September 19, 2019 at 4:14pm

A $13,900 grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency will help Northbrook Park District’s Performing Arts program continue to provide high-quality productions and programming for the community.

The grant will be used to support performing arts programming for all ages. To qualify for the grant, organizations must show their programs and activities have artistic, educational and cultural value for the areas they serve.

“We’re proud to be recognized as an organization that makes a significant impact to the quality of life in the community,” said Performing Arts Manager Erin Sweet. “Everything we do here is to provide accessible entertainment and engaging experiences for children and adults in the Northbrook area and beyond. This is a great opportunity to develop and grow our programs. “Theatre productions at Northbrook Theatre work to build community, as well as provide opportunities for communication and teamwork skills to be built. We continue to see friendships build and grow through rehearsals and community events and are incredibly fortunate to have so many youth and families participating in our programs as well as in our audiences.”

Sweet said the grant will help offset production costs for the Northbrook Theatre Youth Company and Northbrook Theatre Community Musical. Northbrook Theatre’s most recent production, Newsies, drew audiences of more than 1,300 during its run in June and featured numerous local actors and orchestra pit musicians, youth and adult, including several family groups. This November, Northbrook Theatre Youth Company will perform Frozen Jr.

Northbrook Theatre was built in 1986 with the goal of providing high-quality performing arts programming at the Northbrook Park District. The theatre is located at the Leisure Center, 3323 Walters Avenue.