Author: Sarah Schudt

Posted on: April 28, 2022 Posted by: Sarah Schudt Comments: 0

Review: ‘Eurydice’ brings underworld to life in Moraine theater

I had almost no idea what to expect when I saw “Eurydice,” in the FPAC’s John and Angeline Oremus Theater on opening night Friday. I was familiar with the original Greek myth, and I had glanced at the Wikipedia page for this play before attending, but I scarcely knew what I was getting into. I left the show that night having teared up six times, with a lot to think…

Posted on: February 11, 2022 Posted by: Sarah Schudt Comments: 0

Everything wrong goes right at ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’

An actor gets knocked out. Props fall off the walls. The set falls down. All things that would spell disaster for most shows. But at “The Play That Goes Wrong,” at the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago, that means everything is going right.  In “The Play That Goes Wrong,” the Cornley University Drama Society (making its Chicago debut) endeavors to put on the murder mystery “The Murder at Haversham Manor.” Plagued…

Posted on: December 10, 2021 Posted by: Sarah Schudt Comments: 0

Maker’s Mind: Faculty art exhibit hopes to make mark on students

Professor Chris Matusek’s piece, “Stuck,” is part of a faculty art exhibit in the F building. By Sarah Schudt, Arts & Entertainment Editor Art takes time, hard work, and a lot of patience. But as a student, when all you can compare your own work to is finished projects, it’s easy to grow discouraged.  The exhibit, “Maker’s Mind Art Faculty From Moraine Valley,” seeks to change that. Running until Jan.…

Posted on: December 3, 2021 Posted by: Sarah Schudt Comments: 0

Updated ‘Frozen’ musical improves on film version, will melt your heart

The Chicago area might not have had a proper snow day yet, but winter is in full swing at the Cadillac Palace Theatre with “Frozen.” Based on the hit 2013 Disney animated film, “Frozen” deepens and shifts its source material. The plot is better organized and paced on stage. Although it runs approximately 40 minutes longer than the movie, the show never drags, and it reorganizes material to better fit…

Posted on: November 19, 2021 Posted by: Sarah Schudt Comments: 0

Syrian violinist takes listeners on journey from tragedy to triumph

Renowned violinist Mariela Shaker tells her story through music and words. By Sarah Schudt, Arts & Entertainment Editor “Music speaks to people,” says world-renowned Syrian violinist Mariela Shaker. She has experienced the power of music more than most; it saved her life. During a lecture at Moraine Friday evening, Shaker relayed the story of her life, offset with violin performances of the music that gave her hope. “Mariela Shaker – Tragedy…

Posted on: November 4, 2021 Posted by: Sarah Schudt Comments: 0

Satiric, collaborative ‘How to Survive a Pandemic’ kicks off academic theater season

Emaly Culich (left) and Bernadette Gillard rehearse a scene from “How To Survive a Pandemic.” (AP Photo/Glenn Carpenter) By Sarah Schudt, A&E Editor Academic theater at Moraine Valley is finally back after more than a year of silence. The first show to start the 2021-2022 season is “How to Survive a Pandemic.” Theater professor Craig Rosen, the director and co-conceiver of the show, described the show as being akin to…

Posted on: October 8, 2021 Posted by: Sarah Schudt Comments: 0

Vereen won’t be ‘steppin’ out’ to FPAC; COVID fears force cancellation

Ben Vereen, Tony Award-winning Broadway actor, was scheduled to perform his show “‘Steppin’ Out’ with Ben Vereen” at Moraine Valley on Oct. 16. The evening would have been a night of music, dance, and laughter—but unfortunately it has been cancelled. “Right now, just because of the situation with COVID, particularly because he’s flying from Los Angeles, he just doesn’t feel comfortable with getting on a plane right now,” said Tommy…

Posted on: September 17, 2021 Posted by: Sarah Schudt Comments: 0

Drive in to the Jungle with Jumanji

By Sarah Schudt, A&E editor Moraine Valley Student Life would like to welcome you to the jungle on Friday. Or at least, to the gravel parking lot across from 88th avenue, near building U and F. That’s where you’ll find a drive-in movie screening of the film “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” The parking lot opens at 7 p.m. and the movie will start at 7:30 p.m. The screening is free…