Contact: David W. Booth/Stephanie Wise, NIU School of Theatre and Dance
October 21, 2009
DeKalb, Ill. — Screams and gasps are heard as zombies overtake a small ragtag team of survivors desperate to live.
What sounds like a scene from “30 Days of Night” or “I am Legend” is actually a recreation performed by an enthusiastic group of theatre students before a live audience in the eighth annual Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance Halloween fundraiser, “Children of the Corn.”
A collection of scenes from popular classic and contemporary scary movies and original vignettes assembled by the cast of graduating BFA theatre students make up “Children of the Corn 8.” This fundraiser is being performed in the Stevens Building Corner Theatre at 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday of Halloween weekend.
“Children of the Corn” was first performed in 2002 as a fundraiser for graduating theatre majors. It has since become a staple of the School of Theatre and Dance, something the students look forward to every year. Each graduating class adds their own personal dynamic, and as a result the production is never the same twice. Proceeds are used to help put on the graduating class’s annual showcase in Chicago every May.
Colin Jackson, a senior BFA in theatre, is directing and performing in the show. He has looked forward to his senior class’s production of “Children of the Corn” since he saw it during his freshman year.
“There was so much energy on display that my entire class began devising ideas we would perform that year, and three years later we’re itching to try our hand at it,” Jackson said. “It allows us to go all out and have fun with its Halloween theme. A fun challenge for us is to make it entertaining in its references for the audience, as well as scary, and at times hilarious.”
Joining the senior BFA students on stage are senior BAs Allie Shragal and Lauren Powell and MFA actor Will O’Bryan.
Show times are 11:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31. Performances last an hour and might be inappropriate for children younger than 14.
General admission tickets cost $5 and can only be purchased at the door the night of the performance, located on the second floor of the Stevens Building in the Corner Theatre. The Stevens Building is located on the NIU DeKalb Campus, behind the Pizza Hut and McDonald’s restaurants on West Lincoln Highway.
For more information, join the “Children of the Corn 8” group on Facebook.
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