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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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
URBANA – Actor Rien Rogers has annoyed people around town the last few weeks as he practices a British accent for his role of Geoff in British playwright Alan Ayckbourn's comedy, "Absurd Person Singular."
"My supervisor at work today told me, 'Would you stop that,'" Rogers said Monday evening before rehearsal at the Station Theatre.