Wooden Box Theater returns to House Café July 22 with ‘Star Wars’

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DEKALB, Ill. — The House Café in DeKalb, Ill., will be hosting performance group Wooden Box Theater July 22. They plan to share an evening of live theater, spoken word, vintage modeling and live music in Star Wars … as told by Wooden Box Theater.

The event will display a group of emerging local musicians from the DeKalb area and feature vintage and summer modeling by 14 area models.

The Star Wars-themed night will feature theatrical scenes on the House Café stage, as well as belly dance performances by group member Cleo LaVamp of Chicago, who has been collaborating with Wooden Box Theater since 2006.

Wooden Box Theater’s performance of Star Wars at the House Café, is hosted by print/runway models Jaclyn Elise Whitehair (of the Style Network); Brianna Varacalli(Wooden Box Theater’s vice president); and Ashley Schmidt.

Special guest stars include area models Brittany Pivonka, Heidi Crush, Molly Nixon, Laura Nash, Megan Marie Smith, Brittany Watne and Britany Todtz.

Making guest appearances will be North American Pro Wrestling superstar KaDance Kelli, and Melissa Lindsay, who has modeled in America’s Beauty Show in Chicago and nationally.

Star Wars … as told by Wooden Box Theater will be presented with live music by The Bill Leighly Band, Daerielle “Aura Weaver” Culver, Chris Dobelman, DJ TankTop, Vinyl Richie, rap artists True Flight, Ricardo Galindo of the band Not Elliot, Rudy Galindo, singer/songwriter Jenny Lupa, jazz band Them Changes, Apex and rap artists Smudged Portrait of Sycamore, Ill.

Poetry and music will be performed and handmade jewelry sold by members of the band Divine Science, which consists of Dan Sherrill, Manuel Montalvo and Emily Mayberry.

Wooden Box Theater will be celebrating its fourth year of producing and directing local fashion events at the House Café with this year’s presentation.

The ladies in our fashion crew work tirelessly on these events, and every one we do together tops the one before it,” said Fashion Director Daniel Sherrill. This is a hard-working group of models, and it shows with each of our themed nights at the House Café.”

The event will also feature four separate summer fashion displays set to the music and co-written by the models themselves, led by Varacalli. Local clothing shop Cracker Jax will be providing outfits and accessories for the acting and vintage-styled portions of the show.

The event will be produced by local model Megan Marie Smith, with event photography provided by Dawn Varacalli. The Star Wars-themed event was written by the team of Sherrill, Matthew Murrie and Jaclyn Whitehair.

This is a very diverse cast and crew, and we wanted a stylish event with a vintage feel to it,” Sherrill said. “I set out to write Star Wars as it would be in the Old Time Radio era of the ’40s and ’50s to give it a fresh look on stage.”

Star Wars … as told by Wooden Box Theater begins at 5:30 p.m., July 22, at the House Café, 263 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, Ill. For more information, visit http://thehousecafe.net. Admission is $6 at the door. The House Cafe is an all-ages venue.

Posted July 18, 2012

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