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Spring 2006 Season

Jazzin' Around

An evening of jazz presented by accomplished faculty performers including Joel Vanderheyden, Mark Olen, Bret Sher, Don Stille, Frank Dawson, and Tim Mason, along with special guests.

Jim Gill Family Concert

Popular performer Jim Gill bangs out energetic rhythms on his banjo, and makes everyone in the audience feel as though they are playing together in a big living room. Come prepared to sing, clap, jump, dance, and even sneeze along with Gill in this unique family concert.

Deeply Rooted Productions – African American Dance Theatre

Deeply Rooted Productions is dedicated to expressing the African American performance aesthetic through educational programs and dance and theater productions. In recognition of African American Heritage month, this talented troupe will present an evening of traditional dance.

Voices of Iraq Vets: Wake Up, America!

Listen and learn from the poignant and tragic stories of American soldiers trying to make sense of their experiences fighting the Iraq war. Taken from personal stories submitted to Operation Truth, these moving accounts provide a dramatic view of the war's effect on the young American men and women whose lives have been forever changed

The Many Deaths of Danny Rosales (Staged Reading) 

By Carlos Morton

Police brutality goes on trial when a rural Texas police chief faces charges of killing a young Chicano burglary suspect. Winner of the Hispanic Playwrights Festival Award, New York Shakespeare Festival..

Swing is Here

Forget the spring cleaning and treat yourself to a jazzy night out. When the award-winning Oakton Jazz Band and student ensembles swing into action, you'll forget all about reorganizing those closets. Special guest Chris Vadala is a world-renowned saxophonist who has performed with many musical legends including Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, and B.B. King.

Happy End

By Dorothy Lane Directed by Mary Ringstad
Music by Kurt Weill Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht

Written as a contemporary sequel to The Threepenny Opera, this "melodrama with songs" set in 1919 Chicago pits organized crime against the Salvation Army. Lt. Lillian Holiday makes a brave attempt to reform a group of gangsters led by Bill Cracker and the Lady in Gray. After some controversy, and thanks to Bill's growing affection for Lillian, the two groups unite to work together to defeat a common enemy—Capitalism.

Jazzy Broadway Brunch

Enjoy an afternoon of salads, sandwiches, and song. Start with a buffet-style brunch, followed by Eileen Berman, Joel Vanderheyden, and John Cina performing Broadway show tunes and other popular songs from the 20th century.

Three Sisters

By Anton Chekov
Directed by Patti Interrante

What happens when dreams and ambitions become entangled with the unattainable? That is the story behind Chekhov's The Three Sisters, hailed as one of the greatest dramas of the 20th century. Isolated in a provincial Russian town, the Prozorov sisters cling to their dream of moving to a better life in Moscow. This spellbinding theater experience speaks to our deepest yearnings.

Six Piano Ensemble

Conducted by Glenna Sprague

The Six Piano Ensemble performs challenging compositions from the classical, popular, and ragtime repertoires. Established in 1980, the ensemble plays works transcribed specifically for six pianos by conductor Glenna Sprague, professor and coordinator of music at Oakton Community College. This unique group exhibits, according to one reviewer, "a wonderful sense of style, and a high level of musicality and artistry."

Oakton Educational Foundation Spring Benefit

Late Nite Catechism 

Written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan

Whether handing out glow-in-the-dark rosaries or confiscating contraband lipstick and chewing gum, Sister has the last word in Late Nite Catechism. With her original and unconventional approach to church doctrine, Sister engages every "student" in the audience – regardless of religious affiliation. Come laugh your sins off at this "habit forming" comedy. Proceeds benefit programs funded by the Oakton Educational Foundation.

Spring Finale

Enjoy a musical celebration to welcome the start of summer. Join Joel Vanderheyden and student performers plus Michael Adamczyk and the Oakton Guitar Ensemble for an afternoon of classical music. Special guest performance by Flamenco dancer Monica Bustamente Mazur.

Choral Concert

Enjoy classical, contemporary, and original compositions featuring the Oakton Community College Choir.

Alumni Profile

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Astronomer Ninos Hermis finds his true calling exploring distant planets while at Oakton ... and beyond.