“Grazia mille! Grazia tanto!” as Salieri (Kevin Theis) said repeatedly in Festival Theatre’s just-concluded smash hit Amadeus. Oak Park Festival Theatre wants to thank all those who made the first of our two summer productions an all-time success. Night after night, box office records were broken, culminating in a history-making 358 in the audience for closing night!

This is our 39th season producing exciting theater in Oak Park and for years we have called Austin Gardens our summer home. We couldn’t do this year after year without the generous and unflagging support of our audiences, the Park District of Oak Park, the Village of Oak Park, Visit Oak Park, as well as our advertising partners (including Wednesday Journal/oakpark.com) and foundation supporters. This season we have an unbroken run of Jeff recommendations and rave reviews. It has been a banner year for Oak Park’s only Equity theater company.

What a very special, uniquely Oak Park tradition it is for all of us to gather, either on stage or on the lawn, to discover together the magic of live professional theater in starlit Austin Gardens.

We hope that our productions continue to bring you in equal measure the joy your devotion brings to us.

We wish as well that you will join us once more this summer for music and mischief and lovers’ trysts in Twelfth Night.

Brad Bartels
President, Board of Directors
Oak Park Festival Theatre

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