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North Central College announces 2023-24 Fine & Performing Arts Season

Jul 24, 2023

A performance lineup that has something for everyone! 

North Central College Fine & Performing Arts is proud to announce the 2023-2024 season. Featuring live, and in-person events perfect for all ages, this season begins Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023 and runs through April 2024. The lineup includes artists and ensembles both new and returning to campus, with a variety of performances that span genres such as classical music, comedy, family and youth theatrical events, and cabarets.

In December, North Central will once again host the Home for the Holidays series featuring artists: “Teen Idol” Frankie Avalon; local artist Erin Oechsel’s “Merry Musings: A Christmas Cabaret!”; and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild & Swingin’ Holiday Party.

Tickets for individual performances and season subscriptions are on sale now. Patrons who purchase three or more shows save up to 20 percent on performances by becoming a season subscriber. To purchase a season subscription, please call the Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or stop by the Box Office located in the Fine Arts Center at 171 E. Chicago Ave.

Performance information is subject to change. Visit throughout the season to purchase tickets and check for updates.

Rock, Pop, and R&B

  • Oct. 29: The Doo Wop Project
  • Nov. 11: Brass Transit: The Musical Legacy of Chicago
  • Jan. 27: The Beat Goes On starring Lisa McClowry as Cher
  • Feb. 17: The Drifters

Classical, Comedy, and Cabaret

  • Jan. 14: Chicago Sinfonietta’s Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: PULSE
  • March 3: Jonathon Lynch’s “The Baroque Cycle”
  • March 8: HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis starring Stephanie Courtney & Asad Mecci
The Doo Wop Project band.

The Doo Wop Project

Youth and Family

  • Oct. 28: The Panto Company USA’s “Cinderella”
  • April 6: TheaterWorksUSA’s “Cat Kid Comic Club: The Musical”
  • April 20: The Let’s Go Science Show

Holiday, sponsored by City of Naperville Special Events & Cultural Amenities Fund

  • Dec. 2: Frankie Avalon
  • Dec. 3: Erin Oechsel’s “Merry Musings: A Christmas Cabaret!”
  • Dec. 16: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild & Swingin Holiday Party

North Central College Music

  • Oct. 6: Homecoming Kickoff Concert
  • Nov. 9: An Evening of Jazz Fall Concert
  • Nov. 17: Explore the Sound
  • Nov. 20: Jazz Combo & Big Band Fall Concert
  • Dec. 1: North Central College Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert
  • Dec. 5: Concert Winds Winter Concert
  • Feb. 10: Gospel Extravaganza
  • Feb. 21: Winter Choral Festival
  • March 1: An Evening of Jazz Spring Concert
  • March 2: Chords for Kids
  • April 9: Jazz Combo & Big Band Spring Concert
  • April 10: Concert Winds Spring Concert
  • April 12: Spring Choral “Finale!” Concert
  • April 19: North Central College Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert
The cast of Cinderella on stage.

The cast of "Cinderella"

North Central College Theater

  • Oct. 4-5, 7- 8: “Pool (No Water)”
  • Oct. 21, 22: Fusion: Fall Dance Production
  • Nov. 2-5: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”
  • Nov. 30, Dec. 1-3: “A Devil Comes to Town”
  • Feb. 1- 4: “The Neo-Futurists x North Central Collab: A Co-Production with The Neo-Futurists Theater”
  • Feb. 29, March 1, 2, 3: Guest Directed Spring Musical - TBA
  • April 11-14: “this is not the reunion”

North Central College’s 2023-2024 Fine and Performing Arts Performance Series is supported by the following sponsors and partners: City of Naperville Special Events and Cultural Amenities Fund; Illinois Arts Council Agency; Advanced Data Technologies; Blooming Color; Chef By Request; Elements at Water Street; Monarch Landing; Naperville Magazine; Naperville Park District; Nicor Gas; BMO Harris Bank; Catch 35; Dommermuth, Cobine, West, Gensler, Philipchuck and Corrigan, Ltd.; Marquette; Naper Settlement; Century 21 affiliated Ryan Hill Group; and Naperville Development Partnership.

The band Brass Transit.

Brass Transit