News from Oakton: May 1, 2012


Richard III Takes the Stage at Oakton
Enjoy a tale of war, power, and blind ambition May 3 - 6, and May 10 - 13, when the Performing Arts at Oakton presents Shakespeare’s Richard III.

Determined to be king, Richard ruthlessly eliminates anyone who stands between him and the throne, executing his younger brother, assassinating his young nephews, and even murdering his wife. But those who live by the sword die by the sword, and Richard faces his greatest challenge at the Battle of Bosworth Field.

Take in a special $5 preview Thursday, May 3, at 8 p.m.

Regular performances are scheduled:

  • Friday, May 4, at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 5, at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 6, at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 10, at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, May 11, at 8 pm.
  • Saturday, May 12, at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 13, at 2 p.m.

Richard III will be staged at Oakton’s Studio One, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines.

Tickets are $10 for general admission; $8 for students and seniors; and $6 for groups of 15 or more – call 847.635.1900 to purchase.


OMG! Oakton’s Improv Players Take the Stage
Oakton’s very own crazy, wild, and hilarious improvisation troupe takes the stage! The OMG Players present A Night of Improv at both of the College’s campuses this weekend — and best of all, it’s free!

Mark your calendar for Friday, May 4 at the Des Plaines campus, Room 1550, 1600 East Golf Road or Saturday, May 5 at the Skokie Campus, Room P103, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue. Both shows are at 7: 30 p.m.


Noteworthy Festival Celebrates Spring with a Week of Concerts
Enjoy the sounds of spring during Oakton’s Noteworthy Festival, which kicks off May 6 and runs through the week.

First up is a Guitar Recital, Sunday, May 6, at 2 p.m., $3 general admission. Oakton’s classical guitar and bass students play contemporary and original pieces under the direction of music instructor Tom Clippert, member of the Avanti Guitar Trio and graduate of the Yale University School of Music.

On Monday, May 7, Oakton student ensembles and soloists under the direction of music instructor Daniel Golden will present a String Recital featuring familiar classics and stimulating selections from around the globe. Showtime is 8 p.m.; $3 general admission.

Other Noteworthy Festival events include a Vocal Recital, May 9; a Choral Recital, May 10; and Oakton’s Jazz Invasion, May 11.  All concerts take place at 8 p.m.

All concerts will be held at Oakton’s Footlik Theater, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines. For tickets, call the Oakton Box Office at 847.635.1900.  


Plan a Campus Visit to Oakton
Find out why Oakton is the ideal place to start or continue your college education during a campus visit on Tuesday, May 8.

Sponsored by the Office of Student Recruitment and Outreach, the tour of Oakton’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road, will feature information about admission, career and transfer programs, financial aid, student services, and extracurricular activities. Oakton faculty, administrators, staff, and students will be available to answer questions.

Oakton offers associate’s degrees and certificate programs for students planning to move on to four-year colleges or universities, as well as those preparing for employment in a variety of careers. Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the College is recognized by the Illinois Community College Board and is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges.

The tour will begin at 6 p.m. in Room 1550. To register, call 847.635.1835 or visit 


Steven Jay Urry: A Retrospective Comes to Oakton
Steven Urry (1939-1993) had a brilliant career as an artist constructing abstract welded steel and aluminum sculptures of biomorphic forms. View his life’s work at an exhibition that runs May 10 – July 19, at Oakton’s Koehnline Museum of Art.

Steven Jay Urry: A Retrospective presents his sculptures, drawings, paintings, and experimental pieces in the context of his time. Born in Chicago, Urry also lived and worked in San Francisco, New York, Miami, and Arizona. He first drew serious attention in 1966 during his first solo show of large-scale welded steel sculptures in Chicago. Today, Urry is known and respected by older generations of artists, but his work is rarely seen – and no show of his entire career has ever been mounted.

On opening night, attend a public reception with refreshments from 5 - 8 p.m.

The Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Family Favorite Jim Gill Brings His Musical Magic to Campus
Welcome spring with a dance party your kids will never forget! Jim Gill, long a family favorite, will bring his special stage show to Oakton on Saturday, May 12.

Every Jim Gill concert creates a joyful musical experience for parents and children together, filled with songs and stories. Sing, clap, and even sneeze along with this award-winning musician and author.

Join us at Oakton’s Footlik Theater, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines for this fun-filled family event. Tickets are $7 for general admission; $5 for children under 12; and $4 for groups of 15 or more. Call 847.635.1900 to purchase.