2019 - 2020 Season

Guitar Festival

Some of the world’s great guitarists come to Oakton for the fifth annual celebration of guitar virtuosity. The festival features Peppino D’Agostino, Roddy Ellias, Kim Perlak, and Dan Schwartz. Before each concert, students and community members are invited to bring their own guitars and attend any of the free guitar workshops, offered by the evening’s performers and Oakton’s music faculty.

Friday, Sept. 13, Studio One, Des Plaines

FREE WORKSHOP
Peppino D’Agostino, 2 p.m.

8 p.m.

CONCERT Featuring Kim Perlak and Dan Schwartz

$12 general admission; $10 students and seniors
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Saturday, Sept. 14, P103-P104, Skokie
FREE WORKSHOPS
Roddy Ellias, 12 p.m.
Dan Schwartz, 2 p.m.
Kim Perlak, 4 p.m.

8 p.m.
CONCERT Featuring Peppino D’Agostino and Roddy Ellias

$12 general admission; $10 students and seniors
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Coriolanus

Stratford Festival on Film
From Stage to Screen
By William Shakespeare
Directed by genre-defying theater artist Robert Lepage and starring Andre Sills, “a magnetic and imposing actor” (The New York Times), with a stellar cast delivering “performances that send shivers down the spine” (The Globe and Mail). The filmed play brings one visual surprise after another as Lepage’s dramatization of the Shakespeare classic explores the age-old tensions that still tear at the heart of democracy. This fast-paced show takes the story of the rise and fall of a legendary general who must face off against an angry Roman mob and infuses it with the energy of a modern political uprising.
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
Free admission


Improv Unlimited

Get ready for a hilarious evening of comedy by Improv Unlimited featuring veterans of Chicago’s own Second City, IO, The Annoyance Theater, and Comedy Sportz. Members have been featured across the U.S. and internationally. They will perform audience-interactive sets and perform with Oakton’s own OMG Improv players. Refreshments served after the program.
Saturday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
$25 general admission; $20 students and seniors
Proceeds support the Oakton Speech and Debate team.


Trouble in Mind

A Staged Reading
By Alice Childress
Directed by Daniel Wirth
Trouble in Mind
by pioneering African American playwright Alice Childress, is the first play by a black woman to win an Obie Award (1956) for best original off-Broadway production. The drama explores what happens when black actors performing in a play about lynching and Southern racism must deal with the condescending attitude of their white male director. The play’s female lead, Wiletta Mayer, stands up to him, revealing his racist attitudes, but faces severe consequences as a result.
Saturday, October 19, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 20, 2 p.m.
Room P103, Skokie
$8 general admission; $6 students and seniors


Jazz Lounge

Enjoy the sumptuous sounds of jazz in this intimate setting as the Oakton Jazz Band perform jazz standards under the direction of Mark Olen. Many of the musicians are featured soloists in this ever-popular event held in the Performing Arts lounge. Refreshments served after the program.
Friday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m.
Performing Arts Center lobby, Des Plaines
$8 general admission; $6 students and seniors
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The Diary of Anne Frank

By Wendy Kesselman, Frances Goodrich, and Albert Hackett
Directed by Kathleen Carot
Two days after her 13th birthday, Anne Frank began to keep a diary that would become a world classic of personal discovery and a powerful reminder of the horrors of fascism and war. During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, Anne went into hiding, sealed off in the upper rooms of the annex of her father’s office building in Amsterdam with her mother, father, sister, and three others. The group remained hidden for two years and one month, until their betrayal in August 1944, which resulted in their imprisonment and her death in Nazi concentration camps. After worldwide success in print, the diary was dramatized in 1956. This play brings Anne and her indestructible nobility of spirit back to life on the stage.
Thursday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. ($5 preview)
Friday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
$12 general admission; $10 students and seniors; $8 group rate
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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 young artists and your neighbors who enjoy the arts.
Friday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Student Center, Des Plaines
Free


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 classes. Showcase director, Bob Gynn will introduce our student speakers as they enlighten you on topics that span the spectrum from educational to inspirational to comical.
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
Free admission 


Winter Dreams

GUITAR AND STRINGS CONCERT
Celebrate Oakton’s 50th anniversary with a tribute to hope and aspiration. The String Ensemble, directed by Daniel Golden performs Benjamin’s Britten’s joyous Simple Symphony and dreamy waltzes by Dvorak, excerpts from Tchaikowski’s Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Winter Daydreams, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats.
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 8 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
$8 general admission; $6 students and seniors
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‘Sure On This Shining Night’

CHORAL AND VOCAL CONCERT
Enter into the mysterious and mystical world of night. The texts evoke joy, slumber, sublime beauty, and longing, each lusciously set by composers such as Barber, Brahms, Finzi, and contemporary American composers, Michael John Trotta and Daniel Elder. The concert features the Oakton voice students of director, Sara Torbeck, singing a mix of classical, musical theater, and contemporary selections.
Thursday, Dec. 5, 8 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
$8 general admission; $6 students and seniors
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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, Dec. 7, 8 p.m.
Studio One, Des Plaines
$10 general admission
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Jazz Invasion

Our Oakton Jazz Band, under the direction of Mark Olen, wraps up the semester with an exhilarating evening of jazz. Many of the ensemble members are also featured on charts from Charlie Mingus, Bill Holman, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and more. Come and enjoy jazz, America’s national treasure.
Friday, Dec. 6, 8 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
$8 general admission; $6 students and seniors
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The Vagina Monologues

A Staged Reading
By Eve Ensler
Directed by Simi Khurana
The award-winning play is based on V-Day founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. It celebrates women’s sexuality and strength with humor, honesty, and grace. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For more than a decade, The Vagina Monologues has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public and brought a deeper consciousness to the conversation around ending violence against women and girls.
Thursday, February 13, 8 p.m.
Friday, February 14, 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 15, 8 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
$12 general admission; $8 students and seniors 
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For Lying Out Loud

Join us for a final benefit performance of the Chicago Bar Association’s Annual Bar Revue. Hilarity ensues during this musical comedy by local barristers. No one in politics or popular culture is spared as top legal minds make their case for parody. Proceeds support student scholarships. A wine and dessert reception follows the performance.
Sunday, February 23, 2 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
Reserved tickets $50.
Call 847.635.1893 or visit oakton.edu/giving.


Chamber Music Up Close

The Oakton String Ensemble presents a memorable evening of classical gems under the direction of Daniel Golden and Alexa Muhly. Come and enjoy the sumptuous sounds of strings in this intimate setting. Light refreshments are served following the performance.
Monday, March 9, 8 p.m.
Performing Arts Center lobby, Des Plaines
$8 general admission; $6 students and seniors 
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Grease

By Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Directed by Mary Ringstad
Written by two Chicago-based actors and first performed in 1971 in the original Kingston Mines Theater in Chicago, Grease became an international phenomenon and the highest grossing American movie musical of the 20th century. Set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School, the story follows 10 working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of peer pressure, politics, personal core values, and love.
Thursday, April 2, 7:30 p.m. ($5 preview) 
Friday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 5, 2 p.m.
Thursday, April  9, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 10, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 11, 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, 2 p.m.

Studio One, Des Plaines
$10 general admission; $8 students and seniors; $6 groups
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Six Piano Ensemble

Founded and conducted by Glenna Sprague, Oakton professor and coordinator of music, the Six Piano Ensemble has amazed and delighted sold-out audiences throughout the country. This year the ensemble celebrates two anniversaries—the 50th anniversary of Oakton and the 250th anniversary of Beethoven. The group performs classical, ragtime and popular music as well as symphonic repertoire transcribed for the six pianos. The program features works by Beethoven, Bach, Dvorak, Scott Joplin, Leonard Bernstein, Robert Vandall as well as a medley of songs from the 1970s to commemorate Oakton’s 50th anniversary. The rich, layered sound of the ensemble is comparable to that of an orchestra as the melody transfers from pianist to pianist. Widely acknowledged as one of the most unique musical groups in the world, critics from Vienna to Glasgow hail the Six Piano Ensemble as “innovative,” “technically superb,” and “musical.” Get your tickets early and enjoy an extraordinary concert experience. A reception follows the concerts.
Saturday, April 25, 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 26, 3 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
$17 general admission; $14 students and seniors; $12 group rate 
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Go for Baroque

Guitar and String Concert

Celebrate Oakton’s 50th Anniversary year with a festive program featuring high-energy performances of masterpieces by Bach, Vivaldi, Biber and others. Led by noted violist Daniel Golden, the String Ensemble features Oakton’s own members as well as outstanding area guest artists in music for chamber orchestra. 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. Perennial favorites are played, including the Third Brandenburg Concerto by Bach, concertos by Vivaldi, and the Biber Sonata No. 1 in D major. Expect the unexpected with contemporary takes on Baroque music. As a special treat, we journey to a certain cantina in a galaxy far away.
Monday, May 4, 8 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
$8 general admission; $6 students and seniors

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The Road Home

Choral and Vocal Concert

The Oakton choir will put you in the mood for spring with festive and heartfelt selections from American folk and contemporary choral genres. The choir pays special tribute to Oakton’s 50th anniversar y featuring Stephen Paulus’ moving piece, The Road Home, as well as some rollicking surpr ises. Vocal students of instructor and choir director, Sara Torbec k, also perform solo works f rom classical, jazz, pop, and musical theater accompanied by pianist Manigirdas Motekaitis.
Thursday, May 7, 8 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
$8 general admission; $6 students and seniors
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Jazz Invasion

The Jazz Ensemble provides the finale to our concert week under the direction of music director and brass instructor, Mark Olen. The big band, which features a number of award-winning Skyway Jazz festival soloists, will delight you with jazz classics and big band hits. The band celebrates Oakton’s 50th anniversary by performing popular hits from the 1970s. There’s no better way to welcome spring.
Friday, May 8, 8 p.m.
Footlik Theater, Des Plaines
$8 general admission; $6 students and seniors 
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OMG Improv and Speech Debate Readings

Prepare for a night of laughter and inspiration. Oakton’s student improvisational comedy troupe, OMG!, will act out humorous situations from audience suggestions. While in between sketches, you will be entertained by the powerful performances of Oakton’s award-winning Speech and Debate Society. Discover firsthand why the speech team is nationally ranked and why OMG! is a frequent performer at Chicago’s most popular comedy clubs and was headliner for the Grand Rapids Improv Festival. Don’t miss this evening to remember. Ticket sales help fund travel for these talented student groups.
Saturday, May 9, 7:30 p.m.
Studio One, Des Plaines
$10 general admission 
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Stage Extenders

A New Work Stage Reading

Be among the first audiences to discover a brand new work by an undiscovered Chicago playwright and stick around to meet the author. It is a fantastic opportunity for a developing playwright to see their work performed by a cast of actors and responded to by an audience for the first time.
Saturday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 3, 2 p.m.
Studio One, Des Plaines
$8 general admission 
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