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Contact: Stephanie Wise, NIU School of Theatre and Dance
(815) 566-0056

August 28, 2009

School of Theatre and Dance presents ‘Tomfoolery’

DeKalb, Ill. — The Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance will present “Tomfoolery” from Sept. 24 through Sept. 27 and from Sept. 30 through Oct. 4 in the Stevens Building’s O’Connell Theatre.

“Tomfoolery” is a musical revue written and first performed in the 1950s and ’60s. It is based on the lyrics and music of Tom Lehrer and has been adapted by Cameron Mackintosh and Robin Ray. While most of the 28 satirical songs are not sing-a-longs, the “all together now” approach gets the audience into the appropriate frame of mind for appreciating Lehrer’s “frat-boy humor.”

The performance is a remount of the SummerNITE production of “Tomfoolery,” presented this past summer.

“This is the conclusion of the collaborative effort of the Organic Company and the School of Theatre and Dance where advance students practice their craft side-by-side with seasoned professionals,” said Alexander Gelman, director of the School of Theatre and Dance. 

Founded in 1981 as a summer professional company, SummerNITE, the Northern Illinois Theatre Ensemble, is NIU’s professional intern company that works in collaboration with Chicago’s Organic Theater Company. Of the four actors who performed in the SummerNITE production of “Tomfoolery,” one is a current NIU student. He will reprise his role in the upcoming production, and three other students performing production were understudies in the summer show.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 2, tickets can be purchased at the box office, located in the lobby of the Stevens Building on the DeKalb campus. It is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from noon to 2 p.m. Friday and one hour before shows. Tickets also can be ordered by phone at (815) 753-1600 or online at

Those who prefer to not sing along should order tickets for seats at the back of the house. 

For more information, visit the NIU School of Theatre and Dance Web site at

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