Philip Lynch Theatre

Current Season

Dear Theatre Patrons,

Magic has certainly been happening at the Fine Arts Building this past year. Most of you have seen the beautiful new additions which include the art gallery, handicapped washrooms right off the lobby, a new patio area, and the Studio Theatre located directly above the art gallery and accessible through the gallery up the beautiful staircase. Some new areas you may not have seen are the new scene shop and the wonderful furniture and properties storage area above the shop. We are thrilled that our university is committed to the support of the arts.

We are also thrilled about this upcoming season. It is wonderfully diverse in styles, which is always important for our students’ education and experience. Thematically, the shows all deal in some way with human self-discovery. The majority of our students are at an age when finding out who they are may often be confusing and sometimes elusive. I believe the students of theatre gain perspective by empathically living the lives of these incredible characters. We often find out what we’re made of when confronted with conflict, and the five shows being presented are filled with delicious conflict.

We would love for you to join us in this upcoming year of self-discovery, if not as a subscriber, then for a few productions. Who knows? We may all make some magical discoveries about ourselves.

See you at the theatre,

Keith J. White
Chair, Director of Theatre

Subscribe and save! Become a Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) subscriber and save up to 15 percent on the entire season. PLT subscribers receive preferred seating for 5 magical shows for the low price of $44. Other subscription benefits include: free parking, free ticket insurance and free ticket exchanges. Subscribe and save to the magic of theatre. Individual tickets go on sale June 19, 2013 for Lewis University's Philip Lynch Theatre 2013 - 2014 season.

The five main stage productions include the upbeat musical about self-discovery in "Legally Blonde," a comedic romp into the world of fantasy in "She Kills Monsters," the timeless classic that explores moral responsibility "To Kill A Mockingbird," side-splitting laughs in the behind-the-scenes peek of 3 infamous silver screen giants in "Moonlight and Magnolias," and a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good, and life lessons are learned in the musical "Avenue Q."

Pictured: (top row, left to right) Bad Idea Bear, Kawaan Panama, Princeton, Adam Smetana, Rod, Adam Jezl-Sikorski, Nicky, Adam Parker, (middle row, left to right) Kate Monster, Sylmarie Soto, Lucy, Kate O’Neil, Bad Idea Bear, Stephanie Lipinski, Mrs. Thistlewat, (bottom row, left to right) Matthew Carlson and Sabra Thomas.

Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre presents the Award Winning Musical, "Avenue Q"

The smash hit Broadway musical “Avenue Q” and winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book comes to Lewis University's Philip Lynch Theatre. Created by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx (songs) and Jeff Whitty (script), it is the musical that Entertainment Weekly called "one of the funniest shows you're likely to see." The show revolves around life in New York City as told by a cast of puppets and people through the hilariously irreverent Tony winning score and book.

"Avenue Q" tells the story of Princeton, (Adam Smetana of Racine, WI) a bright-eyed college graduate who moves to NYC with big dreams and a tiny bank account. The only apartment he can afford is way out on Avenue Q, where everyone's looking for the same things he is: a decent job, a stable relationship, and a “purpose.” Eventually, Princeton learns to embrace the ups and downs of city life and realizes that "the real world" isn't so bad. The show made its New York debut in 2003, and ever since the wacky residents of "Avenue Q" have been entertaining audiences throughout the United States and Europe.

The cast includes: Sylmarie Soto of Joliet (Kate Monster), Matthew Carlson of Lockport (Brian), Adam Jezl-Sikorski of Burbank (Rod), Adam Parker of Naperville (Nicky), Amanda Mascarello of Mokena (Christmas Eve), Sabra Thomas of Bolingbrook (Gary Coleman), Kamil Borowski of Central Stickney (Trekkie Monster), Kawaan Panama of Chicago (Bad Idea Bear/Moving Box), Stephanie Lipinski of Oak Forest (Mrs. Thistlewat/Bad Idea Bear/Moving Box), and Kate O’Neil of Yorkville (Lucy).

Department of Theatre Chairperson, Keith White of Joliet is directing and creating the choreography. The design team includes: Becky Hicks (vocal director), Celeste Mackey (costumes) and Harold McCay (scenery) all of Joliet, Jessie Richey of McHenry (lighting), and Bryan Lochner of Essex, IL (props).

The production staff includes: Jordin Richards of Tinley Park (stage manager), Beth Sadler of Homer Glen (assistant stage manager), Allie DiMiele of New Lenox (body microphones operator), Carol McKee of Plainfield (sound reinforcement accompaniment), Annie Martello of Morris (follow spot operator), Katy Papineau of Kankakee (follow spot operator), and Emma McGee of Joliet (light board operator).

"Avenue Q" runs April 4 - 6 and April 10 - 13 and is recommended for patrons 16 years old and up. The evening performances are 8 p.m., and the Sunday matinees are 2:30 p.m. There is a matinee performance at 4 p.m. on April 12 with a silent auction and complimentary dessert bar to benefit Regional CARE Association. Advanced ticket purchases are strongly encouraged. Ticket prices are $12 for an adult, $11 for students and seniors. Lewis students with an ID pay $2. For groups of 15 or more tickets is $10. Tickets are non-refundable. For more information, patrons can check out the PLT Website at, or call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday 1-430 p.m. Patrons can also email at The theatre is located on the main campus, the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53 in Romeoville.

Who is Avenue Q appropriate for?
Adults love Avenue Q, but they seem a little, fuzzy (no pun intended) on whether it's appropriate for kids. We'll try to clear that up. Avenue Q is great for teenagers because it's about real life. However, it may not be appropriate for younger children because Avenue Q addresses issues like, sex, drinking, and surfing the web for porn. For the PLT production, objectionable language has been removed. It is very much like a "Saturday Night Live" extended scene. It's hard to say what exact age is right to see Avenue Q - parent should use their discretion based on the maturity level of their children. But we promise you this - if you bring your teenagers to Avenue Q, they'll think you're really cool.

2014 - 2015 Season

Shrek The Musical, based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince - shows up to rescue a feisty princess from the fire-breathing dragon. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a ‘short’ temper, a cookie with a crumbling attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of musical fairy tale that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek.
July 18-20 and July 24-27, 2014
Directed by Jo Slowik
Recommended for the whole family!
$12 single tickets go on sale June 19, 2014!

Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Becca’s mother, Nat, and her younger sister, Izzy, try in their own ways to comfort the couple. When Izzy, the family troublemaker, announces that she is pregnant, Becca and Howie must come to terms with the new life in the family while dealing with their grief. In the final act, Jason comes to their home. He has written a story about alternate realities in which those who die live on elsewhere. His visit helps Becca to realize the family must move on. Deeply humane, occasionally funny and always heartrending, The Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, Rabbit Hole explores the ways we deal with grief, both individually and as families.
Sept. 26-28 and Oct. 2-5, 2014
Guest directed by Michael Bassett
Recommended for patrons 13 and up.
$10 single tickets go on sale June 19, 2014!

Called “the funniest farce ever written” by the New York Post, Michael Frayn’s uproarious play-within-a-play follows the on- and off-stage antics of the members of a mediocre British touring acting company as they blunder from an ominously bad dress rehearsal to a spectacularly disastrous performance. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant red herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Noises Off is a hysterical comedy packed full of a side-splitting collection of forgotten cues, missed connections, and backstage hilarity! The New York Times reviewed Noises Off as “a spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is a festival of delirium.”
Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 20-23, 2014
Directed by Keith White
Recommended 13 and up.
$10 single tickets go on sale June 19, 2014!

In Little Brother, 17-year-old hacker Marcus plays electronic cat and mouse games on his computer while skipping school in San Francisco. When the city is the victim of a terrorist attack, he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and is suddenly apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security for days of merciless interrogation on Treasure Island. When no one besides his friends believes his story, Marcus is left with only one option: take down the system himself. Little Brother is a near-future thriller, a teenage romance, and a frightening predictor of possibilities to come.The play is based on the acclaimed and best-selling young adult novel by tech celebrity Cory Doctorow.
Feb. 13-15 and Feb. 19-22, 2015
Directed by Kevin Trudeau
Recommended for 13 and up.
$10 single tickets go on sale June 19, 2014!

King Shahryar discovers his queen has been unfaithful, and, enraged he murders her. He becomes so convinced that all women are deceitful and unfaithful that he vows to marry a virgin each night and kill her the next morning. After three years, no one remains in the kingdom who is eligible to be sacrificed. The King notices that his faithful servant has two daughters and demands the elder as his bride that very night and the younger girl the next night. The servant’s daughter, Scheherezade agrees and brings her sister to the palace with a plan. The marriage takes place, Shahryar attempts to kill Scheherezade but her sister, Dunyazade cries that she cannot sleep unless she hears one of her sister’s wonderful stories. And so it goes, as one tale leads to another tale and always ending with a cliffhanger. Her life is spared for one more night as the King wishes to hear how the story will end. The cycle begins that will end a thousand and one nights later.
April 17-19 and April 23-26, 2015
Directed by Jo Slowik
Recommended for 13 and up.
$10 single tickets go on sale June 19, 2014!


"Moonlight and Magnolias" at Lewis University's Philip Lynch Theatre

Greetings from Lewis University's Philip Lynch Theatre

Welcome to Lewis University's Philip Lynch Theatre