Wooden Box Theater live at Ellington's NIU

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On Saturday April 6th at 6:00pm Ellington’s Restaurant inside the Holmes Student Center will be the setting for an event by area performance group Wooden Box Theater, as they showcase a night that will display local theatrical performers, themed fashion walks, featured vendors, special guest appearances, and live music with their production of “She’s My Kind of Rain.” The event takes it’s name from the 2002 Tim McGraw song of the same name, and was inspired by scenes from the movie, “Star Trek : The Motion Picture.” It will be co-hosted in various segments by Heather Dempsey, “Miss Yorkville” Jordan Weeks, Ewelina Rafael of Wheatland Realty, tattoo model Nichole Creasy, Laurie Rouse, Crystal Lynn, published author Heidi Morgan, and Alicia Crosby

“She’s My Kind of Rain” will feature live musical performances by Kelsey Montanez, Jennifer Toschak of the band Morsel, Bill Leighly, Joel La Vaughn, Tee Jay Kay, Desmond Green, and Shelbie Jo. It will also feature a special guest starring appearance by Stephanie Kifowit, the Illinois state representative for the 84th district in her first Wooden Box Theater event. The event features supporting appearances throughout by Christopher Dempsey, Meghan Miller, Kelly Yoder, Jaysen Curran, Vanessa Staron, Stephanie Clark, Dana Goutos, Marlain Smith, Jessica Perez Powell and Sarah Burks.

Area vendors that will be making appearances during the event include Scentsy Consultant Jaime Bednarz who will have samples and order information for audience members, Abbey Hartwig of the Doodle Spirit candle company, Laura Leuder-Santowski of Defining Creations, Heather & Matthew Rainey of Rent a Chef, and Noreen Norcross of Prana Yoga Geneva. Each will have their own table for displays and available for conversations with audience members, and featured in the production itself.
The event was written by Daniel Sherrill and Heather Dempsey, and is their first collaboration together. Dempsey, originally from the Frankfort, IL area, makes her Wooden Box Theater debut at the event, and will be featured in upcoming events as both co-writer and theatrical segment consultant. Event writer Daniel Sherrill explains, “I had been looking for a permanent lead collaborator for this new era of the group, and Heather fit the part entirely. I am looking forward to seeing her added creativity flow through our upcoming shows.She’s managed to breathe new life into our theater group in the short time we’ve known her.”

Wooden Box Theater, as a event writing and performance team, began on stage during an edition of Open Mic at the House Cafe in July of 2006, and continues to evolve into an event directing team which has toured area venues in both DeKalb and Kane County since. Events by the group typically feature a running story-line, along with exclusive live musical performances, fashion walks, featured local vendors, and guest hosts, along with theatrical segments.

“She’s My Kind of Rain,” carries a running theme of new beginnings for Wooden Box Theater. It is the second of the group’s “New Frontier” 2 Part Mini-Series, which began with their Valentine’s Night performance at NIU’s Capitol Room South. The group is set to debut many new ongoing members to it’s core lineup, who will be making their debut on April 6th. Event writer Dan Sherrill explains, “This upcoming April event was inspired by my love for the movie “Star Trek : The Motion Picture,” and the optimism of the crew, and how the mission inspired Captain Kirk and the established crew to suddenly be augmented by several new faces, for the incredible mission ahead of them in the film. It was exciting to adapt those same elements into one of our events, as we start our own ‘New Frontier’ with more innovative shows on the horizon.”

Wooden Box Theater appearing in ‘She’s My Kind of Rain ‘ will be held Saturday April 6th at 6:00pm at Ellington’s Restaurant located inside the Holmes Student Center at 340 Carroll AVE in DeKalb. Admission is $5 at the door, with semi-formal attire encouraged.
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