Conklin's offers 'Life Could Be a Dream'

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The musical "Life Could Be a Dream" will make its central Illinois debut when it plays at Coklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre, starting Thursday, June 6.

The musical, written by Roger Bean, is listed as a "1960s Doo Wop musical" and it will run Thursdays through Sundays for six weeks, July 14.

It stars Conklin's veterans Dan and Tamra Challacombe, Pat Gaik, Chad Kirvan and Dave Windsor. It is directed by Mary Simon.

"Life Could Be a Dream" is the story of four guys with a dream of winning big in a local talent competition and the girl who almost comes between them. Ultimately, however, she brings them together and coaches them in their efforts to win the contest and launch their singing careers.

The show is full of wonderful Doo Wop hits like the title song as well as such terrific songs as "Tears on My Pillow," "Fools Fall in Love," "Unchained Melody," and "The Duke of Earl," to mention just a few.

"We're thrilled to bring this terrific show to our stage, and to have our very own "Plaids"— along with the multi-talented Tamra Challacombe—wrap their voices around these classic Doo-Wop arrangements," Simon said.

Simon and Tamra Challacombe staged and choreographed the production, with set design by April Wyant.

Conklin's Barn II is known for its delicious buffet which, for evening performances, includes four main entrees featuring the Barn's renowned prime rib and fried chicken, with salad, homemade soup and cheese spread, and a choice of four taste-tempting, homemade desserts.

Prices for dinner and show are $35.00 on Thursday evening, $37.00 on Friday evening and Sunday brunch, and $39.00 on Saturday evening, including tax. No advance payment is required.

Conklin's is also BYOB for wine, beer or cocktails. Glasses, ice and ice buckets are provided at no extra charge.

For reservations, call the box office at (309) 965-2545. For more information, visit the Barn on the internet at