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Actors back on stage for CLC's 2021-22 theatre season

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Sep 15, 2021

As the theatre department at College of Lake County (CLC) begins its 2021-22 season, department chair Craig Rich is happy and ready for performances to come back to a real stage.

Last year during the pandemic, shows were done over Zoom, each actor performing individually from home.

The Story Club“We continued doing productions and had to move to virtual with all of it,” Rich said. “It was really important for us to make sure our students continued to have the opportunity to learn and work on their craft.”

This year’s theatre season includes:

  • “The Story Club,” Oct. 1-3
  • “Eurydice,” Nov. 12-14, 18-20
  • “I Have a Story to Tell,” Feb. 25-27, March 4-6
  • “Play On!” A CLC Theatre Student Showcase, April 8-10, 15-16
  • “Into the Woods,” Summer Musical, July 15-17, 21-24

Though the first play of this season will not have a live audience, actors will be back on stage together for it, and the rest of the performances will have a live, socially distanced audience in attendance.

This season will also see the first live performance taking place in Waukegan thanks to a partnership with Three Brothers Theatre. “I Have a Story to Tell” will be performed at the Studio Theatre in Grayslake for one week at the end of February and then the following week at the Waukegan theatre in March.

“We’ve really been looking and trying to do performances for our Lakeshore campus, but there isn’t a space,” Rich said. “We started to look at spaces that exist there because the arts are already in Waukegan.”

Thematically, this season’s plays revolve around storytelling, something Rich says is at the heart of theatre.

“It’s what I think the basis of theatre is,” Rich said. “It’s telling stories people can relate to with universal messages and themes. The plays we looked at are not only entertaining but have something to say about what it means to be a human being in the world.”

“The Story Club” is written by Nicole B. Adkins and will be directed by Alicia Hall. The play tells the story of Ivy, a storyteller who is the Queen of Story Club. However, the Queen’s subjects are suddenly getting restless: little brother Charlie won’t stop practicing karate and friend Justine starts to get ideas of her own. When a clever new neighbor arrives to challenge Ivy for the throne of Fairy Land, Story Club may never be the same again.

This production will be live streamed on Zoom. Performance dates are Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. All tickets for this production are free, and each performance requires a separate registration.

Next up is “Eurydice,” a reimagining of the classic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice through the eyes of the heroine by award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl. The performance will be directed by Rich. On her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visuals, this exhilarating play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.

This production will take place live in the Studio Theatre. Performance dates are Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m.; and Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket are $10 for the general public and $8 for CLC staff and students, teens and seniors. Tickets will be buy on get one free on opening night Nov. 12 and Nov. 18.

Theatre auditions are open to the community, except for “Play On!” For audition information, visit For more information, contact the Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts division at (847) 543-2040, visit or become a fan on the College of Lake County Theatre Department’s Facebook page.

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.