Get ready for an exciting season at the Fine & Performing Arts Center. 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.

Artrageous

Saturday, Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

Imagine an artist creating a masterpiece before your eyes in mere moments. With a palette that also mixes captivating vocals, intricate choreography and exciting  audience interaction –Artrageous takes you on a unique visual journey packed with wild inspiration, creativity and fun! The signature of the Artrageous  troupe is interaction and engagement, so be prepared to be a part of the show!

The Artrageous troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons, and musical genres culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings. The result? A one-of-a-kind crossover experience! Even better – the art pieces that are created live on stage will be donated to the Fine and Performing Arts Center and auctioned off after the performance.

 

A Lamb Chop Celebration

Starring Shari Lewis’ daughters, Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop

Saturday, Oct. 13, 3 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

A Lamb Chop Celebration is a medley of the past and the present – vintage footage of Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop through the last six decades curated by Mallory Lewis accompanied by stories previously unknown to the public. It’s Lamb Chop and Mallory Lewis live: singing, dancing and comedy for kids of all ages! A fast-paced show designed to amuse and entertain, filled with laughter and audience participation.

 

 

 

Lamb Chop After Dark

Music and magic for Lamb Chop’s grown-up fans (nothing dirty, she’s still a “G” rated lamb!)

Saturday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.
John and Angeline Oremus Theater

It ain’t your mama’s Lamb Chop! The iconic sweet little lamb comes roaring into the 21st century with comedy befitting late-night talk shows while retaining the adorable personality we know and love. Videos of Shari and friends are highlighted with true-life anecdotes told by Shari’s daughter, Mallory. Local performers, including FPAC director Tommy Hensel, join Mallory and Lamb Chop for an evening of music, magic, laughter and grown-up fun.

 

 

Innov Gnawa

Saturday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

Innov Gnawa is a young musical collective dedicated to exploring Morocco’s venerable gnawa music tradition in the heart of New York City. Formed in summer  2014 by Moroccan expat Samir LanGus, the group draws on the considerable talents and expertise of Hassan Ben Jaafer, a Maâlem, or master gnawa musician, originally from Fes, Morocco. For the uninitiated, gnawa music is the ritual trance music of Morocco’s black communities, originally descended from slaves and soldiers once brought to Morocco from Northern Mali and Mauritania. Often called “The Moroccan Blues,” gnawa music has a raw, hypnotic power that’s ascinated outsiders as diverse as writer/composer Paul Bowles, jazz giant Randy Weston and rock god Jimi Hendrix. The music is utterly singular, played on an array of unique instruments — from the lute-like sintir that the Maâlem uses to call the tune, to the metal qarqaba (castinets) with which the kouyos (chorus) keep time and pound out clattering, hypnotic rhythms.

 

Chicago Dance Crash

Featuring the world premiere of “Al Nafs” by Amirah Sackett

Saturday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

Founded in 2002 and led by artistic director Jessica Deahr, Crash has emerged as a critical staple of the local and national dance scene, engaging audiences and broadening the exposure of hip hop/contemporary dance. With a unique union of styles both classic and contemporary, including ballet, capoeira, breakdance, and acrobatics, CDC burst onto the scene in its first season with the new and innovative movement play concept and has grown to receive critical acclaim throughout its 16 years…recently having been awarded “The Most Inventive Show of 2017” in the United States acknowledgment by Dance Magazine.

This family-appropriate dance concert will see a combination of some of Crash’s most crowd-pleasing repertory works along with some new pieces having just premiered in the past year. The works will range from light and humorous to intense and socially minded; though all displaying the organization’s branded aesthetic of “concert format hip hop and breaking.”

The night will be highlighted by the WORLD PREMIERE of “Al Nafs,” a brand new, long-form dance piece created by Muslim hip-hop choreographer Amirah Sackett.

 

Jim Witter’s Christmas Memories

Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

The magic of the season comes alive as Jim and his amazing band take you back to Christmas past … your Christmas past. The sights and sounds of the season will have you smiling and singing along. Winter Wonderland, Let There Be Peace on Earth, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas are just a few of the hits.

 

 

“White Christmas” With M-Pact

Saturday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

Imagine the smooth soul of Sam Smith, the percussive power of Stomp, the funk and groove of Bruno Mars, the sophisticated harmonies of Take 6, and the brass bite of the Michael Bublé Big Band… all created by the human voice alone! Hailed “one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world” by the San Francisco Chronicle, m-pact is respected worldwide as a cutting edge trailblazer in the realm of vocal music… and what could be more perfect than m-pact for the holidays?  You can’t help but get in the holiday spirit! The holiday showcase will feature favorites like Do You Hear What I Hear; Away in a Manger; O Come, O Come Emmanuel and more.

 

The Second City Hits Home

Saturday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater returns with a new show featuring hilarious sketches, songs, and improvisation about Palos Hills and Moraine Valley Community College to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the arts center. Doing what they do best, The Second City finds laughs in everything from local history, events and hot-button issues to headlines from the Daily Southtown and the Glacier student newspaper, and mixes these with a generous portion of classic Chicago-style sketch and improv created by some of Second City’s most lauded alumni, including Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more.

 

 

 

 

Dublin’s Irish Tenors and the Celtic Ladies

Saturday, March 9, 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

Two superb Irish groups come together in one magical concert featuring wonderful harmonies and lifting melodies. Listen in amazement as these talented  singers take you on a breathtaking musical journey covering Irish classics, opera, pop and jazz standards. Critics and audiences around the world agree that this is the show to see…Irish yes…but so much more.

 

 

 

Hollywood Revisited

Saturday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

Back by popular demand… with new costumes and new songs! Experience what it’s like to watch the stars walk the red carpet as your favorite Tinseltown classics come to life in Hollywood Revisited. This stunning musical revue showcases a truly dazzling lineup of costumes actually worn by the stars in the original  Hollywood films. Set to the music that defined the times, this show will leave you in awe as you learn about and come close enough to touch these historic original masterpieces of old-time Hollywood.

 

 

 

 

The Magic of Bill Blagg Live!

Saturday, March 30, 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

Critics and audiences alike rave about Bill Blagg’s interactive magic and jaw-dropping illusions that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief. The show combines his mind-blowing magical talents along with his trademark off-the-cuff personality to take you on a magical journey you’ll never forget! You’ll witness objects float in mid-air, vanish in the blink of an eye and so much more! The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE! is more than a magic show – it’s an interactive magic  experience! He’s changing reality one city at a time!

 

 

 

Cocktail Hour: the Show

By Ballets with a Twist

Saturday, April 6, 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

See the Mai Tai, Martini, Manhattan and more spring off the menu and onto the stage in this electrifying production from New York City. Cocktail Hour: The  Show reinvents the glamour and excitement of classic entertainment with a 21st-century flair, capturing the timeless American spirit in a series of dazzling  vignettes. This sparkling spectacle of original choreography, music and design is high-style fun for all ages to enjoy.

 

 

 

 

Björn Again

Saturday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

The “ABBA-solutely fabulous” Björn Again perform all the greatest ABBA hits as they are meant to be seen and heard–in all their fantastic ’70s glitz complete with all the costumes, dance moves and Swedish banter known and loved by ABBA fans everywhere. This action-packed, fully live interactive show creates the  ultimate party atmosphere. Come dressed in your ’70s best, dance in the aisles and party along to such famous ABBA hits as Mamma Mia; Dancing QueenWaterloo; Take a Chance on Me; Money, Money, Money; and many more.

 

Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies

Live in Concert!

Saturday, May 11, 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater

Pure Americana at its best! Mister Mojo is a wildly charismatic performer with international acclaim and fans across America. His music reflects the Louisiana and Cajun Zydeco traditions, as well as New Orleans two-steps, rock and roll, and blues rhythms. Mojo combines the styles in a gleeful gumbo that he calls “Red Hot Mojo Music,” bringing audiences to their feet every night since 1985!

 

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