• Spring 2014: Little Women

    The spring production will be a musical performance of Little Women.

  • Fall 2013: Occupy! Scenes from a Movement

    The fall 2013 theater production was a newly created play based on the Occupy Wall Street movement in Zuccotti Park, New York City in the fall of 2011. It ran November 14-16 and November 21-23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Through interviews and research, Lake Forest College students have worked with director and writer Richard Corley to create this original and exciting piece of theater. View photos from the rehearsals here.

  • Fall 2012: The Chicken Bone

    The 2012-2013 theater season opened with “The Chicken Bone,” performed November 8-17, 2012. 

    “Hunger makes us do very strange things…” In a house in a wood, a boy and a girl tell each other stories. They tell tales of the days when people ate the sky and birds and mice could speak. They tell stories of how bananas came to be and what the animals drank before there was water. Only, the boy lives in a cage. And they are trapped by an evil witch. In a house made of gingerbread…

    This re-telling of the dark tale of “Hansel and Gretel” weaves together stories and folk tales from many cultures that share one theme: what we eat. This production, collaboratively created by the director and the cast, ties into the Lake Forest College-wide theme of food.

  • Spring 2012: 44 Plays for 44 Presidents 

    The Department of Theater’s spring 2012 season concluded with 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, a chronological, biographical survey of the lives and presidencies of each of the 44 men who have held the office so far. Originally created by Chicago’s Neo-Futurist Theatre Company (home of the long-running late-night show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind), the show veers from comedy to tragedy and back again—much like history itself. Our production of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents will also be part of the 2012 44 Plays Festival—an exciting year-long event linking 44 separate productions of the play across the country. Check out the 44 Plays for 44 Presidents tumblr!

    Director: Chloe Johnston (click here for an interview with her about preparing for the performances) 

    Producer: Richard Pettengill
    Set and Lighting Design: Dennis Mae
    Costume Design: Janice Pytel

    The production was held on campus in the Carr Theatre, Hixon Hall April 5-14.  

  • Fall 2011: Pirates of Penzance

    The Lake Forest College Departments of Music and Theater put together a collaborative production of The Pirates of Penzance, one of Gilberts and Sullivan’s most beloved operettas. The Pirates of Penzance, or the Slave of Duty, was premiered in 1879 in New York and London and remains one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most beloved operettas. Featuring a band of softhearted pirates and a bevy of beautiful maidens, the show is a delightful masterpiece of parody and satire. The production will be co-produced by Don Meyer, Chair of Music, and Richard Pettengill, Chair of Theater.

    Stage Director: Shifra Werch
    Music Director: Nicholas Wallin
    Vocal Coach: Kathleen Van De Graaff
    Set and Lighting Design: Dennis Mae
    Costume Design: Janice Pytel

    The production was performed at the Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road in Lake Forest November 10-13, 2011. 


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