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An Introduction

Elgin Theatre Company (ETC), known until July 1, 2005, as the Elgin Community Theatre, was founded in the spring of 1952 as an evening adult education class at Elgin Community College (ECC). Its first production was The Male Animal on April 4th and 5th, 1952, and its first full season of plays started that fall. For over 50 seasons, ETC has continuously produced high quality adult entertainment for Elgin Illinois and the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

From its founding until the late 1960's, ETC was supported by and closely associated with ECC, but with its own governing body. Later it became a fully independent group. ETC was incorporated as a tax exempt, not for profit corporation, in 1970. Since its first production, ETC has been financially self supporting.  ETC gratefully accepts grants and donations from both private and public bodies at any time.

We focus on two goals:

  • production of high quality plays

  • education in the theatre arts

The group draws actors, singers, dancers, carpenters, and a host of others from Elgin, nearby communities, and from as far away as Chicago. It draws its audience from the same area with most of the people living in and around Elgin.

Our artistic direction has emphasized a mixture of popular musicals, comedies, dramas, and mysteries. ETC has attempted to meet a wide range of theatre interests with such offerings as Bus Stop, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Cane Mutiny Court Martial, South Pacific, Dracula, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Cinderella, On Golden Pond, Steambath, The Fantasticks, Arsenic and Old Lace, Nunsense, Cabaret,  and Marvin's Room.

Other high points of ETC's history include:

  • ETC produced the Elgin Summer Youth Theatre for the City of Elgin during the 1970's and early 1980's .
  • ETC held numerous training classes and field trips for its members to improve their skills, both on stage and off stage.
  • ETC received numerous awards over the years. It has been rated by drama critics as one of the best community theatres in the western suburbs.
  • ETC held two play writing contests for Elgin authors. Its first play writing contest in 1975 was held to celebrate the history of Elgin as part of the Bicentennial of the American Revolution.
  • ETC produced its first musical, The Fantasticks, at the end of the 1965-1966 season. 
  • ETC produced Fox River Anthology in 1976 as part of the Bicentennial of the American Revolution.  It was the first production of an original play.
  • ETC changed from Elgin Community Theatre to Elgin Theatre Company on July 1, 2005.
  • ETC has produce the following original plays:

               Fox River Anthology - 1975
               Through a Child's Eyes - 1976
               Fanfare - 1977
               Christmas Spectacular - 1993
               Shoah - Anne Frank and the Holocaust - 1995

Our Board of Directors


   Linda Collins, President         Jon Kramp, Treasurer                Annamarie Wilcox



            Ed Duncan                        Madeline Franklin              Dick Grieger                       Herb Gross                     


        Eric Orlow                     Lori Rohr                         Andrew Ross                 Don Swenson, Emeritus


Playbills over the years

It Runs in the Family - 2003

It Runs in the Family - 2003

The Nerd - 2003

The Nerd - 2002

The Silver Whistle - 1963The Silver Whistle - 1963
Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? - 1990Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? - 1990 Run For Your Wife - 2008Run For Your Wife - 2008 Pools Paradise - 1968Pools Paradise - 1968
What A Spot! - 1992What a Spot - 1992 The Miracle Worker - 1968The Miracle Worker - 1968 The Long Christmas Dinner and Amahl and the Night Visitor - 1992 The Long Christmas Dinner and Amahl and the Night Visitor - 1992
Ah Wilderness - 1965Ah Wilderness - 1965 Sabrina Fair - 1957Sabrina Fair - 1957 The Miner's Daughter or Trapped in the Shaft - 1957The Miner's Daughter or Trapped in the Shift - 1957
The Music Man - 1989The Music Man - 1989 Gypsy - 1975Gypsy - 1975 The Wisdom of Eve - 1967The Wisdom of Eve - 1967
Auntie Mame - 1997Auntie Mame - 1997 Through A Child's Eye - 1976Thru A Childs Eyes - 1976 Twelve Angry Men - 1983Twelve Angry Men - 1983

Historical Photos And Other Items

Photos from selected past and current productions can be found on the Photo Gallery page.

Annual meeting - 1957           Newspaper ad for 1998-1999 season.

           Annual meeting of ETC members - June 1957                        Advertisement published in The Courier News on October 8, 1998.



     Membership card number 1, issued September 2, 1953.                   Ticket to The Heiress for Saturday, October 24, 1953.

     Membership card #1, issued September 2, 1953.              Ticket to The Heiress for Saturday October 24, 1953.


Elgin Cultural Arts Commission award - May 1996

One of several awards given to the Elgin Theatre Company by the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission for its "valuable contributions to culture and arts in Elgin." This award was presented to Elgin Community Theatre on May 1, 1996, by Mayor Kevin Kelly at a ceremony held in Lords Park.



ETC Productions over the Years

See the Photo Gallery for photos from selected productions.

ETC Productions - 1952 to 1960

1952 The Male Animal
1952-1953 Detective Story Philadelphia Story Stalag 17
1953-1954 The Heiress Angle In the Pawnshop Mister Roberts
1954-1955 Come Back Little Sheba Ten Little Indians The Robe The Curious Savage
1955-1956 My Three Angles Night Must Fall First Lady
1956-1957 Suspect Twelfth Night Sabrina Fair
1957-1958 The Miner's Daughter or Trapped in a Shaft Witness for the Prosecution Teahouse of the August Moon
1958-1959 Death Takes a Holiday The Mousetrap Bus Stop
1959-1960 The Happiest Millionaire Summer and Smoke The Girls in 509

ETC Productions - 1960 to 1970

1960-1961 Goodby My Fancy The Desperate Hours Blithe Spirit
1961-1962 The Hasty Heart The Man Who Came to Dinner Patterns
1962-1963 You Can't Take it with You Rebecca The Silver Whistle
1963-1964 Affairs of State Arsenic and Old Lace The Willow and I
1964-1965 Guest in the House Our Town Bell Book and Candle
1965-1966 Ah, Wilderness Caine Mutiny Court Martial The Fantasticks
1966-1967 Lilliom The Wisdom of Eve The Boy Friend
1967-1968 The Great Sebastions Ransom Pool's Paradise
1968-1969 The Miracle Worker Never Too Late
1969-1970 Send me no Flowers All The King's Men

ETC Productions - 1970 to 1980

1970-1971 The Odd Couple Don't Drink the Water A Thousand Clowns
1971-1972 Front page You're a Good Man Charlie Brown The Gazebo
1972-1973 Dark of the Moon Mary, Mary Rope
1973-1974 Roar of the Greasepaint Smell of the Crowd The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-The-Moon Marigolds The Last of the Red Hot Lovers
1974-1975 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Plaza Suite Gypsy
1975-1976 Status Quo Vadis Fox River Anthology You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running Godspell
1976-1977 Through a Child's Eyes Godspell Matchmaker A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
1977-1978 Fanfare Apple Tree Play it Again Sam
1978-1979 Finishing Touches Breath of Spring Carnival
1979-1980 See How They Run Gaslight The Sunshine Boys

ETC Productions - 1980 to 1990

1980-1981 Mr. Scrooge Harvey Where's Charley
1981-1982 Something's Afoot Mr. Scrooge Little Mary Sunshine Steambath
1982-1983 Hay Fever The Homecoming Stop the World, I Want to Get Off
1983-1984 Twelve Angry Men A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley Jesus Christ Superstar Bus Stop
1984-1985 Barefoot In the Park Wizard of Oz On Golden Pond The Fantasticks
1985-1986 Sound of Music Gift of the Magi/Partridge in a Pear Tree Bad Seed One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
1986-1987 Annie Its a Wonderful Life Brighton Beach Memories Story Theatre
1987-1988 Carousel Christmas Carol Biloxi Blues A Little Night Music
1988-1989 Guys and Dolls Its a Wonderful Life Harvey Once Upon a Mattress House of Blue Leaves
1989-1990 Music Man Miracle on 34th Street Broadway Bound Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up Don't Drink the Water

ETC Productions - 1990 to 2000

1990-1991 South Pacific Christmas Carol Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up Dial M for Murder
1991-1992 Oliver Life With Father What a Spot Plaza Suite
1992-1993 Fiddler on the Roof The Long Christmas Dinner and Amahl and the Night Visitor Glass Menagerie The Odd Couple (female version)
1993-1994 Annie Get Your Gun Christmas Spectacular On Golden Pond Bakers Wife
1994-1995 Born Yesterday Rags Crimes of the Heart Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Shoah - Anne Frank and the Holocaust
1995-1996 Fame The Musical Cinderella Merrily We Roll Along Marvin's Room Amadeus
1996-1997 Godspell Auntie Mame The Secret Garden
1997-1998 You Can't Take It With You I Hate Hamlet
1998-1999 Nunsense Arsenic and Old Lace A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
1999-2000 The Boy Friend Biloxi Blues Don't Drink The Water

ETC Productions - 2000 thru 2010

2000-2001 Dracula Broadway Bound Lend Me A Tenor
2001-2002 Rumors The Nerd Forever Plaid
2002-2003 Perfect Wedding It Runs in The Family Cabaret
2003-2004 Sly Fox The Bleacher Bums Little Shop of Horrors
2004-2005 No Sex Please, We're British The Underpants Pippin
2005-2006 Night of The Living Dead Godspell Moon Over Buffalo
2006-2007 The Haunting of  Hill  House Children's Letters to God Get Smart
2007-2008 The House of Dracula Run For Your Wife Nunsense II
2008-2009 Lost In Yonkers Laugh-In Comedy Spectacular
2009-2010 Twilight Zone Are You Being Served M*A*S*H

ETC Productions - 2010 to present

2010-2011 It's a Wonderful Life Noises Off The Woman In Black  
2011-2012 Bleacher Bums It's a Wonderful Life Leaving Iowa You Can't Take It With You
2012-2013 Social Security Sex Please We're Sixty Love Letters  
2013-2014 Fox on the Fairway Men Are Dogs Brighton Beach Memoirs  
2014-2015 All Shook Up It's a Wonderful Life Leading Ladies Beau Jest
2015-2016 Wait Until Dark A Christmas Carol M*A*S*H Cemetery Club
2016-2107 Elgin Fringe Fest Plays A Christmas Carol    

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