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IVCC theater department seeking alumni

OGLESBY — The Illinois Valley Community College theatre department is celebrating its 60th year of producing musicals, plays and other forms of entertainment by reaching out to theatre alumni.

The department has started the search for IVCC stage alumni, those who have either performed in or worked on productions at IVCC. The campaign for stage alumni began on the IVCC Fine Arts Facebook page which announces performances and events.

“Response is so positive, and we’re finding all kinds of hidden treasures about our past shows,” said director and choreographer of musical theatre, Don Grant Zellmer. “We’ve received copies of press releases, programs, pictures, and heard from those who want to share their memories.”

Zellmer, along with Alyce Scott, are spearheading the effort in hopes of planning a casual get-together for the fall production, “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” and a gala event for the opening of the spring musical, the area premier of “Mamma Mia!”

To learn more or join, visit IVCC Fine Arts on Facebook, or email ivstagealumni@gmail.com.
Zellmer said, “1958 marked the first production when IVCC, then LaSalle-Peru-Oglesby (LPO) Junior College, presented a three-act play, ‘Yes or No.’”

IVCC performance venues have included LaSalle-Peru High School, Valley Theatre in Spring Valley, The Dom Ballroom in La Salle and on-campus even before the college had its own official theatre, built in 1980, now the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre.

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