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

6/29/2018 7:30 PM - 7/15/2018 3:00 PM


The "Some Like it Hot" Musical

To escape gangster Spats Palazzo, Joe and Jerry hitch a ride to Florida disguised as members of a band--a female band.

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7/27/2018 7:30 PM - 8/5/2018 3:00 PM


Teenaged Ren leaves his life in Chicago to settle in a farming town with his mom. But the new town has a strict ban on Ren’s favorite pasttime: dancing. Ren has no choice but to rebel.

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10/5/2018 7:00 PM - 10/7/2018 7:00 PM

Ghost Stories

In the Park... In the Dark!

A Naperville tradition! A night of fun for audiences of all ages!

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Event date: 7/27/2018 7:30 PM - 8/5/2018 3:00 PM Export event
Don Gingold
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Based on the Original Screenplay by Dean Pitchford

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."

Show Dates and Times:

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All summer shows 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.

Production Team


Director: Madison Smith
Music Director: Emma Gingold
Choreographer: Samantha Sieghart
Producer: Jeff Sand
Stage Manager: Danielle Goldberg
Assistant Stage Manager: Meghan King
Technical Director: Jensine Waller
Lighting Designer: Alaina Pizzoferrato



Michael Metcalf -- Ren McCormack
Hannah Yonan -- Ariel Moore
Rick Love -- Rev. Shaw Moore
Kelley Dale -- Vi Moore
Matt Weaver -- Willard Hewitt
Shaheen Kapambwe -- Rusty
Abbie Friedenberg -- Urleen
Margaret Rogers -- Wendy Jo
Martha Capo -- Ethel McCormack
Lori Bush Shepard -- Lulu Warnicker
Nickel Hays -- Betty Blast, Dance Captain
Keith Barrack -- Travis, Cowboy Bob, Dance Captain
Bryan Perez -- Lyle
Chris Knight -- Principal Clark
Sean Michael Williams -- Coach Dunbar
Elizabeth Morgan -- Eleanor Dunbar
Jake Murphy -- Jeter
Maddie McDowell -- Bickle
Emrose Seidenberg -- Ariel Understudy
Band Members: Tina Boffa, Lauren Kessler, Maddie McDowell, Madysen Simanonis
Featured Dancers: Nickel Hays, Sarah Morton, Emrose Seidenberg
Ensemble: Keith Barrack, Tina Boffa, Nickel Hays, Lizzy Hughes, Lauren Kessler, Chris Knight, Maddie McDowell, Elizabeth Morgan, Sarah Morton, Jake Murphy, Bryan Perez, Emrose Seidenberg, Lori Bush Shepard, Krista Sherinian, Madysen Simanonis, Sean Michael Williams

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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.