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URBANA — Like many young folks who are active in high school theater, Jeri Hart loved it but figured she would never do it again after graduating.
She went on to major in elementary education at the University of Illinois but discovered quickly she couldn't leave theater behind.
It's in her blood.
Frailty, thy name is woman. Or so one prince of Denmark was led to believe.
Whether Hamlet was right to say so is the main subject in the Celebration Company's latest incarnation of the eponymous play, and the argument continues at the Station Theatre for another fortnight.
URBANA — As Mathew Green appeared opposite Lindsey Gates-Markel four years ago in "Rabbit Hole" at the Station Theatre, he couldn't help but think that she would make a most excellent Hamlet.
Green believes Gates-Markel has the ability to convey emotions, particularly conflicted thoughts.
WESTVILLE — Westville High School drama students will present Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the school's old gymnasium.
The show will feature fairy-tale characters, costumes, special effects and music, including tunes such as "Be Our Guest." The students have been rehearsing and building sets since the beginning of the school year.
Red Mask opens 76th season
DANVILLE — The Red Mask Players will open its 76th season with "Arms and the Man," playing Friday through Nov. 4 and Nov. 9-11 at the Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St.
A witty, make-love-not-war farce, "Arms and the Man" is a comedy classic by George Bernard Shaw that takes place in 1885, during the Serbo-Bulgarian War.
SAVOY — The newly staged version of the rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" will be presented on the big screen in select movie houses, among them the Savoy 16, at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday.
CHAMPAIGN — Tom Mitchell calls "Words in the Wind," concert-style performances of children's books by local veteran actors, always surprising.
There is a reason that most of us don't find ourselves clamoring to hear about the "crazy" dreams the raving madman outside the coffeeshop has been having lately: Dreams don't typically make great stories, even on the blessed occasion that the storyteller isn't completely bananas.
Shows this fall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts have been some of the most invigorating and inspiring I've experienced. Not to mention different.
Particularly, the performances by the Streb Extreme Action Company and "Man on Wire" Philippe Petit left me contemplating how I can more often leave my extreme comfort zone to experience life more fully.