Show of Support for Lake Forest’s Citadel Theatre Fuels Ongoing Creativity, Philanthropy

While the upcoming holiday season is a time to shine for some theaters, the Citadel Theatre glistens all year long.

From spring and fall workshops and a summer camp, to its annual gala and live shows, the team behind the nonprofit gem has limited downtime. The Citadel’s 2021-22 season is currently underway, with diverse productions on the horizon.

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Enthusiastic attendees of the night seated at Honorary Chairs, Scott and Samantha Falbe of ILC, right, holding up their paddles during the live auction.

From Nov. 19 through Dec. 23, the Lake Forest theatre will present the beloved musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” while “Outside Mullingar” and “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” await in the new year. All told, this season was designed to make theatergoers feel good! 

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 The cast of Citadel Theatre’s Guys and Dolls performing ‘Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat.’ Funds from the night go directly into Citadel’s education program to provide scholarship and opportunities to grow and enrich students.

Of course, none of the theatre’s work would be possible without the generous support of the community. Citadel Theatre raised $100,000 through live and silent auctions at its annual gala on Sept. 25. The event raised funds for the nonprofit theatre company, its education program and the charitable fund Citadel Cares. All proceeds benefit live theatre and enable the nonprofit to provide underserved communities with enrichment opportunities and scholarships toward its educational programs. 

This year’s Gatsby-themed gala was hosted at the David Adler Estate, located at 830 N. Green Bay Road in Lake Forest. The estate was the perfect backdrop for the night, with dancers, musicians and performers matching the period aesthetic that is Gatsby. 

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Citadel Theatre Gala Committee posing for a fun photo in front of the estate. Members in no particular order include: Maureen Acker, Liz Bermingham, Julie Bowman, Anna Marie Brucker, Janet Burt, Cassie Carver, Houda Chedid, Craig Fox, Zoe Gatz, Perry Georgopoulos, Jan Heusdens, Nancy Homer, Romayne Kazmer, Maria Lampros, Lori Lennon, Doris Lim, Don Lynch, Joan Maxwell, Jennifer M. McGregor, Diana Muresan, Phuong-Anh Nguyen, Sherri Nichols, Scott Phelps, Loan Riedel, Sandra Rogover-Reinwald, Lori Rozdolsky, R Michael Rubison, Debbie Scott, Kirk Shepard, Nadine Shepard, Patti Shuma, Adrian Smith, Jason Smith, Nancy Smith, Mary Sreenan, Mary Jane Stutz, Beth Teich, Maria Timis, Liam Tuohy, Maureen O’Grady Touhy, Lisa Wolfe

Citadel Theatre would like to thank its event sponsors: Smith and Gill Architecture, Intelligent Lighting Creations, Northern Trust, Wintrust Community Bank of Lake Forest, Scotty’s on Sheridan, The Frosted Baker, Francesca’s Restaurants, JWC Media, Berkshire Hathaway, Berger Schatz Family Law, The Lake Forest Shop, Smith’s Mens Store, Wine Insiders, AGCG An Alera Group Company, Sunset Foods, My CharCUTErie, Fresh Farms, Ragsdale Inc., Magdalena European Med Spa, Knauz Autopark, Lisa Wolfe Design, Birch Distillery, The John R. Halligan Charitable Fund, and the Illinois Arts Council.

For more information on Citadel Theatre, its annual gala, or becoming a sponsor of Citadel Theatre, call (847) 735-8554 ext. 1 or visit

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