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College Theatre department celebrates 50 years, more than 200 productions

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Mar 09, 2020

The College of Lake County Theatre's recent production of William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” celebrated 50 years of CLC Theatre. The college opened its doors to students in September 1969 and its first theatre production was just four months later, in January 1970. That production, “J.B.,” was directed and designed by Frank Harnish, one of the founding faculty members of the college. From 1970 to the present, CLC has presented over 200 Theatre productions.

To honor this milestone, CLC Theatre hosted a reception after its March 1 matinee performance of “As You Like It.” Fully 150 people attended the performance and then joined the cast, crew and faculty for a reception in the JLC lobby. The gathering included current students, CLC Theatre alumni and community members. Past theatre faculty members Frank Harnish, Eibhlin Glennon and Tom Mitchell were recognized for their dedication and achievement. Additionally, the lobby displayed a timeline that highlighted the last 50 years of CLC Theatre.

Current CLC Theatre students (pictured) receivedPhoto of students who won the Friends of CLC Theatre's Award of Excellence. a brand new Friends of CLC Theatre Award of Excellence. The award recognizes dedication, creativity, collaborative spirit and individual contribution to Theatre at CLC. The award recipients each received a certificate and a check for $300.

Photo, from left, first row: Students Chantal Moody and Briana Livesay. Second row: Craig Rich, chair of CLC Theatre department; students Chris Pelleettiere  and Reese Starzec. Third row: Tracie Folger, CLC theatre instructor and Bobby Lee, student.