Why Is World War II Part of New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House?

Roughly 16 million Americans served in the U.S. armed forces during World War II, which last for the United States from December 1941 until August 1945. But our story takes placed on Dec. 31, 1960, so why is World War II a part of it? The reason the war is spoken about in our story […]

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Do You Eat Ravioli? Round or Square?

Ravioli is a traditional southern Italian favorite. In 1960, Italian families like the Smaldones would make their own from scratch rather than buy them pre-made or frozen as people do these days. Within the family, there was always a debate about which tasted better, round ravioli or square ones. Del, who you will meet in […]

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How Do You Recreate 1960?

The cast and crew of New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House is going to great lengths to recreate the look and feel on New Year’s Eve 1960. Some of the furniture on stage during our April 13 performance, for example, actually comes from the Smaldone House which forms the inspiration for the play. Costumes are […]

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Who is Guy Lombardo? Find Out at Grandma’s House

For almost half a century, beginning in 1929 and going through the early 1970s, Guy Lombardo was Mr New Year’s Eve for millions of Americans. Before Dick Clark and now Ryan Seacreast, it was Lombardo Americans listened to as they prepared to bring in the New Year. He and his band first played from Chicago […]

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How Will We Transport You to 1960?

New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House will take you back to Dec. 31, 1960. That was the year the United States elected an Irish-Catholic president, the precursor of a decade filled with change and upheaval for the country and the world. How will we make you feel that you’re in that time and place? Hopefully with our words but also with our […]

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How Do I Buy Tickets for New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s?

How do you buy tickets for our shows April 13? We’re offering several options to make purchasing tickets easy for you. You can email us directly at lvl1971@yahoo,com, tell us how many tickets you would like for which performance. We’ll email you instructions for mailing payment and, once received, send out your tickets  Orders close to performance date will be asked to pick up their tickets at […]

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Where are the Costumes Coming From?

Cast members in New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House are responsible for assembling their own costumes — costumes that approximate what party goers in 1960 would have been wearing that night at Grandma’s House. The styles most closely associated with the 1960s, loud, Hippie-inspired looks, had not happened yet in 1960. Styles that year still […]

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Who are the Evanston 2nd Act Players?

So who are the Evanston 2nd Act Players? A group of actors brought together by their love of theater and the telling of simple stories that touch everyone’s lives. The core of the troupe, including teacher/director Ryan Kitley, met in a 2012 acting class. Some went on to workshop New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House […]

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