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Plenty new about Krannert's third biennial guitar festival

Krannert Center director Mike Ross and his staff have always viewed their biennial guitar festival as a microcosm of their core philosophy and approach to programming, and that's no exception for the third biennial festival.

The performances at the event on Sept. 10, 11 and 12 will run from the classical to the popular to the experimental to "world," featuring a few returning artists, new discoveries, homegrown talent in jazz guitarist Jake Hertzog and blues artist Laurie Morvan, and major names such as Ani DiFranco, Bill Frisell, Dan Zanes and Jerry Douglas.

Workshop's 'Big Bad Musical' sets shows this weekend

CISSNA PARK – The Country Theatre Workshop will present its Youth on Stage production of "The Big Bad Musical" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

In the play, Enchanted Forest News star reporter Sydney Grimm (Jacy Samet of Hoopeston) reports on the courtroom trial of The Big Bad Wolf (Jamison Weber of Ashkum). The wolf has been subpoenaed in a class action lawsuit and is required to appear in Judge Wise Old Man's (Adam Weber, Ashkum) courtroom to defend his honor.

Participants sought for Gerogetown talent contest

GEORGETOWN – The Georgetown Fair is seeking participants for its annual talent contest, which is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 4 at the grandstand.

Any musical act, dance routine, magic or puppet show or other talent act of any type may be entered. Age divisions are 14 and younger and 15 to 21. Each division will be limited to 15 acts.

2009-10 Krannert schedule

Highlights of the upcoming 2009-10 season at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, read Sunday's The News-Gazette and go to, where the schedule and details (including on the third Biennial Guitar Festival) will be up in mid-June.

Tickets go on sale July 16 at 10 a.m. Orders are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Waiting lists will be formed for sold-out performances.

Krannert's new season mixes ongoings, one-night-onlys

URBANA – Dance legends, violin virtuosos and plenty of Russians will be among those taking the stage during the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 2009-2010 season.

Marvin Hamlisch and Michael Feinstein, the Moscow Festival Ballet and Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, MOMIX dancer-illusionists and many more internationally recognized artists and groups will hit the stages and spaces at Krannert this year.

Auditions set for 'Annie Get Your Gun'

Bring your voice – plus 16 bars of music – but leave firearms at home to audition for "Annie Get Your Gun," the upcoming Champaign Urbana Theatre Company play, which will open at Champaign's Virginia Theatre on Aug. 6.

Auditions are from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Busey Center, 208 W. Main St., U.

Entrants sought for June 21 talent show in Sidell

SIDELL – Sidell will be celebrating its 125th anniversity in June and one of the events will be a talent show at 2 p.m. June 21. Organizers are encouraging people to sign up for the show whether they want to sing, dance, play an instrument, twirl a baton, do comedy or show the unusual talent of a pet.

There is no entry fee to participate. Entries must be received by June 10. Cash prizes will be given in each of the age divisions. The classes will be for ages up to 12 years; 13-19 years; and 20 years and over.

Country Theatre Workshop sets auditions for plays

CISSNA PARK – The Country Theatre Workshop will have auditions at 11 a.m. May 30 at its theater on Illinois 49, 2 miles north of Cissna Park, for comedies to be presented this season:

– "Kitchen Witches," directed by Diana Judy. Cast calls for two women and one man. Play will be presented Aug. 6-16.

Robin Williams reschedules Normal show for Nov. 14

Comedian Robin Williams will perform in his show, "Weapons of Self-Destruction," at 8 p.m. Nov. 14 at Braden Auditorium on the Illinois State University campus in Normal.

Tickets purchased for his postponed April 15 show at the Braden will be honored at the November show. Tickets are $85, $65 and $50.

Summer Studio goes lean, keen for 19th season at Krannert

URBANA – Facing what he calls Draconian cuts to the University of Illinois Department of Theatre budget, department head Brant Pope decided no way would he cut Summer Studio Theatre.

The theater department produces the popular series of three plays each summer at Krannert Center. This will be the 19th season for Summer Studio, which runs from June 5 to July 1.