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News Briefs: Full music fest lineup revealed; ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ opens April 27; New Trier seeks alumni-award candidates

Following up on its March headliner announcement, the Winnetka Music Fest has unveiled the rest of its lineup for the two-day event Friday and Saturday, June 16-17.

On Friday, playing in front of the Wallflowers, will be: The Dip, Hailey Whitters, Maggie Rose, Joslyn & The Sweet Compression, Abraham Alexander, Ruen Brothers, and Midnight Canyon performs “Wildflowers”

On Saturday, Michael Franti and Spearhead close the night, but taking the stage before then will be: Neal Francis, Madison Cunningham, Briscoe, Brigitte Calls Me Baby, Lowdown Brass Band, Alejandro Escovedo, Toronzo Cannon, Hollyy, Oshima Brothers, Maiah Wynne, Johanna Samuels and Funkadesi.

The musical artists will play across four stages on festival grounds north of the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Elm Street in downtown Winnetka

Two-day passes and single-day tickets to the fest are available to purchase online. Doors open at 4 p.m., with music from 5-10:30 p.m., on June 16, and on Saturday, doors open at noon and music from 1-10:30 p.m.

Children’s Theatre of Winnetka to put on ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ April 27-30

The Children’s Theatre of Winnetka is set to perform the classic “Singin’ in the Rain” starting next week, April 27-30.

“Singin’ in the Rain” opens at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, and continues with shows at 7 p.m. Friday, April 28; 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on both Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30. Performances take place in Matz Hall at the Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave. Tickets for reserved seats can be purchased online for $15 each.

A 1952 musical starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor, “Singin’ in the Rain” is an icon film that receives some “surprises” in CTW’s adaption, according to a press release.

Show Director and CTW’s Artistic Director Aaron Umsted said in the release that he chose “Singin’ in the Rain” because it’s a classic show that CTW has never performed.  

“I like doing something the kids might not know but will grow to love and appreciate,” he said. “I also  wanted an element of theater magic that would wow our kids and audiences.”  

He added, “We’re making it rain, literally,” referring to technical elements in the production that will include real rain during the title number.

For more information, visit the theater’s website or call the Community House at (847) 446-0537. 

New Trier looking for Hall of Honor candidates

Nominations are now open for the 2024 New Trier High School Alumni Achievement Awards, which honor alumni who have made significant impacts in their fields or communities.

The deadline for nominations is May 1, and anyone may nominate a graduate through the school’s online form found here.

The achievement awards launched during the 2010-11 school year and have since recognized 70 alumni. According to the high school most of the honorees have returned to the school to speak with students and attend a gala hosted by the New Trier Educational Foundation — this year scheduled for May 8.

“Nominees may range from well-known alumni to unsung heroes. The selection committee can consider only alumni whose names have been submitted, so don’t assume a famous alumnus or alumna has already been nominated,” says a release from New Trier.

The awards program also has a Young Alumnus category that suits any alum who is younger than 40, demonstrates potential for leadership in his or her chosen career and in service to the community, and reflects the values of the New Trier motto: “to commit minds to inquiry, hearts to compassion, and lives to the service of humanity.”

The selections are made by a committee of alumni, community members and representatives of New Trier High School.

Recipients of the achievement awards are inducted into the Alumni Hall of Honor, which features plaques and a touch-screen information center located near the second floor rotunda on the Winnetka Campus.

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