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James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts announces fall 2022 season

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Jul 28, 2022

The James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts (JLC) at College of Lake County (CLC) is pleased to announce its fall 2022 series, with tickets for all shows now on sale. The series includes the return of fan favorites The Second City, with their world-famous brand of comedy; Grayslake’s own chanteuse Lisa Rock; a premiere performance by Rodney Marsalis and holiday classic “The Nutcracker.”  

This is the final season of shows curated by the JLC’s longtime Executive Director, Gwethalyn Bronner, who retired recently after 25 years. 

“We’re excited to present such a great range of programs,” said newly appointed Executive Director, Alisa Baum. “The performing arts are an important cultural asset that was hit hard by the pandemic. As we continue to recover, the JLC provides a great option for Lake County residents to see world class entertainment in their own backyard. In addition to great programming, we are now offering a discount to active military as well as deeper discounts for seniors. We want to be accessible to the whole community.” 

The JLC’s fall 2022 season includes:  

  • The Second City Presents: Out of the House Party, Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 or $32 seniors and military and $15 for students. Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theatre returns for a laugh-packed adventure filled with improv games and classic sketches from the archives. Rated R for language. 

  • "Lisa Rock in Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters," Sunday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $30 or $28 for seniors and military and $15 for students. Singer and Lake County resident Lisa Rock and her 6-piece band honor the Carpenters legacy, recreating many of the most memorable songs of the 70s. 

  • Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass: Brothers on the Battlefield: The Power of Love, Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $42 or $38 for seniors and military and $20 for students. America’s premiere large brass ensemble, this internationally acclaimed, diverse group of virtuoso musicians break musical barriers in an inclusive, joyful and intimate performance of Brothers on the Battlefield: The Power of Love. 

  • Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” Saturday, Dec. 17, at 1 and 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 or $22 for seniors and military and $15 for students. The quintessential and beloved family classic returns for the JLC’s holiday tradition in an iconic, full-length production featuring the elite company along with international guest artists.  

Individual and group tickets are available for all events. To order, buy online at or call our Box Office at (847) 543-2300. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the JLC Box Office. The JLC is located at CLC’s Grayslake Campus, located at 19351 West Washington St. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Box Office is also open two hours prior to showtime on performance nights.  

At this time, the JLC will have reduced capacity to accommodate social distancing. Masks are optional in public spaces for everyone at CLC and the JLC. CLC has enhanced cleaning procedures in the theatre, restrooms 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.