High School Summer Theatre Program

Summer Theatre 50th Anniversary logo

50th Anniversary Picnic June 25 at Underwood Park

The Town of Normal honors the High School Summer Theatre Program’s 50th anniversary with a free, picnic-style community celebration at Underwood Park’s Brander Shelter on Saturday, June 25 at 5 p.m. Food and drink will be provided, with formal comments by Town officials and program veterans beginning around 6 p.m. The event is free to attend, but RSVP is required by Monday, June 20 for food and beverage purposes. RSVP via email to events@normal.org

Immediately following the picnic, the evening performance of “Grease” will begin at 7 p.m. at the nearby Connie Link Amphitheatre, roughly one block away along the Constitution Trail. Tickets to the performance will be available for cash-only purchase at the gate. 

Since the High School Summer Theatre program began in 1972, thousands of local students have taken part in summer productions. Town of Normal Cultural Arts Department Director Beth Whisman says the enduring program “is a special point of pride for our community.” 

“We invite current and former cast members, volunteers, parents, staff and supporters to join us in celebrating the High School Summer Theatre Program’s remarkable legacy and impact,” Whisman says. “Come share in some food, fellowship and fond memories, and then stick around to enjoy ‘Grease’ just down the trail.”

Grease: The Musical

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey


Town of Normal waives fees to honor 50th Anniversary

The Town of Normal Cultural Arts Department is honoring the High School Summer Theatre Program’s 50th Anniversary this year by waiving participation fees for cast and crew members. This summer’s production of the iconic 1950s-themed musical “Grease” will take place at Connie Link Amphitheatre in June and July, including a special pre-show anniversary celebration picnic on Saturday, June 25.

“Grease” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company. www.concordtheatricals.com

Grease the musical logo

2022 Performance Schedule 

Date  Time
Thursday, June 16
7 p.m.
Friday, June 17
7 p.m.
Saturday, June 18
7 p.m.
Rain Date: Sunday, June 19
7 p.m.
Thursday, June 23
7 p.m.
Friday, June 24
7 p.m.
Saturday, June 25
CANCELED (weather)
Rain Date: Sunday, June 26
7 p.m.
Thursday, June 30
7 p.m.
Friday, July 1
7 p.m.
Saturday, July 2
7 p.m.

Tickets (available at the gate)

Age Cost 
Adults  $10
Students/Seniors $5
Season Pass - Available for purchase at any performance! 
$40 
5 and Under  FREE