CS Presents: Damn Yankees

The CenterStage in Lake Forest production of


Hit a home run in the opening night game.
Get your tickets now for this wonderful show!

Performance Dates:

July 25, 26, 27, 31 & August 1, 2

Tickets now available.  
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Adults $25, Students & Seniors $15
All Tickets Cost $30 at the door!

Joe, a middle-aged baseball fan who pays more attention to the travails of his hapless Washington Senators than to his own wife, meets the mysterious Mr. Applegate, who offers Joe the chance of a lifetime.  Soon his entire world is turned upside-down as Joe embarks on a whirlwind career as one of the hottest hitters in major league baseball.  But success is tinged with regret: Joe misses his wife and his comfortable, modest home.  Mr. Applegate offers distraction from these cares by introducing Joe to the sultry and enticing Lola.  Victory, stardom, scandal, and defeat each take their turn en route to the inevitable showdown between Joe and Mr. Applegate.

Filled with memorable melodies (“Heart,” “Whatever Lola Wants,” “Two Lost Souls”), Latin jazz-inflected rhythms, and thrilling dances, this charming show is the perfect way to celebrate America’s pastime – and 43 years of community theater in Lake Forest.  We hope you will join us for Damn Yankees!

Co-Producers: Shelly Holmstrom & Sue Thomas
Director: Mark Amdahl Taylor
Vocal Director: Andrea Amdahl Taylor

Orchestra Director: Brian O'Connor
Choreographer: Jenna Jozefowski
Technical Director: Chris Alaimo

CenterStage is pleased to announce your team for this year's DAMN YANKEES season!!

Performances will take place at Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest, IL 60045

Our 43rd Season, 2013-2014

An Evening With Cole Porter

Nov./Dec. 2013

Steel Magnolias

Feb./March 2014

Damn Yankees!

July 2014


News from

Cheri Richardson - American Classic

CenterStage Honors Cheri Richardson
as an American Classic in our Community

CenterStage in Lake Forest is pleased to honor Cheri Richardson, Executive Director of Mothers Trust Foundation as our “American Classic” in conjunction with the American Classic Series production, Steel Magnolias running February 28-March 8, 2014. Read more » about Cheri Richardson - American Classic

The Cast of COLE!

Announcing the cast of COLE!

Join us as we celebrate the life and times of Cole Porter. Set cabaret style in the Community Room at the Gorton Community Center, you can enjoy a bit of the bubbly while listening to his delightful songs, easily some of the most sophisticated, witty, and melodious ever written for the American theater.

Directed by Tom Beck & Produced by Carol Goldthwaite Read more » about The Cast of COLE!

CenterStage welcomes OLIVER! to the Gorton Community Center

Based on the novel Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens, this family friendly musical follows the adventures of young Oliver as he is recruited into gang of pickpockets. With wonderful characters such as the loveable rogue Fagin, the evil Bill Sykes,  The Artful Dodger, and of course Oliver, you cannot help but fall in love.  A fabulous score accompanies the cast with songs like "As Long As He Needs Me", "Food, Glorious Food", "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two", and "Consider Yourself".  Appealing to both young and old you can bring the entire family to see OLIVER! Read more » about CenterStage welcomes OLIVER! to the Gorton Community Center

Jay G. Criche Memorial Scholarships Awarded

Liza PassalinoThe 2013 Jay G. Criche Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Liza Passalino at the Lake Forest High School Awards ceremony in May.   Liza was involved in many productions at CenterStage and at Lake Forest High School. She learned how to create a character and was encouraged to sing and dance. She continued pursuing her love of theater at the high school and became a director for the talent show. She plans on continuing her involvement in all aspects of theater as she heads off to college. Read more » about Jay G. Criche Memorial Scholarships Awarded

The Glass Menagerie Audience Talk Back

The Sunday March 10, 2013 performance of CenterStage in Lake Forest's production of The Glass Menagerie was followed by an Audience Talk Back. Director Ed Kuffert and the cast of The Glass Menagerie Daniel Haymes, Sally B. Wippman, John Ham and Barbara Anderson engaged in a lively and fun-filled exchange of questions and answers with the audience.  Another talk back is scheduled after the Sunday, March 17th 3:00 PM matinee performance.  Tickets are available. Read more » about The Glass Menagerie Audience Talk Back

Opening Night Reception Honors Steve and Sandy Ragsdale

The Opening Night performance of CenterStage in Lake Forest's production of The Glass Menagerie was preceded by a reception honoring Steve and Sandy Ragsdale for their contributions to the local arts.  The Glass Menagerie is part of CenterStage's American Classics series which has included Our Town (2010) and Twelve Angry Men (2012).  The Ragsdale were selected as local American Classics for their lifelong commitment to Lake Forest and Lake Bluff in theater, dance, music, teaching & business has proven invaluable to the support of arts in our community.  The Opening Night reception was held in the Community Room of the Gorton Community Center where Steve and Sandy were greeted by family and friends. Read more » about Opening Night Reception Honors Steve and Sandy Ragsdale