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Musicians, actors ‘inhabit’ Cary warehouse for unique event

Actors and comedians taking part in “Inhabit, Scenes in a Warehouse,” include (from left) Marty McGinley, Rachel McGinley, Tim Rack, Jenny Olson (seated), Amanda Spenner and 
Zachery Draper.
Actors and comedians taking part in “Inhabit, Scenes in a Warehouse,” include (from left) Marty McGinley, Rachel McGinley, Tim Rack, Jenny Olson (seated), Amanda Spenner and Zachery Draper.

A group of actors and comedians will transform a warehouse in Cary into a theater this weekend where they’ll perform six different plays.

The unique event grew out of Kellee Stall’s love of theater. Stall, who earned a bachelor’s degree in acting and has directed plays for Judson University and GreenRoom Theater based in Elgin, wanted to provide a place for actors, artists and musicians to show off their talents.

“Inhabit, Scenes in a Warehouse” includes shows at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Christian Youth Theater warehouse at 755 Industrial Drive in Cary.

Musicians will guide the audience from room to room where 10-minute plays will be performed. Tickets cost $5 and must be reserved by calling 847-447-6696.

All proceeds will go to the performers, which was another of Stall’s goals: To help area artists get paid for their work.

“I get to see this talented melting pot of actors right here in McHenry County under one roof doing what they love for the joy of it and getting paid and validated,” said Stall of Huntley.

She hosted a similar event last year in an empty house for sale in Lake Barrington. About 40 people toured the house while seeing various short plays.

“It was such a hit,” Stall said. Because of this, she decided to expand and sell tickets this year.

“More actors were knocking on my door to do it,” she said. “It feels like it’s got this momentum I wasn’t expecting.”

When a friend offered use of the Christian Youth Theater warehouse, Stall sought sponsors, with numerous businesses signing up. The names of the sponsors will be dropped in the 10-minute plays.

The event will include performances by 12 actors and three musicians.

It will be followed by light refreshments and an art show with artists from “The Studio” in McHenry and other local artists selling their work.

With space enough for 70 audience members, the warehouse has been converted into a coffee shop, a bedroom, an apartment kitchen, a living room, a garage sale and a park.

Some of the actors include Jenny Olson and Miriam Masey of GreenRoom Theater; Chris Warren and Sheri Storer of Metropolis and Riverview Theater Co. as well as Amanda Spenner, Rachel Peters Rack and Ben Perishale.

Stand-up comics Marty McGinley and Matt Sommerfield will do a scene from the “Odd Couple.”

The talent is the “best of McHenry County’s best,” Stall said.

Next year, she said she hopes to host a similar Inhabit event in a diner or a grocery store.

“I think I fell in love with young actors,” she said. “Artists and actors have this mentality we shouldn’t be paid. We kind of give away what we get our degree in. We give it away for free. I kind of want to change that.”

Inhabit, Scenes in a Warehouse”
WHEN: 1, 4, and 7 p.m. Aug. 27
WHERE: Christian Youth Theater warehouse, 755 Industrial Drive, Cary.
INFO: Musicians will guide the audience from room to room where 10-minute plays will be performed. Tickets cost $5 and must be reserved by calling 847-447-6696.

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