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2016-2017 Season


 

 





Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the theater ... Developed by the Reduced Shakespeare Company (The Complete Works of William Shakespeare - abridged), this play boldly goes where few would dare - Tinseltown!  In this seriously silly show biz satire, our New Faces Production will cut through the celluloid to condense the 186 greatest films in Hollywood's over 100-year history into a complete compilation of classic cinematic clichés - plus a few brand new clichés. 

Directed by Sara Gunther





 
 
 
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Friday, October 21
6 & 7:30 pm
MHS Auditorium


Preliminary Bout
October 22
Kenwood Academy

Final Bout
November 14
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Chicago Youth Shakespeare join forces to create a high school Shakespeare slam uniting teams from 50 public, private and parochial schools from across the many neighborhoods of our city and collar counties. Eight MHS students form the Mundelein Theatre BOTB Team. Saturday workshops, after-school rehearsals and regional preliminary bouts culminate in the Finals Bout, held at the beautiful Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Three hundred high school students will perform scenes plus their own creative mash-ups from the canon in a slam-style arena. The program honors the unparalleled power of Shakespeare’s language when it is catalyzed by students’ imagination. Building a culture of community that spans the Chicago region, Battle of the Bard celebrates Shakespeare’s capacity to speak to all.

Co-Directed by Mark Landuyt & Jonathan Meier






 
 



 
 
The perfect play for an election year. Written by the celebrated American writer, essayist and commentator Gore Vidal, The Best Man deals with a fictional presidential primary in 1960.  The play examines the nature of power, the quest for power and the way power makes people behave.  One candidate represents a naked, grasping lust for high office by any means necessary, while the other, tempted by the same desires, struggles mightily with the question of what is right and how far is too far in the pursuit of power.  The witty dialogue and clever characters give the play a sense of satirical fun, and suggests that finding The Best Man through the American political process is extremely difficult, although not quite impossible.

Directed by Jonathan Meier




 


A modern twist on one of Shakespeare’s most popular and beloved plays; Mundelein Theatre will be setting the play in the day room of a mental hospital.  So what happens when the inmates get control of the asylum?  The answer is, of course…Shakespeare!  The story and language remain the same, portraying the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta.  These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of mechanicals who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set.  This production will be staged on our 200 seat onstage thrust configuration.

Directed by Jonathan Meier




 
 
 
IHSA Sectional Competition
Saturday, March 18

Performances at MHS
March 16 & 17 at 7 pm
 
 
A mentally unstable IRS auditor hears an author's voice in his head and discovers that he is the ill-fated protagonist of her latest work. While a book company employee tries to cure the author's case of writer's block, the auditor and a professor set out to find the woman and make her change her story.

Directed by Mark Landuyt



 
 

City of Angels is two musicals in one. It is the interweaving of two plots, one dealing with the writing of a screenplay in the legendary Hollywood of the 1940’s; the other, the enactment of that screenplay. This double feature quality leads to many other unique production values, the most notable being the fact that City of Angels is “color coded” with the movie scenes appearing in shades of black and white, with the real life scenes unfolding in technicolor. The show boasts two musical scores. One provides the cast with numbers to help reveal certain emotions or to celebrate particular moments in the way that only music can. The “other” score was written to emulate pure movie soundtrack music, 1940’s vintage. It is entirely appropriate, then, that the final curtain comes down on two happy endings.

This play contains mature themes and language and is not intended for children.

Directed by Jonathan Meier

 
 
 
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