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Niles West Theatre Presents The Theory of Relativity

Niles West Theatre proudly presents

The Theory of Relativity

A New Musical

Music and Lyrics by Neil Bartram | Book by Brian Hill

The 2020-2021 Niles West Theatre “at home” season comes to a close with The Theory of Relativity.

This unconventional new musical is a joyous and moving look at our surprisingly interconnected lives. Through a seemingly unrelated collection of songs, scenes and monologues, The Theory of Relativity introduces a compelling array of characters experiencing the joys and heartbreaks, the liaisons and losses, the inevitability and the wonder of human connection.

Dates of Performances

The Theory of Relativity will be available for streaming from Friday, May 14 – Sunday, May 16.

Ticket Prices


*Patrons will need to reserve a ticket at A link to view the production will be sent to your email.

Originally Produced by Goodspeed Musicals, East Haddam, CT.

The Musical was presented at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals in 2015.

“The Theory of Relativity” was developed at the Canadian Music Theatre Project, Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.


Layla Ellis

Ellie Evans

Henry Gussis

Charlotte Howard-Check

Elizaveta Kolesnik

Emily Lim

Therese Malijan

Janay Moncrief

Jake Pranian

Ella Rousseau

Simion Solano

Ian Soriano


Stage Manager: Mia Finnigan

Assistant Production Manager: Mehreen Patel

Assistant Stage Manager: Payton Ayers


Assistant Costume Designer: Jo Boedefeld

Assistant Lighting Designer: Caitlin Ayers

Assistant Props Designer: Henry Fleck

Assistant Scenic Designer/Editing: Olivia Benitez, Eva Schultz

Assistant Sound Designer/Editing: Brian Bedoya, Dylan Kintner


Community Outreach Head: Dashna Benjamin

Community Outreach Team: Yumna Mansuri, Mehreen Patel, Olivia Benitez



Director: Sam Rosenfeld

Music Direction: Matthew Begale

Choreography: Kerry Dubay

Production Management: Hannah Luthringer

Scenic/Editing Design: Michael Johnson

Costume Design: Rossella Human

Sound/Editing Design: L.J. Luthringer

Lighting Design: Charlotte Rathke

Props Design: Kimberly Morris

Producer: Andy Sinclair

Box Office Management: Jackie Garvey

DECA IL State Champions

DECA State Champions Honored at Board Meeting

DECA IL State Champions

Pictured:  Simran Mithrani, Alicia Fabella, Kamran Khan, Romesa Amiwala, Hassam Uddin, Manu Deva

Niles North DECA National Finalists and State Champions were honored at the May 4 Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education Meeting.

DECA students Romesa Amiwala, Kamran Khan, and Hassam Uddin are ranked Top 10 in the World in this year’s International Career Development Conference (Nationals) as well as state champions for their Project Management Career Development Project in which they planned and hosted nine career development speaker panels. They are one of the Top 18 projects out of the approximately 200 qualifying projects competing at this level, in the world. Only two other schools in Illinois made it to this next level of competition with a written project which includes planning events for the past two years, writing a 20-page paper, and executing a professional presentation.

DECA sponsor Jean Attig said, “This is our first national finalist in recent memory!  These students worked incredibly hard these past two years to create a Career Development project that I knew had the chance to make it to the national stage.  They never gave up and even improved their project during remote learning and a worldwide pandemic.  Sponsor Nick Pahl, Kara Mielke, and I are so proud of them and want to thank you for your support of our students!  Fingers crossed that they bring home The DECA Glass!  Have a great day!” 

N DECA Finalists

Also honored at the meeting were Illinois State Champions Alicia Fabella, Project Management Business Solutions, Manu Deva, Project Management Business Solutions, and Simran Mithani, Project Management Sales Project.  Both of these projects included a culmination of two years worth of work to improve our student-run business, DECAdent Delight, but from different points of view.  PMBS worked on improving the marketing strategies and PMSP worked on improving revenue streams.  Even in the middle of a pandemic and remote learning, they were still able to raise money for the chapter by including all NNDECA members!  

DECA is a career and technical student organization composed of more than 228,000 students who are interested in careers in marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality or management.  DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition.  DECA student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community-oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.  For more information about DECA, visit

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Penne for Your Thoughts? The Niles West Community Cookbook is Ready for Order

Order your Niles West
Community Cookbook now!
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We hope you will purchase a cookbook as the funds raised are going to be a great help in supporting Dance Marathon’s two 2021 beneficiaries: I Grow Chicago and the Niles Township Education Foundation. I Grow Chicago is an Englewood community center working to grow the neighborhood from surviving to thriving, by providing community connection, education, and opportunity. Locally, the Education Foundation provides D219 students and families in financial need with school supplies and covers other school-related expenses.

$15.00 for either an E-book (e-pub format – NOT  a PDF. It is digital interactive and does not work on a Kindle) or a Hardcover Copy
The more cookbooks we sell, the more our Dance Marathon Charities Profit!
How to Buy: 
Students and Parents: Please use the Campus Portal School Store to order your copy.
Community: Please contact Amy Tucker at
 Pick Up: You will be notified when your Hardcover Cookbook is ready for pick up at West, which should be the last week in May.
Our hope in creating this cookbook was to bring together our school community by giving our members the opportunity to share a piece of their family traditions and cultural gifts. 
We hope that you enjoy all of these delicious recipes!
Thank you to all of the students, staff, and parents who contributed a recipe!
Thank you to all of our student artists who designed our cover & section title pages!

The Cookbook Committee

Mr. Marcus Holleran
Dr. Dana Krilich
Ms. Terri Laux
Dr. Amy Tucker

PPB: Bridges Students

Powerful Partnerships Video

This year’s Powerful Partnerships Breakfast was broadcast live from Bridges Adult Transition Center on April 28. The annual breakfast celebrates student accomplishments as well as the partnerships between the schools, parents, businesses, and the community.

Please watch the video here.

PPB: Bridges Students

PPB Breakfast - Student Kiana

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Covid Vaccinations for Students 16+

May 1, 2021


Dear D219 Students and Families,


We are pleased to announce that the Skokie Health Department will be offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination free of charge to all D219 students who are 16 or older.  The vaccinations require two doses. The shots will be administered in the Niles West Fieldhouse. 


The vaccinations will be administered on the following days:


Dose 1 = Tuesday, May 11 and Wednesday, May 12   (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Dose 2 = Tuesday, June 1 and Wednesday, June 2   (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)


We will likely designate one day for Niles West students and the other for Niles North, and will communicate the details later. 


Any student who is 16 on or before May 11 and May 12 is eligible to be vaccinated.

They MUST NOT receive any other vaccine in the previous 14 days and must wait until 14 days after dose 2 to receive any other vaccine. Basically, no other vaccines may be administered April 27 through June 17 (preferably longer). 


We will be sending a survey to the families of all students who are 16 (or who will turn 16 by May 11) in Campus Parent Portal asking them to tell us if they would like their child to receive the vaccination at Niles West through the Skokie Health Department. Families should respond to the survey by Tuesday, May 4.


For those families who say yes, we will follow up with consent forms and additional details. 

If you have questions about the vaccination, please call D219 Certified School Nurse Destiny Sadoski at 847.626.2941 or email her at 

Thank you.

Dr. Karen Ritter
Niles West Principal

Dr. James Edwards
Niles North Principal

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4/27 Board Meeting – Additional Public Comments

Due to time constraints, not all public comments submitted for the April 27 Special Board of Education meeting were read aloud at the meeting. All of the comments received for the meeting are posted here. Those comments that were not read aloud at the April 27 meeting will be read aloud during the Public Comments section at the D219 Board of Education’s May 4 meeting.

Additional Comments 4.27.2021

Virtual Coffeehouse

Viking Strings Presents Virtual Coffee House

Members of the Niles North Viking Strings, directed by Jennifer Page, recently participated in a Virtual Coffee House experience. Over the past several weeks, students in the ensemble composed or arranged a song of their choice and set it to a video. Students recorded their parts using the web-based music recording program Sound Trap. Please click the link below to watch our presentation, which was put together by Senior, Tom Henry. Enjoy!

Niles West Teacher of the Year

Anthony Serafini

Congratulations to Anthony Serafini, science teacher, who was presented with the 2021 Niles West High School David L. Zemsky Teacher of the Year award, which is determined by student vote. Serafini is a dedicated teacher, soccer coach, and Titanic expert.