15 years on Chicago Street. Production No. 289

Posted by CST historian Marcia Burbage


The Graduate , opening April 12, 2013, will be the 289th major production presented by the Community Theatre Guild.  Just 15 years ago, on April 1, 1998, CTG came into possession of the Assembly of God Church.  The first play produced in the newly named Chicago Street Theatre was Greater Tuna on April 12, 1998…major production number 192.

Of course, besides these 97 major plays, there have been many other productions presented in these 15 years – 14 Popcorn Festival children’s shows;  20 some other productions for children and young people;  around 10 guest presentations (Valpo Reads a Book, African-American Weekend, St. Paul Catholic School);  some 20 One-Night Jams (guest musicians who concerts). . . .

All in all Chicago Street theatre has been a very busy place, and it doesn’t look like events will slow down any time soon!

The building was transformed from a church into a theatre over a short time – about 7 months – but other improvements followed intermittently.  

Tune in for more historical musings in the coming weeks.