September Fine Arts Articles

Sept. 9, 2011

God Of Carnage Completes Successful Run

God Of Carnage, the first production of the 2011-2012 season for Niles North's Theater Department, completed a successful run over Labor Day weekend. 

The Tony Award winning play tells the dark, comedic story of chaotic evening where two sets of parents sit down for a meeting after their children get into a fight. 

The cast for the Niles North production was comprised of members of the Theater Department's Director's Circle — an audition-only program designed to give outstanding theater students an opportunity to hone their craft.

Directed by Timothy Ortmann, the cast included William Boersma, Dylan Connelley, Catherine Hensley and Shannon Rourke. Alex Hammond served as technical director and Alon Stotter was lighting director.

The Department's next play is Noises Off, from Oct. 20-22. For more information, see

Sept. 9, 2011

High School Art Teachers Display Their Talent

Ever wonder who the talented folks are teaching students to make the great art displayed at Niles Township high schools?

You can check out their artwork and meet the artists tonight from 5-8 p.m. at the Skokie Public Library. "Teachers As Artists" is the inaugural art exhibition featuring the work of staff members from across District 219.

The show includes works from Lori Real, Michael Rush, Deanna Sortino, Barb Wismer, John Zilewicz, Amy Zwikel, Chris Sykora, Donna Seitzer, Jen Minelli, Katherine MacLennan, Amy MacCrimmon, Bev Feldmann, Meggie Boyle, Amanda Brooks, Dana Wade Kuzwayo, William MacBeth, Michelle Beatrice, Eve Rafas, Benjamin L. Keele, Debby Barabasz, Holly Lukasiewicz and Dan Doyle.

"Teachers as Artists" will be on display in the library's gallery through Oct. 18. The library is located at 5215 Oakton St., Skokie, IL, 60077.

Sept. 1, 2011

Theatre Program Goes International, too!

Members of the Niles North Theater Department received international exposure, too.

Seven members of the department attended the Endinburgh Fringe Festival from Aug. 8-13, in Edinburgh, Scotland. They performed “Hide And Seek,” an original play developed by Timothy Ortmann, Niles North’s theatre director, and Niles North students, based on masked characters.

In addition to the performance, group members had an opportunity to attend dozens of the 40,000-plus performances available during the festival.

Making the trip are Alon Stotter, Jonathan Berg-Einhorn, Daniel Friedman, Martin Hannah, Sophie Scanlon, William Boersma and Dylan Connelley. 

Sept. 1, 2011

Vocal Jazz Gets International Press

The September issue of DownBeat magazine, the granddaddy of American jazz magazines, features an article on the Niles North Vocal Jazz program’s 20th anniversary concert.

Founded in 1934, DownBeat is considered the “Bible” of jazz worldwide/ Each month, the magazine selects one high school or college to highlight in its Jazz On Campus column. The magazine has a circulation of 70,000 rabid jazz fans monthly and is distributed to more than 100 countries around the world.

"I live in Skokie, but what Dan Gregerman has done with the vocal jazz program at Niles North is nothing short of amazing,” said Frank Alkyer, publisher of DownBeat. “The 20th anniversary of this program is a national and international jazz education story. Most schools have no vocal jazz groups. Niles North has three that perform at a very high level. That’s something our editors saw as a major news story.”

The article is a true Niles North product as it was written by Stephanie Drucker, a junior at Niles North.

“I’ve known Stephanie since she was a small child,” Alkyer said. "She may be a high school junior, but she’s also a talented, dedicated, terrific journalist. And, as a result, DownBeat is thrilled to give Stephanie her first check as a professional journalist.”

Alkyer is co-Secretary of Niles North Fine Arts Parents with his wife Lori Helfand.

See the complete article by clicking on the attachment at the bottom of the page.




Niles North Fine Arts Parents are committed to the following goals:
  1. To ensure that the fine arts are part of a complete, well-rounded education at Niles North High School.
  2. To offer aid in helping fine arts students reach their full potential.
  3. To help enhance the overall experience of fine arts students.
  4. To help increase student participation in, and exposure to, fine arts activities.
  5. To increase parent and community involvement in supporting fine arts activities.
  6. To improve communication between fine arts parents, students, teachers, school administrators and the community.