performing Arts at Oakton delivers a classic holiday gift, featuring Oakton personalities and live stage effects. Banker George Bailey’s decision to jump from a bridge on Christmas Eve summons his guardian angel, Clarence, who intervenes with the ultimate gift. He gives George the opportunity to see the impact his life has had on other people. With life, humor, spirit and heartwarming inspiration . . . it’s a wonderful show! Proceeds benefit the Performing Arts Scholarship and Oakton Educational Foundation.

Jazzin’ Around
Join the standing ovations for this annual audience favorite. Oakton music faculty combine forces to burn off the cold and create a warm evening of eclectic sounds from Charlie Parker to Charles Mingus. This year’s performance also will feature a cameo appearance of the Niles West Jazz Band.

Emerald City Theatre Company presents
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

From the books by Mo Willems
Adapted by Ernie Nolan, Associate Artistic Director
This highly interactive play puts the audience in the driver’s seat, as everybody’s favorite pigeon asks to drive the bus…eat a hot dog…have a puppy…and stay up late. It’s up to you to decide what he can do! Recommended for all ages.

Staged Reading
The Vagina Monologues
Directed by Angela Koon
Oakton once again joins V-Day, the annual global movement to end violence against women and girls, with three benefit performances of Eve Ensler's ground-breaking play. Join us as we raise funds and awareness in a special collaboration between the Women's and Gender Studies Program and the Performing Arts Department.

M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang
Directed by Mary Ringstad
Experience the play inspired by Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly about the affair of a French embassy worker and a Chinese opera diva. Spanning two continents and themes of love, duty and espionage, M. Butterfly is a modern classic that continues to shock audiences around the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this passionate Tony Award-winning masterpiece. (Note: the play contains brief nudity.)

Staged Reading
A Number
by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Jason Fliess
Life turns upside down in this psychological thriller about human clones and human coping. Lies and misdirection punctuate this stunning portrait of the relationship between a father and his son. Is it possible that everyone might be a clone? Take nothing for granted and dig for the truth in this staged reading that addresses nature versus nurture and the human need to not let go.

Six Piano Ensemble
This year the Six Piano Ensemble, under the baton of maestra Glenna Sprague, welcomes renowned composer Robert Vandall who will guest conduct Oakton Toccata, the composition he wrote and dedicated specifically for the ensemble. Founded in 1980 by conductor Sprague, professor and coordinator of music at Oakton, the Six Piano Ensemble comprises adult students chosen through a highly selective audition process. The group performs repertoire from the classical, ragtime and popular periods that is transcribed for the six pianos by Professor Sprague. The rich, layered sound of the Six Piano Ensemble compares to that of an orchestra, with each member playing a different part of a composition as the melody transfers from pianist to pianist. Meet Robert Vandall at the reception immediately following each performance.

Harvest by Manjula Padmanabhan
Directed by Mary Ellen O’Hara
Hailed by the New York Times as a “cross between Dirty Pretty Things and an episode of the Twilight Zone,” Harvest presents the dark story of  Om, who agrees to sell parts of his body to a corporation intent on making ageless realities for wealthy westerners. Every season has a harvest – but not like this.

Speech Showcase
Play an integral role in our speech classes by participating as an audience member. Enjoy the top Oakton students as they explore creative and informative styles of public speaking.

The Spring Noteworthy Festival features traditional recitals and concerts at the Footlik Theater. Join us for this week-long celebration of Oakton’s talented student performers and outstanding music faculty.

  • Guitar Ensemble
    Six-string sorcery makes this one of the North Shore’s most unique events. Oakton guitar students showcase their talent under the direction of Tom Clippert, a member of the Avanti Guitar Trio and graduate of Yale University School of Music.
  • String Ensemble
    Join student ensembles and soloists, under the direction of Daniel Golden, for a program featuring familiar classics and stimulating selections from all over the globe.
  • Vocal Recital
    Voice students directed by Eileen Berman, a performing member of Oakton’s music faculty, present an evening of classic and contemporary song favorites.   
  • Choral Recital
    Classical and contemporary selections, including favorite songs from Broadway, highlight this performance of the Oakton Community Choir, directed by Eileen Berman.
  • Jazz invasion
    The legendary Oakton Jazz Band, under the direction of Robert Evans, performs timeless classics by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Horace Silver, among others.

Emerald City Theatre Company presents
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

By Richard R. George from the fantasy by Roald Dahl
Mysterious Willy Wonka is opening the gates to his coveted and curious chocolate factory— and only five children will be allowed inside! When good-hearted dreamer Charlie Bucket unwraps one of the lucky golden tickets, he and his grandfather are whisked away into a world of pure imagination. A tasty treat for the entire family! Recommended for all ages.

Play On Playwriting Festival
Play On features a variety of original one-act plays written and submitted by Illinois community college students as part of a statewide playwriting competition. Proceeds from this event support the Performing Arts Scholarship Fund.

Alumni Profile

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Theresa Bashiri-Remetio knew returning to college would require some serious short-term sacrifices.