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Kirk Players to stage 'Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?'

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  • From left, Patrick Blake, Sarah Van Sickle and John Kobernick in the Kirk Players production of "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?" Performances are 7:30 p.m. June 14 and 15, and 2 p.m. June 15 and 16 at Mundelein High School.

      From left, Patrick Blake, Sarah Van Sickle and John Kobernick in the Kirk Players production of "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?" Performances are 7:30 p.m. June 14 and 15, and 2 p.m. June 15 and 16 at Mundelein High School.
    Courtesy of J. Shuman Photography

  • "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?" depicts the lives of Catholic school students in the 1950s and is the Kirk Players' first musical opening its 47th season. The cast includes, from left, Sarah Van Sickle, Sherry Fisher, Ben Johnson, Rebeccah VanSickle and Mandy Clark.

      "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?" depicts the lives of Catholic school students in the 1950s and is the Kirk Players' first musical opening its 47th season. The cast includes, from left, Sarah Van Sickle, Sherry Fisher, Ben Johnson, Rebeccah VanSickle and Mandy Clark.
    Courtesy of J. Shuman Photography

 
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Entering its 47th season next month, the Kirk Players will present John R. Powers' musical comedy "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?"

The musical can be seen at 7:30 p.m. June 14 and 15, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. June 15 and 16. Shows will be staged at Mundelein High School, 1350 W. Hawley St.

"We just can't get enough of this show," veteran Kirk Players director Jon L. Lynn said. "The score is sweet and full of charm. Rehearsals have been so much fun, and the results are far beyond what I expected. Such a talented ensemble -- we've created a show our audiences are going to eat up."

The story focuses on the bittersweet journey of growing up in a South Side Chicago Catholic grade school and high school in the 1950s. While it reflects on humorous moments of puppy love, sister-instructed sex education and preparing for first confessions, there are some poignant moments that touch on clique-building and old-fashioned, tech-free bullying.

The cast includes Kirk Players Jeff Harding as Felix Lindor, Dominick Basso as Louie Schlang, Bev Johnson as Nancy Relansky, Sarah Van Sickle as Becky Barnkowski, Rebecca Van Sickle as Mary Kenny, Mandy Clark as Virginia Lear, Annette Gibson as Sister Melanie and Patrick Blake as Father O'Reilly.

The show also features guest performers John Kobernick as Eddie Ryan, Jordan Gonzalez as Mike Depki, Julie Meadows as Sister Helen, Sherry Fisher as Sister Lee and Jeanna Daebellichn as Sister Monica Marie.

"Our first endeavor into the musical genre attracted such strong production support," Lynn said. "When I think about all the time these folks have put into this show, and they're all having a ball. We can't wait for the curtain to go up."

Supporting Lynn on the production team is assistant director Gretchen Grassl, musical director Fred Vipond, tech director Mike Lieberman, guest choreographer Alexa Hojnacki, stage manager Brian Motyka, production assistants Martin and Susie Hill, sound designer James Torbeck, property mistress Fran Hansen, lighting designer Chuck Fitz-Hugh and guest set designer Mark Audrain.

To help celebrate their first musical, the group has partnered with Dover Straits Fine Dining to offer a dinner and theater package.

For details or tickets, call (847) 521-6192 or visit www.kirkplayers.org.

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