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Northwestern's Dolphin Show Celebrates Its 65th Anniversary

The Dolphin Show brings together more than 120 Northwestern University students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds to create a show that is nothing short of professional in caliber.

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January 9, 2007 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The students behind Northwestern University's 2007 Dolphin Show are creating a little magic for the nation's largest student-produced musical's 65th anniversary with this year's production of “Into the Woods.” The show opens Jan. 19 and runs for two weekends on the Evanston campus in Northwestern's Cahn Auditorium.

With music and lyrics by Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, the 65th anniversary Dolphin Show promises to bring the joy of childhood fairytales to children and adults alike.

The Dolphin Show brings together more than 120 Northwestern students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds to create a show that is nothing short of professional in caliber. This year, the students are taking Sondheim's classic musical “Into the Woods” and re-imagining it through a unique lens.

Instead of setting the musical in the quintessential fairy tale forest, student-director and seasoned Broadway actor Travis Greisler is placing these classic fairytales inside a giant attic where children's games of make-believe transport them to the world of their favorite storybook characters. The attic itself soon becomes a force in the telling of the stories of Jack and his Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood and her cape, and Cinderella and her ball, as the children become immersed in the fairytales and learn to be careful what they wish for. With “giant grandfather clocks, armoires with beautiful dresses hiding inside, pull toys, trunks and stairs to nowhere,” Greisler explains, “this attic holds infinite possibilities for the retelling of the fairytales we thought we knew.”

Having sold thousands of tickets in recent years to patrons outside of the immediate Northwestern family, the Dolphin Show continually builds ties with the community beyond the University, and this year's show is no exception. In addition to producing quality theater, the Dolphin Show has renewed its commitment to reaching out to the North Shore and greater Chicago areas with various community-focused programming. This year's programming includes a Senior Matinee and Reception, an Educational Outreach Performance and Fairytale Story time at the Evanston Public Library, all of which reach out to a specific aspect of the community that does not always have access to the wonders of theatre. In addition to reaching out to the immediate community, the Dolphin Show has formed a partnership this year with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights (BC/EFA) AIDS. As the nation's leading industry-based, not-for-profit AIDS fundraising organization, BC/EFA is the response from the American Theatre community to an urgent worldwide health crisis. The Dolphin Show is proud to support BC/EFA through a silent auction of Broadway memorabilia and donations from generous patrons.

The 65th Annual Dolphin Show's retelling of the classic fairytales in “Into the Woods” will unfold in Northwestern's Cahn Auditorium at 8 p.m. Jan. 19, Jan. 20, Jan. 25, Jan. 26 and Jan. 27 and 2 p.m. Jan. 21. Tickets are available by calling the box office at (847) 467-4000 or logging onto <www.nudolphinshow.org>. Ticket prices $25 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens 65 and older and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students and children.

For more information on the 65th Annual Dolphin Show, this year's production of “Into the Woods” or the community outreach initiative, contact Lila Miller at <l-miller@northwestern.edu> or visit <www.nudolphinshow.org>.

Topics: Campus Life