No Ticket Handling Fees, Free Food, Tours of the MAC, Ticket Giveaways, and More

GLEN ELLYN, Ill. – Given great the success of the MAC’s Aug. 16 “Ticket On Sale” event, McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn,Ill. has decided to host “Free for Fall,” a special fall MAC open house and ticket sale event, Saturday, Sept. 27 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Ticket purchasers at “Free for Fall” will enjoy no handling fees and the chance to pick their seats. The first 50 people to purchase tickets will also receive a free goodie bag ticket purchases. Ticket giveaways will take place very half-hour.

Everyone stopping by the MAC’s “Free for Fall” event can take an informal tour of the MAC, visit the Cleve Carney Art Gallery’s current exhibition, “Amy Vogel: A Paraperspective,” enjoy a special photo exhibition by rock n’ roll photographer Paul Natkin, and, beginning at 11 a.m., enjoy free hot dogs and other tasty treats.

Highlights of the MAC’s exciting 2014-2015 season include Jim Peterik and the Ides of March (Sept. 27) comedian and FOX NFL Sunday semi-regular Frank Caliendo (Oct. 4); the kid-friendly sketch comedy troupe Story Pirates (Oct. 4); Oktoberfest with a New Philharmonic Twist (Oct. 11-12); Chicago Dramatists’ Jeff Award-winning production of Keith Huff‘s cop drama, “A Steady Rain” (Oct. 24-26); Country music legend Clint Black’s Christmas Show (Dec. 12); the Russian National Ballet’s “Sleeping Beauty” (Jan. 17); Theatreworks USA’s adaption of Doreen Cronin’s “Click, Clack, Moo” (Feb. 14); Grammy Award-winner Gregory Porter (Feb. 15); the Tony Award-winning Acting Company’s production of William Shakespeare’s “MacBeth” (March 20); a fascinating lecture by best-selling scientist-author Daniel Levitin, author of “This is Your Brain on Music” (April 14) and much more. A list of the 2014-2015 Performance Series events and single ticket prices can be found at the end of this release.

Subscriptions (purchasing tickets to three or more events) are still available and offer the opportunity to save up to 15% off the price of single ticket prices. For more information, call 630.942.4000 or visit

*Events, dates, artists and prices subject to change.

About the MAC


McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near

I-88 and I-355, and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The MAC began major renovations in fall 2012 to update its three performance spaces, construct a new art gallery and outdoor pavilion, and make improvements to the infrastructure, teaching and learning spaces and patron service areas. The MAC renovation was funded as part of the $168 million referendum that voters of District 502 passed in November 2010. The MAC completed its 14-month, $35 million renovation in December 2013 and officially opened its doors to the public with the MAC Madness Celebration on March 8, 2014. The MAC’s 2014-2015 Season is its first full season following the landmark renovations.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational

and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit You can also learn more about the MAC on Facebook at or on twitter at

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) is supported in part by the College of DuPage Foundation. Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit or call 630.942.2462.

Programs at the MAC are partially supported through funding from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

New Philharmonic’s 2014-2015 performances are funded in part by a grant by The DuPage Community Foundation’s JCS Fund for Arts and Education and the Illinois Arts Council.

McAninch Arts Center
2014-2015 Season Events
As of Sept. 15, 2014

(Events, dates, artists and prices subject to change)

The following performances will take place in the MAC’s Belushi Performance Hall
September 2014-May 2015:
New Philharmonic: Puccini’s “Tosca”
Concert production performed in Italian with English supertitles
Saturday, Sept. 20, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 21, 3 p.m.
Tickets: $55

There will be a MAC Chat prior to both performances.

Ides of March 50th Anniversary Show
Featuring Jim Peterik and With Special Guests Carl Giammarese (The Buckinghams), Tom “Toad” Doody (The Cryan’ Shames), Ronnie Rice (The New Colony Six) and Jimy Sohns (The Shadows of Knight)
Saturday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $75 VIP Table/$55 Section A/$50 Section B

Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway
Sunday, Sept. 28, 3 p.m.
Tickets: $54 VIP Table/$49 Section A/$44 Section B

Story Pirates
Saturday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Tickets: $16 Adults/$14 Youth

Frank Caliendo
Saturday, Oct. 4, 7 & 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $60 VIP Table/$48 Section A/$43 Section B

Oktoberfest with a New Philharmonic Twist
Saturday, Oct. 11, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 12, 3 p.m.
Performance tickets $46. Pre-show Oktoberfest dinner tickets $30

Chicago Commercial Collective in Association with Chicago Dramatists, presents
“A Steady Rain” by Keith Huff
Friday, Oct. 24 & Saturday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 26, 3 p.m.
Tickets: $35 VIP Table/$30 Section A/$25 Section B

There will be a post-performance MAC Chat following the Sunday matinée performance

College of DuPage Theater Department presents “A Christmas Carol”
By Charles Dickens, Adapted by William J. Norris
Friday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 29 & Sunday, Nov. 30, 3 & 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15 Adults/$12 Youth

Danú A Christmas Gathering: Feile Na Nallog
Saturday, Dec. 6, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $60 VIP Table/$45 Section A/$40 Section B

Clint Black Christmas Show
Friday, Dec. 12, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $75 VIP Table/$70 Section A/$60 Section B

Von Heidecke’s Chicago Festival Ballet and New Philharmonic present
“The Nutcracker”
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2 & 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 21, 1 & 5 p.m.
Performance tickets: $43 Adults / $32 Youth. Pre-matinee Tea Party tickets: $25

There will be a MAC Chat prior to both evening performances.

New Year’s Eve with New Philharmonic
With Guest Tenor, John Irvin
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1 p.m.
Tickets: $55
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 5 & 9 p.m.
Tickets: $65

New Shanghai Circus
Friday, Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $46 Adults/$36 Youth

Russian National Ballet Presents “Sleeping Beauty”
Saturday, Jan. 17, 3 & 8 p.m.
Performance tickets: $55 Adults/$45 Youth. Pre-matinee Tea Party tickets: $25

New Philharmonic: Ravel and Rachmaninoff
With Guest Pianist Winston Choi
Saturday, Feb. 7, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 8, 3 p.m.
Tickets: $46

There will be a MAC Chat prior to each performance.

Theatreworks USA presents “Click, Clack, Moo”
Saturday, Feb. 14, 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Tickets: $16 Adults /$14 Youth

The Second City 55th Anniversary Show
Saturday, Feb. 14, 6 & 9 p.m.
Tickets: $46 VIP Table/$36 Section A/$32 Section B

Gregory Porter
Sunday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.
Tickets: $59 VIP Table/$49 Section A & B

The National Dance Company of Ireland Presents “Rhythm of the Dance”
Friday, Feb. 27, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $60 VIP Table/$55 Section A/$45 Section B

There will be a MAC Chat prior to this performance.

“Come Together” Soul Children of Chicago with Special Guest Anima Young Singers of Chicago
Saturday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.
Tickets: $38 Adults/$24 Youth

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Saturday, March 7, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $65 VIP Table/$58 Section A/$54 Section B

The Acting Company

The Acting Company has garnered critical acclaim on a national scale through 138 productions and 41 seasons of classic, contemporary and new plays. Recipient of a Tony Award for Excellence in Theater, the company has won numerous awards for performance and education including Obies, AUDELCOs and the Los Angeles Critics Circle Award.

“MacBeth” by William Shakespeare
Friday, March 20, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $49 VIP Table/$44 Section A/$39 Section B
There will be a MAC Chat following the performance.

Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
Saturday, March 21, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $49 VIP Table/$44 Section A/$39 Section B

There will be a MAC Chat following the performance.

Hotel California – “A Salute to the Eagles”
Friday, April 10, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $50 VIP Table/$45 Section A/$40 Section B

Theatreworks USA presents “Junie B. Jones”
Saturday, April 11, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Tickets: $16 Adults / $14 Youth

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra
Sunday, April 12, 3 p.m.
Tickets: $44 VIP Table/$39 Section A/$34 Section B

Daniel Levitin: Your Brain on Music Lecture Series
Tuesday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Adults $16 / $12 Students

There will be a MAC Chat one hour prior to the lecture

New Philharmonic: Bach to Bock
With Guest Violinist David Taylor
Saturday, April 18, 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, 3 p.m.
Tickets: $46

There will be a MAC Chat prior to each performance.

The Capitol Steps
Saturday, May 9, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $49 VIP Table/$44 Section A/$42 Section B

CLUB MAC: For Club MAC Performances, the MAC’s new, 186-seat Playhouse Theatre is transformed into an intimate cabaret setting with café tables, wine, and great artists.

Livingston Taylor
Friday, Nov. 14 & Saturday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $45 Table Seating; $39 Theater Seating

Hot Club of Cowtown
Friday, Feb. 20 & Saturday, Feb. 21, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $47 Table Seating/$42 Theater Seating

Swing Gitan
Saturday, May 2, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $40 Table Seating; $35 Theater Seating

For Immediate Release
September 16, 2014

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