26 N Williams Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Sage Backstage 2021: A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Ages 15-18 (high school freshmen eligible if under 15)
Fee: $225
Capacity: 6 students
Enrollment Opens: RaueNOW Family: July 13, 2021 | General public: July 16, 2021
Enrollment Deadline: October 1, 2021

Back for a second year, we are so excited to offer our Sage Backstage program, where students who want to dive deep into the technical aspects of what goes into a professional production can learn hands-on from our Raue Center production staff and work side by side with them on this year’s show.  This program meets at the same time as our actor rehearsals for A CHRISTMAS CAROL and focuses on all the fun stuff behind the scenes–including scenic artistry, props, and costume crafts, lighting, and sound.  Students in this program will also get to be part of the show itself as our run crew and experience the excitement of putting together the show from start to finish!

Prerequisites: Students must be current high school students.

Students should also be available for all performance dates and tech rehearsals (see Timeline section). If you have specific questions on the timeline, contact us at education@rauecenter.org

All registered students will be part of the show! Students will get to work on all technical aspects, but if your student has a particular interest and experience in a specific area of technical theatre, email us at education@rauecenter.org with details. Everyone will have a special part to play in this interactive theatrical experience!



Crew Calls: Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings (6:30-8:30 PM) November 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, and 29; and Saturdays (12-4 PM) November 13 and 20. There are no crew calls on Thanksgiving weekend (Friday or Saturday), but there is our Community Cookie Party event!

Community Cookie Party: Friday, November 26, 5-7 PM (before Festival of Lights parade) 

  • This event is not mandatory, but is highly encouraged–we will be sharing holiday treats and celebrating our show! We will also hold our annual cookie contest with cash prizes for the winners–details to follow!

Tech Rehearsals: December 1, 2 and 3; 5-9 PM (crew calls may vary)

Performance Dates & Times:

  • Saturday, December 4, 2021 @ 7pm
  • Sunday, December 5, 2021 @ 2pm
  • Thursday, December 9, 2021 @ 10am (school show)
  • Saturday, December 11, 2021 @ 2pm & 7pm
  • Sunday, December 12, 2021 @ 2pm

NOTE: The Thursday, December 9th performance is a 10 am school show. Students will need to miss the morning and early afternoon of school to participate. Parents and students will be responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the school. This performance is mandatory for participating students.