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The Summer Place, Naperville’s Community Theatre since 1966, proudly stands in solidarity with the Black members of our community and across the nation during this time of pain, protest and yes, progress towards a better future. One without overreach of power; without a perception of superiority of one person over another; one with justice for all. Black Lives Matter. We join in the efforts to make that statement a reality in the minds and hearts of everyone in our community and around the world.

Due to the impact of the Coronavirus, Our 2020 Summer Season - Cabaret, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Sound of Music - has been cancelled.
For full details, read our news article.

 

7/6/2020 - 7/10/2020

Kids Camp Coming July 2020, for FREE!

Registration is Now Open for our free Kids Camp, a virtual camp for beginning theatre-lovers ages 5 to 16

Calling all children, teens, and young adults who are beginners to theatre! Summer Place Theatre is kicking off a virtual summer season with a Zoom kids camp, which will include a variety of engaging and informative classes led by some of the best talents in Naperville.

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7/9/2020 3:00 PM - 7/12/2020 3:00 PM

CANCELED: The Diary of Anne Frank

One Weekend Only: Thursday 3:00pm; Friday 7:30pm; Saturday 3:00pm and 7:30pm; Sunday 3:00pm; NCHS Auditorium

See the struggles and horrors of the Holocaust through the eyes of 13-year-old Anne as she navigates the confusing world of adolescence, while hiding in a tiny room with her Jewish family in 1940s Amsterdam during World War II. Based on real diary entries from 1942 to 1945, The Diary of Anne Frank won both the Tony and the Pulitzer the year it opened.

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7/24/2020 7:30 PM - 8/2/2020 3:00 PM

CANCELED: The Sound of Music

Fridays, Saturdays 7:30pm; Sundays 3:00pm; NCHS Auditorium

The 3rd act of our 3-act season celebrating the strength of the human spirit through difficult times. Nun-in-training Maria becomes the governess for the seven von Trapp children, who refused to be brought in line until Maria worked her musical magic. Set in Nazi controlled Austria, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic contains such gems as “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Every Mountain,” and “Edelweiss.”

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10/2/2020 7:00 PM - 10/4/2020 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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Season Tickets Now On Sale!

Lock in our best price now! Individual ticket prices are going up!!

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This will save paper, time, be more convenient for you, and help us manage the ticketing process more efficiently with our limited volunteer staff.
(Purchasing 15+ tickets? Call us for a group discount! Don't buy online.)

But if you want to buy your tickets by mail or phone, here's how.

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.

53 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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