Backstage at the Egyptian: Interview with Lindsey Haugen from Beth Fowler Dance Company

Interview conducted by: Sydney Johnson – Egyptian Theatre Intern

Lindsey is a dancer for the Beth Fowler Dance Company, and you can spot her at the Egyptian this weekend in “A Storybook Ballet.” Lindsey is a senior at Saint Charles East High School and this is her fifth (and last) year with the Beth Fowler Dance Company. If you can make it to one of the shows this weekend, then definitely do so!

SYDNEY: How old were you when you first started dancing? How many years have you been a dancer?

LINDSEY: I was 3 when I started dancing, so I’ve been dancing for 14 years now (a long time!!)

SYDNEY: What is your favorite style of dance and why?

LINDSEY: My favorite style of dance is probably Hip Hop. As much as I love to be a “beautiful ballerina” and I will always have a special place in my heart for ballet, Hip Hop is just so fun, with the upbeat music and the high energy moves.

SYDNEY: What are some of your favorite memories as a dancer for the Beth Fowler Dance Company?

LINDSEY: Honestly, some of my favorite memories in the Beth Fowler Dance Company have happened during our all-day rehearsals on Sundays & during long hours of rehearsals on tech week. Everyone’s feet hurt and everyone is definitely tired, but at the same time everyone is in it together and all of the dancers and teachers in the company are so supportive of each other, so even though it may be difficult to find the energy to complete the day, it is definitely not hard to find the camaraderie at our studio!

SYDNEY: What role do you have in the upcoming show Storybook Ballet?

LINDSEY: In our upcoming production of “A Storybook Ballet,” I am Ursula in The Little Mermaid, a gypsie in Aladdin, and Belle in Beauty and the Beast. I am so grateful to have all of these amazing parts and can’t wait to perform them on stage!

SYDNEY: What do you like most about interacting with the audience?

LINDSEY: What I like most about interacting with the audience is just making them feel something. Whether it’s sad, happy, excited, or angry, my hope is to always keep the audience engaged because when I feel the audience’s energy, it gives me a thrill that I honestly can’t explain.

SYDNEY: What are you looking forward to most about performing at the Egyptian Theatre?

LINDSEY: What I’m looking forward to most about performing at the Egyptian Theatre is the tradition of the whole experience. I’ve been performing at the Egyptian Theatre with Beth Fowler School of Dance for 7 years now and before every performance I look forward to coming “home” to a beautiful theatre with some of my closest friends; getting ready together in the dressing rooms, stretching as a studio on the stage before a performance, walking up the stairs together & shaking our nerves off backstage right before our first entrance. It’s so much fun, and definitely something I will miss doing next year.

Click here to get your tickets for A Storybook Ballet!

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Gaelic Storm: What to know before you go!

There is a free parking lot operated by the City of DeKalb directly across the street from the theatre. There are three additional city parking lots within a one block radius of the theatre. In addition there is also parking on most streets surrounding the theatre.
All parking lots and street parking in Downtown DeKalb is FREE! Parking time restrictions will not be enforced except for limits 15 minutes and shorter.
The Egyptian Theatre is located in the heart of Downtown DeKalb and is surrounded by many great dining options within walking distance.
    In addition, many other restaurants including most national chains are located in the area and are easily accessible just a short drive away. Find a list of exciting restaurants here:
Due to artist request, please note that all patrons will be required to submit to a bag check. Items that are not allowed include outside food or drink and backpacks. For a full list of prohibited items please click here:
Please be aware that the bars on both the lobby and balcony level will be cash only as well as a cash only concession stand on the balcony level. We do have an ATM in the lobby.
Gaelic Storm will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. as this tour has no opener. Please plan accordingly to ensure timely arrival. Please note that doors to auditorium may not open until 7 PM. Lobby, concessions and bar will still be accessible during this time.
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Backstage at the Egyptian: Interview with Matt Thompson of Sail On

Interview conducted by: Sydney Johnson – Egyptian Theatre Intern

We are so excited to welcome Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute to the theatre TOMORROW, March 9th at 8:00p.m. We had the pleasure of interviewing Matt Thompson, guitarist and vocalist for Sail On.

SYDNEY: How did this group form to become a Beach Boys tribute band?

MATT: So there is actually an original group that 3 of our members belong to called the Explorer’s Club. The group is very Beach Boys influenced and already left a great impression on the Beach Boys fan community. I originally worked with a Beach Boys Tribute from Indiana, and with most of us living in Nashville, the opportunity was well suited for us to create a new Tribute that we felt would provide the closest sounding live representation of what you would hear on the original Beach Boys records. In January of 2017, Sail On was born!

SYDNEY: Have you always been a musician? What were you doing before joining Sail On?

MATT: I have been playing music since the age of 13. I studied arranging and production at Berklee College of Music and became fixated on Beach Boys harmonies through some of my college projects. Music has always been my passion and fortunately, because of Sail On, my love for the Beach Boys is even more apart of that passion.

SYDNEY: In your opinion, what makes the Beach Boys so great?

MATT: For me, the harmony is the first thing that comes to mind. Blending 5 voices while playing instruments is the definition of teamwork onstage which is why I love it. No other group could sing together like The Beach Boys and they’ll always be remembered for it. The other half to the coin is the fact that so many of the songs and arrangements from Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys are timeless, great American Classics.

SYDNEY: What is your favorite Beach Boys song and why? 

MATT: My favorite is probably ‘I Get Around’. It’s got everything! There’s Brians melodic falcetto through the chorus, Mike Love’s fast paced Chuck Berry style verse with a guitar solo and key change to boot. Not only that but it’s a blast to play live.

SYDNEY: What do you like most about being in a tribute band?

MATT: I get to pay tribute to my favorite band in the absolute best way. Their music challenges me and makes me a better musician in all the ways I strive to be.

SYDNEY: What is the best part about performing in historical theatres, such as the Egyptian?

MATT: The experience of playing in a historical theatre will never get old. It’s the greatest captive audience you could ask for. The people that buy tickets to places like the Egyptian come ready for a truly great performance and are willing to give you their full attention to be entertained. As a performer, it’s hard to ask for a better opportunity to give your absolute best effort. Historic Theatres bring everything to a higher level that performers enjoy just as much as the folks that buy tickets.

SYDNEY: What can the audience expect when attending this show?

MATT: To be entertained! If you’re a fan of the Beach Boys, be prepared to travel back to your earliest memories listening to America’s Band. If you’re new to the Beach Boys, get ready to hear one of the greatest collections of songs in Rock history. Either way, we will make sure you are singing along by the end of the show.

Learn more about the band by going to If you consider yourself a devoted Beach Boys fan, then consider listening to the band’s podcast, where they discuss all things Beach Boys.

Tickets are still available for this incredible show, click here to get yours now!


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Backstage at the Egyptian: Interview with Edvin Ortega of Larger Than Life

Interview conducted by: Sydney Johnson – Egyptian Theatre Intern

We are so excited to welcome Larger Than Life: The Ultimate Boyband Tribute to the Egyptian this Saturday, March 3rd, at 7:30PM. We had the pleasure of interviewing band member and co-founder, Edvin Ortega.

SYDNEY: How and when did Larger Than Life come together to form the Ultimate Boyband Tribute?

EDVIN: For me, it started back in the days of MTV’s TRL. It was my dream to be in a Boyband, and I was part of a few groups during that time, but it wasn’t until 2008 when I met co-founder John Wagner that we decided to put a show together and things really took off. Later, with fellow cast members, Chris Jehnert and Price Adam Troche, things snowballed and we are currently touring the country bringing Boyband nostalgia everywhere we go!

SYDNEY: What did you do before joining Larger Than Life?

EDVIN: Before LTL, I was an actor and appeared on shows such as Orange Is the New Black, Blue Bloods, The Following, and some films as well! I also was a DJ/MC for weddings and parties.

SYDNEY: Which boyband is your favorite to perform as?

EDVIN: This is a tough one. I love all of them. I think NSYNC is probably one of my favorites because I love all the dancing and the high energy of their music. But of course, we love 98 Degrees, Backstreet Boys, and NKOTB!


SYDNEY: What do you like most about being on tour? What are some of your favorite places you have been to?

EDVIN: I love meeting people on tour. We love seeing people dance and sing along and feel good and this music does just that. So watching everyone smiling and having a great time is really the best feeling. As an artist, touching someone with music is always the goal. We’ve been to Ohio a few times, that is always a blast. We also love the weather on the West Coast and love our fans in Canada as well!

SYDNEY: What do you do in your free time when you are not performing?

EDVIN: Well I am a workaholic so most of my free time is spent on LTL. But when I am not performing, I love going on dates with my daughter, she’s 2 years old now, and we have a blast!

SYDNEY: What are some pre-show rituals that you, or any of the guys, have?

EDVIN: I personally need to workout before shows (push ups) it helps balance out the energy I think. We also love listening to music and meeting new fans before the show. People can give you the biggest boosts of energy and having that connection before a show always makes it more special.

Don’t miss out on this night of 90s nostalgia, click here to get your tickets now!

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Love at the Egyptian: Ray & Carol Larson

Our Egyptian Theatre Love Story of 65 years ago. By Carol Larson

To celebrate New Years Eve in 1953 we attended a special midnight movie showing at the Egyptian Theater. For some reason Ray picked me up early so we sat in the car while waiting for the doors to open.

While in the car he asked me to open the glove box, there I found a small box which I immediately opened to find a diamond engagement ring. Needless to say he did not get down on his knees to propose, however I accepted his proposal.

We then attended the movie, to this day we have no idea what the movie was.

A preface to this story was that I worked at The National Bank and Trust in Sycamore in the third floor book keeping department which overlooked downtown Sycamore. One day my co-workers called for me to look out the window to the street below, there I saw Ray coming out of Meinerts Jewelry Store, so I knew a ring was in the near future. I tried to be discreet and not watch for his check when it came through the bookkeeping department.

We will be celebrating our 65th wedding anniversary this year, needless to say The Egyptian Theatre is a part of the many good memories we have shared over the years.

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