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Three Minooka students to perform in 2017 IHSTF

Published: Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 5:30 a.m. CDT
From left: Ben Dow, Nate Garner and Hannah Babyak.

MINOOKA – Three Minooka students are part of the The 2017 Illinois High School Theatre Festival (IHSTF), the largest and oldest non-competitive high school theatre festival in the nation.

The Minooka students are Ben Dow, Nate Garner and Hannah Babyak.

The festival will feature Broadway’s smash hit, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" as its production. The event is not open to the public.

The All-State cast, crew, and pit orchestra are comprised of top student performers, musicians, and technicians from Illinois. Three hundred seventy-six talented students from 73 high schools auditioned/interviewed for this year’s production, with 109 selected for the final production company.

This year’s performance venue is the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sweeney Todd runs from January 5 to Jan. 7, 2017.

The IHSTF 2017 is supported in part by grants from the Illinois Arts Council.

For more information about making contributions, contact Aimee-Lynn Newlan, ITA executive director at aimeelynn@illinoistheatre.org or call the Illinois Theatre Association office at 312- 265-5922.

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