Local artists will bring real meaning to “home for the holidays” at the Joliet Theater – Shaw Local

“Home for the holidays” is a long-standing sentiment at this time of year.

And the Rialto Square Theater wants to celebrate that as the holiday seasons begin.

On Nov. 21, the Joliet Theater will perform “A Very Rialto Christmas… There’s No Place Like Home,” a show that people of all ages will enjoy, according to Stacy Sienko, the show’s musical performer coordinator and director.

The tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m. Afterwards, Madrigal Singers from Joliet Central High School will perform in the rotunda, and Flute Salad, led by Jennifer Gosack-Darwell, will perform on stage.

The main concert starts at 7 p.m. and features a variety of local singers, musicians and actors, including the Cathedral Youth Choir, who “have worked hard to put on a good show,” Sienko, who is also music director at the cathedral. of Saint Raymond Nonnatus at Joliet, dit.

Claire Kinsella, left, and Lucy McDermott sing during the Children's Choir rehearsal at St. Raymond Nonnatus Cathedral for the upcoming A Very Rialto Christmas show.

“You’ll get all your classic hits, from choral pieces and band ensemble pieces to gospel, jazz, strings — it’ll put you 100% in the right spirit for this holiday season,” Sienko said. .

But “A Very Rialto Christmas…There’s No Place Like Home” is more than just a concert of several musical genres.

Sienko said the Joliet Drama Guild will play a story of “coming home for the holidays and what it’s like for most American households.”

“It starts with a student finishing her finals and she’s struggling to find a ride home,” Sienko said. “And then it will form there.”

The show lasts an hour and 15 minutes with no intermission, she said.

“Short and sweet, so you can get home early and rest up for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday,” Sienko said.

Sheet music for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer sits at the piano during the Children's Choir rehearsal at the Cathedral of Saint Raymond Nonnatus for the upcoming A Very Rialto Christmas performance.

Santa Claus will be available for photos after the show and an ASL interpreter will sign the entire concert for the deaf community, Sienko said.

For those not ready to start the holiday season, Sienko encourages them to go out too, even if it’s just to support artists and the Rialto Square Theater.

Rory Bianchetto sings Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer during the Children's Choir rehearsal at St. Raymond Nonnatus Cathedral for the upcoming A Very Rialto Christmas show.

“The Rialto Theater is such a historic place in Joliet,” Sienko said. “It’s brought so many different acts – music, comedy, drama – to our community and we need to keep that momentum going.

“This [performance] is in support of the Rialto Foundation, but it is also in support of the musicians in our community, our young people, our budding professional musicians and actors as well as the professional music community which is already making its way in this field and beyond.

“There’s so much talent here in Joliet and this concert is going to showcase it all in one package.”

Tickets for “A Very Rialto Christmas…There’s No Place Like Home” are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Order your tickets at rialtosquare.com/events.

The Rialto Square Theater is located at 102 N. Chicago St. in Joliet.

Performers of “A Very Rialto Christmas… There’s No Place Like Home” include:

Cathedral Youth Choir: nearly 30 students from kindergarten to eighth grade

· Kaylie Pilz, eighth grade, will sing “O Holy Night”.

· Kareem Henderson, Grade 1, and Rory Bianchetta, Grade 2, will sing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

· Sarah Benaitis, eighth grade, will perform “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy” for flute trio.

Joliet Theater Guild:

· Emma Froeschle will sing “Christmas Together” from “A Christmas Carol”.

· Angel Mirkov and Mila Aloisio will be featured in the song “C’est Noël pour moi” by the Pentatonix.

· John Kladis and Mariangela Guglielmo will play the parents.

· Other actors include Cecelia Thoeles, Zoe Robinson, Piper Novotny and Jamie Gossen.

JJC Community Group Members:

Features Ron Magiera and Robyn Clarke on trumpet and Chris Darwell on trombone

Additional Joliet Community Musicians:

· Tim Placher will perform “The Little Drummer Boy”.

· Robyn Castle will sing “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree”.

· Also Tom Maslowski, Doneco Nudi, Joey Nudi, Ellis Wright and Kevin McCammon

Additional featured singers:

· Joliet native Anthony Seeman will sing “Celebrate Me Home”.

Larry Deweesee, music teacher

· Stacy Sienko will sing “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”.

Additional Featured Instrumentalists:

Matthew Agnew, principal cellist at the Elgin Symphony Orchestra

· Katherine Hughes, concertmaster of the City Lights Orchestra, will perform “Carol of the Bells/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”.

Katie Bern and violin

Jennifer Gosack-Darwell, flute teacher

Tony Kidonakis, saxophone teacher

Stacy Sienko leads the children's choir rehearsal at St. Raymond Nonnatus Cathedral for the upcoming A Very Rialto Christmas show.