Not-so-silent auction includes unique items

DEKALB — A night of live music and raffles and a not-so-silent auction will fill the Holmes Student Center Diversions Lounge from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, October 19.

The Non-Silent Auction is the idea of the Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance Class of 2014 acting majors. Though it follows 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. 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 items being auctioned off are donated by local 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 at Ax in Hand. Other packages are courtesy of NIU students and faculty: live characters for a child’s birthday party, playwright workshop for teens (donated by Luke Krueger, NIU faculty and published playwright), and hair and makeup package for prom or a school dance (donated by Christy Gianneschi, NIU actor who has done makeup and hair for film and TV). A full list of items being raffled off can be found on the senior class website,

The senior actors are conducting 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 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 the 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. A huge part of being an artist is to serve the community,” Cavannaugh said.

Some additional events planned by the graduating class include theater workshops for kids and teens on Nov. 9 and a radio play of the holiday favorite “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Dec. 13-15.

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