OUR 2023-2024 SEASON

Performances are Fridays & Saturdays at 7:00 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)
House opens 30 minutes before curtain.

Every show features an Opening Night Gala following the performance (excludes fundraiser and MSP at the Museum)!

November 10-12 & 17-19, 2023

Musical sequences complied and conceived by Ron Abel, Billy Barnes and David Galligan

Original Music and Lyrics by Billy Barnes

Musical Direction and Arrangements by Ron Abel

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International

The sound of movies is saluted in this cheerful musical cavalcade of wonderful songs and themes from the world's favorite films. Fresh and fast paced, Blame It On The Movies! is a nostalgic treat that covers more ground than your average Friday night at the karaoke bar. Featuring unforgettable tunes from The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Pink Panther, Rocky, Psycho, Jaws, Gone with The Wind, Goldfinger, The Color Purple, Footloose, and countless others, in a full-filled homage to movies musicals, screwball comedies, shoot-em-up westerns, sizzling screen romances, thrillers, action-adventure flicks, historical epics and auteurs alike. It's the perfect celebration of the silver screen -onstage, live and in person-and a great way to get some of those movie buffs back into theatre. So, serve up the popcorn, sit back and enjoy!
Directed by: Ronn Gordon

February 9-11 & 16-18, 2023

Presented through special arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

Perfect for any performing group, this is the hilarious story of a theatre group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script.

Directed by: John Van Nest

May 10-12 & 17-19, 2023

Presented through special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing.

12 Angry Jurors is a play that contemplates the huge responsibility of 12 ordinary people as they consider the guilt or innocence of a young man accused of murder.

Directed by: Seth Lambright

Boone County Community Complex

All performances are held at the Community Building Complex of Boone County, unless otherwise noted.
111 West First Street | Belvidere IL, 61008

MSP at the Museum

October 21-22, 2023

Murder at the High School Reunion

A graduating class of "St. Sebastian's On The Delaware" had never had a class reunion. When one was announced, everyone was excited! Anybody who was "Anybody" planned on attending: The Football Hero, The Class President, The Head Cheerleader....but when a few of the high school "Nobodies" also show up, things get tense. Suddenly, someone was very dead, but why? And who was responsible?
Directed by: Harmony Thornton

These performances will be at the Boone County Museum of History

December 9-10, 2023 Friday at 7:00pm and Sunday at 2:00pm

Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Beth Bradley’s church’s Christmas pageant is predictable every year -- the angel choir wears too much lipstick, the shepherds are all in their father’s bathrobes, the minister’s son is permanently cast in the role of Joseph -- hardly “four-star entertainment.” But when seasoned and authoritative pageant director Mrs. Armstrong breaks her leg, it is up to Beth’s inexperienced mother Grace to step in. The timing couldn’t be worse, as the rambunctious Herdman children, a rough and tough group of siblings from the wrong side of the tracks, descend upon the pageant, lured by the promise of free dessert at Sunday school, and determined to win all the lead roles for themselves. The Ladies’ Aid Society members are beside themselves with disapproval, all the shepherds quit because Gladys Herdman “hits too hard”, the show is briefly re-titled “Revenge at Bethlehem”, and the church catches on fire. But Beth and her community watch in surprise as the same old Christmas story is rejuvenated by the creativity, energy, and unexpected sincerity of a misunderstood young family. Mary Robinson’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, based on her novel of the same name, is a widely beloved Christmas tale, warm and incredibly funny, full of characters both relatable and utterly unique. The large cast and age range make this show a community favorite, in which a varied, multi-generational group of performers can come together.
Directed by: Kim Hughart

These performances will be at the BooneCounty Museum of History

April 20-21, 2023

Dixie Swim Club has a name change. It is now The Sweet Delilah Swim Club

Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. Sheree, the spunky team captain, desperately tries to maintain her organized and “perfect” life, and continues to be the group’s leader. Dinah, the wisecracking overachiever, is a career dynamo. But her victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life. Lexie, pampered and outspoken, is determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible. She enjoys being married—over and over and over again. The self-deprecating and acerbic Vernadette, acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos. And sweet, eager-to-please Jeri Neal experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of “teamwork,” rally ‘round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB is the story of these five unforgettable women—a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever…
Directed by: Ronn Gordon, Jr.

These performances will be at the Boone County Museum of History