Chicago theatres bustle with Columbia talent. Catch one of these current shows:
Space Cat Holidays
Through Jan. 7
Otherworld Theatre at 3914 N. Clark in Chicago, founded by Tiffany Keane Schaefer ’12, presents the sci-fi comedy Space Cat Holidays, a heartwarming, family-friendly adventure story that celebrates young people’s ability to solve problems by working together and using their imaginations. The show is co-directed by Columbia College Theatre alums Carson Bartholomew ’21 and Belle Decker ’21, and Theatre alum Sofia DiGiovanni ’21 is the show’s stage manager.
The Golden Girls Save Xmas
Through Dec. 30
Theatre Alum Tyler Anthony Smith ’17 is featured in Hell in a Handbag Productions‘ world premiere comedy The Golden Girls Save Xmas at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre at the Center on Halsted in Chicago at 3656 N. Halsted St. in Chicago. In the play, Blanche accidentally incapacitates a visitor named Nick on the night before Christmas. Can the girls save the holidays in time for all the children of the world to get their toys on Christmas morning?
Christmas With Elvis
Through Jan. 7
Theatre Alum Victor Holstein ’04 stars in Christmas With Elvis at the Chopin Theatre at 1543 W. Division in Chicago. In this comedy, a lonely woman gets an unexpected visit from the debauched ghost of Elvis on Christmas Eve.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Through Jan. 15
The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory cast includes Theatre Alums Jared David Michael Grant ’12, Terrell Armstrong ’19, and Dakota Hughes ’15. The show’s projections designer is Columbia College alum Paul Deziel ’14. The musical, playing at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, Ill., tells the tale of young Charlie Bucket and his Grandpa Joe as they join four other Golden Ticket winners to tour the magical and mysterious chocolate factory of eccentric Willy Wonka.
Too comfy at home to go to the theatre? Fortunately, Columbia talent can be seen on small screens as well. Enjoy these shows without ever leaving your couch:
“Reporting on Christmas”/Hulu
Directed by Cinema and Television Arts Alum Jack C. Newell '04, "Reporting on Christmas" has proven to be popular on Hulu and cracked the top ten in November. The romance follows the journey of a reporter-producer working in Chicago who is sent to fictional Iowa to create a feature a toy company.
Emmy-winning CTVA Alum Christian Sprenger ’07 is the cinematographer for this critically acclaimed series. The series follows a music manager and rapper as they navigate the hip hop scene in Atlanta.
Carle Herse ’06 has been nominated for Emmy’s for his work behind the camera on this show about a hitman who discovers acting.
“Being Mary Tyler Moore”/Max
Lena Waithe ’06 has been nominated for her work as producer of this documentary about the life of one of television’s most beloved stars.