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Performing arts on stage at North Central College through April 2024


Above / The Drifters are set to perform Feb. 17, 2024. (Photo courtesy North Central College)

Featuring live, and in-person events perfect for all ages, the North Central College Performing Arts season continues 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.

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, 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 listed here is subject to change. 

Visit northcentralcollege.edu/show throughout the season to purchase tickets and check for updates.

North Central College is home to world-class fine and performing arts venues including Pfeiffer Hall, staging events since 1926. (PN Photo)

Rock, Pop, and R&B

  • Feb. 17: The Drifters / 8PM, Pfeiffer Hall (810 E. Benton Ave., Naperville) Get your tickets.

Black History Month

  • Feb. 8: 1619: Journey of a People, The Musical / 7 – 8:30PM, Wentz Concert Hall (171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville) Get your FREE tickets.
  • Feb. 10: Voices of Praise 36th Annual Gospel Extravaganza / 3 – 5PM / Wentz Concert Hall (171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville) Get your tickets.
  • Feb. 17: The Drifters / 8PM, Pfeiffer Hall (810 E. Benton Ave., Naperville) Get your tickets.
  • Feb. 20: Everything Dope about America Comes from Chicago: A Journey of Intersectionality & Storytelling with Chicago Historian and TikTok Star Shermann “Dilla” Thomas / 7 – 8:30PM, Wentz Concert Hall (171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville) Get your FREE tickets.
  • For more information about North Central College’s 2024 Black History Month activities and events visit, www.northcentralcollege.edu/diversity-inclusion/black-history-month/2024.

Classical, Comedy, and Cabaret

  • March 3: Jonathon Lynch’s “The Baroque Cycle” / ($30.00 – $35.00) Madden Theatre
  • March 8: HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis starring Stephanie Courtney & Asad Mecci / ($45-$50)  Wentz Concert Hall 

Youth and Family

  • April 6: TheaterWorksUSA’s “Cat Kid Comic Club: The Musical” / 10AM and 1PM ($10 to $15) / Pfeiffer Hall 
  • April 20: The Let’s Go Science Show / 10AM and 1PM ($10 to $15) / Wentz Concert Hall (Final show in the series featured and presented by North Central College Fine & Performing Arts)
Since Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center opened in 2008, North Central College has been dedicated to providing the College and its community with world-class entertainment on more stages than ever. (PN Photo)

North Central College Music

  • Feb. 10: Voices of Praise 36th Annual Gospel Extravaganza / 3 – 5PM / Wentz Concert Hall (171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville) Get your tickets
  • 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
North Central College is home to Meiley-Swallow Hall, renovated in 2007 to include a 229-seat theatre with a thrust stage for musical and theatre productions. (PN Photo)

North Central College Theater

  • Feb. 29, March 1, 2, 3: Guest Directed Spring Musical – Ride the Cyclone ($10 to $14) Meiley-Swallow Hall. Times: 7:30PM February 29, March 1, 2, 2024 and 2PM March 2 & 3
  • April 11-14: “this is not the reunion” / 7:30PM / ($10 to $14) Madden Theatre
Wentz Concert Hall and Madden Theatre both are located in the North Central College Fine and Performing Arts Center, just steps from downtown Naperville. Think dinner and the show! (PN Photo)

Thanks for supporting the arts 

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.

North Central College since 1861

North Central College provides students with the confidence, instruction and direction they need to exceed their personal best inside and outside of the classroom and throughout their careers. Founded in 1861, and located just 28 miles west of Chicago in the Historic District of Naperville, Ill.—named among the nation’s “Best Places to Live” by Money magazine—North Central is home to nearly 3,000 students and offers more than 70 undergraduate majors, 60 additional undergraduate minors and concentrations, and 13 graduate degree programs.

Visit northcentralcollege.edu to discover why U.S. News & World Report has named North Central a “Best in the Midwest” school for 20 years in a row and to learn more about the College’s state-of-the-art facilities and distinctive programs, particularly in the sciences and business.

Originally Posted, Nov. 15, 2023 / Last Updated, Feb. 28, 2024

Feb. 28, 2024 / Important Announcement from North Central College Fine & Performing Arts regarding ‘Presented Performance Series’

Dear friends and supporters of the arts,

We wanted to share some news that was recently announced to our campus community. At the conclusion of the 2023-2024 season, the College will no longer offer a Presented Performance Series as part of its fine and performing arts program. The current season will continue as scheduled with the final presented performance—The Let’s Go Science Show—taking place on April 20, 2024. The significant operational cost of the series no longer made financial sense for the College.

This decision is in no way a reflection of the College’s longstanding commitment to the arts. The College’s venues and stages will continue to showcase our collaborations with partner organizations, such as the Chicago Sinfonietta, the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, the Naperville Chorus, and many others, throughout the year. Alumni, friends, and community members will still be welcome to experience world class performances on the North Central College campus through these partnerships, as well as to view stars in the making — our students! — through our many student-led shows.

We have valued your support of the arts at North Central College, and we hope that support will continue. Your ongoing financial generosity is vital to the future of our student performances and our spectacular fine arts venues. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your generosity and patronage of the Fine & Performing Arts at North Central College!

-North Central College Fine & Performing Arts


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