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'Of Mice and Men' opens Friday at Corn Stock

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mandm3There is a good chance most of us have read the John Steinbeck classic, “Of Mice and Men,” because it has long been on the required reading lists of schools across...

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'Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' set to open at Peoria Players

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Peoria has a strip bar or two or three and at one time had its share of brothels. So are Peoria community theatre audiences ready to see a whorehouse kickin’ up some dirt?

Chip Joyce is counting on it. He’s directing “The Best Little...

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'Grease' pulls into the Corn Stock tent

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IMG 8899From the time they were children, Rachel Wooden and her little sister Ingrid Beyhl planned to someday perform on stage in the musical...

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'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern' take the stage next at Corn Stock

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RandG 21For the past several years Andrew Rhodenbaugh has helped guide a group of mostly young performers called The Great Work Begins Theatre Troupe as it has staged adapted...

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'The Secret Garden' ready to bloom at Corn Stock

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garden2There was a time that Pam Orear didn’t think “The Secret Garden” would...

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Conklin's Barn Christmas show at Five Points could be new beginning

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barnxmasContrary to what some of you may have heard, the Christmas show this weekend at Five Points in Washington is NOT the swan...

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Bart Shatto returns home from Broadway to perform at Corn Stock

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BartImagine being more than 25 years into a successful career as a musical theatre performer, only to come home to Peoria to find the toughest musical score you’ve worked on to date.

That’s why Bart Shatto, the Peoria native and veteran of Broadway and film, is working on making his...

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'Miss Reardon Drinks A Little' next at Corn Stock

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reardon1aBill Lawrence has long thought there was something about the script for “And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little” that was timeless, almost as timeless as he is.

Indeed, this is a play that he considers contemporary even though it was written by Paul Zindel nearly...

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'Les Miserables' back, perhaps for the last time

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lesmis4Robin Hunt felt blessed to get the opportunity to direct “Les Miserables” in its regional community theatre premiere three years ago at Eastlight Theatre...

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'Cinderella' set to enchant at Peoria Players

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cinderella2Put a timeless and classic fairy tale in the capable hands of Mary Ellen Ulrich and magic is bound to happen.

That’s...

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'Dixie Swim Club' next up at Corn Stock tent

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dixiechicks3If we’re lucky, each of us will go through with a small group of friends that will always be...

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'Heathers' to open Corn Stock winter season

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heathers2Nyk Sutter believes all of us, at one time or another, had to deal with a bully or two. Or perhaps we were bullies.

“Either...

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Great Work Begins to present 'Antigone'

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greatworksImagination is as much a part of theatre as anything else, and that goes double for a local theatre troupe that is itself more different than anything else in the Peoria region.

The Great Work...

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'Addams Family' opens at Peoria Players

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addams1Altogether ooky is probably a pretty good way to describe the core characters in “The Addams Family,”...

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'Brigadoon' opens Corn Stock's summer season

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brigadoon1Love, fantasy, music and dance… What else does a community theatre need to ensure a successful Read more...

'Peter Pan' ready to fly at Eastlight Theatre

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logoGrowing up, there is one story book that was considered a must-read and probably still is. That is the J.M. Barrie novel, “Peter Pan.” It was one of those books that kids of all ages would read and imagine being transported to Neverland for the next adventure.

Now, Eastlight Theatre...

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'Damn Yankees' on deck at Peoria Players

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The thought of somebody selling their soul so that their favorite baseball team wins the pennant instead of the Yankees isn’t so far-fetched, to some people. Besides, it makes for good musical comedy, the kind Peoria Players will bring to the stage in its final production of the 2014-15 season.

“Damn Yankees” opens a seven-show run at 7:30 p.m. Friday....

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'Sister Act' to open Peoria Players' season

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nuns2Some people may not think there is much humorous about nuns, particularly those who went to Catholic schools at a time that nuns made up the ranks of teachers. But theatre has never hesitated to create nuns who are allowed to let their hair down while still doing the good works we expect of them.

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'Jesus Christ Superstar' opens Eastlight season

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JCS1When he makes his first appearance in a white robe, with flowing long hair and beard, there will be no mistaking that Jarod Hazzard is portraying the lead role in Eastlight Theatre's production...

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'The Color Purple' premieres at Corn Stock Theatre

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purple1Beautiful, inspirational music has evolved from the African American experience through the...

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Dark comedy 'Lieutenant of Inishmore' at Corn Stock

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inishmore2Tim Wyman wants to make sure it is known up front: No animals were harmed in the making of “The Lieutenant of Inishmore,” a dark comedy he directed that opens Friday at Corn Stock Theatre’s Winter Playhouse in Upper Bradley Park.

The two cats that are killed...

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