That's entertainment: Spotlighting events throughout the area

That's entertainment: Spotlighting events throughout the area

Here's what's happening in the area's ...

THEATER SCENEFlapper story

"Thoroughly Modern Millie," opening Wednesday at the Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, will be the second show in the theater's 60th anniversary season.

"Thoroughly Modern Millie" is set at the height of the Jazz Age in New York City, when "moderns," including a flapper named Millie Dillmount, were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce and rewriting the rules of love.

Paige Mason, who is appearing as Babette in the theater's production of "Beauty and the Beast," has the lead role of Millie Dillmount. She is a recent graduate of Coastal Carolina University.

Joining her on stage will be Therese Kincade, Jordan Cyphert, Spencer Hansen and Caroline Chisolm. Direction is by Robin Hughes and choreography, Christie Kerr.

"Thoroughly Modern Millie" closes July 2.

For tickets, call 217-728-7375 or visit thelittletheatre.org. The Little Theatre On The Square is a professional nonprofit theater about 60 miles southwest of Champaign.

MUSIC SCENEShowchoir extravaganza

Millikin University will host the 38th annual Showchoir Camps of America today through Saturday at the university in Decatur.

Founded by Millikin alums Dwight Jordan ('76) and Susan Boroian Moninger ('78), Showchoir Camps of America brings in top clinicians to teach youth ages 11-18 about singing, choreography, dancing, jazz, hip hop and acting.

Jordan and Moninger have combined their philosophies and talents as award-winning music educators to create the camp, which features a non-competitive, positive environment. Students experience the best training from teachers who are nationally recognized educators, directors and performers.

Jordan, a native of Blue Mound, is a music educator, director, choreographer and producer and has choreographed many award-winning show choirs, and directed and choreographed several Branson, Mo., shows including the "Showboat Branson Bell."

He also has directed and choreographed shows at Six Flags Great America and was a guest conductor at international festivals in the Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Estonia.

Moninger, originally from Flossmoor, is the director of student choral activities at Elmhurst College. A former jingle singer, she recently served as a judge to help choose finalists from around the world for the next "Voice of McDonalds."

As a composer and arranger, her vocal jazz charts are published by KJOS in San Diego. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, Actors Equity Association, American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Conference.

Former Millikin students return to the camp to serve as guest artists or counselors. For more information on Showchoir Camps of America, visit showchoircamps.com, call 630-663-4500, or email info@showchoircamps.com.

ART SCENEMaking a splash

For the first time, the Danville Art League will offer a Color Splash party during Arts in the Park at 1 p.m. next Sunday at the pavilion at Lincoln Park.

Linda Virostek will be the instructor. She and the participants will create a painting of a windmill and tulips. The fee is $30.

The Art League also is offering Children's Art Camps this summer, with the theme "Exploring Cultures Around the World."

This week, from Monday through Thursday, will be Europe; June 26-29, Africa week; July 10-13, Asia week. Each class meets from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and are for children who have finished grades one, two, three, four, five or six.

Kinder Camp, for children ages 4 to recent kindergarten graduates, will be July 17-20 and will meet from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day.

Teens are welcome during every session of the camp. These camps are for children 13 years old or older.

The fee is $60 for one child. Additional children in the same family (living together) pay $35. For more information about the Splash Party or camps go to danvilleartleague.com, call 217-442-9264 or visit the league building at 320 N. Franklin St. It is open from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Saturday.

Topics (3):Art, Music, Theater

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