"THE WIZARD OF OZ," March 7-15, McHenry High School West Campus, 4724 W. Crystal Lake Road, McHenry. Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come joine Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy's imagination. Schedule: 7 p.m. March 7, 8, 14 & 15; 2 p.m. March 9. March 9 matinee will include a special "meet the cast" event after the performance. Children of all ages are invited to meet the stars of "The Wizard of Oz" and get their autographs. Tickets: $6 for students and seniors, $8 for adults. Tickets and information: 815-385-7077 x 6440 or send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets also can be purchased at the door.
"9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL," March 7-15, Cary-Grove High School Auditorium, Three Oaks Road, Cary. Presented by Cary-Grove High School Music Department. Pushed to the boiling point by their boss, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. They conspire to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do – even in a man's world. Schedule: 7:30 p.m. March 7-8; 2 p.m. March 9; 7 p.m. March 13; and 7:30 p.m. March 14-15. Tickets: $10. Tickets will be available in the Cary-Grove main lobby from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting Feb. 24. Tickets and information: 847-639-3825 or ww2.d155.org.
A WINNING NIGHT OF COMEDY WITH JULIE OSTROW AND HER IMPROV FRIENDS, 8 p.m. Feb. 28, The Listening Room at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake. Ostrow is an experienced comedian who performs stand-up comedy, improvisation, and laughter yoga in the Chicago area in addition performing before worldwide organizations. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets and information: 815-455-8000 or www.lakesidelegacy.org.
"CABARET," March 6-22, Black Box Theatre at McHenry County College, 8900 Route 14, Crystal Lake. McHenry County College will present “Cabaret” as the inaugural production in the new Black Box Theatre. Set in 1931 in Weimar Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, this legendary landmark musical is based on the nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub and revolves around the 19-year-old English cabaret performer Sally Bowles and her relationship with the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw. Schedule: 7 p.m. March 6-8, 13-16, 20-22; and 2 p.m. March 16. Tickets: $15 general public, $10 students, faculty/staff, seniors and alumni. Tickets and information: 815-455-8746 or email@example.com.
"THE DROWSEY CHAPERONE," Feb. 27 through March 8, Prairie Ridge High School, 6000 Dvorak Drive, Crystal Lake. Musical presented by Prairie Ridge High School. It all begins when a die-hard musical-theater fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, and the musical literally bursts to life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love. Schedule: 7 p.m. Feb. 27-28 and March 1, 7-8; 1 p.m. March 8. Tickets: $10. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or ww2.d155.org/pr. Tickets: www.showtix4u.com.
"GUYS AND DOLLS!" Feb. 21 through March 1, Marian Central Catholic High School, 1001 McHenry Ave., Woodstock. Spring musical presented by Marian Central Catholic High School. Hot Box dancer Adelaide just wants to “marry her man today,” but Nathan and his fellow gamblers can’t resist the next bet. Can Save-a-Soul Mission’s Sarah Brown encourage them to stray no more, even high-roller Sky Masterson? Tune in for the comedy, romance, toe-tapping music, and a side trip to Havana. Schedule: 7 p.m. Feb. 21, 22, 28 and March 1; 2 p.m. Feb. 23. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 seniors and students. Tickets and information: 815-338-4220, ext. 100.
"HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING," Feb. 21 through March 1, Crystal Lake South High School, 1200 S. McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake. This musical will take a satirical look inside corporate America, circa 1961, presented by Crystal Lake South Theater. Watch J. Peirrepont Finch, an ambitious young window washer, humorously climb the ladder with charm, courage and a little bit of luck. Schedule: 7 p.m. Feb. 21, 22, 28; 2 and 7 p.m. March 1. Tickets: $10. Tickets and information: 815-893-5199 or www.d155.org/cls.
"INTO THE WOODS," Feb. 21 through March 1, Johnsburg High School, 2002 W. Ringwood Road, Johnsburg. Presented by Johnsburg High School Theatre. Composer Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's musical brings to life many of the best-known fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm but with unexpected twists. Schedule: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-22, 28 and March 1; 2 p.m. Feb. 23. Tickets: $10 adults, $7 seniors and students. Tickets and information: 815-385-9233.
"JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT," Feb. 20 through March 2, Huntley High School Performing Arts Center, 13719 Harmony Road, Huntley. From the musical genius of Andrew Lloyd Webber comes the Old Testament tale of Joseph and his 11 brothers. A favored child among his brothers, Joseph's dreams take him from lowly slave to ruler of Egypt. Along the way he encounters imprisoned members of the royal court, the Elvis-like Pharaoh, and a chance to show his brothers forgiveness. Public schedule: 7 p.m. Feb. 21; 2 & 6 p.m. Feb. 22; 3 p.m. Feb. 23; 7 p.m. Feb. 28; 2 & 6 p.m. March 1; 3 p.m. March 2. School day performances: 9:30 & 11:45 a.m. Feb. 20 and Feb. 25. Tickets: $12 adults, $10 seniors, spotlight alumni and children ages 2-17, $9 groups of 15 or more. Family day show: $10 all tickets. Public sales: $2 extra at the door. School day tickets: $9 per person, $6 groups of 15-74, $5 groups of 75 or more. Tickets and information: 847-516-2298 or www.spotlight.org.
"URINETOWN," Feb. 27 through March 8, Jacobs High School Auditorium, 2601Bunker Hill Drive, Algonquin. Musical production by the Jacobs High School Music Department. The plot revolves around a drought that has forced the city to shut down the privilege of public toilets and charge a fee for what is normally considered a basic human right. Seeing no sense in this, the town's endearing group of vagabonds stages a revolution against Urine Good Company, and the plot unfolds as the two opposing sides tell the story through a series of musical numbers. Schedule: 7 p.m. Feb. 27-28 and March 1, 7-8; 2 p.m. March 8. Tickets: $10 per person. Tickets and information: 847-532-6100.
"THE WEDDING SINGER," March 7-23, Woodtsock Opera House, 121 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock. Presented by the TownSquare Players. It's 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer. He's the life of the party, until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever. Schedule: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $23 adults, $20 seniors, $13 students. Tickets and information: 815-338-5300 or www.woodstockoperahouse.com.
"THE WIZARD OF OZ," March 8-9, Richmond-Burton Community High School, 8311 Route 31, Richmond. Spring musical presented by Richmond-Burton Drama group. Join Dorothy as she’s whisked away on her adventure to the land of the Munchkins and Glinda. Of course she’ll have to battle against the Wicked Witch of the West and her Flying Monkeys, but she’s not alone. With the help of Scarecrow, Tinman, and the Lion, Dorothy finds her way to Oz and the Wizard, and will eventually get back home to Kansas and Auntie Em. Schedule: 2 & 7 p.m. March 8; 2 p.m. March 9. Tickets: $7 adults, $5 seniors and students available at the door. Tickets and information: 815-678-4525; email@example.com or www.rbchs.com.
"YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN," March 6-8, Marengo Community High School Performing Arts Auditorium, 110 Franks Road, Marengo. Spring musical presented by the Marengo Community High School Drama Department. There will also be a silent auction. Concessions by Jaci's Cookies of Woodstock. Schedule: 7 p.m. March 6-7; 2 & 7 p.m. March 8. Tickets: $8 adults; $6 seniors, students and children. Tickets and information: 815-568-6511; firstname.lastname@example.org or www.mchs154.org.
"THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE," March 13-16, Crystal Lake Central High School Auditorium, 45 W. Franklin Ave, Crystal Lake. Taking place in New York City in 1992, Central's spring musical tells the story of young Millie Dilmount, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. It's a New York full of intrigue, jazz, frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess who audiences will love to hate. Schedule: 1:30 p.m. March 13 (Special free golden age performance and luncheon); 7 p.m. March 14 & 15; 2 p.m. March 16. Tickets: $9.99. Tickets and information: 815-459-2505 or www.d155.org/clc.
"ANNIE," April 4-27, Woodsock Opera House, 121 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock. Presented by Woodstock Musical Theater Group. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930's new York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. Schedule: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $23 adults, $20 students and seniors. Tickets and information: 815-338-5300 or www.woodstockoperahouse.com.
"ANYTHING GOES," April 11-26, Woodstock North High School Performing Arts Center, 3000 Raffel Road, Woodstock. The S.S. American, sailing from New York to England, carries an unusual group of passengers. Included amongst them are a gangster, a wealthy debutante and her mother, a nightclub singer and a wealthy New York businessman and his stowaway assistant. Schedule: 7 p.m. April 11-13, April 25-26; 2 p.m. April 26. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students. Tickets and information: 815-338-4370.