BackStage Evanston will highlight the fall productions of more than a dozen local performing arts organizations. The event will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern University, 1949 Campus Drive. The event is presented by the City of Evanston and the Arts and Business Committee of the Evanston Arts Council. It will feature five-minute preview performances by participating organizations. Free hors d’oeuvres and sweets are included with a $20 admission, and there will be a cash bar. Admission tickets are good for special discounts worth up to $20 that are available only at BackStage Evanston. For advance admission tickets, call 847-328-2204 or visit 

Participating organizations are Actors Gymnasium, Evanston Dance Ensemble, Evanston Symphony Orchestra, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, The Lakeside Singers, Light Opera Works, The Musical Offering, Music Institute of Chicago, Next Theatre, North Shore Choral Society, Northwestern University Theatre Department, Piccolo Theatre, Piven Theatre Workshop and Theatre Zarko. 

BackStage Evanston is also supported by Northwestern University, Dance Center Evanston, Allegro Dance Boutique, Hagerty, Downtown Evanston,  Evanston RoundTable, First Bank & Trust, The Corner Chef Catering, Hilton Orrington/Evanston and Romano Brothers & Co.