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Kaneland Arts Initiative announces upcoming events

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Maria Dripps-Paulson

The Kaneland Arts Initiative wishes everyone a Happy New Year, filled with prosperity and joy and invites everyone to its upcoming events of the New Year in the Kaneland Auditorium.

As the Kaneland Arts Initiative (KAI, formerly the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival) strives to promote professional quality Arts in Kaneland, it is pleased to launch its inaugural performance of the Winter Theatre Production, The Laramie Project, presented by KAI in partnership with the Kindness Campaign. Performed in the Kaneland Black Box Theatre on January 24-26, "The Laramie Project" is a drama that depicts the account of the townspeople in Laramie, Wyoming after the tragic death of Matthew Shepherd.

"In October 1998 Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. Five weeks later, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, and over the course of the next year, conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town. From these interviews they wrote the play The Laramie Project, a chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder. THE LARAMIE PROJECT is one of the most performed plays in America today."

Performances are January 24th at 7:00 pm, January 25th at 7:00 pm, or January 26th at 2:00 pm. Tickets are available for purchase by calling 1-630-365-5100, ext. 180 or emailing

Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. Seating is very limited in the Black Box Theatre at Kaneland High School and KAI recommends advance ticket purchases. KAI is pleased to be producing its first event in the Black Box Theatre, a space that is both versatile and intimate. Tickets will be general admission seating.

PLEASE NOTE: Subject matter is sensitive and appropriate age recommendations are for middle school aged students or older. The Kaneland Arts Initiative and the Kindness Campaign will lead a discussion after each performance for interested audience members. More information can be found at The Kaneland Black Box Theatre is on the campus of Kaneland High School, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park, IL 60151. ENTER through Door 32 on the North side of building.

KAI is pleased to welcome The Cavern Beat back to the Kaneland Auditorium on February 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm with special guests, the Kaneland Harter Middle School MidKnight Special. The primary mission of The Cavern Beat is to bring to life the excitement of the Beatles' original recordings and live performances from the Cavern Club era onwards. Critics the world over have agreed that the group has the sound, energy, and excitement of the Beatles, second to none. Ray Johnson of the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England commented that The Cavern Beat has "the finest Beatles harmonies I have ever heard."

On Friday, February 21st at Open Range Southwest Grill Restaurant in Sugar Grove, KAI will be hosting its 5th Annual Fine Arts Feast. The purpose of the fundraiser is to raise money through donations from Arts-minded individuals seeking to become KAI Arts Patrons. Guests are treated to dinner and entertainment along with an informational program on the financial need of the Kaneland Arts Initiative. The event begins at 5pm and all interested over the age of 21 are invited to attend. Reservations can be made by calling 1-630-365-5100, ext. 180 or emailing The event is free to attend, though donations will be taken during the night.

Information on all KAI events is available at

Submitted by:

Maria Dripps-Paulson, Executive Director

Kaneland Arts Initiative

Kaneland Community Unit School District #302

47W326 Keslinger Road

Maple Park, IL 60151

Cell: (630) 341-9007

Phone: (630) 365-5100

Fax: (630) 365-8295