Theater teacher wraps up career with show

By on March 19, 2010

by Susan O’Neill
Kaneland—Ilene Carter has worked with up to 150 students per year during her nine years at Kaneland, both on-stage and behind-the scenes.

“A lot of kids have touched me,” she said. “They are amazing. I will miss them a great deal.”

She said it makes her happy that a number of them will major in theater when they go on to college. They have been accepted at schools with well-respected theater programs, such as Millikin University, Augustana College, North Central College in Naperville and Illinois State University, she said. There are also several who will go on to major in music.

Carter said her time at Kaneland has been a true growing experience, and she has appreciated being part of a theater program where such talent could be nurtured. The new auditorium has been a wonderful space for creativity, she added.

Carter is sad to leave, although she looks forward to the next chapter in her life, she said. She hopes to move to New York, where her son lives, or New Jersey, where her daughter lives.

Although the real motivator for moving east is her grandchild, she said that with being so close to the New York theater scene, she would love to become involved in some way.

“Just to be able to attend, I’d be tickled to death,” she said.