The week before the election, ETHS sophomore Tess Dinerstein was shopping for apartments in Canada.
The day after the election, she was calling her acting manager in Los Angeles and asking if he could get her work in Vancouver. As she put it: It was inconceivable to live in a country led by Donald Trump.
But by Friday, she was telling her mother not to lose hope, and she was getting to work: pulling together all her music theatre friends from YAMO and beyond to put on a benefit concert of holiday tunes to raise money for the ACLU.
Tess, who is Jewish and a professional actor and singer, loves to sing Christmas songs, especially those written by other Jews.
The concert, at 8 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the Skokie Theatre, will feature a few rewritten lyrics to parody the current situation, and Tess will be joined by Stella Rothenberg, Gaby Godinez, Ben Ballmer, Marta Bady, Triana Callam, Sidney Chukas, Caro Granner, Howard Godfrey, Olivia Nicholson and Katie Jane Torma. Donations to the ACLU will be accepted via cash or check at the door. Staff from ACLU Illinois will be there to talk about their work.