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IVCC will present ‘Sweet Charity'

OGLESBY — Illinois Valley Community College’s theatre department will present “Sweet Charity” April 20-23 and 27-29 in the Cultural Centre.

“Sweet Charity,” the story of a girl who wanted to be loved, features Ashley Hurst of Peru as Charity Valentine, a dance hall hostess at the seedy Fan-Dango Ballroom. Charity’s romantic misadventures lead her from Italian movie star Vittorio Vidal, played by Carlos Garcia of LaSalle, to uptight accountant Oscar Lindquist, played by actor/assistant director Chad Brokaw of Princeton.

Directed and choreographed by Don Grant Zellmer, Sweet Charity’s cast includes actress/music director Jessica Nelson of Dalzell as Nickie, Hillari Behrens of Marseilles as Helene and Andrea Kurth of Princeton as Hermoine.

Other cast members include Noah Currie of Princeton, Elizabeth Voitik of Morris, Karen Lesman of LaSalle, Lindsay Wheeler of Ottawa, Sarah Hunter of Earlville, Taylor Edwards of Princeton, Maggie McReynolds of Sheffield, Tricia Kelly of Oglesby, Perla Escatel of Peru, Liz Shawback-Kammer of Lostant and Thomas Bickel of Peru.

Staff include costumer/producer Dr. David Kuester, technical director Matt Boehm and dance captain Elizabeth Voitik.

The first of only two musicals written by Neil Simon, “Sweet Charity” features well-known tunes including “Hey, Big Spender,” “Sweet Charity,” “If They Could See Me Now” and “There’s Got to be Something Better Than This.”

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at the door for $20, $15 for students and seniors, $5 for children 12 and under and free with IVCC ID. Seating will begin at 7:10 p.m. or 1:40 p.m. for the matinee.

A new dinner theatre option in CTC124-125 is available at 6 p.m. April 21, 22, 28 and 29 and costs $12 per person, which includes dinner, non-alcoholic drink and dessert. To make a reservation, call 630-643-4889.

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