Waukegan Park District

Bowen Park Theatre Company




Upcoming Performances
• Ticket Information
• Audition Information
• History of Bowen Park Theatre & Opera Company


Please click here for the 2015-16 Season brochure.



Upcoming Performances



Ticket Information

JBC Box Office- Jack Benny Center for the Arts front desk, located at 39 Jack Benny Drive-Bowen Park, Waukegan, IL
Call for reservations – 847-360-4740.


Bowen Park Theatre Company
Single Tickets
Adult: $20
Senior/Military: $15
Student: $10


Season Tickets
Adult: $40

Senior/Military: $30
Student: $20


Online and telephone orders can be made by contacting:


Bowen Park Theatre Company presents:


The Mercy Seat

by Neil Labute

The Guys

by Anne Nelson

directed by Jason Clark

September 25 & 26, October 2, 3, 4*, 9, 10 & 11*, 2015


Agnes of God

by John Pielmeier

January 29, 30, February 5, 6, 7*, 12, 13 & 14*, 2016


The Comedy of Errors

by William Shakespeare

March 25, 26, April 1, 2, 3*, 8, 9, 10*, 2016


8pm curtain for all shows except *Sunday matinees at 3pm


Call the Jack Benny Center for the Arts for more information (847)360-4740.


Youth Theatre Classes

For more information regarding Youth Theatre Classes, please call the Jack Benny Center for the Arts at (847) 360-4740 or click here for more information from the current program guide.


Jack Benny Center for the Arts

39 Jack Benny Drive

Waukegan, IL 60087



A little bit of history...

Dr. Lynn Schornick and Ken Smouse founded Bowen Park Theatre Company in the spring of 1987 at approximately the same time as Bowen Park Opera. The Company’s objective was to produce mostly classical drama and comedies, avoiding musicals and the repertory of neighboring theatre groups. Within three years, Bowen Park Theatre became a fully professional, non-equity theatre, joining the professional ranks of only two other companies in Lake County. Jason Clark is currently the artistic director for the Bowen Park Theatre.

Bowen Park Opera Company has its roots to the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra performances in the mid-1980s. In 1987, the new Jack Benny Center for the Arts facility was completed in Bowen Park. Dr. Lynn Schornick and Ken Smouse founded Bowen Park Opera Company to perform in Goodfellow Hall. Its first production was a double bill in the spring of 1987 of Holst’s The Wandering Scholar and Mozart’s The Impresario. Bowen Park Opera Company was last under the capable direction of Kathryn Kamp (Stage Director) and Chris Richards (Music Director).

In December 10, 2003, the Waukegan Park District and the Jack Benny Center for the Arts renamed the theatre in Goodfellow Hall, the Dr. Lynn Schornick Theatre, to honor the man who had brought so much to Waukegan and the arts community.







Subscription series plays presented at the Schornick over the years...

“Don Juan in Hell” from Man and Superman,
Shaw (1987)
The Petrified Forest, Sherwood (1996) Cooking with Lard (2004)
  A Midsummer Night’s Dream,
Shakespeare (1996)
Ends, Alex (2004)
The Beaux Stratagem, Farquhar (1988) Bullshot Crummond, White & Shearman (1996)  
Twelfth Night, Shakespeare (1988) Miss Margarid’s Way, Athayde (1996) The Tamin’ of the Shrew, Shakespeare (2005)
    And Then There Were None, Christie (2005)
The School for Wives, Moliere (1989) The Night of the Iguana, Williams (1997)  
The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde (1989) The Fan, Goldoni (1997) Barefoot in the Park, Simon (2006)
The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare (1989) Dial ”M” for Murder, Knott (1997) Othello, Shakespeare (2006)
Dracula, Deane & Balderston (1990) Come Blow Your Horn, Simon (1998) Bleacher Bums, conceived by Joe Mantegna, written by The Organic
Theater Company, produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. (2007)
The Good Doctor, Simon (1990) Arsenic and Old Lace, Kesselring (1998) True West, Shepard (2007)
True West, Shepard (1990) The Ladies of the Camellias,
Garrett-Groag (1998)
Buried Child, Shepard (2007)
Marty, Chayefsky (1991) The Meeting, Stetson (1999) The Boys Next Door, Griffin (2008)
Brief Lives, Garland (1991) Private Lives, Coward (1999) Waiting for Godot, Beckett (2008)
What the Butler Saw, Orton (1991) Twelfth Night, Shakespeare (1999) The Mousetrap, Christie (2008)
‘night, Mother, Norman (1992) Broken Glass, Miller (2000) The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Simon (2009)
The Front Page, Hecht & McArthur (1992) Seascape, Albee (2000) Hamlet, Shakespeare (2009)
  Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare (2000)  
The Royal Family, Ferber & Kaufman (1993)   The Complete Works of Williams Shakespeare (abridged) (2010)
The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, Bradbury (1993) Blithe Spirit, Coward (2001) Death of a Salesman, Miller (2010)
Sly Fox, Gelbart (1993) On the Verge, Overmyer (2001)  
  Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Hampton (2001) Sleuth, Shaffer (2011)
A Man for All Seasons, Bolt (1994)   A Piece of My Heart, Lauro (2011)
Little Murders, Feiffer (1994) All in the Timing, Ives (2002)  
Sleuth, Shaffer (1994) Onto Infinity, Alex (2002) (world premiere) Bullshot Crummond, House, White, Shearman, Andrews & Cunningham (2012)
  The Glass Menagerie, Williams (2002) A Few Good Men, Sorkin (2012)
Boesman and Lena, Fugard (1995)    
How the Other Half Loves, Ayckbourn (1995) The Belle of Amherst, Luce (2003) Killers, Olive (2013)
Noises Off, Frayn (1995) Duet for One, Kempinski (2003) A Man For All Seasons, Bolt (2013)
  The Foreigner, Shue (2003) Kitchen Therapy, Calhoun (2013)


Acts to Follow

No Exits and Pilatus (Spring 2012)
For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls and The Winking Cyclops (Fall 2012) The Zoo Story and Wolves (Winter 2012)

Picasso at the Lapin Agile and The Last Stand (Spring 2013)

Fourteen (Fall 2013)

The Worker (Winter 2014)
Simmer (Winter 2014) An Adult Evening of Shel Silversten (Spring 2014)  




Shows for Young Audiences presented at the Schornick over the years...


Aesop’s Fables (1988) Rumpelstiltskin (1997) Jack and the Beanstalk (2005)
The Wizard of Oz (1988) The Enchanted Ring (1997) Why Do Heroes Have Big Feet? (2005)
Rumpelstiltskin (1988)
The Little Knight (1997)
Rumpelstiltskin (2005)
The Emperor’s New Clothes (1988) The Snow King (1997) Shoemaker and the Elves (2005)
The Amazing Adventures of Mother Goose (1989) The Three Billy Goats Gruff (1998)

Alice in Wonderland (2006)

The Amazing Adventures of Peter Rabbit (1989) The Fisherman and His Wife (1998) Hansel and Gretel (2006)
The Amazing Adventures of Little Red Riding Hood (1989) The Frog Prince (1998) The Sword in the Stone (2006)
  Holly (1998) Christmas Frost (2006)
Hansel and Gretel (1990)    
Timothy, the Timid Dragon (1990) The Outlaw of Sherwood Forest (1999) The Emperor’s New Clothes (2007)
Goldilocks and the Three Bears (1990) The Thrifty Ant & the Idle Grasshopper (1999) Sideways Stories (2007)
  The Olive Tree (1999) Patchwork (2007)
Cinderella (1991) The Ransom of Red Chief-Summer Touring (1999) The Mouse Who was Stirring (2007)
The Princess and the Pea (1991) The Festival of Lights (1999)  
What Ever Happened to Baby Bear? (1991)   A Thousand Cranes (2008)
  Pinocchio (2000) Pecos Bill and the Ghost Stampede (2008)
The Emperor’s New Clothes (1992) Beauty and the Beast (2000) The True Story of Cinderella (2008)
The Enchanted Ring (1992) The Princess and the Pea (2000) Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz (2008)
Pinocchio (1992) Chest of Dreams (2000) Hansel and Gretel's Quest for Good (2008)
The Christmas That Almost Wasn't’t (1992)    
  Aladdin and the Magic Lamp (2001) Charlotte's Web (2009)
Rumpelstiltskin (1993) The Sword and the Stone (2001) Aladdin (2009)
The Point (1993) The True Story of Cinderella (2001) Pinocchio (2009)
Hansel and Gretel (1993) Ahmal and the Night Visitor – Opera (2001) The Enchanted Ring (2009)
Home for Christmas (1993)    
  The Misadventures of Tom Sawyer (2002) Rumpelstiltskin (2010)

Little Red Riding Hood (1994)

Tom Sawyer, Scoundrel at Large (2002) Jack and the Beanstalk (2010)
The Little Knight (1994) Tom Sawyer and the Legend of Injun Joe (2002) Puss in Boots (2010)
The Shoemaker and the Elves (1994) The Little Prince (2002) The Little Prince (2010)
A Christmas Frost (1994)    
  Stuart Little (2003) The Emperor's New Clothes (2011)
The Three Billy Goats Gruff (1995) The Mischief Makers (2003) The Frog Prince (2011)
The Frog Prince (1995) the boy who stole the stars (2003) The Point (2011)
In the Center Ring (1995) Christmas Tea (2003) The Little Prince (2011)
The 3 Little Pigs (1996) The Emperor’s New Clothes (2004) The Little Knight (2012)
The Tough and Tender Troll (1996) The Time Machine (2004)  
The Prince Who Couldn't Talk (1996) Aladdin and the Magic Lamp (2004)  
Pinocchio (1996) The Red Shoes (2004)  
Little Red Riding Hood (1996)    
The Gift of the Magi (1996)    





Subscription series operas presented at the Schornick over the years...

Amahl and the Night Visitors, Menotti (1987)
Madama Butterfly, Puccini (1994) The Old Maid and the Thief, Menotti (2002)
  Hansel and Gretel, Humperdinck (1994) The Telephone, Menotti (2002)
The Wandering Scholar, Holst (1988)   Werther, Massenet (2002)
The Medium, Menotti (1988) The Bartered Bride, Smetana (1995)  

Die Fledermaus, Strauss (1995) The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart (2003)
Trial by Jury, Sullivan (1989)   Carmen, Bizet (2003)
H.M.S. Pinafore, Sullivan (1989) I Pagliacci, Leoncavallo (1996)  
La Boheme, Puccini (1989)
The Merry Wives of Windsor, Nicholai (1996)
Italian Opera, Suskind (2004)
Bastien and Bastienne, Mozart (1989)   Hansel and Gretel (2005)
Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night, Argento (1989) The Consul, Menotti (1997)  
The Impresario, Mozart (1989) La Traviata, Verdi (1997) Trouble in Tahiti, Bernstein and Gallantry, Moore (2006)
The Threepenny Opera, Weill (1990) The Barber of Seville, Rossini (1998) The Impresario (Mozart), The Telephone (Menotti), The Secret of Susanna (Wolf-Ferrari) (2007)
The Barber of Seville, Rossini (1990) The Turn of the Screw, Britten (1998)  
Trouble in Tahiti, Bernstein (1990)   The Elixir of Love, Donizetti (2008)
  Madama Butterfly, Puccini (1999)  
The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart (1991) Don Pasquale, Donizetti (1999) Cosi Fan Tutte, Mozart (2009)
La Traviata, Verdi (1992) Cosi fan tutte, Mozart (2000) The Lives and Loves of Shakespeare's Women (2010)
The Italian Girl in Algiers, Rossini (1992) Cinderella, Rossini (2000)  
Cosi fan tutti, Mozart (1993) Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti (2001)  
The Elixir of Love, Donizetti (1993)    

Operas for Young Audiences Presented

La Serva Padrona (The Maid Made Mistress), Pergolesi
Malooley and the Fear Monster, Pozdro Little Red Riding Hood, Barab


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