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Kaneland Connection: ‘West Side’ glory

Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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(Sandy Bressner – sbressner@shawmedia.com)
Female cast members, playing the roles of the Sharks girls, perform in Kaneland High School's production of West Side Story last weekend.

MAPLE PARK – Kaneland High School’s production of “West Side Story” played to large, enthusiastic crowds last weekend, with a total of 1,376 tickets sold for the three shows.

Kaneland theater director April Rames said the greatest turnout was Saturday night.

“It was wonderful to have such large and supportive audiences for the cast and crew,” Rames said.

Among the standouts were Tucker DeBolt as Tony and Kayla Hedgren as Maria. In the show’s program, DeBolt noted it was his seventh and final show at Kaneland.

“Tucker is a talented performer and a wonderful young man,” Rames said. “I’ve enjoyed working with him over the past three years and will be sad to see him go. He has really grown, both as a musician and an actor.”

In the program, Hedgren described Maria to be her “dream role in her dream show.”

“I was very pleased with Kayla’s performance,” Rames said. “She has great stage presence and always gives her heart to every performance. It was clear she really wanted the role from the start. She came to auditions very well-prepared and really stood out.”

Route 47 closure in April:

Traffic on Route 47 in Elburn will come to a halt at the railroad tracks in April, because maintenance work on the Union Pacific tracks will force drivers to seek alternate routes from April 5 to 10.

John Nevenhoven, the village’s superintendent of Public Works, brought up the item at Monday’s Village Board meeting. He said that the village received a letter from Union Pacific stating that the crossing will be closed from 9 a.m. April 5 to 3 p.m. April 10 for “routine maintenance.” Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis confirmed that.

Nevenhoven said drivers can use First Street in Elburn for local traffic.

“They can get around, but it’s going to be crowded,” he said. “That street was not made for that much traffic, but we’re going to have to deal with it.”

The official detour will be to take Route 38 to Meredith Road and head south to Keslinger. Other detours are at Pouley Road or Harley Road. Nevenhoven said while the repair work will be an inconvenience, he is pleased that safety of the railroad tracks is a priority.

AID Telethon:

The Association for Individual Development raised nearly $90,000 on Saturday at its 14th annual telethon at Waubonsee Community College, according to a news release sent by the organization.

The event lasted 10 hours and was broadcast to more than 40 stations. It also was streamed live online. According to the release, the event needed 800 volunteers and raised the funds to benefit more than 5,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities, mental illnesses and special needs.

For information on the organization, visit www.the-association.org or call 847-931-2294.

• Al Lagattolla is the news editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Write to him at alagattolla@shawmedia.com.

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