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Acid Reflux Comedy Troupe gives back

KANELAND—Acid Reflux, the four-year-old comedy troupe hailing from Batavia, is no stranger to sharing with people who need it.

Over the years, they have given over $3,000 to deserving causes, including community theatres and multiple charities. All proceeds from “Acid Reflux in Wonderland”‘s performance on Friday, April 2, will be donated to the Time Out program at the LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, a program designed to help children with cancer as a part of their everyday lives.

The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Jester’s Courtyard Theatre, an extension of All Dressed Up Costumes, located within the historic Campana Building, 901 W Batavia Ave., Batavia. There is also an encore performance scheduled for Saturday, April 3, at 8 p.m.

The sketch comedy troupe was established in 2006 by Kaneland alum Bryan Renaud (class of 2009), and features all original material written and performed by current Kaneland students Ben Tennant, Kasey Ostarello and Ryan Stasell, as well as Bessie Tockstein (class of 2009).

The troupe also recently helmed the talents of Kaneland students Chelsea Roberts, Angela Filippin, as well as many other Kaneland alumni, including Erika Davidson, Katie Holloman and Esther Espino (all of the class of 2007). Nikky Prusinski (class of 2009). Steven Sledzinski, Jill Nigh and Emily Schmidt also join the cast.

Acid Reflux Comedy Troupe’s past seasons will be available for purchase at the show on DVD. You can also purchase the DVD’s online at www.acidrefluxcomedy.com.

Tickets are $10. Reservations are strongly recommended by calling (630) 551-TUMS.

Mr. Kaneland this Friday

From Kaneland.org
Photo: The Mr. Kaneland 2010 Court includes Jemmar Parrenas, Michael Caballero, Logan Markuson, Ben Tennant, Stuart Hopkins, Edgar Valle, Nick Sinon, Trevor Holm and Joe Herzer.

It’s Mr. Kaneland time! The boys have been hard at work learning some awesome dance numbers and preparing their talents. The event takes place on Friday, February 12 at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium. Admission is only $5.00. All proceeds from the Mr. Kaneland Event go back into our community by helping to support the Delnor Center for Breast Health. Tickets for Mr. Kaneland will be available during lunches all week in the cafeteria and at the event itself.

Acid Reflux on Ice

The sketch comedy Acid Reflux Comedy Troupe, formed in 2006 by recent Kaneland grad Brian Renaud, opened its fourth season premiere, “Acid Reflux on Ice,” Dec. 18 and 19, with encore performances Dec. 29 and 30 at the Jester’s Courtyard Theatre at 901 W. Batavia Ave., Batavia. Both shows are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Reservations are recommended by calling (630) 551-TUMS. The troupe includes Kaneland students Ben Tennant, Kasey Ostarello, Ryan Stasell, Chelsea Roberts and Steven Sledinski. Courtesy Photo

Batavia production highlights Kaneland talent

by Susan O’Neill
Nearly half of the small cast of a locally produced play this summer share something in common—they are either Kaneland High School students or Kaneland alumni.

Elburn resident Lynn Meredith said she was surprised to find so many actors from Kaneland at the audition she went to for Shakespeare on Clark’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Meredith majored in theatre at Illinois State University after graduating from Kaneland High School. She was a cast member of the Chicagoland children’s theatre group Alphabet Soup during the 1990s, and continued her acting career when she lived in Cincinnati.

However, since she moved back to Elburn several years ago, she had not been on the stage.

When she saw the notice for auditions for the Batavia-based summer theatre production, she decided on a whim to try out. Meredith said she had been trained in Shakespeare, and had always wanted to try acting in a Shakespeare role.

She said that “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is one of the bard’s lighter plays, with a fairly simple plot. She plays Titania, the Queen of the Fairies.

“The costumes are gorgeous,” she said. “As a fairy, I get to wear really fun things.”

She said the cast, although young, is very talented and the actors have a good grasp of what could be seen as difficult.

“I’ve been really pleased with how it’s turned out,” she said. “It’s a good production.”

Bryan Renaud, one of her fellow actors, graduated from Kaneland High School this year. Renaud, who soon turns 18, has been acting since he was seven years old, when he appeared in a Waubonsee Community College staging of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

Renaud had roles in a number of plays while at Kaneland High School, including “As You Like It” last fall. He played Lumiere, a major role in “Beauty and the Beast,” staged at the high school this spring.

He has acted with the First Street Playhouse and performed in a number of Shakespeare on Clark productions.
Renaud has a lead role in this summer’s performance and plans to attend North Central College in the fall, where he will major in theatre performance.

“Acting is my focus,” he said. “This is what I need to be doing.”

The outdoor summer theatre is sponsored through a partnership of All Dressed Up Costumes, a costume rental company, and Batavia MainStreet.

All Dressed Up Costumes owner Julane Sullivan is also the director. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the summer theatre offering staged at Clark Island.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Staged on Clark Island in Batavia

7 p.m. on Friday, July 31
and Saturday, Aug. 1
6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2
(75-minute act; no intermissions)


Cast includes Kaneland alumni
Lynn Meredith
Bryan Renaud
Nikky Prusinski

Kaneland students
Kasey Ostarello
Ben Tennant
Ryan Stasell
Kevin Krasinski

Photo: The Kaneland area is well-represented in a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for Shakespeare on Clark on Clark Island in Batavia. Many of the 18 members of the cast are current students of Kaneland or alumni. Pictured are some of the Kaneland students and alumni that are performing, including Nikki Prusinski, Bryan Renaud, Ben Tennant and Kasey Ostarello (Dan Bach of Batavia also pictured). The final performances of the summer are at 7 p.m. Friday, July 31, Saturday, Aug. 1, and at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2. Courtesy Photo