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James Lumber Center celebrates 25th anniversary with free open house Sept. 18

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Sep 10, 2021

The James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts (JLC) is thrilled to reopen its doors on Saturday, Sept. 18 for a free open house from noon to 4:30 p.m., welcoming the public to a peek inside the performing arts and preview its 25th Anniversary Season.

The JLC opened at College of Lake County (CLC) in 1997 and since then, has proudly showcased a wide array of high caliber professional touring events and concerts, along with CLC music, dance and theatre department performances and productions as well as local community-based programs and events.

James Lumber Center“For this special 25th anniversary season, we are presenting some audience favorites from the past in addition to bringing incredible new acts to the JLC stage,” said Gwethalyn Bronner, executive director of the JLC. “Most of all, we are very excited to see our community here in our venue again. We have missed seeing you!”

The roster of activities at the open house will include discounted professional series tickets to attendees on this day only, along with a raffle for free tickets; guided backstage tours; open rehearsals and a walk down memory lane via a visual display and sale of past show posters.

The open house culminates with a free performance of L-Theory Collective at 7 p.m. in the JLC Mainstage with live music accompaniment by David Jennings. This ensemble of dancers is dedicated to revitalizing modern dance through a unique blend of dynamic athleticism and emotive artistic integrity, while promoting inclusion through community engagement in the art of dance. Admission is free to this event, but tickets are required. Please note that performers onstage for this performance will be unmasked. Audience and venue support (backstage and front of house) will remain masked inside the venue.

The JLC is also pleased to announce its Professional Touring Events for fall 2021, with tickets for all shows on sale Sept. 18:

  • Colin Mochrie (of “Whose Line Is it Anyway?”) Presents: HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis / Friday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Hypnosis and improvisation come together as two masters of their crafts unite for a unique comedy experience.
  • Mariachi Herencia de México, Sunday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. Dynamic, Latin Grammy-Award winning group of young Mexican-American musicians.
  • Switchback, Sunday, Nov. 7, at 3 p.m. The award-winning duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack returns in a concert entitled “Traveling down an Irish Road.”
  • Ruth Page’s The Nutcracker, Saturday, Dec. 18, at 1 and 5 p.m. The iconic, original full-length staging of the beloved holiday classic returns.

For tickets for all events, call our Box Office at (847) 543-2300 or send an email to Print-at-home tickets are no longer available. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information on the JLC’s 25th Anniversary season — including seating charts depicting reduced seating — visit

The JLC is dedicated to public safety. Masks are required for everyone at CLC and the JLC. Seating in the Mainstage will have reduced capacity for safety precautions. CLC has enhanced cleaning procedures in the theatre, restroom and common touchpoints. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the JLC lobby.

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.