January Fine Arts Articles

Jan. 23
See Auroris Dance This Weekend!
See Niles North's award-winning Auroris Dance Company this weekend as they present "Evolution" Jan. 26-28 in the Niles North Auditorium Theater.

There is a free community performance Thursday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m. as well as ticke
ted Performance Friday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. 

Tickets may be purchased at the door for $10. Tickets can also be reserved in advanced by contacting Deanna Sortino at deasor@d219.org or 847-626-2129.

The dancers will be performing all different styles of dance including jazz, modern, hip-hop, tap, swing, broadway, ballet, and even bollywood!
Guest choreographers include Connie Fagan, Kristy Hronick, Corey Nagel, Santo Scavuzzo III, and Elmo Scott.

The company consists of 27 dancers under the guidance of Deanna Sortino, artistic director. Captains are seniors Elisabeth Govis, Stacy Joseph, Annie Kim and junior, Samantha Schneider. Seniors are Shana Ariaz, Tanicka Cathey, Chris Chueng, Anna Do, Jenica Doma, Ariella Hoffman-Peterson, Charmaine John, Linda Jung, Sapphire Levi, Victoria Luc, Johnny Woo and Crystal Zapata. Juniors are Natalia Gu, Dori Hoffman, Paul Kim, Mary Montemayor, Maddy Newman, and Justin Salomon. Sophomores are Zoe Hertz, Jake Orlan, and Lauryn Schmelzer. Freshmen are Irene Diblich and Saadat Kaplinsky.

JAMBA JUICE SMOOTHIES after the show on Saturday!
Bring $4 cash for a delicious and refreshing treat!

Jan. 9
Fine Arts Parents Meeting
Join us on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. in room 1685. All Niles North Fine Arts Fans are WELCOME!

Jan. 9
World Festival of One Act Plays
  Join Niles North High School directors and actors for a three-day festival of student-directed short plays runs Jan. 12-14 in the Drama Performance Center.
Some plays may have adult themes and/or language. Tickets are $5. A free community performance will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 12.
Call the Box Office at (847) 626-2122.

The 10 a.m. performance on Thursday, Jan. 12 and 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, Jan. 14 (appropriate for children) features: 
“The Olive Jar” by Ethel McFarlan and directed by Jonathan Berg-Einhorn. The cast includes Andrew Mabis, Aliza Malyani, Faiza Lalani, A.J. Bunag, Evan Sturt, David Liljewall and Dianne Maglaque. Persian children’s play featuring Good and Evil. 

“The Peach Tree Kingdom” by Rosemary G. Musil and directed by Hannah Davis. The cast includes Justin Suh, Lauryn Schmelzer, Hannah Sahyouni, Anabel Abraham, Jaquelyn Shannon, Kayla Ciccone, Julia Melnick and Amina Craig. Japanese children’s tale of deceit, stolen identity and self discovery.

“The Jar” by Luigi Pirandello and directed by Chris Khoshaba. The cast includes Nathan Selinger, David Gilbert, Evan Sturt, Noah Zeidman, Camille Paskind, Vicki Stathopoulos, Allegra Rosenberg, Sasha Goman, Sofia Ballicora, Sean Ro and Joey Oliveri. A Sicilian countryside filled with quirky characters that end up digging themselves into holes.

The 4 p.m. performance on Thursday, Jan. 12 and 7 p.m. performance on Friday, Jan. 13 features: 
“Blood Guilty” by Antoine O’Flatharta and directed by Athanasia Giannetos. The cast includes Sebastijan Torgus, Joey Oliveri, David Liljewall and Glenn Weissman. This play focuses on two brutal brothers as they attempt to murder two elderly brothers in Ireland. 

“East of the Sun and West of the Moon” by Peter Handy and directed by Alex Hammond. The cast includes Teresa Franks and Noah Zeidman. A Native American soldier and the nurse who cared for him, develop feelings for each other through their written correspondence. 

“The Pistachio Stories” by Laura Shamas and directed by Nina Roy. The cast includes Amy Hagedorn, Ben Sahyouni and Julia Thummel. Two Arab Americans search for truth in the midst of the Bush administration and a world of war.

The 7 p.m. performance on Thursday, January 12 and 4 p.m. performance on Saturday, January 14 (appropriate for children) features: 
“The Tiger, The Brahman and The Jackal” by James T. Belich and directed by Naveen Kanji. The cast includes Ryan Loach, Sarah Alkyer, Cathleen Lee, Erin Rourke, Sally Alvarado, Elizabeth Marley, Destiny Hall and Maggi Kreisheh. This fable with a twist sheds light on Indian folktales. 

“The Monkey Without a Tail” by Barbara Winther and directed by Will Boersma. The cast includes Kim Cortez, Carissa You, Mazdak Khoshnood, Leah Shain, Natalie Aleman, Sean Ro, Jenny Boston, Sara Morisson, Safire Ishay and Courtney Ebelina. An Ethiopian king demands the world’s best honey and only a monkey without a tail can end the madness.
The 4 p.m. performance on Friday, January 13 and 7 p.m. performance on Saturday, January 14 features: 
"She Was a Lazy Witch” by John Kirkpatrick aand directed by Shannon Rourke. The cast includes Rachel Burton, Maddie Martin, Margaret Hensley, Yiorgos Giannetos, Max Dolinko and Mariam Zaya. Three witch sisters try to fit into the bustle of New York life. 

“The Flying Doctor” by Molière and directed by Dylan Connelley. The cast includes Eugene Hyun, Ryan Loach, Olivia Reyes, Rebecca Pickering, Diana Coardos, Sabina Dzelilovic and Robin Wallace. A quirky, light bit of fun provides that you can do anything as long as you put your mind to it. 

 “Coming Home” by Motti Lerner and directed by Rachel Sepiashvili. The cast includes Jordan Weiss, Dani Kulbak, Yiorgos Giannetos and Joanna Vaklin. A soldier goes to war to defend his country and comes home with unexpected emotions.

Jan. 9

Raffle Winners 


The Niles North Fine Arts Parents, in cooperation with the school's choir program, raffled off an amazing array of prizes including Yankee Candle Gift Baskets, a $250 gift certificate to Old Orchard Shopping Mall, tickets to Chicago Symphony Center and much more.

To see the prize winners, click here!



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.