On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of the Egyptian Theatre, I would like to thank our volunteers, patrons, donors, sponsors, community organizations and the City of DeKalb for another outstanding season at the theatre which ended in June. You are making the Egyptian Theatre a regional center for performing arts and preserving a historic jewel!
In this past year, we welcomed over 25,000 people through our doors for more than 100 performances, public events, film showings, weddings, tours and Amenti Haunted House nights. We are pleased to have worked with a number of community groups and organizations who utilized the theatre, including: Northern Illinois University, the City of DeKalb, the American Heart Association, the Beth Fowler School of Dance, Celebrate Downtown DeKalb, the Daily Chronicle, the DeKalb Catholic Daughters of the Americas, the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, the DeKalb Education Foundation, the DeKalb County League of Women Voters, the DeKalb Public Library, DeKalb School District 428, Fitworkz, FunMe Events, the Illinois Lincoln Highway Association, the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, North Central Cyclery, ReNew DeKalb, the Sycamore/Rochelle Performing Arts Academy, Thrivent Financial, and Gavin Wilson.
In addition to local events and partnerships, our 2012-2013 theatre season included performances by national touring acts. The duo Switchback, the United States Air Force Concert Band, the Irish band Gaelic Storm, comedian Lewis Black, pop stars Aaron Carter, Ryan Cabrera, Teddy Geiger and Tyler Hilton, the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, and 1980s rockers Survivor and John Waite graced our stage and delighted audiences of all ages. With the support of the community, we plan to present more concerts and performances by well-known singers, bands, musicians, comedians and speakers in the year ahead.
Events like these would not be possible at the Egyptian Theatre without our dedicated and hard-working volunteers! We have a small staff of four, including a new position added this year, our Membership and Marketing Director. We’re grateful to the 250+ volunteers who contributed over 5,000 hours of service in the last 12 months to the theatre. We couldn’t meet the needs of our performers and patrons without them serving as ticket takers, ushers, and concession stand workers! We are honored to have such dedicated volunteers from the local high schools, Kishwaukee College, NIU, and the greater community as a whole.
Moving forward, we again want to thank the City of DeKalb and the community for helping to maintain and preserve our historic theatre! We appreciate the community’s support, generosity and event attendance throughout the year and look forward to seeing you when our next season starts up in September. You are the stars of the show! Thank you!
Alex Nerad, Executive Director