The Music Theatre Company’s 2012 Gala Celebrates the Musical Evolution of the 60′s

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(Highland Park, IL) – Theatre and music lovers are invited to join The Music Theatre Company as they celebrate the evolution of Broadway in the 1960s at their third annual Gala: A Mod Musical Evening on Sunday, May 20th from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Highland Park Community House, 1991 Sheridan Road in Highland Park. The evening’s theme will feature retro music theatre performances by local Chicago talent and a special appearance by Dr. Mark and the Sutures, a Beatles cover band that has been entertaining local audiences with 60’s-era tunes for the past 25 years.

The Music Theatre Company is proud to honor Highland Park resident Dr. Mark Nolan Hill with the 2012 TMTC Visionary Award for his commitment to The Arts in Highland Park. “Dr. Hill has not only been an enthusiastic supporter of TMTC, but a crucial part of the fabric of the arts scene in Highland Park for many years,” said Jessica Redish, Founding Artistic Director for The Music Theatre Company. In addition to Dr. Hill serving on the Board of YEA! Highland Park, this year his band, Dr. Mark and the Sutures, is celebrating their 25th anniversary. “We’re thrilled to have Dr. Mark and his band present a special performance at this year’s Gala!”

Highland Park Mayor Nancy R. Rotering will be serving as Honorary Chair and will also be honored for fostering The Arts in Highland Park. “Through the support of Mayor Rotering and the City Council, The Music Theatre Company can continue to provide professional music theatre productions and educational programming,” continued Redish. “It is our hope that in addition to contributing to the arts community, we can also continue to support a vibrant downtown Highland Park.”

The evening will be generously catered by Whole Foods Market of Deerfield, with wines sponsored by Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants. Both a silent auction and a raffle including cash prizes will be featured. “Mod 1960’s cocktail attire is encouraged!” states Peggy Hayner, TMTC’s board president and gala co-chair, along with Roberta Seedman. “This event will have an energy that promises to please. Aside from awesome entertainment, food, wine, raffle, and silent auction items, guests will be helping to keep professional music theatre in our own community.”

Donors to the 2012 silent auction and raffle include: The Metropolitan Opera, Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants, Jeweled Elephant, Murphy French & Associates, The Highland Park Police Department, Café Central, Silk Thumb, Pascal Pour Elle, Hell’s Kitchen, Writers’ Theatre, Lake Shore Country Club, Gallery Paradiso, a private concert by Stephanie Herman, Ablan Gallery, Midtown Athletic Club, Starland, ESPN and more. Also available for auction are: signed Bears and Blackhawks memorabilia, Metropolitan Opera tickets with a backstage pass, White Sox tickets, and a Ravinia package.

The Music Theatre Company values the musical as an art form. Through the presentation of fully-staged productions, commissions of new works, musical experiments and an interactive dialogue between artist and community, The Music Theatre Company, a nationally-based company of professional artists creating work in Highland Park, explores the musical in the interest of expanding the canon of musical theatre.

Tickets to The Music Theatre Company’s 2012 Gala are limited and can be purchased by for $75 per person by visiting: or calling (847) 579-4900.

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