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Spotlight: What people in the arts are up to

Here’s a look at the latest news on local authors, actors, artists, musicians and more:

 

French connection: Seven actors with suburban ties are helping take audiences through three decades of unrest in 19th century France in the powerful musical, “Les Miserables,” March 29-June 8, at Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook. Emily Rohm, a Park Ridge native, plays Cosette, who is cared for by Jean Valjean after her mother’s death. River Forest resident Charlie Babbo is street urchin Gavroche, who dies while helping the revolutionaries. Ensemble members include Jennifer Baker of Vernon Hills, Thomas Forde of Park Ridge, David Girolmo of Evanston, Sage Harper of Winnetka and Lake Zurich native Allison Sill. For tickets, call (630) 530-0111.

 

Never too late: Park Ridge native Larry Shute, a Maine East High School 1962 graduate, has embarked on a new venture. The retired North Carolina resident, who is turning 70, just had his first book published. “Hilltop House” is the first of a three-novel Hardly Hill series. The book is available in paperback or as an e-book at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.

 

In a spin: You can hear the voice of Winnetka native Hadley Kennary on “Dorm Sessions 9,” the latest release by Berklee College of Music’s student-run label, Heavy Rotation Records. Kennary is a vocalist with Redwood Deville, a seven-piece Americana folk/rock band. Eight other groups are also featured on the release. You can download “Dorm Sessions 9” for free at BerkleeCollegeofMusic.bandcamp.com.

 

Directing traffic: Mike Bonetti of Glenview keeps things moving as assistant traffic director of Illinois State University’s student radio station, WZND. The 2012 graduate of Glenbrook South High School is in his fourth semester at WZND. His current duties include making daily logs, billing advertisers and completing the annual report. He served as traffic director at Glenbrook South’s student-run radio station WGBK from 2011-2012. Bonetti is majoring in mass media, management, promotions and sales.

 

Hidden talent: Anne Frank and her family shared their attic hiding place with the Van Daan family. Anne became close with young Peter Van Daan but found his mother “quarrelsome.” Buffalo Grove resident Laural Reinhart plays the difficult Mrs. Van Daan in Metropolis Performing Arts Centre’s production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” March 31-April 11. For tickets, call (847) 577-2121.

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