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High-quality community theater isn’t inexpensive to produce! In addition to rent for our office space at The Gorton Community Center and other ongoing expenses, each new production involves the rental of the stage, lights, sound system and dressing rooms, royalties and licensing fees, costumes, scenery, lighting, sound, stipends for professional directors and designers, instrumentalists, and script costs, to name just a few.

Unfortunately, rent has increased over the years. So a large-scale summer musical can now cost up to $50,000. This wasn’t the case in the past. Rent used to be quite affordable, but in recent years, we’ve seen a significant increase from The Gorton Community Center.

Fortunately, we are able to keep our ticket prices down with the help of dedicated volunteers and a loyal membership base.

Your support enables us to maintain the high level of excellence we have offered over the last 47 years.And with your help, we can keep it going.


Want to make a quick donation to CenterStage in Lake Forest and see your dollars go right to work? No problem! Just click on the icon to the right to make that donation.

Important note: The Gorton Community Center does not produce CenterStage productions, nor work with CenterStage in Lake Forest as regards to any ticket sales, production responsibilities, or artistic decisions, including material selection, auditions, casting,  rehearsal scheduling, performance, or design.

CenterStage in Lake Forest is an independent not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. Donations to The Gorton Community Center do not benefit CenterStage in Lake Forest.

All production matters are the province of the Board of Directors of CenterStage in Lake Forest, which is solely responsible for the activities of the company.

If you have any questions regarding CenterStage in Lake Forest, please call us directly at (847) 234-6062, or e-mail us at