Saturday, February 1, 2014

Hello all!

I hope that everyone has had a good first couple weeks back. I just have a few reminders for the upcoming weeks. 

1. On February 4th there will be Usher Training from 6pm - 7pm in the Tyron Festival Theater. All ushers hoping to recieve assignments for the Spring semester must attend this training in order to register. 

2. Registration is now open! It will close on February 7th at 5pm so please do not forget to fill out the form! The first show for which you can be scheduled in February 14th.

3. Our first general meeting of the new year will take place on  February 11th at 6pm in the Studio Theater. Come out and join the members of KCSA as we discuss the Spring semester. 

Have a fabulous weekend and stay warm!

Posted on Saturday, February 01, 2014 by KCSA

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hello KCSA-ers! I hope you all had a fantastic break and that everyone is ready to jump into the new semester. I have two very important annoucements regarding the Spring semester in the KCSA.

1. There will be an usher training on February 4th. All returning members who wish to usher shows in the Spring must attend this training. It will be held in the Great Hall from 6-7 PM. If you have an questions regarding the training please email us at 

2. We will be having general meetings throughout the semester for all members of KCSA. The dates and times of the meetings are as follows:

2/11/14: Group Meeting 1, 6p-7p, Studio Theatre

2/25/14: Group Meeting 2, 6p-7p, Foellinger Great Hall

3/18/14: Group Meeting 3, 6p-7p, Colwell Playhouse

4/8/14: Group Meeting 4, 6p-7p, Tryon Festival Theatre

5/6/14: Group Meeting 5, 6p-7p, Amphitheater (weather permitting)

KCSA is very excited to start a new semester and we hope you are all as well!

Enjoy your first week back!

Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by KCSA

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Happy November! 

Can you believe the first half of the semester is almost over? All of us at KCSA know how busy you all are and appreciate all the hard work you have been doing! Keep it up!

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of ushering The Tempest. I thought it was an amazing show, both in the acting and the technical aspects. I have seen The Tempest twice before but I thoroughly enjoyed the different take on how the character of Ariel was portrayed. Usually playing by either a man or a woman, this production had the part played by six different actors which gave Ariel a more nymph/spirit feel which greatly added to the supernatural elements of the play. The characters of Stefano and Trinculo were executed perfectly and delivered many laughs. 

The coming weeks for the Krannert Center will hold the iconic opera, Falstaff. It will be sung in the original Italian with English subtitles. 

I hope everyone enjoys their last few weeks before Thanksgiving! 

Posted on Sunday, November 03, 2013 by KCSA

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Hello KCSA-ers!!

Unfortunately, I have not received any feedback from you, our beloved ushers, about what you're loving about the shows this year! So that means you all have to listen to us talk about what I love.

Last weekend, I attended the University of Illinois' Philharmonia Orchestra's first performance. I was blown away by the level of talent shown during this show. The orchestra played two pieces which showcased different techniques by the musicians. I was able to talk to Amy Kmak, who plays first chair trombone in the orchestra. I asked her what the most exciting thing about being in Philharmonia is. 

 "We're all playing pieces that we've heard a hundred times before. However, it is a whole new experience when you actually have to sit down and play it because you realize there is still so much to be learned." she said.

I highly recommended that everyone go out and see their second performance of the semester that will take place in December 11. 

Also, someone very special will be at the Krannert Center starting October 24. Shakespeare is coming! Or of his plays. Starting this Thursday, the Krannert Center will be performing The Tempest. As one of Shakespeare's comedies, this play is sure to be full of laughs and a great way to spend a night. 

I hope everyone's semester is going excellent so far and please, please start emailing in what you are loving about the performances you usher. The KCSA is all about our ushers and we want your feedback more than anything.

Happy weekend all!

Posted on Saturday, October 19, 2013 by KCSA

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

As some of you have noticed, we are back in the busy season of ushering shows. If you would like to check your assignments, consult the link at the top of the page named "Ushering Assignments". You will need to log in with your NetID.

Also, we have a convenient FAQ page for everyone under the "Ushers" tab at the top of the page. Please consult this list and the Ushering Assignments page before contacting us with questions.


Posted on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 by KCSA

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Happy fall and welcome back KCSA-ers!!

After a slightly slow start to our theater season, we are getting back into the swing of things. Student ushering began October 1st, and everyone at KCSA is excited make this an amazing year.

This weekend is guaranteed to be a great kickoff to the semester with a concert with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, the theater performance, 9 Parts of Desire and a talk entitled That is What She Said.

9 Parts of Desire tells the story of nine Iraqi and Iraqi-American women during the time between the Persian Gulf Wars and US occupation. It paints the true image of women’s lives during times of war.

That is What She Said also depicts the stories of women. Seven women, ages 20-85, will share important moments in their lives within a seven minute time-frame  The theme of this talk is to always love who you are and to never live in fear.

We hope all ushers and patrons have a fantastic time at these performances.
One last note KCSA-ers, we need your help! This year is going to focus on what you, the ushers and patrons of the Krannert Center, think about the performances you attend. This is because those behind the scenes have as big of a role in productions as the actors on stage. So tell us what you loved about what you saw!! KCSA is nuts about theater and we want to spread our passion and enthusiasm to all members of the U of I community but we cannot do it alone.

So here is how you do it. If you attended a performance, either as an usher or a patron, and you loved a particular costume, actor, musician, set change, or anything else tell us about it! Email us at with the subject “This is what I loved about…” and then tell us your name, what show you attended, and what you loved about it! We will take your comments and add them into these blogs.

Thank you all and have an excellent weekend!

Posted on Thursday, October 03, 2013 by KCSA

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Hello everyone!
Thanks to everyone for stopping by the Krannert Center Student Association (KCSA) table at Quad Day and the ARC Block Party. We all hope that you are excited as we are for this upcoming season! We have several important dates coming up to not only let you know more about what we do, but to also to train and prepare you to usher shows. Attendance at one of the informational nights is not mandatory but we do require that attend one of the training sessions before volunteering.

Info Nights:
  • Wednesday, Aug 28th at 7pm in the Orchestra Rehearsal Room
  • Thursday, Aug 29th at 7pm in the Orchestra Rehearsal Room
Training Sessions:
  • Tuesday, Sept 10th from 6-8pm in Foellinger Great Hall
  • Wednesday, Sept 11th from 6-8pm in Foellinger Great Hall
  • Thursday, Sept 19th from 6-8pm in Tyron Festival Theater
For those of you unfamiliar with the building, all of these facilities are located within the Krannert Center.

Returning ushers: You must attend one of the training sessions for the emergency portion. After that point, you are not required to stay for the remainder of the session. You do not need to come to one of the info nights unless you really want to!
See you around the Krannert Center!
Megan Ahern
KCSA President

Posted on Monday, August 26, 2013 by KCSA

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