Philip Lynch Theatre

Current Season

Keith J. White
Chair, Director of Theatre
Dear Theatre Patrons,

We all love a good story. The story can be in the form of a novel, song, photograph, television half-hour, hour, miniseries, film, documentary, or (our favorite form) musicals and plays. Enjoying stories is a wonderful aspect of being human. We are intrigued, horrified, and thrilled by the tribulations and victories of our fellow human beings, whether they are real or imaginary.

We also love to congregate in a space with many people we don’t even know and share this experience together. I must admit that I would miss my remote with the “on demand” button that sits on the coffee table in the TV room. It seems that television just keeps getting better at telling a good story. However, getting dressed, driving to a theatre, entering a special room that is specifically made to tell stories with living beings, and hearing and feeling the responses to the story with hundreds of others, enforces the feeling that we are all in this journey together.

The students here, who are being trained to tell a good story, not only receive theatre training, but also become in the process wonderfully empathic individuals. A major part of an actor’s job is to experience the life of the character they are portraying –physically, mentally and emotionally. Students learn to create settings, apply sound and music, design clothing, lighting and properties that tell us who these people are and where and why they exist. A good story is often in the details.

Thank you for joining us for the previous stories we have told, and we hope to see you throughout the season for five more tales of our human condition.

See you at the theatre,

Heritage Theatre Company's 12th Annual Holiday Spectacular at Lewis University

Heritage Theatre Company's 12th Annual Holiday Spectacular at Lewis University

Heritage Theatre Company (HTC) will celebrate the season with the 12th Annual Holiday Spectacular. Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, December 8, 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m.  Due to popular demand, a 4 p.m. matinee has been added on Saturday, December 10.  Last year, reserved seating was introduced and was successful for this event.  Advanced reserved seating reservations are strongly recommended again this year.  Tickets may be purchased at the Philip Lynch Theatre box office in advance during regular box office hours Monday–Friday, 1–4:30 p.m. For more information, patrons can call the box office at  (815) 836-5500.

Fun for the whole family, the show will deck the halls with 90 minutes of joyful music, skits, and merriment. The Holiday Spectacular is a non-stop sleigh ride of heartwarming moments filled with singing, dancing, and laughter.  The box office opens at 6 p.m. and 3 p.m. for the matinee on December 10 with holiday confections in the lobby. Digital photos for $5 on stage with Santa and his holiday helpers will be available 30 minutes prior to show time.  Commemorative 40th Anniversary Philip Lynch Theatre ornaments are also available for $5.  Proceeds from the concessions, photos with Santa and the ornaments go to the Theatre Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $10 for the general public, and $2 for the members of the Lewis community. Half price tickets are available with a donation of non-perishable foods going to local shelters.

This year’s show features a cast of 23 Lewis students and alumni.  They’ll sing, dance and warm your spirits as they put a holiday twist on Billboard chart toppers both new and old.  The show will get patrons of all ages in the season’s spirit.  HTC has been sharing the festive fever with the gift of live theatre for 12 years.

The cast features:  Zeusan Balquin of New Lenox, Kayla Marie Carson of Burbank, Christina Carlson, Matt Carlson ‘15 both of Lockport; Nicole Reidy ‘16, Briana Reidy ‘16, and Luke Murphy, all of Darien; Ashley Bihun of Oak Brook, Mike Frale of Elk Grove, Jessi Shepard of Peotone, Tim Collins of Monee, Kristen Leano, Carole McKee ‘16 both of Plainfield, Bradford Bingham, Taylore Cephas, Jennifer Glynn, Jamie Voustros (properties manager), all of Chicago, Jordin Richards ‘16, Kevin Bukauski, and Alicia Iuliano all of Tinley Park, Sean Gallagher of Mokena, Miguel Salazar of Crest Hill, and Christopher Pupik of Naperville.

The show is conceived and directed by Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre Manager Jo Slowik ‘88 of Joliet. Stage-managing the production is Natalia Bednarczyk of Burbank. Celeste Mackey of Joliet is the costume designer. Eric Redmon of Yorkville is the assistant stage manager, Christian Marshall of St. Louis is the properties assistant, and Adam Jezl-Sikorski of Burbank is the lighting and special FX designer. Andrew Nelsen ‘04 of Joliet is the technical director and the sound designer is Kate O’Neil ’15 of Yorkville. The follow spot operators are Annie Martello of Morris, and Justice Westan of Joliet.  Don’t be a grinch; join HTC as it rings in the holiday season with the 12th Annual Holiday Spectacular.

2016-17 Season

Good People

Good People

by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Kevin Trudeau, Feb. 17-19 & Feb. 23-26, 2017

Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, this month's paycheck only covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction, Margie thinks an old fling, who has made it out of Southie, might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out. With his signature humorous glow, David Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.

"David Lindsay-Abaire pays his respects to his old South Boston neighborhood with this tough and tender play about the insurmountable class divide between those who make it out of this blue-collar Irish neighborhood and those who find themselves left behind.” – Variety

Good People is poignant, brave and almost subversive in its focus on what it really means to be down on your luck." –New York Post

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jo Slowik, April 21-23 & April 27-30, 2017

The PLT brings to the stage one of Shakespeare's most popular plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream. It portrays the adventures of four young Athenian lovers, a group of amateur actors and their interactions with the Duke and Duchess of Athens, and the fairies that inhabit a moonlit forest. A Midsummer Night’s Dream was written in 1595 or 1596. Some experts believe it was written to have its first performance in the gardens of a great country estate for the celebrations for an aristocratic wedding. As the fictional newlyweds King Theseus and Queen Hippolyta, Lysander and Hermia, and Demetrius and Helena watched Bottom and his friends performing “Pyramus and Thisbe,” a real-life bride and groom were in turn watching them! Shakespeare’s beloved comedy contains a play within a play and a world within a world, inviting audiences to enter a world of magic and fantasy and leave the theatre pondering, "was it all a dream?"

“Festival of love”  –Jennifer Kramer, Philadelphia Shakespeare
“Beautiful, powerful, magical, dangerous” – Roseanne Wells, Theatre for a New Audience

2016-17 Season Tickets


Lewis University's Philip Lynch Theatre: 2016 Year in Review

Illinois H.S. Theatre Festival 2017

In Loving Memory of Chet Kondratowicz