The Columbia College Chicago Music Department hosts the world premiere of Heat, a new one-act musical by Columbia students Martin Brablec and Corbin Eaton, on Friday, November 22, at the Columbia College Music Center, located at 1014 S. Michigan in Chicago’s South Loop. The 7 PM performance is free. Brablec is a senior in the Music Department’s Bachelor of Music program with a concentration in composition. Eaton is a senior in the Columbia College Chicago Cinema and Television Arts Department.
Heat follows the story of five small-town firefighters as their department is phased out of the town budget by the Reverend Mayor Johnson, a long-serving conman who hopes to use the extra funds to build a brand-new megachurch. Strapped for cash, the firefighters turn to local pariah Russel Tussle, a professional male stripper, who teaches them how to work the poles for cash. However, Tussle may have an ulterior motive for taking the men under his wing. The cast and creative team consists of Columbia College students.