Manahan Center for the Performing Arts

Manahan Center for the Performing Arts



Robert D. Manahan is one of the Illinois Valley’s most prolific directors of musical theatre. His educational credentials include a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in vocal performance from Illinois Wesleyan University, with further study in drama at Northwestern. Bob taught vocal music and English from 1960-1993 at L-P High School and later came out of retirement to start the Musical Theater Department at Hall High School in 1999. While teaching at L-P, he founded Summer Stage Playhouse (1963), the success of which inspired the Illinois Arts Alliance Award.

In 1996, when Stage 212 acquired the new building at 700 First Street , in LaSalle, a significant endowment from “Mister M” enabled the orginization to transform a twin-cinema into a performance venue. To recognize this contribution and all of his contributions to theater in the Illinois Valley for more than four decades, Stage 212 dedicated the facility as “The Robert D. Manahan Center for the Performing Arts.”


Manahan Center for the Performing Arts

700 1st St., PO Box 198, La Salle, IL 61301


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Free Public Street parking is available near the theatre all along 1st St. and Marquette St.  There are free lots maintained by the city directly behind the theatre and half a block directly north of the theatre.


Our box office is open on Mondays from 4:00p – 6:00p and Saturdays from 9:00a – 12:00p, when we have a show in production and tickets for sale.  There are occasional periods of weeks when we don’t have anything on sale and the box office is not open.  However, a message can always be left at 815-224-3025 and we will return your call.  Email is

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