The Elgin Community College Arts Center’s new musical, “The Mad Ones,” opens Friday, February 24 and runs through Sunday, March 5.

“The Mad Ones” is a celebration of friendship, heartbreak, resilience, possibilities, and life seen through the eyes of a young woman charting a new path. The show is about living fully and savoring the entire journey, drawing inspiration from Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road.” The musical is directed by Mary Hatch, retired dean of ECC’s Liberal, Visual, and Performing Arts Division, with musical direction by Marc Beth, associate professor of music.

“As soon as I listened to the original cast recording, I was all in,” said Hatch. “The music is stunningly beautiful; it just soars and lifts the heart. It’s raw and powerful, at times sweet and often downright silly. The composers [Kait Kerrigan & Bree Lowdermilk] are incredibly talented. My hope is that this show will resonate with anyone who has found their way through the confusion and life’s inevitable challenges.”

 ECC students Gabriella Urbina and Olivia Litton perform in "The Mad Ones"

“The Mad Ones” show dates:

  • Friday, February 24, and March 3 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, February 25, and March 4 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, February 26, and March 5 at 3 pm

“The Mad Ones” will be performed in the Spartan Auditorium in Building G, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, Ill. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for seniors and students and can be purchased by visiting the ECC Arts Center website. The ECC Arts Center is on Facebook at facebook.com/eccartscenter and on Instagram at @eccartscenter.

If you have questions, please call the ECC Arts Center Box Office at 847-622-0300.


About ECC

The Aspen Institute recognizes ECC as one of the top 150 community colleges in the United States and, in 2022, was named among the top 25 colleges nationwide. ECC is an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction, noted for its continued strategic focus and progress in reducing equity gaps and increasing overall student success metrics. ECC is also a designated Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education and a Military Friendly® School. Elgin Community College (ECC), located halfway between Chicago and Rockford, Ill., is a comprehensive, fully accredited public community college, one of 48 statewide. ECC serves approximately 11,000 students each year. Programs of study include 25 major fields for university transfer, more than 130 career-oriented occupational degrees and certificates, corporate and continuing education, and a full complement of pre-collegiate courses. The three-year graduation rate exceeds the national average and the average of peer colleges.


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