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OAKLAND – Open auditions for an original play, "Three Fifths of a Man," about the 1847 Matson Slave Trial when Abraham Lincoln represented a slave owner for the only time in his law career, will be at 7 p.m. July 30 and 31 in the Columbian Building in Oakland. The building is located at the corner of Pike and Main streets on the town square.
All adults over the age of 18 are welcome and no prior experience is needed to audition.
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.
HOOPESTON – The Artistic Repertory Theatre will bring together a wide range of young people for its production of "Guys and Dolls" July 24, 25 and 26 at the Hoopeston Civic Center in McFerren Park on Illinois 1.
The romantic musical comedy centers on an up-right and uptight missionary Sarah Brown set to reform gamblers and a smooth-talking big-time gambler Sky Masterson that she can't help but fall in love with. For comic relief, mix in a ditsy showgirl whose chronic flu is brought on by the fact she's been engaged to the same man for 14 years.
Explain in one sentence what it is you do.
By day, I'm the assistant production manager for the University of Illinois Press; in the evenings I'm often acting or working behind the scenes with the Celebration Company at the Station Theatre.
CHAMPAIGN – A fuzzy hand puppet does not a Muppet make – at least, not when the puppets in question sing with biting humor about topics such as drinking and Internet porn.
So, people, leave the little ones at home when "Avenue Q" leaves Broadway after a Tony-winning run and comes to the Assembly Hall on Dec. 6.
URBANA – The Quad will be alive with "The Sound of Music," when young adults from all around the area, ages from 8 to 18, will perform in the Urbana Park District's Youth Summer Theatre production of the classic musical at Foellinger Auditorium on the University of Illinois campus.
The show runs from July 23 to 26 at 7:30 p.m. daily. Two former program participants – Stephen Larson and April Cleveland – will co-direct the show.
Sign-ups for Paxton Majestic Theatre's annual summer theater camp end today for youths who have completed kindergarten through those who have completed eighth grade.
This year's camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon July 27-31 and Aug. 3-7 in the basement of the Paxton Methodist Church.
DANVILLE – As an adult, Ann Soderstrom considers it a challenge to play a roughly 13-year-old girl, but that isn't stopping her from having fun with the role. Soderstrom will portray Alice in the musical version of "Alice In Wonderland."
The Lincoln Park Theatre Company will present its annual free summer musical production at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center on Logan Avenue in Danville.
SULLIVAN – The Broadway musical "Funny Girl," which tells the story of the rise of comedienne Fanny Brice, will open Wednesday and run through July 19 at the Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan.
Jillian Zygo, who won an AriZoni Award for her turn as Fanny Brice at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Mesa, Ariz., will play Fanny Brice. In earlier productions at the Little Theatre in Sullivan, Zygo was Julia Sullivan in "The Wedding Singer" and Georgie in "The Full Monty."
HAMPAIGN – Jacob Lambert has never considered his mild case of cerebral palsy a disadvantage. And it's not prevented him from auditioning for theater roles, among them the lead of Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables."
The 19-year-old recent graduate of Monticello High School landed the coveted part in the all-youth production to be presented by the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company starting Thursday at the Virginia Theatre.