DeKalb’s House Café hosts summer theater/modeling event May 30

Pictured from left are Megan Marie Smith, Dan Sherrill, Brittany Watne and Brianna Varacalli. (Photo provided)

• Theater group presents evening of theater, poetry, formal wear, photography and live music

Staff Report

DEKALB, Ill. — The House Café, 263 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, Ill., will host area theater group Wooden Box Theater May 30 as they showcase an evening of theater, poetry, formal wear fashion, photography and live music with their production of Flashing Lights Come From Everywhere.

The production will display an array of new music artists in the DeKalb area, as well as new formal wear fashions by 13 local models.

Also featured will be theatrically-performed storylined scenes on stage, as well as photography on display by group member Ashley Joann Cifonie of Sycamore, whose photography company is presenting the event. The event will be hosted by Cifonie and singer/songwriter Dustin Thomas.

Special guest stars include local runway model Brianna Varacalli, who is the theater group’s co-leader, along with debuting models Ashley Schmidt and Jaclyn Elise Whitehair, both of Chicago.

Other models will include Vanessa Marie Howell, Chastity Beck, Emily Mayberry and Jordan Adamson, all from DeKalb, and Brittany Pivonka, Megan Marie Smith and Courtney Wilcox, all from Sycamore.

We have many new faces for our summer/fall season, as we have been working on expanding our fashion team and exploring lots of different local venues for modeling events,” said Director Dan Sherrill.

The group will present a local modeling expo this fall with area vendors.

Live music for the event will be provided by poet Manuel Montalvo, a longtime member of the group, as well headliners Sycamore rap group Krazy Boy Productions, classic rock group Apex, and hip hop favorites True Flight. They will be joined by J.R. Red and his hip hop collaborator, Candy Irene, along with acoustic artists Nathan Dettman, Lions Love & Breakdowns, and Megan Herself and Her.

The lineup is completed by performances by Sharon Kus with Tony Danca, the Bill Leighly band, Demetra Dokos and songwriter Christopher Dobelman.

The event will also feature three separate formal wear fashion displays set to music and co-written by the models themselves, and are led by Varacalli.

Brianna has been with us for exactly one year, and always shows an outstanding level of heart and dedication to our projects,” Sherrill said of Varacalli.

Varacalli was recently named the group’s vice president and co-leader. Wooden Box Theater is managed by the team of Jade Cook and Brittany Watne, who work closely with founding member Sherrill on the group’s bi-monthly productions at the House Café and other area venues.

Flashing Lights Come From Everywhere begins at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 30. Admission is $6 at the door with a “semi-formal” dress code. The House Café is an all-ages venue and can be reached at (815) 787-9547.

From the May 23-29, 2012, issue

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