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Article in Wilmette Beacon on Spring Awakening Benefit!

Checkout this online article from The Wilmette Beacon about our recent Spring Awakening Fundraiser - our first as a Nonprofit theater:


Mette hosts first benefit as nonprofit theater


Pictured are (left to right) Audrey Fosse, Carole Dibo, and Caryn Summer at the ATC's performance of "Spring Awakening The Musical" May 6 at the Wilmette Theatre. photo:Photos Submitted.
May 25, 2012

The Wilmette Theatre celebrated its new not-for-profit status with its first community outreach event May 6.

The Actors Training Center performed "Spring Awakening The Musical," a modern rock musical version of "Spring Awakening" based on the highly controversial play written in 1892 by German author Frank Wedekind.

The issues Wedekind explored more than a hundred years ago are just as relevant now and the teen actors chose this show as a platform to give back to other teens facing the same universal difficulties as they develop and discover who they are.

The Actors Training Center students first saw the production in a closed workshop and it impacted them so greatly they decided to hold a benefit to raise money to support other young actors, through their Actors Training Center scholarship fund.

The students also selected To Write Love On Her Arms, a non-profit dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide, as the other recipient of the benefit.

"It is so important to bring these issues to the forefront and to communicate with our children," said Danielle Sullivan with To Write Love On Her Arms.

"Spring Awakening The Musical" director Janet Louer spoke before the show about the significance of the performance, which ended in an emotional standing ovation with The Wilmette Theatre Executive Director Carole Dibo embracing her dedicated actors on stage.

"The excitement at the theater that evening proves just how critical we are to our community," Dibo said. "The Wilmette Theatre was at capacity with people who celebrate and understand that what we do brings, consciousness, awareness and conversation. It was one of the important nights we have had in this 100-year-old building in the six years I have been involved."

The "Spring Awakening" cast enjoyed being able to connect to the show's message on a more personal level.

"The Wilmette Theatre and the Actors Training Center is my home," ATC actor Ulisses Acosta said. "Their scholarship program has given me a chance to grow as an actor and to understand the business in a way I would never have learned elsewhere, but most importantly, I have developed life skills that will help me no matter my life's path, regardless of whether I have a career in acting or elsewhere, and in so many aspects of life beyond just my career."

Looking forward, Wilmette Theatre Board President Mark Rothschild included the May 6 audience in a discussion about the next stages of development for the new not-for-profit theater — emphasizing the immediate need of recruiting volunteers for the various committees, spreading the word and securing financial contributions. 

"The energy I felt from the audience as I addressed them from the stage was electrifying," Rothschild said. "It was at that moment I realized how important this organization has been and continues to be for the community, and how proud I am to be a part of it."





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