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A Musical with a Message
By Northbrook Park District
Feb. 8 2012

Teens rehearse scenes from "Fame - The Musical" at the Northbrook Theatre.

Following a hit movie, television series and international stage success, "Fame – The Musical" will rock the Northbrook Theatre in March. The high-energy production follows the story of a diverse group of students through four years of grueling artistic and academic work at New York City’s High School for the Performing Arts.

The award-winning Northbrook Theatre Children’s Company will present the musical on March 11, 17 and 18 at 12:30 and 4pm. The actors are in grades 6-10 and auditioned for parts by acting, singing and dancing. Three casts were chosen, and they have been rehearsing since early January under the guidance of professional, degree-holding artists.

“The Children’s Company produces theatre by youth for youth,” explains Gregory Dennhardt, Performing Arts Manager for the Northbrook Park District, the producing organization. “I chose this show it for its message and its upbeat rock score. It sends a strong anti-drug message that says, ‘Drugs kill – not only people, but also talent and creativity. They destroy the lives of people taking them and also the lives of those who love them.’”

During rehearsals, Dennhardt talks with the young performers about issues raised by the show, including prejudice, identity, sexuality, self-worth and perseverance. “I feel the production is pertinent to the kids of today. There’s a lot of opportunity for them to take the wrong path.

The theatre program gives me the opportunity while directing to speak to the kids about serious topics; it’s a learning experience. This also is one of the few programs that keeps teens busy, involved and not alone. It gives them a channel for their creative minds in a controlled atmosphere where they are loved and respected.”

Recommended for ages 10 and older, "Fame" is produced in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. “The production is jam-packed with great songs, dances and scenes both comic and dramatic,” Dennhardt adds.

Tickets are on sale at the Box Office in the Leisure Center, online at, and by phone at 847•291•2367. All seats are $8 in advance and $10 online and at the door. For more information, call the Performing Arts Office at 847•291•2367.


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