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Stage Presence

Seating on the inside of the Woodstock Opera House. (Photos by Melissa Emory)

Whether it’s national comics on the rise or local performers displaying their acting, singing or dancing talent, McHenry County has a wide array of live theater entertainment to suit any taste and budget.

Fall and winter are a great time to enjoy a night out at the theater. Whether your plans are a special date night or introducing your kids to the magic of live performance, check out one of McHenry County’s great local venues.

Raue Center for the Arts Now in its 12th year, downtown Crystal Lake’s Raue Center for the Arts offers an eclectic mix of national, regional and local performing arts, live music, comedy, children’s shows, lectures, films and more.

The 750-seat theater opened in 1929 as the El Tovar movie theater. Later known as the Lake and then the Showplace, it closed in the 1990s until a gift by lifelong Crystal Lake resident Lucille Raue allowed the Crystal Lake Civic Center Authority to purchase and renovate the theater.

To read the full story, pick up the latest issue of McHenry County Magazine.