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Wooden Box presents ‘Vegas Nite’

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Local performance group Wooden Box Theater will present an event of live theater, poetry, fashion, photography and live music at 5 p.m. Sunday at The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.

The event is presented and sponsored by HMarie Photography of DeKalb, featuring Haley Mur-Quim, and is inspired by the city of Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Nite will showcase new musical artists in the DeKalb area, as well as new themed fashions presented by local models. The event will include theatrical scenes on the House Cafe stage co-starring members of the Barbed Wire Betties roller derby team; Lisa Kinloch of Chicago; and Ninja of Night Magic Designs, a performance team based in Chicago. Handmade jewelry by Ashley Ney will be displayed. New group members Amber Nichole Reedus and Gladys Sanchez will read their poetry between acts.

The music lineup for the event includes hip-hop, R & B, acoustic rock and hard rock. Headliners Bill Leighly, The Nineties Two-TNT, Trident Deep and Daerielle ‘AuraWeaver’ Amber will be joined by local favorites Vinyl Richie, Doug Feltz, David Jonsson, Mark w/Mia Lynell, Gladys Sanchez, Stephanie Phelan, Dave Miller and Dave Green.

“From the minute we started writing the show, the entire cast came together nicely,” director and organizer Dan Sherrill said in a news release. “This is a group from radically different backgrounds and musical styles, and it will be interesting to see everyone come together and build rewarding and memorable moments with people they wouldn’t have met otherwise.”

The event also will feature four themed fashion displays set to music and featuring models Sarah Henneke, Hillary Korth, Gabriella Contreras, Stephanie Phelan and Heidi Crush. During the show, longtime group member Megan Marie Smith will be awarded the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. Smith has been a constant figure with the group since November 2011.

The group will feature segments highlighting members from its 2000-2004 era of writing and collaborating, when Wooden Box Theater was based at a financial office in Geneva. Those sketches will star Jim Lohmiller, Jennifer Payne and Jennifer Smith-Headley, as well as other former collaborators from that era.

For more information visit www.thehousecafe.net. Admission is $6 at the door with a semiformal dress code. The House Cafe is an all-ages venue.

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