LINCOLN and MEXICO: The Untold Story

Showing at Lakeside Little Theatre, in partnership with the American School Foundation of Guadalajara.

May 19 & 20, 2017

The untold story of how Mary Todd Lincoln helped a young Mexican envoy eliminate the French from North America comes to life as a World Premiere Play, staged by the American School Foundation of Guadalajara, to be performed at Lakeside Little Theatre this month. Titled Lincoln and Mexico: The Untold Story, it’s a great way to gain insights about historical relationships between the USA and Mexico.

The play premiere coincides with the 150th anniversary year celebrating Mexico’s defeat of French occupation forces in July 1867. It’s a story of unlikely friendships and intrigue, based on factual history documented in Abraham Lincoln and Mexico published last fall by Michael Hogan, ASFG Emeritus Humanities Chair.

One of the many exciting reviews from the original book:

“In this shining contribution to the literature on Abraham Lincoln and that of the US-Mexican War and its aftermath, Michael Hogan illuminates the stance of a young politician against that terrible war, telling a story that is both urgently necessary and well more than a century overdue.”  - C.M. Mayo, author of The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire.

LLT BOX OFFICE Hours for this show:

Wednesday and Thursday, May 10, 11, 17 and 18, from 10:00 to noon.

Tickets can also be ordered by email:  or
Call (376) 766 0954


More details on these plays coming soon!


Season 53 - New Board Members



Collette is well suited to governance at LLT having completed two terms (four years) as LLT’s 2nd Vice President.  As well, she is familiar with both the formal and informal processes and procedures of the Board.  A key responsibility of the 1st Vice President is the oversight of each season’s play selection. In Switzerland, she was an active member of the Zurich Comedy Club play reading committee; and, as board member and director at Naked Stage, and as a past member of LLT's Play Reading Committee, she has the skills necessary for reading, evaluating and choosing appropriate scripts.


In the course of seventeen LLT productions, she has had the opportunity to participate in virtually every aspect of theatre craft, developing a first-hand appreciation for the complexity of producing a quality play.  She knows the investment of both time and talent required by both on- and off-stage volunteers because she has been both.  Her roles at LLT during the past seven years have been as varied as actor, Assistant Director, dresser, make-up, and props manager. As 2nd Vice President, she managed a profitable bar sales operation and membership process.



Mary was born and raised in a very small village in England that had a strong community theatre ethic. She doesn’t even remember the first time she “trod the boards” – it was just part of her way of life. At 16, the Bristol Amateur Operatic Society asked her to play Fifi in their production of The Belle of New York. This was just the first of many shows that she did with that company prior to moving to Montreal, Canada, in her late teens.


In Montreal, she joined the Arcadians Musical Theatre Society, where her first role was on the Board – as opposed to treading them. Initially she handled publicity, but was subsequently involved in many areas over the next 25 years. During that time she also played various roles including Nancy in Oliver, and Golde in Fiddler on the Roof.


When her composer/pianist/arranger husband and his friends formed an Argentinean tango group, she devoted her efforts to helping them become established. This group, Quartango, eventually became an international success and still performs to this day. In 2015, she chose Lakeside as her forever retirement home, drawn here by the strong musical and theatrical community. She now sings regularly with St. Andrew’s church choir and has participated in 3 concerts, a tour of Cuba with Los Cantantes del Lago, and Showstoppers shows.  In 2016, she made her LLT debut playing Aoife in Outside Mullingar, and most recently she played Bev in Second Summer.



Al Kirkland and his wife Janine Kirkland came to Ajijic as permanent residents in January 2015. They were both born and raised in Elgin and South Elgin, Illinois.  Elgin was once a farm town and is now a northwest suburb of Greater Chicago. 


In his professional life, Al was a lawyer practicing mainly trial law in Chicago and Elgin.  Al is well versed in the governance of not-for-profit organizations.  He held offices and sat as a committee member in various nonprofit organizations including Easter Seals, United Way, Rotary, Greater Elgin Family Care Center (FQHC), Larkin Home for Children, Sherman Hospital and Kane County Bar Association.


In his short tenure at Lakeside, Al has already become very involved in theatre activities including auditioning, acting (Rumors), and working as stage hand (Good People). Al’s wife, Janine, is also an active volunteer at the theatre.  



Carolyn was appointed to this new role for two years and is now the first person to be elected to the position.  The Playhouse Manager is in charge of many of the theatre’s non-mainstage productions including projection events from London’s National Theatre, BroadwayHD, The Royal Ballet and Royal Opera, Member’s Nights, and acting and crew skill building workshops.


Carolyn has negotiated and brokered the business arrangements necessary to expand the theatre’s offerings.  She has worked to bring new talent to the theatre including improvisation workshops and a Shakespeare acting workshop to be offered this summer.  Carolyn, like so many theatre volunteers, has experience in a variety of back-stage support roles, including the demanding role of Stage Manager, and as a result understands all aspects of theatre operations.

LLT Box Office


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             10 to noon, every day of a Mainstage show,
except Sunday


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Evenings 7:30 pm

Matinees 3:00 pm

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