2018, Our 52nd Season: Happy 200th, Illinois!

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Event date: 7/27/2018 7:30 PM - 8/5/2018 3:00 PM Export event


Teenaged Ren McCormack leaves his life in Chicago to settle in a rural town with his mom. But the new town has a strict ban on Ren’s favorite pasttime: dancing. Ren struggles against the conservative attitude of Reverend Moore, whose distrust of rock music has stifled the ability of Ren's new classmates to express themselves.

Aided by the reverend's daughter Ariel and Ren's new best friend Willard, Ren learns why the town doesn't dance, and how to start changing that.

You'll hear some familiar tunes in this 80s rock musical, like "Let's Hear it for the Boy," "Holding Out for a Hero," "Almost Paradise," and, of course, "Footloose."

Central HS Auditorium

All summer shows are performed in the Naperville Central High School Auditorium, ONLY ONE DOOR, DOOR 24, on the far west side of the campus. Plenty of free parking. Look for the bright yellow signs.


Michael Metcalf as Ren McCormack

Hannah Yonan as Ariel Moore

Rick Love as Rev. Shaw Moore

Kelley Dale as Vi Moore

Matt Weaver as Willard Hewitt

James Bleecker, Jr. as Chuck Cranston

Shaheen Kapambwe as Rusty

Abbie Friedenberg as Urleen

Margaret Rogers as Wendy Jo

Martha Capo as Ethel McCormack

Steve Koek as Wes Warnicker

Lori Bush Shepard as Lulu Warnicker

Nickel Hays as Betty Blast, Eleanor Dunbar, Dance Captain

Keith Barrack as Travis, Cowboy Bob, Dance Captain

Bryan Perez as Lyle

Chris Knight as Principal Clark

Sean Michael Williams as Coach Dunbar, Ensemble

Jake Murphy as Jeter

Maddie McDowell as Bickle, Band Member

Andrew Popovich as Garvin

Tina Boffa as Band Member, Ensemble

Lauren Kessler as Band Member, Ensemble

Madysen Simanonis as Band Member, Dancer, Ensemble

Lizzy Hughes as Dancer, Ensemble

Sarah Morton as Dancer, Ensemble

Krista Sherinian as Cop, Ensemble

Production Team

Madison Smith

Music Director:
Emma Gingold

Samantha Sieghart

Producer, Sound:
Jeff Sand

Technical Director:
Jensine Waller

Scenic Designer:
Sabrina Zeidler

Lighting Designer:
Alaina Pizzoferrato

Costume Designer:
Mackenzie Grattan

Based on the Original Screenplay by Dean Pitchford


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52 Years! Can you believe it?

Donald Doc Shanower

It wasn't that long ago when we played at North Central College outside under a tin roof. But we've come a long way and we're determined to keep the tradition alive.

It Started With Doc

Donald "Doc" Shanower, professor emeritus at North Central College, formed this little group in 1966 to keep the drama students acting through the summer. Over numerous years, the group took on a life of its own, but Doc continued to be there, coming to most of our shows. Doc passed away in mid 2015 just before he could celebrate our Golden Anniversary with us. We miss you, Doc and thank you for giving us our start!

Welcome to Our Website

We welcome you to look around our website to learn more about us.

In fact, the About Us page tells a little bit about our company and its officers and board members. We put on Summer Shows each year - usually 3. Over the past 50 years, that's a lot of shows, and we're building an Archive of past shows to commemorate our Golden Anniversary. You can look up the shows and more importantly, the people in them. 

Then in the fall we present Ghost Stories ... In the Park ... In the Dark, a fun and spooky evening for kids of all ages.

To keep you in the know, we have a News page on our website and a newsletter as well so the news can come to you. Scroll down a bit and you'll see our Newsletter Signup. We promise not to bombard you with email and we certainly won't give your email address to anyone else.

It takes a lot of talented people and a lot of work to put on these shows. If you have a knack for acting, singing, painting, building, makeup, costumes, sales, design - we said it takes a lot! - and you have a love for theatre, then we want you in our Community. Get Involved wherever you'd like. We'd love to have you work with us.

Celebrating the Illinois Bicentennial




Happy Birthday, Illinois!

The 2018 Summer Place Season is recognized as an official Illinois state Bicentennial Commission Project.

Learn more about the commission at their website.