Performing Arts & Theater
The Rockford Community is rich with opportunities to enjoy the performing arts. For more complete information about Rockford's performing arts offering, visit the Rockford Area Arts Council Website.
Charlotte's Web for the Performing Arts
Charlotte's Web presents diverse music performances, especially folk, jazz, and blues.
Since 1964 Kantorei, the Singing Boys of Rockford, has provided quality music education to boys 7-18; the Performing Choir performs locally and internationally, and Training and Cadet Choirs serve the younger boys.
Centre Events currently owns and/or operates the MetroCentre, a 10,000-seat arena located in Downtown Rockford, the Coronado Theatre, Northern Illinois' premiere performing arts and entertainment center, and Davis Park at Founders Landing, a seven-acre outdoor venue along the Rock River. Center Events bring dozens of nationally recognized entertainers to these venues each year.
Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center
Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center presents an annual concert series by local and world-renowned artists, provides workshops, scholarships, choral groups and a recital series for young musicians, and maintains a membership of performing and supporting members.
On the Waterfront
This nationally award-winning event is Illinois' largest music festival. Held each Labor Day weekend, the three-day event brings together music, food and fun. Encompassing over 30 blocks of downtown Rockford, there is music to satisfy everyone's tastes.
Rockford Coronado Concert Association
The Rockford Coronado Concert Association presents a five-concert subscription season featuring world-class artists. The classical, semi-classical, and dance performances are held at the historic Coronado Theatre in downtown Rockford. For more information visit the Coronado Performing Arts Center.
Rockford Dance Company
The Rockford Dance Company hosts three performances throughout the year featuring area and professional dancers, including an annual holiday program. They also offer ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance classes for students of all ages.
Rockford Symphony Orchestra
Each season, the Rockford Symphony Orchestra brings spirited performances by Rockford's own talented symphony orchestra plus guest appearances by nationally known artists to the renovated Coronado Theatre.
Summerwood brings some of today's finest Christian musicians and communicators to its outdoor amphitheatre each summer.
Theater Artists' Ensemble Theater
Artists' Ensemble Theater is a not-for-profit professional theater dedicated to creating works that challenge both the artists and the audience. Click here for more information. For tickets, please call 815-226-4100.
Children's Theater Project / Youth Theater Project
Created in 2002 in Rockford, IL, this non-profit group has staged 14 musicals to date. For more information contact Don Trotter at (815) 505-7988 (cell), or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Main Street Players of Boone County
The Main Street Players of Boone County is a community theater group that presents four productions annually at the Community Building complex of Boone County.
Rockford College Theatre
Rockford College has two theaters, Maddox Theatre and Cheek Theatre, offering fall and spring productions performed by students under the instruction of our professional faculty and staff. Two 3-penny productions a term are done only by the students, and admission is 3 pennies.
Starlight Theatre, the longest-running summer theatre program in the Rockford area, draws an average of 23,000 people to the Rock Valley College campus each June and July to watch favorite musicals under a canopy of twinkling stars.
Storefront Cinema, located in Riverfront Museum Park, is the region's only alternative theater, showcasing important foreign, classic, documentary, independent, and American films, with a Children's International Film Festival each spring.
Studio Theatre at Rock Valley College
During the fall and spring semesters, Rock Valley College sponsors a Studio Theatre program, giving students and amateur actors in the area a chance to perform with guest professionals in plays such as Wings, Black Coffee, and 1940's Radio Hour. Each year the Studio Theatre presents a William Shakespeare classic.