This Friday and Saturday, February 8th and 9th, The New Revels Players, What You Will Shakespeare Company, Penny Dreadful Players, and Illini Student Musicals will be putting on the annual Charity Show at 7 pm.
This year’s production will feature three student-written sketches from New Revels Players and Penny Dreadful Players, one student-written sketch from What You Will Shakespeare Company, and selected songs interspersed throughout the performance by Illini Student Musicals.
Each year the Charity Show is produced by one of the participating student theatre groups. This year the Charity Show will be produced by the New Revels Players.
The executive board of the New Revels Players chose the charity that all of the proceeds will go to. This year’s charity is the Ronald McDonald House.
The Ronald McDonald House supports the families of children going through difficulties related to health. One of the ways Ronald McDonald House helps family members of children that are hospitalized is by providing housing near the hospitals where children are staying. This way parents and siblings can be close to their loved ones.
“The executive board of New Revels Players voted on this charity, in part, because the Ronald McDonald House helped some of our club members and their families in the past,” said Mikey Ruby president of the New Revels Players.
This year’s Charity Show was cast before winter break, and the company has been rehearsing for the past four weeks. The production company is made up of over thirty people.
The production is made up of the University of Illinois’s four oldest and largest theatre RSOs.
In previous years, the Charity Show has only featured the New Revels Players, What You Will Shakespeare Company, Penny Dreadful Players. This year will be Illini Student Musicals first year participating in the Charity Show.
“We are very pleased to feature Illini Student Musicals this year. New Revels Player’s Charity Show committee reached out to ISM about possibly performing songs from their Cabaret show at Charity Show and ISM agreed,” said Ruby.
The four-campus theatre RSO’s have been collaborating more and more during the 2018-2019 academic year, and this year’s Charity Production will showcase the intercompany bond.
Performances will start at 7 pm, with doors opening at 6:30 pm at the Illini Union room 314A. Tickets are $7 for children and students and $10 for adults.