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Five crowd-pleasing productions on tap for 2018-19 CLC Theatre season

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Sep 06, 2018

The College of Lake County Theatre department’s 2018-19 season will feature a children’s comedy based on a best-selling book series, a groundbreaking drama on the awakening of a Norwegian middle-class wife and mother in the 1870s, a classic Greek tragedy, the annual student showcase and a new musical comedy inspired by “The Addams Family.”

The shows are “Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook,” Sept. 27-30; “A Doll’s House,” Nov. 9-17; “Oedipus Rex,” March 1-9; “Play On! A CLC Theatre Student Showcase,” April 12-20; and the summer musical, “The Addams Family,” July 19-28.

All productions are held in thePhoto of scene from "Cabaret" musical James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts on the CLC Grayslake Campus. Tickets are available in person at the Box Office, by phone at (847) 543-2300 or online, with pricing and discount information, at

Theatre auditions are open to the community and start at 6:30 p.m. “A Doll’s House:”  Sept. 17 and 18. “Oedipus Rex:” Dec. 3 and 4. “Play On:” Feb. 4 and 5, Mainstage Theatre (CLC students only). “The Addams Family:” May 20 and 21. For audition information, visit or the Theatre Facebook page.

Photo: “Cabaret” was the 2018 musical presented by CLC's department of theatre, music and dance.

“Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook,” Thursday and Friday, Sept. 27 and 28 at 10 a.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29 at 3 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. The world’s funniest kid is back! Junie B. Jones is ecstatic about her new black furry mittens, until someone steals them—and keeps them. So, when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen of many colors, she should be allowed to keep it, too. “Finders keepers, losers weepers” is the rule, right? Junie B. Jones is not a crook. Or is she? Find out in this hilarious and heartfelt tale. It is especially suited for ages 5 and up. Visit for group discount and registration instructions.

“A Doll’s House,” by Henrik Ibsen. In Ibsen’s groundbreaking masterwork, Nora Helmer, a young wife and mother is married to Torvald, a recently promoted bank manager. The pair seem to have an idyllic life until a terrible secret from Nora’s past threatens to shatter her world and she begins to question everything. When it first premiered, “A Doll’s House” sent shockwaves throughout Europe and, 150 years later, it continues to be as bold, brilliant and alive as ever. Production dates: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, Nov.15, 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m.

“Oedipus Rex” by Sophocles, directed by Craig Rich, will be presented Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, March 7, 8, 9 at 7:30 p.m.; high school matinee: Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m. While his city suffers from plague and ruin, Oedipus stands firm—a proud king who seems to have nothing to fear. Oedipus must solve the mystery of who murdered the previous king to save his city and he is determined that no one will stand in his way. But in seeking the truth, his own worst nightmares come to light. Considered the greatest of all Greek plays, “Oedipus Rex” still has the power to shake us to the core and show us what it means to be human.

Play On! A CLC Theatre Student Showcase, Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. Play On! is a celebration of student creativity, talent and achievement. Join CLC students as they showcase their abilities as actors, directors, stage managers, designers and technicians. Ideas for the showcase will be solicited in the fall semester and students will produce the work in the spring. It might be a full-length play, an evening of one-acts or even an original script—the students will decide!

“The Addams Family” will be presented Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 21 at 2 p.m.; Thursday - Saturday, July 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, July 28 at 2 p.m. They’re creepy, kooky, weird and wonderful—they’re the Addams family! In this new musical comedy, Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet young man from—gasp—a respectable family. She’s confided in her father and now, Gomez Addams must do the unthinkable—keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Change is just around the corner for the entire family in this delightful tale. The book is by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, based on characters created by Charles Addams.

To request sign language interpreting, please contact the Box Office at least two weeks in advance. For group sales information, call (847) 543-2431 or email

For more information on tickets, call (847) 543-2300 or visit The Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 12-6 p.m. and 60 minutes prior to each performance at 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more in advance. For information, call (847) 543-2431 or email


About the CLC Theatre Department

The CLC Theatre Department offers 13 different courses and an Associate in Arts degree, with emphasis either on theatre performance (acting/directing) or technical theatre (design/stage management). For more information, contact the Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts division at (847) 543-2040 or visit Or become a fan of the College of Lake County Theatre Department Facebook page.

About College of Lake County:

College of Lake County is an innovative community college in Lake County, Ill. that transforms lives with its variety of accessible, quality education options. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, College of Lake County provides affordable options in a state-of-the-art setting close to home. A large student network, with small class sizes,

provides advantages to our students on a career-related program or a path toward a transfer degree. We’re proud to serve the diverse needs of our community and student body. Connect to your future today at College of Lake County. For more information, visit