NAT celebrates 30 years with 30 performers

NAT celebrates 30 years with 30 performers


New American Theater is Raising the Curtain on NAT’s 30th Season with an evening of music, entertainment and storytelling at the Coronado Theater at 8 p.m. on September 8. The original show showcases more than 30 actors, including many NAT old friends like founding Artistic Director J.R. Sullivan and actress Andrea Walters, who went on from the stage of NAT to numerous Broadway and television roles. Raising the Curtain also features Broadway star Donna McKechnie, who won a Tony Award for originating the role of “Cassie” in A Chorus Line.

Other Raising the Curtain performers from the NAT family include: Gail Dartez, former Artistic Director Bill Gregg, Paul Logli, Rod MacDonald, John McNamara, Barry Nyquist, Dorothy Paige-Turner, Ricki Ravitts, Pat and Ken Staaf, Daniel Sullivan, Mike Webb and many more.

NAT hopes to sell more than 1,500 tickets to the once-in-a-lifetime performance. Raising the Curtain tickets are $25, $50 or $100 and are on sale now through CentreEvents ticket outlets, online at or by phone at (815) 968-5222. The $100 level includes an exclusive pre-show party at Trekk Cross-Media Communications with refreshments provided by Paragon Restaurant.

“The show brings back so many fun memories, from the crazy days of the first season to the creative challenges of the ‘Old Limestone’ theater to the dreams for a permanent home in the former Kress dime store,” says NAT Artistic Director Richard Raether, who directs the show. “We relive funny bits and favorite numbers from throughout the 30 years. It’s a fast-paced, lively evening with so many familiar faces. We hope everyone turns out to help celebrate our 30 years, a milestone achievement!”

New American Theater is located downtown at 118 N. Main St. and will produce six plays for the 2001-2002 season. For full season details, visit NAT on the Web at or call the box office at (815) 964-6282.

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