The CAST performing arts program at Julian Middle School opens its 30th season when CAST on Tour performs “Matahei the Stutterer.” Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, at Beye Elementary School, 230 N. Cuyler Ave., and at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Irving Elementary School, 1125 S. Cuyler Ave.
This magical Japanese folk tale was first adopted for the Kabuki theater in 1719. Children will enjoy the visual nature of the show, which runs about 30 minutes.
Tickets may be purchased in advance through the CAST website, www.op97.org/CAST, or at the door. For more information, please contact Kathy Simon at 708-524-7848 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAST, the performing arts program at Julian Middle School, and the force behind CAST Jr., will have a special evening celebration at its annual fund-raiser, “Hey, Ya Gotta Eat,” from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 21 at Winberie’s Restaurant and Bar, 151 N. Oak Park Ave. Vocal dynamo and CAST Jr. leader, Keya Shearrill, will perform from 5:30-6:30 p.m. A special parting gift will be provided to 8th-grade students who have participated in CAST. Come for a snack, dinner or dessert. The evening’s price increase will be donated to CAST. For more information, contact Kathy Simon at email@example.com or 708-524-7848.
The CAST performing arts program at Julian Middle School will present “The Diary of Anne Frank” at 7:30 p.m. on April 24 and 25.
The play is a fitting finale for this year’s CAST season theme – we are more alike than we are unalike. “The Diary of Anne Frank” is based on the writings from the Dutch language diary kept by young Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.
Tickets are available in advance through the CAST website at www.op97.org/CAST
or may be purchased at the door. Please contact Kathy Simon at 708-524-7848
for more information. The play will be performed in the auditorium at Julian, located at 416 S. Ridgeland Ave. in Oak Park.
The CAST performing arts program at Julian Middle School will celebrate Women’s History Month on March 20-22 with performances of two distinct plays from different eras.
“Lodestar,” an original work by CAST program director Bill McGlynn, tells the story of a group of women hired by Edward Pickering at Harvard as skilled workers to process astronomical data. Join CAST in celebrating these remarkable women and the supportive atmosphere that allowed them to develop the Harvard Classification Scheme of stars – and to make history. “Lodestar” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on March 20 and at 3:30 p.m. on March 21.
“The Secret Life of Girls” highlights the impact of “cyberbullying,” the facilitation of mean-spirited behaviors through the use of cell phones, texts, and the like. When faced with the consequences of their actions, the girls ultimately resolve – one by one – to change their behaviors. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on March 21 and at 3:30 p.m. on March 22.
Julian Middle School is located at 416 S. Ridgeland Ave. in Oak Park.