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From 4 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 more than a dozen performing arts groups will present sneak previews of their 2010-11 season offerings. Audiences will be able to sample the work of the Actors Gymnasium, Evanston Dance Ensemble, Evanston Symphony Orchestra, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, The Lakeside Singers, Light Opera Works, The Musical Offering, Music Institute of Chicago, Next Theatre, North Shore Choral Society, Northwestern University Theatre Department, Piccolo Theatre, Piven Theatre Workshop and Theatre Zarko.

In addition to the arts buffet, patrons will may feast on small bites donated for the event by several Evanston restaurants and hotels. The Evanston business community has thrown its support behind BackStage Evanston, presented by the Arts and Business Committee of the Evanston Arts Council. To date, 13 local businesses, the RoundTable among them, have signed on as sponsors.

For each $20 admission, the attendee will receive a $20 voucher that can be exchanged for a special offer of equal value from any participating organization. These special discounts for tickets or subscriptions will be available only at BackStage Evanston.

The event will be held at the Wallis and Struble Theatres at Northwestern University’s Theatre & Interpretation Center, 1949 Campus Drive. As space is limited, advance admissions are recommended. They can be purchased by calling 847-328-2204, by visiting www.BackStageEvanston.com  or at the door.