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Junior selected for Illinois High School Theatre Festival

October 3, 2017

Mundelein High School Junior, Joseph Salit, has been chosen as a percussionist for the 2018 Illinois High School Theatre Festival [IHSTF], the largest and oldest non-competitive high school theatre festival in the nation. It will feature the Broadway hit, Big Fish, as its All-State production to feature a select ensemble of high school performers and technicians from throughout Illinois.

Salit is a member of the Honors Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and the Marching Mustangs.

“Joey’s versatility, musicianship and leadership among his peers make him a valuable member of any musical group with which he is associated,” said Jerald Shelato, director of instrumental music at MHS along with Andrew Sturgeon. Jonathan Meier directs Mundelein Theatre productions.

The All-State cast, crew and pit orchestra are comprised of top student performers, musicians and technicians from Illinois. More than 350 students auditioned for Big Fish. One hundred nine were selected for the final production Company from 57 high schools.

Rehearsals for Big Fish take place over several long weekends during the Fall of 2017 with final rehearsals occurring the last few days before the actual performances. This year’s performance venue is Braden Auditorium at Illinois State University. The show will run January 12 and 13, 2018. It is a closed event for participants of the Illinois High School Theatre Festival. 
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