The Rend Lake College Theatre Department offers classes in acting and theatre. Each year, the RLC Theatre program is committed to producing two shows – a fall play and a spring children’s show. Auditions for the shows are open to students and community members who want to gain experience and training on the stage.
- Employ knowledge of specific theatrical elements and associated practices
- Demonstrate, through written works and oral presentations, an understanding of the historical and current impact of theatre upon its society
- Analyze and evaluate live theatrical performances in an educated voice
- Demonstrate believable and effective performance skills through a solo presentation
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Auditions: 6:00 pm Tuesday, September 7
Evening Performances: 7:00 pm Thursday, Friday & Saturday, November 4-6
Matinee Performance: 2:00 pm Sunday, November 7
ThespiansRLC Thespians practice a form of acting called Comedy Improvisation. They perform the same kind of quick-thinking acting exercises as seen on television's "Who's line is it anyway," as well as the exercises "Second City" school of Improvisational acting has mastered. This sort of acting led to the popular Saturday Night Live television series, still running since the 1970s!
The Thespians also rehearse written scripts and perform plays based on current events or issues that teach lessons. Club meetings take place each Friday in the theatre at 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters.
Each spring semester, the Thespians club members perform the annual play, "Flummoxed Fairy Tales," for area grade school children. Student club members earn 3 credits while gaining acting experience in this original, comical spoof of well-known fairy tales. Busloads of grade school children arrive and are entertained for free in late April! Schools are encouraged to make reservations early because seats are limited.
Tracey Webb, the sponsor of the RLC thespians can be reached in her office by email or phone: [email protected] or 618-437-5321, Ext. 1295.
History of the RLC TheatreThe Rend Lake College Theatre has been a source of musical and theatrical entertainment and culture for the community since opening its doors in 1975. In that same time span it has served as a wonderful training tool for students and faculty, and as a gathering place for college and community functions.
The theatre was one of the few facilities on campus which were completed in the college’s master building plan (Phases I, II, III completed in 1973) and was still yet to be renovated by 2007. In November 2007, a massive renovation to the theater began and was complete by the fall of 2008. The $282,000 project greatly enhanced the theater and its ability to engage the community through sound and lighting upgrades, new and more spacious seating, a much-needed center aisle, acoustic wall treatments, new wall-to-wall carpeting, a deluxe stage curtain and valance, paint, more handicapped-accessible seating, and a repair to make the stage thrust operational once again. The transformation enhanced the experience for community members who attend RLC Theatrical productions and musical events and provides students and instructors a top-notch facility in which to train and be trained in the fine arts. Additionally, theatre and music groups in the community who use the theater on a regular basis are benefitting from the renovation.
The productions Grease and Cinderella occurred just before and after the renovation, respectively, and elicited sold-out crowds the likes of which the RLC Theatre department had not experienced in years, if ever, according to former RLC President Mark S. Kern. In fact, additional seating was required to accommodate a standing-only crowd for Cinderella. For years, the format included a theatre production in the fall and spring, and a children’s production once each year. In 2007, the children’s productions were discontinued; however, the theatre department continued to put on Flummoxed Fairy Tales which targeted audiences made up of young students from schools in the RLC district and whose actors are students of the RLC Theatre program.
Productions at RLC have included:
|2021 Spring Musical||RLC Musical Showcase (Virtual Event)||Sara Alstat-Sanders|
|2019 Fall Play||Sinbad||Tracey Webb|
|2019 Spring Musical||9 to 5: The Musical||Sara Alstat|
|2018 Fall Play||The Nutcracker||Tracey Webb|
|2018 Spring Musical||The Addams Family||Sara Alstat|
|2017 Fall Play||The Sleeping Beauty of Loreland||Tracey Webb|
|2017 Spring Musical||The Wizard of Oz||Sara Alstat|
|2016 Fall Play||The Legend of Robin Hood||Tracey Webb|
|2016 Spring Musical||Godspell||Sara Alstat|
|2015 Fall Play||The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus||Tracey Webb|
|2015 Spring Musical||Les Miserablés||Sara Alstat|
|2014 Fall Play||The Hunchback of Notre Dame||Tracey Webb|
|2014 Spring Musical||Little Shop of Horrors||Sara Alstat|
|2013 Fall Play||Treasure Island||Tracey Webb|
|2013 Spring Musical||Into the Woods||Sara Alstat|
|2012 Fall Play||Tom Sawyer||Tracey Webb|
|2012 Spring Musical||Anything Goes||Tracey Webb|
|2011 Fall Play||Father of the Bride||Tracey Webb|
|2011 Spring Musical||South Pacific||Tracey Webb|
|2010 Fall Play||The Three Musketeers||Tracey Webb|
|2010 Spring Musical||Cabaret||Tracey Webb|
|2009 Fall Play||Oliver Twist||Tracey Webb|
|2009 Spring Musical||Annie Get Your Gun||Tracey Webb|
|2008 Fall Play||A Christmas Carol||Tracey Webb|
|2008 Spring Musical||Cinderella||Tracey Webb|
|2007 Fall Play||Get Smart||Tracey Webb|
|2007 Kids Musical||The Coney Island of Dr. Moreau||Tracey Webb|
|2007 Spring Musical||Grease||Tracey Webb|
|2006 Fall Play||The Legend of Sleepy Hollow||Tracey Webb|
|2006 Kids Musical||When In Rome||Tracey Webb|
|2006 Spring Musical||Beauty and the Beast||Tracey Webb|
|2005 Fall Play||Miracle on 34th Street||Tracey Webb|
|2005 Kids Musical||Tumbleweeds||Tracey Webb|
|2005 Spring Musical||Chicago||Tracey Webb|
|2004 Fall Play||Pride and Prejudice||Tracey Webb|
|2004 Kids Musical||Gone With The Breeze||Tracey Webb|
|2004 Spring Musical||Footloose||Tracey Webb|
|2003 Fall Play||It's A Wonderful Life||Tracey Webb|
|2003 Kids Musical||The Twelve Dancing Princesses||Tracey Webb|
|2003 Spring Musical||Show Boat||Tracey Webb|
|2002 Fall Play||Gentlemen Prefer Blondes||Tracey Webb|
|2002 Kids Musical||Kilroy Was Here||Tracey Webb|
|2002 Spring Musical||A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum||Tracey Webb|
|2001 Fall Play||M*A*S*H||Tracey Webb|
|2001 Kids Musical||Flapper||Tracey Webb|
|2001 Spring Musical||Phantom of the Country Opera||Tracey Webb|
|2000 Fall Play||The Beverly Hillbillies||Tracey Webb|
|2000 Kids Musical||Snow White||Tracey Webb|
|2000 Spring Musical||Once Upon A Mattress||Tracey Webb|
|1999 Fall Play||Robin Hood||Tracey Webb|
|1999 Kids Musical||Music Americana||Tracey Webb|
|1999 Spring Musical||Meet Me in St. Louis||Tracey Webb|
|1998 Fall Play||The Butler Did It||Tracey Webb|
|1998 Spring Musical||Seven Brides for Seven Brothers||Tracey Webb|
Vocal and instrumental performers from the RLC Music Department lend their talents to our productions, in addition to performing at the RLC Theatre and out in the community. In August 2005, the college hired Sara Alstat as its Music Program Coordinator and she was promoted to Director of Music in 2007. When she was hired, the RLC Concert Choir and Concert Band took part in a Christmas Concert and Spring Concert, in addition to providing music for RLC Theatre productions. In 2008, Christmas Caroling at Benton Square, a Great Collaborators event combining singers and pianists from area community colleges, and an Annual Madrigal Dinner were added to the list of RLC music performances. The concert band and choir have also performed at many events, such as basketball games, homecoming, RLC Commencement, and the National Junior College Athletic Association Cross Country Championships hosted by RLC in November 2007. In 2013, Alstat began directing our Spring Musicals.
There are many aspects of RLC Theatre productions that are neither seen nor heard by audience members. The “behind-the-scenes” roles include hours and hours of preparation, and set design and construction. For this, Theatre Director Tracey Webb calls upon the services of the RLC Art Department for design and construction aspects. Additionally, students in Theatre Technology learn about building sets from the ground up.
Ellen Esling INA, IL (Oct. 15, 2021) -- Join filmmaker Ellen Esling in the RLC Theatre on Tuesday, October 19, at 9:30 a.m. She will present two of her works dealing with issues that impact the health and well-being of rural communities. She will also discuss her interests as a filmmaker, her process, and her work. Esling received her Media Arts MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where...
Angela Jackson INA, IL (Oct. 15, 2021) -- Angela Jackson, Poet Laureate of Illinois, will present a reading as part of Rend Lake College's Diversity Week. Jackson will speak in the RLC Theater on Monday, Oct. 18, at noon. Born in Greenville, MS, Jackson is the fifth of nine children. She moved to the Southside of Chicago with her family when she was young. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree...
INA, IL (Oct. 15, 2021) – In just a few weeks, an epic showdown in the fantasy world of Narnia will come alive on the Rend Lake College stage. The RLC fall play “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” cast was selected earlier this fall. Tickets for the show go on sale Monday. “This is a wholesome, family-friendly play, focusing upon fantasy, adventure and the epic battle between good and evil,” said...
INA, IL (Oct. 15, 2021) -- Rend Lake College will pay special tribute to the Indian holiday Diwali during a presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 20, in the RLC Theater from 1-2 p.m. Southern Illinois University-Carbondale’s Indian Student Association President Mandeep Redhu and crew will delve into the history of Diwali, the cultures that celebrate the holy festival, what the festival represents, and also...
INA, Ill. (Oct. 14, 2021) — During Diversity Week, cultural and international themed events are offered with the purpose of increasing awareness, understanding and inclusivity. The events are open to all students, faculty and staff and range from film showings to guest speakers and performers. This fall's lineup includes 30 film viewings, six live events and one virtual option. Diversity Week...
INA, IL (Aug. 20, 2021) – It is a story that has delighted young readers for generations, and soon the whimsical world of Narnia will come alive on stage at Rend Lake College. Auditions for “The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe” will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7, in the RLC Theater. The play will hit the stage in November. Actors who are 16 years old and older are encouraged to arrive...
UPDATE — Due to ongoing health concerns with COVID-19, Rend Lake College has canceled the following event. RLC is committed to the safety of students, faculty, staff and the public and is working to limit large gatherings during this time. For up-to-date information on the college’s plan moving forward, visit rlc.edu/coronavirus. INA, Ill. (March 4, 2020) — Rend Lake College’s production of...
UPDATE — Due to ongoing health concerns with COVID-19, Rend Lake College has canceled the following event. RLC is committed to the safety of students, faculty, staff and the public and is working to limit large gatherings during this time. For up-to-date information on the college’s plan moving forward, visit rlc.edu/coronavirus. INA, Ill. (March 3, 2020) — Accomplished musician Jon Garrett,...
INA, Ill. (Jan. 22, 2020) — Looking for a night of laughs? Or maybe you want to test your own comedic skills? The Rend Lake College Thespians Club will host its annual Evening of Comedy Improvisation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 in the RLC Theatre. The Rend Lake College Thespians pose onstage for a photo. Members include (front row, left to right): Sera Samadzai, Raven Gudermuth, Autumn Mohr, Makayla...
INA, Ill. (Dec. 17, 2019) — Rend Lake College is seeking a Jo, an Amy, a Meg, a Beth — and everything in between — for the spring musical “Little Women.” Auditions will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the RLC Theatre. Callbacks will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22. The musical will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4 in the RLC Theatre. A matinee...
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