Memorial benches grace auditorium

By on March 26, 2009

by Lynn Meredith
The Kaneland High School auditorium now has in its lobby a permanent memorial of a well-loved and talented theatre student who was killed in an automobile accident. Marcus Issel, a 2006 graduate of Kaneland, is being remembered with the donation of benches.

“It will be a lasting memory of Marcus,” his father Tim Issel told the School Board on Monday when he presented the memorial plaque that will mark the benches.

The plaque reads, “To all students who perform here: Break a leg!”

Marcus Issel loved the theatre and enjoyed being on stage. He acted, directed and played the electric guitar. He was Prom King in 2006. His life was cut short in a single-car accident in November 2006.

“He was a nice young man who was loved by the people who worked with him,” Theatre Director Ilene Carter said.
Also part of the memorial are scholarships for Kaneland students who go on to major in theatre.

This year’s recipients were surprised on stage after the recent performance of “Beauty and the Beast.”