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 Advisors

Dennis Mae

Program Director
(847) 582-7781

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 Department

John Wanninger

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


Senior-Directed One-Acts
August 26 at 7pm in the RMA
Auditions: 8/16/17 at 3pm

"You Can't Take It With You"
A comedy by Kaufman and Hart
October 12, 13, 14 at 7pm in the RMA
Auditions: 8/28/17 at 3:30pm
Directed by Mr. Pulio

"The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon"
A comedy by Don Zoldis
November 16, 17, 18 at 7pm in the DMT
Auditions: 9/25/17 at 3:30pm
Directed by Mr. Wanninger

"The Amish Project"
A poetic play by Jessica Dickey
February 1, 2, 3 at 7pm in the DMT
Auditions: 11/27/17 at 3:30pm
Directed by Mr. Pulio

"Beauty and the Beast"
A musical by Menken, Ashman, Rice and Woolverton
April 26, 27 at 7pm, April 28 at 3:30pm in the RMA
Auditions: 2/5/18 at 3:30pmDirected by Ms. MacBlane, Mr. Wanninger, Mr. Haskett, Mr. Bassill, and Ms. Gonzalez

Read more about Theater Performances 2017-18

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 Club & Activities

Actors & Directors


Speech Team


Shakespearean Scouts

Broadway Songbook

Past Show List STAGE DESIGN MENTORING for LFHS Productions

Students interested in designing for one of our productions should submit a written proposal (email to that includes both a first and second choice of what they wish to design (sets, lights, sound, costumes, hair & makeup, etc.) and which production(s) they wish to design. Please include some information about yourself and what draws you to the world of stage design. List your skills and experience, no matter how large or small everything counts! Proposals will be reviewed and interviews setup to pair design teams with directors.

We will then setup a series of regular meetings covering how to conceptualize your design ideas, how to prepare for design meetings, how to present your design work to directors, and how to prepare construction drawings and plans for your design.

Proposals should be submitted before the end of the school year or at the latest - on or before June 8, 2015. You will be contacted by email over the summer on how to begin working on your project.