Our 600-seat Dorothy Menker Theater is equipped with a mechanically controlled orchestra pit that can be raised and lowered to fit performance needs. Balcony and main floor seating are augmented by four exclusive box seat areas. The theater also features a massive fly tower for elaborate scene changes, and both first- and second-floor lobbies.

Our popular Sunday Salon Series continues for a seventh season of cabaret-style performances in the John and Angeline Oremus Theater. Seven tables ring the stage, and additional theater seating provides an intimate setting to enjoy some of Chicago’s most talented and versatile performers.

For questions regarding our Professional Series, contact BoxOffice@morainevalley.edu or call (708) 974-5500.

Know Before You Go

  • All audience members, staff and performers* must wear a face mask at all times.
  • All performances are held in the Dorothy Menker Theater to ensure proper social distancing of all attendees.
  • Capacity limits for our 2021-22 season are to be determined.
  • All staff and performers will complete health screenings before entering campus.
  • All in-person audience members will be required to submit a symptom survey via Cleared4Campus before entering the building. Go to morainevalley.edu/visitor to register and take the survey. Show your purple access pass when you arrive. If you have symptoms, you will receive a red screen and will not be admitted into the building.
  • The theater will be cleaned and sanitized one hour before each scheduled performance.
  • High-traffic areas such as entryways, restrooms and the lobby will be sanitized regularly.
  • The Box Office will be open one hour before the start of each performance and close 30 minutes after the start of show.

2021 Professional Series

 

Ticket Prices

$35 General public, $31.50 Members, $28 Veterans and active military, Free for students (with ID). To purchase military or student tickets, please contact the box office.

Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021
7:30 p.m.

Master illusionist Vitaly has mystified fans from all over the world, including Las Vegas superstars Penn and Teller, whom he has successfully fooled in their hit TV show, Fool Us. From bringing pictures and drawings to life to erasing people from their own driver’s licenses, Vitaly’s signature illusions leave even the most jaded audience awestruck with many of them coming back to re-experience his jaw-dropping feats.
http://eveningofwonders.com

“Amazing magic full of charming surprises. Ingenious!”
– Penn and Teller

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre

Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021
7:30 p.m.

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre was founded in 1999 by Joe Cerqua, composer and musician; Wilfredo Rivera, choreographer and dancer; and Matt Lamb, painter. Through an intense focus on personal narratives, the combined talents of its diverse company and the multiple artistic languages with which the company communicates, Cerqua Rivera engages audiences in magnetic human stories at once new and deeply familiar.
https://www.cerquarivera.org

“Steppin’ Out” with Ben Vereen

Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021
7:30 p.m.

Ben’s show is a unique blend of artistry, combining a tribute to Broadway, Frank Sinatra and a very special tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen is a contemporary and timeless journey through the Broadway songbook. Ben promises an evening of song and dance, filled with entertainment and laughter, stories and inspiration!
https://www.benvereen.info

“Mr. Vereen is an old-school song and dance man who never lets up. He wins you over with his sheer energy, good will and showbiz know-how.” – The New York Times

“Fire and Rain” featuring Jim Witter with Giselle Sanderson

Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021
7:30 p.m.

The year is 1970-something...we’re all teenagers again...and mom and dad have gone out for the night. What does any typical teenager do? Have a party! Sing along to hits like It’s Too Late, Carolina on My Mind, You’ve Got a Friend, I Feel the Earth Move and many more. Settle in for a house party you won’t want to end, but don’t be too loud...we don’t want the neighbors calling the police!
http://jimwitter.ca

“Songs for Syria” featuring Bassel and The Supernaturals, Mariela Shaker, and Omar Offendum

Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021
3 p.m.

Three amazing Syrian artists – one unforgettable performance. Join us as we pay homage to the history and culture of Syria with multiple musical genres including classical violin, spoken word, neo-soul and funk with captivating lyrics about love, loss, and a war in Syria that has directly affected over 10,000,000 people.
basselmusic.com
offendum.bandcamp.com
unhcr.org/en-us/mariela-shaker.html

Christmas in Killarney – An Irish Christmas Celebration

Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021
7:30 p.m.

From the producers of Rockin' Road to Dublin comes this new sensational Christmas season musical. Set in Killarney, Ireland, in the late 1920s, Christmas in Killarney shows what it means to celebrate Christmas the “Irish” way, where many of our own Christmas traditions originated.
christmasinkillarney.net

The Second City Remix

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022
7:30 p.m.

The Second City has been the world’s first name in laughter for over 60 years! Come join the next generation of comedy superstars as they mash up Second City’s greatest hits and brand-new material along with our signature improvisation in this hilarious show. secondcity.com

“The entire recent tradition of American satire can be summed up in three words: The Second City.”
– The New York Times

Koresh Dance Company presents “La Danse”
– a new dance production inspired by Matisse’s famous painting “La Danse”

Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022
7:30 p.m.

This production is a tender, joyful, passionate and humorous interpretation of Matisse’s three permutations of the painting starting with Le bonheur de vivre followed by the two versions of La Danse – danced to original musical composition by John Levis and poetry by Karl Mullen. Koresh Dance Company was founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director Ronen (Roni) Koresh.
koreshdance.org

New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players present “The Pirates of Penzance”

Saturday, March 12, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.

Everyone has pretended to be a pirate at some point. Set sail with this classic comedy that boasts one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history. Thrill to the lush sounds of legitimate voices and a full orchestra in an evening filled with energetic action, lively choreography, and broad comedy.
nygasp.org

Giordano Dance Chicago

Saturday, March 19, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.

America’s original jazz dance company has captivated generations of audiences around the world with dynamic performances and the diversity and wide appeal of its powerful repertoire. For more than 55 seasons, Giordano Dance Chicago has created innovative choreography, often redefining and expanding the very definition of jazz dance.
giordanodance.org

Small Island, Big Song

Friday, April 1, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.

Here you will hear those who sing for the seas -- islanders who share an ancient seafaring ancestry and language. Small Island, Big Song is a multi-media concert performance and residency featuring eight musicians and vocalists from nations of New Zealand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Australia, Madagascar, Easter Island, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.
smallislandbigsong.com

“a sublime, sunny, authentically traditional and wonderfully multicultural exploration.” ★★★★★
– Sydney Morning Herald AU

Niyaz presents “The Fourth Light Project – An Immersive Multimedia Experience”

Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

This ground-breaking and immersive experience combines live musical and sacred dance performance with interactive technologies and advanced projection/body-mapping techniques that respond to sound and movement in real time. At the center of The Fourth Light Project is the work of Rabia Al Basri, the first female Sufi mystic and poet. Born in the 8th century in what is now Iraq, she served as the main source of inspiration for the production.
niyazmusic.com

Salon Series

 

Ticket Prices

Table Seating $30 General public/ $27 Members/ $25 military/ free for students (with ID).
Theater Seating $25 General public/ $22.50 Members/ $20 military/ free for students (with ID). To purchase military or student tickets, please contact the box office.

Still Rockin’!
A Hilarious Musical Tribute to Baby Boomers
Featuring Pam Peterson and Jan Slavin

Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022
2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m

The Boomer Babes celebrate and spoof their generation with zany wit and musical flair. Vocal duo Pam Peterson and Jan Slavin sing and schmooze about the ‘50s, ’60s, friendship, love, and facing their age with gut-busting humor.
theboomerbabes.com

Riotous and fabulously musical... zany and zinging!
– Chicago After Dark

Jodi BeachUnforgettable: Songs and Stories from The Great American Songbook
Featuring Jodi Beach with the Jodi Beach Trio

Sunday, May 15, 2022
2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Stardust to Moonglow, Gershwin to Nat King Cole, Jodi’s warm and engaging performance takes you on a journey through The Great American Songbook weaving elegant arrangements with sentimental stories of the music, composers, and cherished musicians from this timeless era of American music.
https://jodibeach.com

…a versatile and radiant performer who has the knack of making an audience feel like they are her best friends.
– Maestro Steven Larsen, Rockford Symphony Orchestra

Moraine Valley Community College acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Illinois Arts Council Agency