As director and producer, Diane McFarlin and Maria Dripps-Paulson have over a gazillion years of experience in directing and producing Arts events. Together, they have worked on shows as a part of the Kaneland High School Theatre Department and even more as the director – producer pair for Kaneland Arts Initiative events. The list is lengthy, including performances such as Oklahoma!, Little Shop of Horrors, Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie, The Laramie Project, The Diary of Anne Frank.
When asked what makes them successful, the two share a smile and without hesitation say, “Respect. Honesty. Friendship. A heavy dose of laughter, too.” Besides serving as the outstanding Artistic Director for the Kaneland Arts Initiative, Diane is an assistant principal at Kaneland High School, while Maria serves as the Kaneland High School auditorium manager in addition to her work as executive director for KAI. Both have families involved in the school district either as students or in other capacities and both live within the community as well.
The concept of the SHOUT OUT! for education was born out of a performance that Maria did at Listen to Your Mother show. Created by blogger, Ann Imig, the mission of each LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER production is to take the audience on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates mothering through giving voice to motherhood–in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor–in the form of original readings performed live on-stage by their authors. (from listentoyourmothershow.com) Maria performed in the Northwest Indiana LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER performance in May 2014, an event Diane attended to support her friend. Even before the evening was over, Diane and Maria agreed that doing a similiar production with the topic of education would be equally powerful.
The first SHOUT OUT! for education was presented on November 17, 2014 in Kaneland, under the direction of Diane with producer, Maria. Both Diane and Maria are thrilled to be presenting the performance again with a new cast on October 18th at 3pm. They also would like to invite guests to attend a reception following in the auditorium lobby.
The SHOUT OUT! for education is the first performance of the 2015 – 2016 KAI season. Click here to purchase ticket to SHOUT OUT and to check out the great new theatre subscription packages as well as the rest of the great season for KAI.