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Upcoming Shows

Tickets are now available for these upcoming Spring Performances

Girls Like Us “Barbra, Bette & Bernadette”

April 11, 2024

Girls Like Us “Carole, Carly & Joni”

April 12, 2024

Magician David Casas

April 27, 2024

John Elvis Lyons & The Jailhouse Hound Dogs

June 8, 2024

Announcing our 2024 Summer Season

We are excited to bring you another great season of entertainment

Shakespeare’s R&J

Soldiers & Sailors Park

Dates: June 23, 26, 30 & July 7, 14, 21, 24

Four young prep school students, tired of going through the usual drill of conjugating Latin and other tedious school routines, decide to vary their very governed lives. After school, one breaks out a copy of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and they all take turns reading the play aloud. The Bard’s words and the story itself are thrilling to the boys, and they become swept away, enmeshed in the emotion so much so that they break school rules in order to continue their readings. The rigidity of their lives begins to parallel the lives of the characters in the play: roles in the family, roles in society, and the roles played by men and women soon seem to make all the sense in the world, and then, suddenly, they seem to make no sense at all. Although they had been taking turns playing all the parts, two eventually emerge playing Romeo and Juliet exclusively, bringing a whole new dimension to the proceedings. Perceptions and understanding are turned upside-down as the fun of play-acting turns serious, and the words and meanings begin to hit home and universal truths emerge. For young adults and upward.

Run time:  2 hours and 10 minutes with a ten-minute intermission.

[title of show]

The Grace Theatre

Dates: June 27, 28, 29, 30 and July 3, 5, 6, 7

Jeff and Hunter, two self-confessed nobodies in New York, make a pact: They will write an original musical and submit it to a festival. The only catch? The deadline is in three weeks! They gather their two actress friends, Susan and Heidi, and their accompanist and music director, Larry, on the keys. With the full team assembled, Jeff and Hunter hit another roadblock– what should they write about? Jeff and Hunter decide to follow the old adage, “write what you know,” and set off on a unique musical adventure: writing a musical about writing a musical. As the deadline looms, insecurities creep in and jealousies flare. Will the team succeed with their musical? Could it even win a Tony?! In this intelligent, playful, lovable new musical, the audience is treated to an inside look at the tough work of being a creative artist. Frequently hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking, and thoroughly inspiring, [title of show] is a love story celebrating individuality and creativity. For any age.

Run time:  About 90 minutes with a ten-minute intermission.

Urinetown: The Musical

The Grace Theatre

Dates: July 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

In the not-so-distant future, a terrible water shortage and 20-year drought has led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets, owned and operated by a single megalomaniac company: the Urine Good Company. If the poor don’t obey the strict laws prohibiting free urination, they’ll be sent to the dreaded and mysterious “Urinetown.” After too long under the heel of the malevolent Caldwell B. Cladwell, the poor stage a revolt, led by a brave young hero, fighting tooth and nail for the freedom to pee “wherever you like, whenever you like, for as long as you like, and with whomever you like.” A brilliant satire modeled off the plays of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, Urinetown is a wickedly funny, fast-paced, and surprisingly intelligent comedic romp. For any age.

Run Time:  2 hours and ten minutes with a ten-minute intermission.

Grease: The Musical

The Grace Theatre

Dates: July 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31 and August 1, 2, 3, 4

It’s 1959, and Rydell High School’s senior class is in rare form. The too-cool-for school “Burger Palace Boys” are stealing hub-caps and acting tough and their gum snapping, chain-smoking “Pink Ladies” are looking hot in bobby sox and pedal pushers. The 1950s high school dream is about to explode in this rollicking musical that is both an homage to the idealism of the fifties and a satire of high schoolers’ age-old desire to be rebellious, provocative and rebellious. At the heart of the story is the romance between hot-rodding gangster Danny Zuko and the sweet new girl in town, Sandy Dumbrowski. They had a secret romance in summer, but now back in the context of school, peer-pressure and cliques make their love a bit more complicated. Can Danny maintain his cool dude status and still get make demure Sandy his girl? The whole gang sings and dances around Danny and Sandy’s romance, through such hit songs as “Greased Lightnin’,” “We Go Together,” and “Mooning,” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. Starting off with an eight-year Broadway run, Grease is among the world’s most popular musicals and has a cult-like following, especially among teens! For young adults and upward.

Run Time:  2 hours with a ten-minute intermission.

New Works Presents: Sea Monsters of the Deep

The Grace Theatre

Dates: June 29 and July 2, 6

The New Works plays are back on! We have been working with a playwright Mark Shanahan on his original script Sea Monsters of the Deep. This family-friendly play is based on the true story of Morton Plank who finds himself in a strange and magical place as he learns to confront his childhood fears while investigating a sea monster sighting on the island of Nantucket. We will be bringing not only a new work, but the playwright to Princeton to workshop this original material. Family friendly. 

Run Time:  90 minutes with a ten-minute intermission.

Cabaret Series

The Grace Theatre

Dates: June 22, July 5, 19, 26, August 2

Cabaret on June 22 will be family-friendly at 7:30 pm; all others 10 pm with a family-friendly act one. 

Come see our actors, production staff, and team in a new light on our Cabaret stage. This is a great opportunity to be entertained with songs from a variety of genres as you get to know our entire company better.

Run Time:  About 90 minutes

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Princeton, Illinois 61356