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A Little Night Music

CCPA alumni and staff figure prominently in Writers Theatre hit production of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music

Posted: 06/04/2012
Five Roosevelt University alumni and staff are a part of the new Writers Theatre production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music – a musical comedy about love, relationships and sex in turn-of-the-century Sweden, which has become one of the hottest theatre shows in the Chicago area.

“Being part of the show has been amazing,” said Brianna Borger, the assistant director for admission at Roosevelt’s Chicago College of Performing Arts.  Borger plays the supporting role of Petra and is part of the show’s 11-member cast that includes Deanna Dunagan, a 2011 Tony Award winner, and Shannon Cochran and John Weir, who are well-known in Chicago theater.

“The cast that’s been assembled for this production is just incredible and I’m so proud of all of those who have connections to Roosevelt University who have been chosen to be part of this show,” said Borger.

Borger plays opposite John Michael Finley, a 2011 graduate of Roosevelt’s Musical Theatre Program, (both are pictured above in a love scene from the play) in the show that has been deemed “Highly Recommended” by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Time Out Chicago, The Chicago Reader, New City, Chicago on the Aisle, Stage and Cinema, ChicagoCritic, Chicago Stage Style, Chicago Now, Around the Town Chicago and Huffington Post.

Three alumni from CCPA also are involved in the show as understudies. They are: Amanda Horvath, a CCPA admissions counselor and a 2011 Vocal Performance graduate; Michael Reckling, a 2011 Musical Theatre graduate; and Barbara Zahora, a 2001 graduate and instructor in the Theatre Conservatory at CCPA.

“Brianna, John, Amanda, Michael and Barbara bring a first-rate level of professionalism to their duties at Writers Theatre,” said Artistic Director Michael Halberstam. “In their various capacities they have all brought a uniform high caliber preparedness to the table which can be felt in the overall level of excellence throughout the production.  Furthermore, and just as importantly, they are all wonderful collaborators and simply lovely to work with,” he said.

Because of its popularity, Writers Theatre in Glencoe, Ill., has extended the run of A Little Night Music to July 22.  For more information about the show and/or tickets, visit www.writerstheatre.org.