Enjoying theater requires perceptive eyes, nuanced ears, and a brain powerful enough to understand which shouts of "Fire!" are intended in jest. Stake a spot in a calmly crowded theater with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of tickets for North Central College's Fine & Performing Arts 2011 season, valid through June 1, 2011. All shows perform in Naperville. This Groupon is not valid for tickets to the Naked King events or performances by the Youth Symphony Orchestra, DuPage Symphony Orchestra, West Towns Chorus, Naperville Municipal Band, Naperville Chorus, Naperville Men's Glee Club, or Chicago a capella.
Spread across four arts venues, the school's performance program presents finely honed productions of new and classical dramatic works and hosts internationally acclaimed musicians of all genres. Catch violinist Rachel Barton Pine with piano accompaniment at the state-of-the-art, 13,000-square-foot Wentz Concert Hall (from $40), or exchange the smiley comedy mask for a frowny tragedy one with the Greek-inspired Phedre at the artsier, black-box-style Madden Theatre ($10).
Meiley-Swallow Hall will house stagings of the dramatic Elephant's Graveyard ($15) and the whimsical musical Forever Plaid ($10) to favor audience palates of all varieties. Pfeiffer Hall will host legendary jazz musician Del McCoury and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, who delight audience earbuds with a blending of their smooth sounds as well as their improvised readings of the Des Moines phonebook (from $45).
Seating at the venues ranges from up-close and intimate spots to sweeping, balcony-bound vantage points. See the site for a complete list of shows and theaters, and call to reserve your seats.
The Naperville Post and Broadwayworld.com featured reviews and articles on past Fine & Performing Arts seasons and performances at North Central College. Naperville Magazine positively reviewed one of the college's theater venues. It has 530 Facebook fans.
- The Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center boasts a 605-seat state-of-the art, vaulted, and acoustically perfect performance space that will inspire artists and audience members, alike. – Jennifer McGuffin, Naperville Magazine