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The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

The hills are alive with the sound of music! The perennial favorite Broadway Musical is on its way back to Naperville, arriving in July of 2022.  It takes a community to put on such a big theatre production, and we're just the folks to do it.

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Recent Shows

The Mighty Ted

The Mighty Ted

When a pianist, comedian, and musical theatre buff suffers a stroke, he isn't the least surprised when wise-cracking doctors and singing physical therapists dance onto the scene. Summer Place Theatre is thrilled to present The Mighty Ted, a heartwarming musical comedy written by longtime Summer Place board member Ted Waltmire. Ted's stroke turned his life upside down, but it didn't damage his funny bone! We'll perform The Mighty Ted live outdoors ...

Christmas Carol: A 1940's Radio Show

Christmas Carol: A 1940's Radio Show

Happy Holidays! Summer Place Theatre is celebrating Christmas in July with our second show of the season, A Christmas Carol, a 1940s radio theatre version of the classic Charles Dickens story adapted by Chris Corrigan. We'll perform live outdoors ...

Summer Lovin': An Original Music Revue

Summer Lovin': An Original Music Revue

Welcome back to summer, and welcome back to live theatre! The Summer Place is returning to the stage after a year-long hiatus, and we have a whole season of great outdoor performances lined up to celebrate. We are kicking off our season with Summer Lovin’, an original musical revue chock-full of summertime Broadway favorites, performed by a talented cast of Chicago-area singers.

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Welcome to Our Website

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

As our name implies, we perform shows in the Summer. We've been doing so since 1966; have a look. You can look up the shows and more importantly, the people who brought them to you: the cast and production crew. Did you participate in one of them, or know someone who did? Please help us round out our archives by commenting.

After summer, there's one more fun event for the year: Ghost Stories ... In the Park ... In the Dark, a fun and spooky evening for kids of all ages put on in cooperation with the Naperville Park District.

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 to the bottom of the page 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.

Over 50 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!

 

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