Bringing Live Theatre to McHenry County Since 1967

2023-2024 Season

Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias

April 12 – 28, 2024

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Sweeney Todd

June 21 – 30, 2024



Previously Shown

2024-2025 Season


A Christmas Story

November 15-December 1, 2024


Groundhog Day

January 31 - February 16, 2025


The Prom

June 20-29, 2025

Theatre 121 Encore! presents: Magic, Monsters, and Mayhem

Join us for a spellbinding night of enchantment and entertainment at Theatre 121 Encore!’s next cabaret event! Prepare to be captivated as we weave a story of Magic, Monsters, and Mayhem in a hauntingly delightful performance like no other. Our talented ensemble of performers will transport you to a world where the supernatural reigns supreme, and every twist and turn promises a spine-tingling surprise. Don’t miss your chance to experience this one-of-a-kind Spooktacular extravaganza. Get your tickets now and prepare to be enchanted!


Come Out Singin' TEEN

Night 2 on 1/24, Night 3 on 1/31, Grand Finale 2/7


Come support our 6th-12th grade contestants as they compete for the ultimate title: Karaoke Champion!


Theatre 121 Presents: Steel Magnolias

Set in the early 1980’s, Steel Magnolias is both a comedy and a drama as it recounts the real life story of a woman (based on Harling’s sister) who is a Type 1 diabetic and risks everything to give birth to her own child. The action takes place in Chinquapin, Louisiana at Truvy’s beauty salon where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. The “regulars” share the message that women have an inner strength that is evident during good times as well as bad times.

April 12-28th, 2024

Sweeney Todd Auditions

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April 14th and 15th 

Callbacks: Tuesday April 16th by invitation only

This is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after fifteen years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up… and the carnage has only just begun! Perhaps composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s most perfect score, Sweeney Todd is lush, operatic, and full of soaring beauty, pitch-black comedy and stunning terror.
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