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The cast Gaelic Park Players' 'PhiladelphiHere I Come' includes Tom Kearney (from left) Kate McNally Larry CoughlShawn McPortlLiam Briick Mike

The cast of Gaelic Park Players' "Philadelphia, Here I Come" includes Tom Kearney (from left), Kate McNally, Larry Coughlin, Shawn McPortland, Liam Briick and Mike "Meek" Azarkiewicz.

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Updated: December 10, 2012 6:13AM



Here is a look at events with tickets already on sale or going on sale soon.

Shows include Gaelic Park Players’ “Philadelphia, Here I Come” in Oak Forest, Oak Lawn Park District Theatre’s “La Cage aux Folles,” Palos Village Players’ “Rehearsal for Death” in Palos Park, and the Three Divas at the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University in University Park.

THE CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS

Governors State University, off University Parkway east of Governors Highway, University Park, (708) 235-2222, centertickets.net

◆ The Three Divas at 4 p.m. Nov. 11. Tickets are $35. Already on sale.

“Hell hath no fury like a diva scorned. And Three Divas? Well, that’s a recipe for a great afternoon of operatic fireworks as the Three Divas bring their spectacular vocal talents to Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts,” officials said.

Desiree Hassler, Pamela Williams and Joanne Jennett will present a program worthy of their name, with each trying to outdo the next. It’ll be a fight to the finish and the audience will have a ringside seat.

“Soaring melodies, vocal acrobatics, barn-burner favorites and a diva dose of humor make for a great afternoon of operatic singing,” officials said.

The Three Divas is the latest offering in GSU Center’s popular Opera Up Close series, which provides a unique musical experience for audience members.

Instead of experiencing the music from the perspective of the auditorium, patrons at Opera Up Close are seated onstage for an unforgettable vantage point as superb artists perform some of the world’s most beautiful music.

Refreshments, including Viennese-style desserts, also are available during the show.

Soprano Hassler sings in the full-time chorus at Lyric Opera of Chicago, where she also has sung and covered roles in “Manon,” “Macbeth,” “Boris Godunov,” “Show Boat” and “Elektra.”

Soprano Jennett recently performed with the Lyric Opera chorus in “Show Boat,” “Aida,” “Boris Godunov,” “Lohengrin” and “Porgy and Bess.”

Mezzo-Soprano Williams is a full-time member of the Lyric Opera chorus, where she has performed and understudied roles in “Elektra,” “Show Boat,” “Lohengrin,” “Turandot,” “The Marriage of Figaro” and other operas.

The Three Divas will be joined by veteran accompanist Christopher Wheeler.

The box office is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and two hours prior to performances.

Multibuy/Megabuy packages are available at the venue. Patrons can choose any three or four shows and receive the Multibuyer discount or choose any five or more shows and receive the Megabuy discount.

In addition to savings, package-holders receive ticket exchange privileges with 72-hour notice or more, priority seating and more. Packages are available for purchase through the box office only and are not currently available online.

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CHICAGO GAELIC PARK

6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, (708) 687-9323, gaelicparkplayers.org

Gaelic Park Players’ “Philadelphia, Here I Come” at 8 p.m. Nov. 9-10 and 16, 3 p.m. Nov. 11 and 18 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Tickets are $12 for the show only and $25 for the dinner-and-theater package (reservations are required). Already on sale.

Fed up with his dreary life in Ballybeg, an uncommunicative father and a humiliating job in his father’s grocery shop, Gareth (Gar) O’Donnell has accepted his aunt’s invitation to come to Philadelphia.

Now, on the eve of his departure, Gar is unsure about his decision and battling his thoughts both publicly and privately. The audience will share in Gar’s complicated and poignant struggle to follow his heart.

The cast includes:

Vera Kelly, of Chicago Ridge, as Director.

Kate McNally, of Oak Forest, as Madge.

Tom Kearney, of Glen Ellyn, as Private Gar.

Mike Azarkiewicz, of Tinley Park, as Public Gar.

Barney Farrelly, of Lemont, as SB O’Donnell.

Kathleen Donoghue, of Lemont, as Kate Doogan/Mrs. King.

Peter Simon, of Lockport, as Senator Doogan.

Bob Reidy, of Chicago, as Master Boyle.

Maggie Murphy, of Chicago, as Lizzy Sweeney.

Larry Coughlin, of Tinley Park, as Con Sweeney.

Liam Briik, of Joliet, as Ben Burton.

Jim Shinkle, of Chicago, as Ned.

Shawn McPartland, of Lemont, as Tom.

George Skrobuton, of Mokena, as Joe.

Bob Fox, of Oak Forest, as Cannon Byrne.

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OAK VIEW CENTER

4625 W. 110th St., Oak Lawn, (708) 857-2200 (Oak Lawn Park District)

Oak Lawn Park District Theatre’s “La Cage aux Folles” at 8 p.m. Nov. 9-10 and 16-17 and 3 p.m. Nov. 11 and 18. Tickets are $21 for adults and $20 for seniors and ages 12 and younger. Already on sale.

The production staff of the show includes executive producers Dave Heilmann and Paul Nirchi, producer Paul Nirchi, director Josie Nirchi, choreographer Staci Cousert, musical director Marty Hesse, and lighting and set designer Gil Oliva.

The show is presented with all rights reserved by Samuel French.

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PALOS PARK RECREATION CENTER

8901 W. 123rd St., (877) 787-8497, palosvillageplayers.com

Palos Village Players’ “Rehearsal for Death” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9-10 and 16-17 and 2 p.m. Nov. 11. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. A brunch-theater option can be reserved for Nov. 11 at Hackney’s, 123rd Street and LaGrange Road, Palos Park, (708) 448-8300.

The theater troupe will end its 2012 season with the production of George Batson’s mystery-comedy.

The play takes place in the era before television in a small Midwestern town. The Rough Rapids Drama Group is rehearsing a play starring has-been actress Stella Carlisle, played by Orland Park actress Molly Quinn.

A letter arrives at the theater threatening dire consequences if the play continues. The cast includes the local gossip columnist, a theater owner, the ingenue and her finance, the town busybody, a smart-aleck teen and the show’s stalwart director.

They all decide to do the play anyway. During a rehearsal a gun goes off and one of the cast is discovered to be dead. This is a whodunit that will keep the audience laughing and guessing.

Others in the cast include Russell Egan and Matt Cukrowski, of Chicago; Yvonne Ambrose, of Frankfort; Ken Evans, of Oak Forest; Jim Sharp and Matthew Walsh, of Orland Park; Joyce Eddy, of Palos Heights; and Bruce Fredrick, Lisa Giovenco Solomon and Denise M. Wargowsky, of Tinley Park.

The show is directed by Michael Gandy, of Mokena. His assistant director is Ellen Micotto, of Orland Park.

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