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KAI’s February Events that You Won’t Want to Miss

January flew by and KAI had two wonderful events to start of 2016.


The annual Lee Murdock Hometown Concert with Special Guest, Tom Kastle, was a fabulous event on January 2nd.  Art students from Kaneland Harter Middle School showcased their work in the lobby of the auditorium and Lee and Tom told stories and created beautiful music.

The end of January brought us to the world premiere performances of 2001 Kaneland Alum, Nic Wehrwein, new play, Memorial Park.


The Company of Memorial Park with the author, Nic Wehrwein.

The story detailed a pivotal day of young Mars, played by the talented Mace Jendruczek, and his family performed with great clarity by mom, Trisha Mills, and dad, Peter Lopatin.  They encounter a drifter named Fiddley Diddley, a war veteran with a past and a struggle with substance abuse, and all are forced to face demons of substance and domestic abuse and the choices that they make.  Doug Orlyk, who formerly directed KAI’s most recent summer production, big! the Musical, developed this role into a intriguing mix of funny and sad, troubled and insightful.  The cast was rounded out by the well-played supporting roles of Betsy Mills as the narrator and Lyndsay Mach as Mars’ girlfriend.  Brilliantly directed by the always insightful KAI Artistic Director, Diane McFarlin, Memorial Park, was both riveting and funny in its portrayal of these real characters.  The crew made up of all Kaneland students did a fabulous job running the backstage and technial parts of the production.

Fresh off the successful performances of Memorial Park, the Kaneland Arts Initiative (KAI) presents two February events that are family-friendly, fun, and affordable.


On Saturday, February 20th at Open Range Southwest Grill Restaurant in Sugar Grove, KAI will hold its 7th Annual Fine Arts Feast.  This event is the annual fundraiser inviting new and returning Individual Arts Patrons to come together for an evening of information and entertainment.  Tickets are $10 for this buffet pizza dinner with amazing musical numbers.  This year’s Feast celebrates the FREEDOM TO FLY, a cabaret style performance by Kaneland Arts Initiative staff, committee, and friends.  KAI is raffling 2 Blackhawks tickets including a parking pass for the March 22nd home game against the Dallas Stars and will also be offering some great items for auction during the evening.  All proceeds from this event will benefit the programming of the Kaneland Arts Initiative.

On Saturday, February 27th, KAI brings to the stage GUYS IN TIES!


GUYS IN TIES, is anelite traveling improv comedy troupe that present a hilarious and unforgettable show by combining wit, intelligence, humor and 18 years of experience. Some memorable names they have performed with or opened for are: Weird Al Yankovic, Norm MacDonald, Howie Mandel, Darrel Hammond, Sinbad, Brad Sherwood (Who’s Line is it Anyway) and much more.  Their performances are family friendly.  Online ticket sales are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citzens, and $5 for students.  At the door, the prices are an additional $2.  The GUYS IN TIES performance is part of the KAI Theatre Subscription Package, which gives an additional discount to those who sign up for a package.

See you at our upcoming events!

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