Number the Stars

by Dr. Douglas W. Larche with
Susan Elliott Larche
based on the novel by Lois Lowry
directed by Ernie Nolan

1/18/2014 10:00 AM - 2/22/2014 10:00 AM

​TUE, THU & FRI at 10 AM
SAT & SUN at 2 PM
Please check the calendar for specific performance dates.​

scenic design by Elyse Balogh 
costume design by Megan Turner
lighting design by Lindsay Rose
sound design by Rachel Regan
dramaturgy by Catherine Miller
stage management by Meredith Matthews

DePaul's Merle Reskin Theatre

Box Office: (312) 922 1999

​​Annemarie Johansen and Ellen Rosen play carefree games in the streets of Copenhagen, until the Nazi occupation of their city becomes increasingly more evident. As the Nazis attempt to relocate the Jewish residents of Denmark, Annemarie and the Johansens take a stand and help Ellen's family escape to Sweden. Winner of the Newbery Medal, Number the Stars uses history to remind us that anyone can be a hero.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.

​​​​​​THEMES: Adaptation, Courage, Facing Prejudice, Family, Friendship, History and the Holocaust

The cast features 
Brenton Abram­-Copenhaver (Funeral Officer/Train Station Soldier/others), Zachary DeNardi (Samuel/Search Soldier), Erinn Fredin (Kirstie), Fiona Garretson (Lise/Mrs. Rosen), Laura Harrison (Mrs. Johansen) , Mark Mocarski (Mr. Rosen/others), Jeremy Pfaff (Mr. Johansen /Man with Beard), Brian Rife (Uncle Henrik/ Guitar Player),  Alissa Sherwood (Annemarie), Nathan Simpson (Search Soldier/Dog Soldier), Frankie Stornaiuolo (Peter/Soldier), and Alissa Walker (Ellen).

Special Events:
1/18: USO of Illinois Day—US Armed Forces personnel & their families can reserve up to four free tickets. Visit
1/18: Opening Day Autograph Session with the cast following the performance
2/8: Community Partner Day: Chicago Athletic Clubs
2/16: Ice Cream Social—Enjoy a post-show ice cream treat, autograph session and more! Admission to this special event is $8.
2/22: Community Partner Day: KidSnips
2/13: Post-Show Discussion

Visit our Community Outreach page for more information about these and other special events.

​Accessibility Services and Interpreted Performances:
If you or your child require wheelchair accessible and/or companion seating, or have any other hearing or vision needs, please let us know when you reserve your tickets so that we can make sure you visit to our theatre is an excellent one. Discounted tickets are available for patrons with disabilities, and their guests.

Audio Description & Touch Tour:
The performance of Number the Stars on 2/1 at 2 PM will include a live audio-description of the visual and physical events on-stage for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Our audio describer for this production will be Shayne Kennedy. We also invite you and your family to join us that day for a pre-performance program with a touch tour, which begin at 1:15 PM. The touch tour program will include information about the characters and design choices that add to the world of the play. Patrons who are participating in the audio-described event may also request the playbill in Braille, large print, and audio formats. Please indicate interest in the Touch Tour when you order your tickets. Call our Box Office at (312) 922-1999.
Performances Interpreted in American Sign Language & Assisted Listening Devices:
The performance of Number the Stars on 2/14 (10 AM) and 2/16 (2 PM) will be interpreted in American Sign Language by Sheila Kettering and Denise Klibanow. Call TTY (773) 325-7975.

We also offer Sennheiser Infra-red personal listening devices for each performance at DePaul's Merle Reskin Theatre. These assisted listening devices are available to patrons upon request.
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