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6 Great Reasons for Joining Us!

1. Create Your Own Series - Purchase at least 3 shows from our Featured Acts -- featuring some of the most exciting artists performing today -- and save! 2. Additional savings on tickets for students, seniors, and groups. 3. An unforgettable viewing experience in our intimate 442-seat theatre where no seat is farther than 15 rows from the stage. 4. Comfort, safety, and a convenient location, easily accessed from all major highways and in close proximity to a wealth of restaurants for before-or-after showtime dining. 5. Plenty of free parking adjacent to the Prairie Center. 6. Buy online and receive Curtain Call, the Prairie Center’s e-newsletter, bringing you the latest info and money-saving coupons.

How You Can Save

Customize your purchase by selecting a minimum of 3 Featured Acts listed on the order form. Subtotal your selections and subtract the appropriate discount - the more you buy, the greater your savings! 10% off on 3 programs 15% off on 4 programs 20% off on 5 or more programs And, by purchasing at least 3 separate Featured Acts now, you are guaranteed the following additional benefits: • Preferred seating. • The assurance of having tickets even in the event of a sell-out. • No waiting in line at the box office the day of the performance. • Guaranteed ticket reprints in case yours are misplaced or forgotten.

Arts Year-Round

More great arts and entertainment continue in the summer!

Prairie Arts Festival

Saturday and Sunday, Memorial Day Weekend Grounds of the Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center A free outdoor event featuring fine art, entertainment, food, and the Prairie Plein Air Competition depicting scenes within Schaumburg’s borders by area artists.

Summer Breeze

Six concerts in July and August Outdoor stage on the grounds of the Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy rock, oldies, swing, international, and symphonic music under the stars.

Schaumburg Summer Theatre Last weekend in July First weekend in August Prairie Center for the Arts Talented high school and college students from the area perform full-scale musicals.

Remembering Maggie Atcher 1927-2016

Maggie Atcher’s goal was to sing on the concert circuit; instead, with her clear soprano voice, she was the wife and muse to Bob Atcher, himself a singing cowboy and later Schaumburg’s second village president. More than anyone else, Maggie Atcher, sharing her love of music, culture and the arts with Bob, inspired him to plan for a cultural center here in Schaumburg, our Prairie Center for the Arts. As Schaumburg’s first lady and the first chair of Schaumburg’s Cultural Commission, Maggie played a key role in making that dream a reality. In 2006, the Prairie Center’s auditorium was named the Maggie Atcher Theatre in her honor, and we remain indebted to the cultural legacy she left behind.


The mission of the Prairie Center Arts Foundation is to enrich people’s lives through cultural arts by providing awareness of and financial support to the Prairie Center for the Arts.


entertain...educate...strengthen community...inspire...

You make the difference! Through your individual donations and corporate sponsorships, the Foundation continues to support: Prairie Center’s Season of Entertainment – Ticket prices only cover about half of the cost of bringing fine entertainment to you each season. Theatre Buddies & ArtsPartners – Providing access to the performing arts to at-risk and under-served people in our community. Youth Programs – The Prairie Center is home to the award winning Schaumburg Youth Orchestra, Schaumburg Dance Ensemble, Schaumburg Youth Choir, Schaumburg Summer Theatre and Screen Test Student Fest. Please consider giving. All gifts are appreciated and publicly recognized. A donation of at least $250 will place your name on the Donor Recognition Wall in our Theatre lobby. To find out how you can support the arts in Schaumburg, visit or call 847-923-3608.

The 2016 - 2017 Season at the Prairie Center is Sponsored by


Saturday, September 17, 2016 – 7:30pm

With a career that’s spanned over five decades with four Platinum records, earning along the way four Grammy Awards in a variety of categories, Aaron Neville’s vast repertoire can be seen as a microcosm of American music over the past 100 years. Appearing without his famous brothers, accompanied only on keyboards by the remarkable Michael Goods, Neville’s solo show becomes an intimate and spontaneous story of his life and the music that guided it. sponsored by

RON KEATON AS CHURCHILL Saturday, October 1, 2016 – 7:30pm

Experience the man who famously proclaimed, “I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter...” Ron Keaton, a veteran Chicago actor who has performed everything from musicals to Shakespeare, arrives on stage in the iconic Churchillian suit, with bow tie and watch fob, and the more you watch him and listen to him, the more he becomes the man himself. It is a triumphant performance, capturing the essence of the man without mimicry of any kind.


Saturday, October 8, 2016 – 7:30pm

“Jones has the audience swooning until the final curtain,” raves Theatre Mania. Nationally acclaimed actor and recording artist Christopher Kale Jones offers his distinctly passionate voice to the diverse catalogue of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bobby Darin. Beloved by audiences for starring as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys (First National Tour), Jones currently wins hearts on PBS as a member of retro-rock sensation Under the Streetlamp. In his solo concert, Jones embodies the dazzling versatility of the legend he loves. With wry and wistful charm he recounts a life lived in the spotlight and lost too soon. Songs include “Dream Lover,” “Mack the Knife,” “Beyond the Sea,” and more.

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CAMERATA CHICAGO SWEETEST DAY Sunday, October 16, 2016 – 3pm

Hailed as “One of the top five chamber orchestras in America,” Camerata Chicago, led by conductor Drostan Hall, presents concerts of great music featuring musicians of global distinction. For its special Sweetest Day concert, the Camerata presents a program of romantic lyrical works by composers including Holst, Bartok and Rutter. Complete your experience by receiving a gift of a Grahams Chocolate as you leave the theatre.


Saturday, October 22, 2016 – 7:30pm

The Queen’s Cartoonists offer a tour-de-force of the Swing Era’s zaniest and most creative music, much of which was written for or adapted for classic cartoons. The band’s repertoire includes cartoon music from the 1920’s all the way to the present day. Whether you’re a fan of Looney Tunes, Merry Melodies, The Simpsons, or the old Disney classics, you’ll find something to swing along to!


For over 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group’s distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up”. Co-founder Kim Wilson, the sole original member, still spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation.

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CHRIS LEMMON IN “A TWIST OF LEMMON” Saturday, February 11, 2017 – 7:30pm

A Twist of Lemmon chronicles the lifelong journey of Chris Lemmon and his world famous father, actor Jack Lemmon. Couched in the lore of the golden age of Hollywood, and told in the voice of Jack Lemmon, A Twist of Lemmon is filled with dozens of the great stars that graced the silver screen during that incredible era. With an original piano score by Chris Lemmon, the end result is a heartfelt journey that critics have called, “A story that will make you laugh and cry, then laugh again...”.

ELLA FITZGERALD: FIRST LADY OF SONG Starring Alexis J. Roston Saturday, March 11, 2017 – 7:30pm

Celebrate America’s most beloved jazz singer in an electrifying evening of song. Award-winning Chicago actress Alexis J Roston (Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Bess in Porgy and Bess) effortlessly emits the sweet and sultry swing of legendary jazz great Ella Fitzgerald. In a nuanced and spellbinding performance, Alexis sinks her agile musical chops into signature tunes from Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and more including “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing,” “Summertime,” and “Cry Me a River.” Presented by Artists Lounge Live.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017 – 7:30pm

Liverpool Legends “The Complete Beatles Experience!” are four incredibly talented musicians and actors hand-picked by Louise Harrison- sister of the late George Harrison of the The Beatles. Liverpool Legends perform songs spanning the entire career of The Beatles and on through the solo years. With precise attention to every musical detail, along with costume changes, vintage instruments and special effects, Liverpool Legends will make you feel like you are watching the real thing! Together, these four lads will bring you “The Complete Beatles Experience.” sponsored by


A genuinely moving, nostalgic concert performance celebrating the music of Carole King and James Taylor. Two long-time friends and collaborators, hit songwriter Kirsti Manna (Blake Shelton’s ‘Austin’, among others) and national recording artist Jonathan Birchfield capture the essence of friendship through music with their dynamic performances. Sharing the same amazing onstage chemistry as the artists they honor, Manna and Birchfield take audiences back in time with favorites like “How Sweet It Is,” “Carolina in My Mind,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” and of course, the incomparable, “You’ve Got a Friend.”


Saturday, April 1, 2017 – 7:30pm

Part British Invasion and part garage band, the Smithereens carved out their own niche and following with critic and fan pleasing songs including “Blood and Roses,” “Only a Memory,” and “House We Used to Live In.” Thirty years later, the band’s guitars continue to buzz and jangle, mixing new material with old, delivering live sets that are tight and “refreshingly organic — rock and roll in its truest strippeddown form.” (

Saturday, April 8, 2017 – 7:30pm

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What if one of the most famous male duos of the ‘50s and ‘60s, performed alongside one of the most iconic voices of all time? The Everly Brothers and Roy Orbison crossed paths more than a few times in their prolific careers but not much is documented. “Orbison and The Everly Bros. Reimagined” combines this unique vision for an unforgettable night of career spanning hits.



10 performances over two weekends December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11, 2016

The Schaumburg Dance Ensemble returns for its 22nd annual production of Tchaikovsky’s grand ballet. Live narration sets the scene as a young girl’s vivid imagination whisks her away to a land of dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and leaping Russians. With a cast of nearly 150, inventive choreography, beautiful costumes, colorful scenery, and some new twists, it’s no wonder that performances sell out quickly -- so order now!

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Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra, Joseph Malmquist, Director Featuring the Schaumburg Youth Choir, Michael VanCamp, Director

Saturday, December 17, 2016 – 3:30pm & 7:30pm

Not just another holiday concert, the Presto! holiday shows combine music of the season with short vignettes and narration between numbers to create a memorable experience. The remarkable artistry of the award-winning symphony lends an air of seasonal diversion, whether the setting is 19th century Vienna or a 1940s radio studio. The richly-voiced Schaumburg Youth Choir adds its own charm as they sing classical and popular holiday music with the orchestra and unaccompanied. sponsored by


HOLLYWOOD AND WORLD WAR II Sunday, October 9, 2016 – 2pm

During the World War II era, the movie industry was characterized by rapid, formulaic, almost factory-like mass production. When a particular innovation proved commercially successful, it was sure to be replicated in other movies in short order. Lecturer Edward Finch explores the emergence of the combat film genre, its evolution up to the present, and what it can teach us about American cultural history.


For more than 150 years, Marshall Field and Co. reigned as Chicago’s leading department store. Basing the title presentation on her own book, author and lecturer Leslie Goddard traces the store’s history from its beginnings in 1852 to its demise in 2006. Photographs, ads, postcards, and memorabilia trace the store’s cherished traditions - the Walnut Room Christmas tree, the legendary window displays, and, of course, Frango Mints.


Kevin Wood is not only one of Illinois’ leading experts on Abraham Lincoln, he is also one of the most authentic portrayers of the country’s 16th president. In this special program, Wood becomes Lincoln (in period attire) to discuss the president’s life and the country’s history from Independence through the Civil War. The program will be followed by a Q&A with Wood.

Lecture Hall Series sponsored by



The Prairie Center Arts Foundation presents

Mystery at the Theatre

MOONLIGHTING SONATA Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra, Joseph Malmquist, Director

Sunday, February 26, 2017 – 3:30 pm

There’s more to orchestral music than a group of well-dressed musicians playing for an audience in a dark hall. In fact, it might be the last place one might hear it. The symphony is heard practically every day on television, in movies, on the radio, and as a part of other performances including dance, opera and musical theatre. Join the Schaumburg’s own multi-faceted student orchestra and guest artists as they demonstrate the many ways in which symphonic music entertains people of all ages.

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Friday, October 14 & Saturday, October 15, 2016 – 7:30pm

What was intended as a one-shot event in 1997 has turned into a tradition at the Prairie Center that just won’t -- well -- die. The foundation’s 10th Mystery at the Theatre once again rounds up the usual suspects as they weave a hilarious whodunnit caper filled with music, mirth, and MURDER.



The passion, imagery, and emotion of the spoken word are unleashed at this new daylong festival. The event features skill-enhancing workshops for students, culminating in a live poetry slam written and performed by area young artists.


Spirits of the Prairie Friday, April 7, 2017 – 7 pm

The Prairie Centers Arts Foundation is expanding its palette beyond wine tastings to include more samplings of the best in craft beers, locally made spirits and delicious bites from area restaurants. A chaser of live entertainment, raffle prizes and the opportunity to buy and take home your favorite beverages add to the fun.

Details coming soon! Saturday, April 22, 2017

A truly amazing day of student short films selected from over 200 entries representing 40 countries. 11 am - Screen Test Jr.

Short works by elementary school students.

2 pm - International Matinée

A family friendly collection of beautiful short films from around the world.

7:30 pm - Festival and Competition

Fame and fortune await the best high school filmmakers as they vie for cash prizes at Screen Test’s Festival and Competition.

Presented by 3 Monkeys & Aardvark Studios sponsored by

Sunday, April 23, 2017 – 2pm Comedians, folk singers, tap dancers, and other talents grace the stage at Schaumburg’s senior citizen variety show. The 5th annual Follies offers another eclectic mix of performers whose energetic abilities prove that age is just a number.

Powerhouse Productions

Black History Month Program

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Diversity and achievement are celebrated in an original full-length show by Powerhouse Productions.

Details to come at


Schaumburg Sampler Concerts For tickets, contact the ESO box office at 847-888-4000 Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights A film with live orchestra Friday, October 7, 2016 - 7:30 pm Stephen Squires, conductor

Copland and Tchaikovsky Friday, March 3, 2017 - 7:30 pm Stephen Squires, conductor Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet

SCHAUMBURG YOUTH MUSIC PROGRAMS Expanding opportunities for student musicians and singers...

Schaumburg Youth Orchestra Join the award-winning program for a number of performances throughout the season. For concert details and information on joining one of the program’s four ensembles, visit

Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra Joseph Malmquist, Director Schaumburg Youth Concert Orchestra Ron Polomchak, Director Schaumburg Youth Sinfonia Strings Tobin Langridge, Director Schaumburg Youth String Ensemble Dung Pham, Director

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Schaumburg Choral Program

Visit for more information.

Schaumburg Youth Choir, Michael VanCamp, Director

This talented ensemble of high school and college singers have been heard in concert at the Prairie Center as well as at the Schaumburg Boomers Stadium, Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel and at Chicago’s Symphony Center. NEW! Schaumburg Children’s Chorus, Erin Kozakis, Director Designed for students in grades 3 and up, the Schaumburg Children’s Chorus will present concerts at the Schaumburg Prairie Center and throughout the community at special events.

Chamber Program Stephanie Preucil, Director Youth Programs sponsored by

Prairie Center 2016-17 Calendar September Saturday 17

Aaron Neville Duo

October Saturday Saturday Sunday Friday Saturday Sunday Saturday

Ron Keaton as Churchill Darin with Christopher Kale Jones Hollywood During WWII Mystery at the Theatre Mystery at the Theatre Camerata Chicago Sweetest Day The Queen’s Cartoonists

November Friday Sunday

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The Prairie Center Box Office is located in the front of the lobby, immediately to your left when entering the west doors. The box office is open weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm and one-and-a-half hours before curtain on performance days. Phone orders can be placed by calling (847) 895-3600 from 8 am to 6 pm during regular business hours. Online ticket orders can be placed any time at Tickets ordered by mail or phone will be mailed to you if your order is received at least seven days before the first event for which you’ve purchased tickets. This allows adequate time to get the tickets to you. Orders received later than this will be held at the box office. Tickets can be picked up during regular box office hours or upon arrival at the Prairie Center for the performance. Tickets ordered online can be printed at home for your convenience. Student ticket prices are good for students of any age with a valid student I.D. Card.

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The Fabulous Thunderbirds Marshall Field’s at Christmas

December Friday 2 Nutcracker Saturday 3 Nutcracker Sunday 4 Nutcracker Friday 9 Nutcracker Saturday 10 Nutcracker Sunday 11 Nutcracker Saturday 17 SYSO Presto! Holiday Concert February Saturday Sunday Saturday Sunday

Box Office Information

Senior discounts apply to anyone aged 62 or older (age 65 for ESO concerts). Tickets at a 10% discount for Featured Acts are available to groups of 20 or more. Series subscriber ticket orders (a minimum of at least 3 Featured Acts) will be filled first, followed by individual ticket orders, as available. PLEASE NO EXCHANGES OR REFUNDS. ALL SALES FINAL. Programs and artists are subject to change without notice. With just 442 seats, the theatre at the Prairie Center is intimate, comfortable, and offers every patron an exceptional view - no seat is farther than 15 rows from the front of the stage! Ample free parking is available in the lots immediately adjacent to the Prairie Center and Municipal Building.

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A Twist of Lemmon Abraham Lincoln’s Abiding Call Black History Month Program SYSO Moonlighting Sonata

Late seating is determined by the artist and Prairie Center management. Patrons arriving after the curtain rises may be asked to wait in the lobby until an appropriate break in the performance. Cameras, video, and sound recorders are strictly prohibited in the theatre during performances. Smoking is not permitted in the Prairie Center for the Arts.

March Saturday Saturday Saturday

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Ella Fitzgerald with Alexis J. Roston Liverpool Legends You’ve Got a Friend

April Saturday Friday Saturday Saturday Sunday

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The Smithereens Spirits of the Prairie Orbison the Everly Bros. Reimagined Screen Test Student Fest Senior Follies

May Saturday Sunday

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Prairie Arts Festival Prairie Arts Festival

Public restrooms are located on the south side of the west lobby, as well as off the lobby on the east side of the gallery. Handicapped seating and assistive listening systems are available. Please let us know of any special needs at the time of your ticket purchase. We are committed to making the arts accessible to all patrons and will be happy to assist.

Adult / St. or Sr. Price

FEATURED ACTS Aaron Neville Duo

Sat. Sept. 17, 7:30pm

$65 / 63


Sat. Oct. 1, 7:30pm

$25 / 23

Darin / Kale Jones

Sat. Oct. 8, 7:30pm

$25 / 23

Camerata Chicago

Sun. Oct. 16, 3pm

$30 / 28

The Queen’s Cartoonists

Sat. Oct. 22,7:30pm

$25 / 23

Fabulous Thunderbirds

Fri. Nov. 18,7:30pm

$38 / 36

A Twist of Lemmon

Sat. Feb.11,7:30pm

$40 / 38

Ella Fitzgerald Tribute

Sat. Mar. 11, 7:30pm

$25 / 23

Liverpool Legends

Sat. Mar. 18, 7:30pm

$40 / 38

You’ve Got a Friend

Sat.Mar.25, 7:30pm

$45 / 43


Sat. Apr. 1, 7:30 pm

$40 / 38

Sat. Apr. 8, 7:30pm

$45 / 43

Orbison/Everly Reimagined

# of Adults

# of Seniors

# of Students


Total $

Order Online Pick out your seats, pay online and print your tickets right away! Go to (If your order qualifies for a Pick 3, 4 or 5 discount, please call our box office at 847-895-3600.) To order by mail Fill out your order form and send to: BOX OFFICE Prairie Center for the Arts 201 Schaumburg Ct Schaumburg IL 60193 To order by phone For complete information, including special discounts for groups, series and advance ticket prices, contact the Prairie Center Box Office weekdays from 8am to 4pm at 847.895.3600 Email

Featured Acts Total $ Pick 3 Shows, DEDUCT 10%


Pick 4 Shows, DEDUCT 15%


Pick 5 Shows or more, DEDUCT 20%


Featured Acts Total $ After Discount Adult / St. or Sr. Price

HOLIDAY FARE The Nutcracker Select Performance:

# of Adults

# of Seniors

# of Students

Total $

$28 / 18 ___12/2,7:30 pm ___12/9,7:30 pm

Presto! Holiday

___12/3, 1 pm ___12/10, 2 pm

Sat. Dec. 17

Select Performance: ___3:30 pm

___12/4, 1 pm ___12/11, 1 pm

___12/4, 5 pm ___12/11, 5 pm

$24 / 15

Hollywood During WWII

Sun. Oct. 9, 2 pm

Mystery at the Theatre


___ Sat. Oct. 15, 7:30 pm

Remembering Field’s

Sun. Nov. 27, 2pm

Moonlighting Sonata

Sun. Feb.26, 3:30pm


Lincoln’s Abiding Call

Sun. Feb. 12, 2 pm


Spirits of the Prairie

Sat. Apr. 7, 7 pm


Screen Test Day Pass

Sat. Apr. 22

Screen Test Jr. Matinée Internationale Screen Test Festival Senior Follies

# of Adults


Select Performance: ___Fri., Oct. 14, 7:30 pm



Wheelchair seating  Other Senior discount age is 62 and over. Student discount applies to college, grade and high school students as well as children.

Holiday Fare Total $ Adult / St. or Sr. Price

Phone Day

# of Seniors

# of Students

Total $

Payment Information  Check enclosed payable to Village of Schaumburg Check #__________ If paying by credit card, you will be contacted by phone for credit card information when your order is filled.

*Spirits of the Prairie tickets $40 at the door.

$15 / 10

Sat. Apr. 22, 11am


Total Feature Acts (after discount)

Sat. Apr. 22, 2pm


Total Holiday Fare

Sat. Apr. 22, 7:30pm Sun. Apr. 23, 2pm

$10 / 5 $5

Special Programs Total $



___12/3, 5 pm ___12/10, 7:30 pm

___7:30 pm



Total Special Programs Postage and Handling (add $1) Yes! I’d like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Arts Foundation. Amt.:


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