Today is #GiveDeKalbCounty Day!

May 4, 2017

Today you can make a difference!

The historic Egyptian Theatre is participating in #GiveDeKalbCounty today which celebrates 24 hours of giving online where all donations are proportionally matched by a bonus pool of funds available.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we rely on your support to keep the Egyptian  Theatre thriving.

Your donation today allows us to:

  • Provide the theatre at discounted rates for non-profit organizations
  • Open the doors of the theatre for free multiple times a year for community events
  • Preserve the beautiful historic Egyptian Theatre that is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places
  • Provide a community jewel for all ages to enjoy
  • Protect the amazing history that has taken place since the doors opened in 1929
  • Continue to be the gathering place for the community
  • Provide significant cultural and economic impact on the community
  • ​​​​​​​Continue to host over 30 different community organizations each year

Donations of any amount are appreciated and DO make a difference!

You have until midnight tonight (May 4) to participate

In person donations (cash or check only) will be accepted at the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave. Sycamore, IL from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on May 4. These donations must be “in person, by the person,” meaning that the person writing the check must be the individual to deliver the donation.

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Backstage at the Egyptian: Interview with Tricia Schumacher

Interview Conducted by: Kevin Ray – Egyptian Theatre Intern

Tricia Schumacher is the Coordinator for Art Education for DeKalb School District. I had a chance to interview her about the upcoming DeKalb Student Art Show held at the Egyptian Theatre May 9th-11th.

Kevin: Tell me a little bit about the DeKalb Student Art Show?

Tricia: The DeKalb District Art Show is a huge art show that celebrates all the hard work and accomplishments of the DeKalb Art students. We feature work from all our schools including grades K-12.

Kevin: How long have you guys been doing the show?

Tricia: We have been doing the District Art show for at least 15 years; we have had the show at the Egyptian since 2007 .

Kevin: Why did you choose to host it at the Egyptian for so many years?

Tricia: We moved the show to the Egyptian because we had outgrown the space we had been using. We had been using the library at the old High School building (now Huntley Middle School). We knew we had to find a new space because we could not accommodate  the crowds that came out to see the artwork. People waited in line for an hour just to get into the room!! We wanted a space that would be large enough to accommodate us but we also wanted a prestigious space, a space that would make the children feel special because their work was hung there. We also wanted a location that was central to all our families. The Egyptian was a perfect choice!

Kevin: What kind of response have they gotten through the years about having the Art show at the Egyptian Theatre?

Tricia: The response has always been overwhelmingly positive. The Egyptian is so well taken care of and the staff is always friendly and helpful. I am proud to be part of a community that supports the arts and has such a historically rich building that is a resource. Even after the new high school building was constructed our families were all grateful that we kept the district show at the Egyptian.

May 9-11, 2017 5 PM – 8 PM
Free & open to the public

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Backstage at the Egyptian: Interview with Susan Graham

Interview Conducted by: Kevin Ray -Egyptian Theatre Intern

Susan is the Director of Annie, Jr. and Vice President of CCT. I had a chance to interview her about the upcoming Annie Jr. musical being held on April 27-30th at the Egyptian Theatre.

Kevin: Tell me a little bit about the Children’s Community Theatre?

Susan: Children’s Community Theatre is dedicated to developing and fostering an interest in dramatic arts among people of all ages, but especially children and young adults. For over 50 years, CCT has presented many great musicals for community children. I think Children’s Community Theatre provides a fantastic opportunity for kids in our community. I am so grateful to be a member of the organization.

Kevin: How many people are in the cast, and where are they from?

Susan: The cast consists of 86 kids from the DeKalb, Sycamore, Genoa, and surrounding communities.

Kevin: What are the ages in the cast?

Susan: The cast ages range from 7-18 years old.

Kevin: What are you looking forward to most about the Children’s Community Theatre performing at the Egyptian Theatre?

Susan: Getting to perform at the Egyptian Theatre, such a large and historic venue, is a great opportunity for the kids. They always get excited to be there, especially performing for their classmates, family, and friends. I feel blessed to be a part of their experience.

Kevin: What do you hope the audience walks away with after the show?

Susan: I hope the audience walks away having had a truly enjoyable time watching the performance. And, hopefully they gain a greater appreciation for theater and the enormously talented group of children we have in the community. And maybe, the kids in the audience will decide to join us on-stage next year!

Tickets are still available, Click picture below to purchase tickets.

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Backstage at the Egyptian: Interview with Philip Henrikson

Interview Conducted by: Kevin Ray – Egyptian Theatre Intern

Philip is the owner of The Gaming Goat in downtown DeKalb that is sponsoring the free showing of Pokemon 2000 on Sunday, April 23rd at 2:00pm. I had a chance to interview him this week about the upcoming showing of the movie held at the Egyptian Theatre.

Kevin: Why do you think Pokemon has stood the test of time?

Philip: They have a lot of different products like the TV show, video games, and trading cards. There are a lot of people who do not partake in any of that, but are still huge Pokemon fans. The reason is that Pokemon has become such a cultural phenomenon because there is so much that can be done with it. It has touched on so many different aspects of life.

Kevin: What does Pokemon mean to you?

Philip: It is a fun way to connect with people of all ages. It also gets other people connecting with each other that would not normally interact.


Kevin: How long have you been in business?

Philip: We have been going for about three years. First it was a corporate location, and then the gaming goat corporation sold me the store. They gave me special financing on that to enable me to own the store. I have owned the store for two years now. In the time that I have owned the store we have added video games which has been a fast growing product category for us. There are a lot of people coming in for that, and a lot of people selling us collections. We have all of the games from the gaming systems like Xbox, PlayStation, and Wii.


Kevin: Why did you partner with the Egyptian Theatre for this show?

Philip: One of our biggest things is doing what makes sense. The Egyptian Theatre is only a block away and it is non profit theatre. It is a beautiful venue, and they were really awesome in enabling us to provide this for our customers. They made it really easy, no hurdles to jump through or anything. We are paying the royalties for the movies, but they are opening their doors up to us. This was a golden combination in our eyes. We literally hit the sweet spot. Last time we were able to show the movie to over 300 people. We can spend a good amount of money and provide a great value for the community.

Kevin: What can people take away from these Pokemon showings?  

Philip:  I think the biggest thing people can take away from these Pokemon showings is that businesses can do a better job spending their marketing budget in a way that actually provides value for their customers. We had the option to contact a local newspaper or radio station and spend $400 for them to shout out to their audience “Hey look at me I’m the Gaming Goat”. Not only is that not doing any good for the listener but it is also uninvited which sometime can have the opposite of the intended effect on the consumer. Instead that money is going towards providing the fees to screen a free movie not only for my customers, but for the entire community.

Our business will reap an even stronger marketing reward and when coupled with the value those who attend the showing receive; it’s money very well spent in the end. Hundreds of people will benefit by getting to see a free Pokemon movie and hundreds more will hear about it and know that the Gaming Goat made it happen. We will provide a fun afternoon for anyone interested and ask nothing in return. To be able to have your business fund something like this is great, but to have it pay for itself is a golden combination. I challenge all businesses and organizations to think outside of the box when spending funds on marketing and find a way to provide a disproportionate value for your customers. That gesture will go much further than interrupting their media consumption whether it be print, radio, or television.

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Backstage at the Egyptian: Interview with Tricia Runzel

Interview conducted by: Kevin Ray – Egyptian Theatre Intern

Tricia Runzel is the Curator of Education and Interpretation at the Ellwood House Museum. I had a chance to interview her recently about the upcoming Local Lore tour program that is being held at the Egyptian Theatre.

Kevin: I understand this is the first local Local Lore tour being held. Where did this idea for the tour come from?

Tricia: It was actually Alex’s idea to make this program a tour. When I first approached him with the idea of doing a talk on the history and architecture of the Egyptian, I was thinking of it in terms of our usual lecture format. Alex thought it would be more impactful for community members to view the architecture in person; and I couldn’t agree more!

Kevin:  What do you hope this tour will accomplish?

Tricia:  Like all of our Local Lore programs, I hope this tour will shine a light on an aspect of our local history. Here in DeKalb County, we have so many unique historical moments, buildings, and stories. The Egyptian is especially iconic and I think showcasing its historical roots may give community members a chance to look at the building in a new way.

Kevin: Why was it important to have it held at the Egyptian Theatre?

Tricia: I think this gets back to your first question. Although it would have been nice to look at photos and hear Alex present at another location, it is truly more powerful to see something in person. Standing within a historic site has this unique opportunity to transport you to another time. It’s so much easier to imagine yourself attending one of the Egyptian’s earliest shows in 1929 or 1930 if you’re standing in the building than if you’re sitting in a conference room somewhere looking at photos. I hope that by having this tour at the Egyptian Theatre, visitors will make that special connection between the historical information and the site itself.

Kevin: What do you hope the people who take the tour walk away with when they leave?

Tricia: There will be a lot of takeaways from this program. First, it will give visitors a chance to learn the history of the building – why it came to DeKalb, why the Egyptian style was chosen, what those early years were like. Visitors will also get the opportunity to see the lesser-known areas of the building. Most people are used to being part of the audience, but have never been behind-the-scenes. I hope this program will give them a new perspective. And finally, I hope the tour will deepen community members’ love of this special and historic structure.

Kevin: What are you looking forward to most about the tour?

Tricia: Would you believe I’ve never been to the Egyptian? (Terrible, I know!) I’m still somewhat new to DeKalb myself and haven’t had a chance to visit yet. I can’t wait to see it in person and what a treat it will be that my first visit includes a chance to literally go behind-the-scenes! I have a feeling I won’t be the only first time visitor.

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