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Farewell to Ray Shepardson, the Visionary Who Saved the Theatres

In People on April 16, 2014 at 9:48 am

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Man Who Jumped to His Death from Hollywood Casino Parking Garage in Downtown Aurora was a Theater Hero

Originally posted on Paul's Voyage of Discovery & Etc.:

-35ed441eab8bdd65 34306114001_3472737074001_video-still-for-video-3472657321001 I honestly had no idea how to headline this tribute to the great Ray Shepardson, who died suddenly and shockingly in Aurora, Illinois late last night.

527176_405018629562668_143982015_nIt sounds like a cliché’ to say that Ray was full of life and larger than life – but if you knew him as his friends and associates knew him, terms like “dynamo” and “whirlwind” and “passionate” and, yes, “madman” were all frequently employed in the fruitless struggle to capture Ray in mere words.

The man who saved dozens of great old theatres and movie palaces from the wrecking ball was a man of prodigious energy, drive, and “can do” creativity.

I was a teenager in Cleveland, Ohio when I first felt the vibration from the human shockwave that was Raymond K. Shepardson. And I wouldn’t have any idea who he was for another thirteen years.

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Summer Festival Headliner: Los Lobos

In Downtown News, Events, Music on April 11, 2014 at 3:02 pm

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So, this just showed up on the internet thanks to Bands in Town. Two Brothers has yet to make an official announcement yet, but there are no secrets where the internet is concerned. Lots of happy fans will be flocking to the Roundhouse to herald in summer on June 21 no doubt.

SAT JUN 21, 2014 – 8:30 PM

Los Lobos

 Two Brothers Roadhouse

 Aurora, IL

Los Lobos tour dates HERE!

The Riverfront’s “Mousetrap” Looking to Catch a Handful of Local Talent

In Events on April 10, 2014 at 2:29 pm
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Auditions to be held for The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie

Audition dates:
Saturday, April 19 from 11 am - 2 pm
Monday, April 21 from 7 pm – 8:30 pm
The Riverfront Playhouse will hold open auditions for its production, The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie on Saturday, April 19th @ 11 am – 2 pm and
Monday, April 21 @ 7 – 8:30 pm at the Riverfront Playhouse.
Performances of The Mousetrap will be Friday and Saturday nights
May 16 through June 21 at 8 pm.
Director Sherry Winchester Schultz is looking to cast 5 men and 3 woman for the production.
About the show:
The Mousetrap is the world’s longest running play!
Now celebrating its Diamond Anniversary in its 60th year!
A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, when the jurist is killed. Two down, and one to go. To get to the rationale of the murderer’s pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present,
and rattles a lot of skeletons.
The Characters:
Mollie Ralston – Proprietor of Monkswell Manor, and wife of Giles.
Giles Ralston – Husband of Mollie who runs Monkswell Manor with his wife.
Christopher Wren – The first guest to arrive at the hotel, Wren is a hyperactive young man who acts in a very peculiar manner. He admits he is running away from something, but refuses to say what. Wren claims to have been named after the architect of the same name by his parents.
Mrs Boyle – A critical older woman who is pleased by nothing she observes.
Major Metcalf – Retired from the army, little is known about Major Metcalf.
Miss Casewell – A strange, aloof, masculine woman who speaks offhandedly about the horrific experiences of her childhood.
Mr Paravicini – A man of unknown provenance, who turns up claiming his car has overturned in a snowdrift. He appears to be affecting a foreign accent and artificially aged with make-up.
Detective Sergeant Trotter – The detective role during the play. He arrives in a snow storm and questions the proprietors and guests.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
No resumes or head shots are required. 

 You do not need an appointment.
Persons interested in assisting with the technical aspects of the production are also encouraged to attend.
For more information, you can contact us via our Facebook page, via e-mail ,
or call the box office at 630-897-9496.
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