Grant on stilts
Edge of the Wood Resident Artist and instructor Grant Kilian will appear in A Christmas Carol at Chicago’s Drury Lane Theatre from November 25-December 30. For tickets and more information go to drurylanetheatre.com.
Jack on tour
Edge of the Wood alum Jack Cahill-Lemme is in the First North American Tour of Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Upcoming cities include Costa Mesa, Salt Lake City, and Seattle. More information at moulinrougemusical.com/us-tour.
John does Shakespeare
Edge of the Wood Resident Artist and instructor John Chambers appeared in Julius Caesar with Chicago’s Invictus Theatre.
The Crucible rounds out the Resident Theatre season
The Resident Theatre returned in November with Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Directed by Resident Artist Chris Toft, the 22-member ensemble included Resident Artists Bill Chamberlain, Martin Mahoney, Jeanann Power, and R. Scott Purdy.
Resident Theatre Zooms through the pandemic
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Resident Theatre went virtual with its Zoom Performance series. In May 2020, Stacey Lind directed Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. July brought Noel Coward’s Present Laughter directed by guest artist Eric Ziegenhagen. In August, Abby Walburn directed James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter. In October we presented Samsara by Lauren Yee, directed by acclaimed Chicago director Lavina Jadhwani and November brought Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Gus Schlanbusch. In 2021 Lavina Jadhwani returned to helm Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Resident Artist Chris Toft directed Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.
Alums on Fire
Edge of the Wood alum and Resident Artist Grant Kilian and Edge alum Pat Weber appeared in episodes of Chicago Fire.
Christa belts it out
Edge of the Wood student and Resident Artist Christa Ciesil appeared as Nina in the All-State production of In the Heights at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival.
Abby working in Chicago
Edge of the Wood alum Abby Pierce appeared in Barbecue with Strawdog Theatre Company and in All My Sons at Court Theatre. She is also a recurring role on season five of Chicago Fire.
Pat in a featured role
Edge of the Wood alum Pat Weber filmed a featured role in the independent psychodrama Teacher, starring David Dastmalchian and Kevin Pollak. The film is helmed by writer and director Adam Dick, who previously co-wrote and produced the feature NightLights and spent nearly three years developing Teacher for the screen.
Rachel and Mitchel helm Brownville Village Theatre
Resident Theatre artists Rachel Curtiss (Seagull, Holiday, The Fantasticks, Our Town) and Mitchell Bean (The Fantasticks) are now Artistic Directors at Nebraska’s Brownville Village Theatre putting up five shows in repertory each summer!
Grant at the Marriott
Edge of the Wood student and Resident Artist Grant Kilian appeared as Arpad in She Loves Me at the Marriott Theatre. marriotttheatre.com/artists/grant-kilian
Jack at All-State
Edge of the Wood student Jack Spellman appeared in the All-State Production of Sweeney Todd at the 42nd Annual Illinois High School Theatre Festival.
Julia at Citadel
Edge of the Wood student Julia Novy appeared in A Christmas Story: The Musical at Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest.
Jack named Best Actor
Former Edge of the Wood student Jack Cahill-Lemme was named BEST ACTOR at the 2016 Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards held at Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse. He traveled to New York City for a ten-day professional training intensive.
Sophia performs at the Lyric
Edge student Sophia Woo appeared in The King and I at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
The Addams Family reviewed on WGN
Lou Manfredini, WGN Radio’s Mr. Fix-It, gives a shout-out to Edge of the Wood and a rave review of our production of The Addams Family! Listen here! Review begins around the 01:39 mark.
Roisin an award finalist
Edge of the Wood student Roisin Goebelbecker was one of twenty-four finalists for the 2015 Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards.
Victoria on staff at Actors Theatre
Edge of the Wood alum Victoria Bain was a lighting technician on staff at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Our Town gets rave review on WGN
The Resident Theatre’s production of Our Town (November 2014), directed by Stacey Lind, received a rave review from Lt. David Haynes on his “Policing the Movies” segment for WGN Radio. Congratulations to cast and crew! Listen to Lt. Haynes with Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano here! Review begins around the 7:30 mark!