The Non-Silent Auction event is the idea of the NIU School of Theatre and Dance Class of 2014 acting majors.
Instead of the typical silent auction format, NIU student and alumni musicians will play live music throughout the auction. The music will be similar to a coffee house style, and refreshments will be provided. There is no cover fee and free babysitting will be offered for parents. People can bid on baskets while listening to guitarists, singers and harpists.
Raffles at the Non-Silent Auction are geared toward both students and families in DeKalb.
Some of the baskets being auctioned off are donated from DeKalb community businesses, such as a ring made of a piece of broken skateboard (donated by SMLTWN SK8 Shop), $100 gift certificates to DeKalb Tattoo Company and Armor Technologies Computer Store and guitar lessons (Ax in Hand).
Other packages are courtesy of NIU students and faculty: live characters for a child’s birthday party, a play-writing workshop for teens (Luke Krueger, NIU faculty and published playwright) and a hair and makeup package for prom or a school dance (Christy Gianneschi, NIU actor who has done makeup and hair for film and TV).
The senior actors are holding events throughout the year, both to get more involved in the community and also to raise money to create senior film reels, travel to professional theater auditions and hold a scene night – a presentation of scenes and monologues for agents and theater directors in Chicago.
Caitlin Cavannaugh, a senior acting major, is one of the organizers of this upcoming event.
“Sometimes, it’s as if we’re in our own little world here at NIU, and we really want to get to know the community more,” Cavannaugh said. “A huge part of being an artist is to serve the community.”
Some additional events planned by the graduating class include theater workshops for kids and teens Saturday, Nov. 9, and a radio play of the holiday favorite, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” from Friday, Dec. 13, through Sunday, Dec. 15.