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, Larry Gatlin 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


Matinee Theatre - Larry Gatlin

Larry Gatlin

October 17, 2017

11:00 a.m. – Tickets $30

From Las Vegas to the famed Grand Ole Opry stage, the performing and songwriting talents of Larry Gatlin are known to both audiences and his peers throughout the music industry. His career spans 61 years, including touring from 1976 to 1992 with his brothers Steve and Rudy and also often paired with country music queen Dottie West. With hit after hit, such as “All the Gold in California,” and banking some of the most prestigious awards in the music industry, it was Larry who penned every Gatlin Brothers hit you’ve ever heard. He has also written songs later recorded by Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Charlie Rich, Johnny Mathis, and even starred in the lead role on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical “The Will Rogers Follies.” He still tours with his brothers, and in 2015, the trio released “The Gospel According to Gatlin” as a tribute to their 60 years of sibling success. The Freedom Hall audience will enjoy Larry’s solo artist talent and career stories in the center stage spotlight for a special acoustic concert not to be missed!

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Michael Ingersoll in Concert

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.

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Lisa Rock's A Carpenters' Christmas

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!

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Hilary Ann Feldman in "Laughing Matters: the Life and Laughs of Carol Burnett

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!

View a video of Hilary Ann Feldman in “Laughing Matters: the Life and Laughs of Carol Burnett.

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Cherish the Ladies

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.

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Travis LeDoyt – Tribute to the King

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.

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