Matinee and Senior Theatre
Freedom Hall’s 2017-2018 Matinee Theatre
Freedom Hall’s Matinee Theatre presents performances on Tuesday mornings at 11:00 a.m. Our matinee season kicks off with the world famous performer, The Gatlin Brothers (Steve & Rudy) on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. On November 7, Jersey Boys sensation Michael Ingersoll will perform in our Nathan Manilow Theatre. Lisa Rock and group will be back on December 5 to perform A Carpenters’ Christmas. If you like Carol Burnett, you won’t want to miss Hilary Ann Feldman in Laughing Matters: the Life and Laughs of Carol Burnett on February 13. To celebrate St. Patrick’s week, we are bringing back Cherish the Ladies on March 13. To conclude our matinee series, the ever-popular Travis LeDoyt will perform a Tribute to the King on April 10, 2018.
Matinee theatre groups and patrons of all ages are welcomed to enjoy these great performers. Matinee theatre tickets are available by calling Freedom Hall at 708.747.0580. If you would like to watch a video of the below shows, please visit our Performer Videos page.
Freedom Hall’s Matinee Theatre shows are sponsored by The Chicago Dough Company.
Park Forest Matinee Theatre Schedule
The Gatlin Brothers (Steve & Rudy)
October 17, 2017
11:00 a.m. – Tickets $30
The Gatlin Brothers recorded numerous CD’s and toured extensively throughout the United States playing sold out concerts, fairs and Las Vegas. The Academy of Country Music (ACM) honored them with awards for Single of the Year for ‘All the Gold in California’ and Album of the Year for ‘Straight Ahead.’ They performed on the Country Music Association (CMA) awards shows, country music specials like “The Johnny Cash 25th Anniversary Show”, CBS’s ‘Country Comes Home,’ Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show and the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson and Jay Leno and most recently, the Jimmy Kimmel and Craig Ferguson shows. ‘The Gatlin Brothers Special’ aired on ABC in 1981. Their travels also included country music festivals in England and the most popular TV shows like ‘Musicladen’ in Germany. “You name a TV show and we were probably on it”!
Try A Little Tenderness: Michael Ingersoll in Concert
November 7, 2017
11:00 a.m. – Tickets $25
PBS television star and nationally-touring concert artist Michael Ingersoll invites you to sing along to the songs you can’t forget. Ingersoll is known for starring in Jersey Boys (Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco) and as a member of retro-rock sensation Under the Streetlamp on PBS. More than a singer, Ingersoll is an endearing storyteller brimming with humor, sincerity, and generosity of spirit. Chicago Sun-Times exclaims, “He’s got star written all over him.” Leading a band of Chicago’s ﬁnest musicians, Ingersoll soothes the soul with familiar favorites by James Taylor, Sam Cooke, Elton John, and more. Presented by Artists Lounge Live.
Lisa Rock’s A Carpenters’ Christmas
December 5, 2017
11:00 a.m. – Tickets $20
One of the great holiday TV specials was that of The Carpenters. Now, singer Lisa Rock and her 6-piece band are keeping the tradition alive and bringing their unforgettable holiday songs to the stage. Based on the music from The Carpenters two holiday albums and Christmas variety shows, it’s a concert that spreads joy and cheer to all!
Laughing Matters: The Life and Laughs of Carol Burnett
February 13, 2018
11:00 a.m. – Tickets $15
The world has enjoyed a love affair with Carol Burnett for years. Her peerless, fearless character acting and delightful, self-effacing personality made her Lucille Ball’s rightful successor as the red-headed Queen of Television Comedy. Carol can do it all — sing, dance, act, make you laugh [insert Tarzan yell here], and break your heart. But it was the laughs that led her from hardship and poverty to becoming the shining star that audiences fell head over heels for (often while Carol was doing just that!). Take a stroll with Hilary Ann Feldman (“…a tour de force of cabaret, opera and jazz” – Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune) into that famous little circle of light, as she guides your tour of Carol Burnett’s life and laughs. Oh, and laughter is better shared (just ask Tim and Harvey), so bring a friend! You’ll be so glad you had this time together!
Cherish the Ladies
March 13, 2018
11:00 a.m. – Tickets $25
It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do”, says the Boston Globe speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the long-running, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group that formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene and has since toured the world, played the White House and the Olympics, and recorded 16 outstanding albums. They are in constant demand worldwide as their reputation and admiration from both fans and critics alike continues to grow.
Travis LeDoyt – Tribute to the King
April 10, 2018
11:00 a.m. – Tickets $25
Travis LeDoyt is one of America’s most convincing, jaw-dropping tribute acts to ever grace the stage. Through his remarkable resemblance and his incredible talent to emulate the voice and style, Travis flawlessly captures the essence of Elvis in his prime, offering for those who never saw the King, the next best thing. “This is as close as you’re going to get to seeing an Elvis Presley concert in the 50’s” – D. J. Fontana (Elvis Presley’s drummer in the 50’s) after playing a show with Travis.