Theater has a long and rich tradition at Lake Forest High School. Alumni have made great contributions to this history as performers, technicians and artists with work ranging from local community and professional theater to Broadway, national, and international acclaim.


To encourage creativity and the exploration of theater arts as performers and technicians through meaningful production experience in a wide variety of styles and forms, and to foster a life-long appreciation of theater arts. Read more on Core Values, Vision, Goals, and Objectives.

Theater Arts are for everyone, not only for those who choose to seek a career in the performance industries. Theater experience plays a significant role in building team-work, self-confidence, dynamic presentation, problem-solving, time-management, and many other skills valued across all professions.

These skills are taught through actual performance and production experiences tailored specifically to first and second-year students; and to third and fourth-year students; and other productions which are open to all students of any experience level.

We also train our performers through coaching in individual and group forensic events such as debate, public speaking, solo/duo performance from a wide range of original and published literary sources, and many other events.

Those less-inclined to perform for an audience gain valuable skills working behind the scenes creating scenery, lighting, sound and special effects, as well as experience in management and organization that can serve the individual throughout life.

Theater Arts also play a significant role in developing interpersonal skills and providing a safe outlet for creative fun and entertainment for the community. Working closely with our community through our parent support group PALs we offer other enrichment opportunities including guest artists, workshops, seminars, and field trips to college, community, and professional theaters.

Theater News and Productions

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 9-11am (makeup date March 2)
ITS is thrilled to offer a two-hour master class, including monologue work and moderated Q&A about life in the industry, with Rusty Schwimmer. If you want to workshop a monologue, bring it in!  Proceeds from the $10 registration fee will go toward Theatre Fest, Master Class, and college scholarships.   


Read more about Master Class with Rusty Schwimmer - Registration Open

The APT Talent Show 2019 is fast approaching! Tickets go on sale 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday Feb. 9.

  • Auditions: Saturday, January 26, and Sunday, January 27. Please fill out the audition form completely and submit by January 25.
  • Senior Acts: If you are interested in participating in Senior Acts, please fill out the following form An information table will be available on January 30 and January 31 during lunch periods in the Senior Commons.
Read more about Talent Show 2019

By George Orwell and adapted for the stage by Michael Gene Sullivan
Directed by Mr. Pulio

January 31, February 1, 2, 2019 @ 7p.m. in DMT

Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984 brings us the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal "help" of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his Thoughtcrimes before an unseen inquisitor, and the audience -- which acts as a silent witness to his torture. A ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century.

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Theater Advisors

Joseph Aquino

Theater Director

Dr. Chala Holland


Sara Dreiling

ITS Advisor

Kelly MacBlane

History Department, Co-director Spring Music
Instructor - Theater Department

Joe Pulio

Business Education Department, Co-Director Fall Play & Winter Play
Instructor - Theater

John Wanninger

English Department, Co-director Spring Musical, Director Frosh/Soph Play

Corey Holmer

EdTech Studio, Technical-director Frosh/Soph Play, Talent Show Teacher