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Although she has been involved in community theater for several years, this is the first time Gaye Garner is directing a Danville Light Opera production.
The fact that Garner has loved "Cabaret" since 1994 probably had more than a little to do with her taking on this responsibility.
The Creative Dramatics Workshop in Sidney will present the reader's theater production "Meeting Mr. Lincoln" the next two weekends.
The production combines tales from numerous sources to celebrate Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday. It will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, on Feb. 13-15 and 20-22. Tickets are $5 each.
DANVILLE – The Masonic Learning Center for Children with Dyslexia will hold a fundraiser with the help of the Lincoln Park Theater Company.
The community theater group will perform "Honeymoon from Hell," a murder mystery event, at 6 p.m. March 13 at the Beef House Restaurant near Covington, Ind. The $25 ticket includes the show and a roast beef, chicken or fish dinner with all the trimmings.
Parkland Theatre will have open auditions Saturday for its final production of the season, "The Miracle Worker" by William Gibson.
Children and adults are welcome to audition. Auditions for girls ages 7 to 14 and boys ages 10 to 13 will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. The auditions for adults will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Callbacks will be at 11 a.m. Sunday.
CHAMPAIGN – William Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale" will be performed Friday and Saturday by 30 homeschooled teenagers.
Performances will be at 1:30 and 7 p.m. both days at Stratford Park Bible Chapel, 2801 W. Kirby Ave., C. The shows are free and open to the public.
The Champaign Urbana Theatre Company will hold open auditions for all roles for its upcoming production of the musical "Sweet Charity" from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 23; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 24; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 25 at Busey Center, 206 W. Main St., U.
Those interested must be 16 to audition. All ethnicities are encouraged to try out for roles, which include singers, dancers, nonsingers and nondancers.
Playwright, novelist, poet, filmmaker and theater artist LeAnne Howe originally meant for public events to be the heart of her story and one-woman theater piece, "Choctalking on Other Realities."
Events such as the 1969 takeover of Alcatraz Island by American Indians, the Vietnam War, World War II refugees, and American Indians and African-Americans fighting for social justice.
CHARLESTON – Only earnest actors and actresses need apply at Tuesday and Wednesday auditions in Charleston.
The Charleston Alley Theatre needs five men and four women for its March production of "The Importance of Being Earnest."
CHAMPAIGN – The Parkland Theatre will have a fundraising event at 7 p.m. Jan. 24, that will feature a dessert bar, live music, a silent auction and a staged reading of "Memorial Day" by Richard Morris.
The Parkland Guitar Ensemble will provide live music, while Sweet Indulgence and The Party Girls will supply the dessert bar. There will be a silent auction of a guitar autographed by Johnny Cash, theater memorabilia and other donations; a costume exhibition; and a staged reading of the new play "Memorial Day" by Richard Morris. The staged reading by local actors will be directed by Joi Hoffsommer.
URBANA – Mind the guy in the monkey makeup. One day, he might be on Broadway.
Or maybe the girl doing his makeup will find her way to professional stages.
Though these thespians come from a small high school, in a small town, they believe they have talent to make it big one day.
On Friday night, these Unity High School students got a chance to prove it, to perform six one-act plays in front of an audience, including theater buffs from around the state and college scouts from around the area, as part of the 2009 Illinois High School Theatre Festival.