I enjoy the shows that are put on here. I've been a volunteer also. Its a great thing for kids also. My daughter who is 9 has been in shows. They were life experiences she will cherish for ever.
My husband and I live in Batavia IL, quite far from Lake Forest. We have been to a few performances, that have all been very high in quality, and greatly exceeded expectations. My only "Pirates of Penzance" and "Joseph" experiences have been with this theater, and I don't feel I need to see them again anywhere else. Professional shows, very well done. It is worth the drive for us to see the shows at Centerstage.
I recently attended a sold-out production of 12 Angry Men by CenterStage Company (in its 41st year) in the John Baggett Auditorium of Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest, Illinois. Word is that the other seven performances were sold out, as well. The playbill promised we would sit on the edges of our seats and that statement was not an exaggeration! The audience was fully engaged in the dialogue of the 12 deliberating jurors on stage. What a talented and dedicated cast (and production crew)! Already looking forward to the summer production of The Music Man! Bravo!!!!
I would echo what Idona said about how CenterStage welcomes newcomers. My experience with this wonderful group of people has made me feel like one of the family. Being allowed to perform in a number of shows and treated so well, the way every organization should treat newcomers as well as oldtimers. I love this wonderful group of people, and feel loved back.
I've worked with CenterStage both as an actress and as a director and I cannot say enough great things about my experience with this amazing organization. As a new member of the community in 2004, they embraced me and welcomed me and made me part of the family that is CenterStage.
I have been a patron of Centerstage since its inception. We, in Lake Forest/Lake Bluff are so fortunate to have such a gifted, talented group of people who volunteer to put on such professionel works of art. Thank you for all the wonderful moments I have had watching these talented people. BenitaMyles