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Lorraine's owner exploring more uses for theater

HOOPESTON – Ending its first year under the ownership of Josh Caudle, the historic Lorraine Theater isn't just for movies any more.

Caudle wants to expand the theater's uses and the Artistic Repertory Theatre is getting in on the action with live theater presentations on, at least, a semi-regular basis.

Tango to light up Virginia Theatre's stage on Friday

You can see the tango on any number of dance shows. But if you want to see the tango done Argentina-style, you can do that at the Virginia Theatre on Friday.

"Argentina Tango on Stage" will be presented at 8 p.m. at the Virginia, 203 W. Park Ave., C. Tickets for the show are $55, $45 and $35.

Symphony, DLO, Red Mask set for new seasons

DANVILLE – Virtually no one wants to see the summer end, but there are many things to look forward to for fall, winter and spring and all of them have to do with entertainment featuring area performers.

Season tickets are available for the Danville Symphony Orchestra, Danville Light Opera and the Red Mask Players. This season's productions by all three should satisfy a wide variety of tastes.

CUTC pays tribute to its late co-founder with 'Encore'

CHAMPAIGN – More than 50 actors and actresses will pay tribute on Saturday to Kathy Murphy, a co-founder of and driving force behind the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company. She died in April, after a five-year battle with breast cancer.

The performers, among the biggest names to have hit the community-theater stages over the past 35 years, will perform numbers they sang in past shows.

Imagination Movers coming to Assembly Hall this fall

CHAMPAIGN – A batch of singing, dancing idea makers will come through the Assembly Hall in November, and kids will want to get ready to move.

The Imagination Movers – four men who star in the Disney Channel show of the same name – will come to the University of Illinois Assembly Hall at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 with the "Live From the Idea Warehouse Tour."

Prompting Theater performing 'Petrushka' on Thursday

URBANA – The Prompting Theater will perform its version of Russian composer Igor Stravinsky's ballet "Petrushka" on Thursday and Saturday at the Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U.

The troupe of adults with developmental disabilities has transformed the ballet into a stage play with dance and music.

CUTC's 'Annie Get Your Gun' set to open Thursday

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Urbana Theatre Company will open the classic Irving Berlin musical "Annie Get Your Gun" on Thursday evening at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tenor in Sugar Creek show a 'Pagliacci' professional

WATSEKA – Tenor Tonio Di Paolo has sung every male role in "Pagliacci" in opera houses from Houston to Berlin.

He knows the piece so well he didn't even take the score with him to the first rehearsal of the upcoming Sugar Creek Symphony & Song production of "Pagliacci" at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Glenn Raymond Auditorium in Watseka.

UI student makes cut for spot in MTV's 'Making His Band'

Charity Davis has music in her blood. She's sung in choirs, sung gospel and rhythm and blues, sung with friends and sung with her mom, University of Illinois music Professor Ollie Watts Davis.

"I've been singing all of my life," Davis said.

On Monday, she'll sing with a man at times called Sean John, Puffy, Puff Daddy, P. Diddy and now, simply, Diddy – the hip-hop impressario and fashion mogul.

Rantoul Theatre actors seek comeback in 'Drop Dead'

RANTOUL – The Rantoul Theatre Group will present the comedy, "Drop Dead" from Friday through Aug. 9.

"Drop Dead," written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore and directed by Aaron Matthew Polk, is about a group of has-been actors, led by the psychopathic, megalomaniac director Victor Le Pewe, who are trying to revive their careers with a pot-boiler murder mystery.