CHARLESTON – The Charleston Alley Theatre will close its 18th season with Christopher Durang's holiday comedy "Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge." The play opens Friday.
"Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge" is a playful, cracked look at the perennial Dickens Christmas classic about Ebenezer Scrooge and his discovering the true meaning of Christmas through the visitation of Three Ghosts.
URBANA – The C-U Storytelling Guild will present a benefit concert starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Iron Post for the Eastern Illinois Food Bank.
Admission is a donation of $5 or more.
URBANA – The University of Illinois Department of Theatre and Dance will present three performances of the original, jazz-influenced process piece "Map Light" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the Studio Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
The public performances are the culmination of semester-long work with students led by guest artist Laurie Carlos, an actress in the original production of "for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf."
Best-selling author Iris Chang continues to inspire other writers even after, or maybe because of, her suicide four years ago.
Last year saw the release of a book on Chang, written by a friend who had been a classmate of hers at the University of Illinois, and a feature-length documentary by a pair of Toronto-based filmmakers.
CHAMPAIGN – The 30th anniversary national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical "Ain't Misbehavin'," starring "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Assembly Hall Star Theatre in the University of Illinois Assembly Hall.
"Ain't Misbehavin'" is a musical revue with book by Murray Horowitz and Richard Maltby Jr., music by Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller, orchestrations and additional music by Luther Henderson, and lyrics by various writers. Fats Waller, the comic and musical soul of 1930s Harlem, lives on in this show, still considered one of Broadway's best-crafted revues.
As a professor, mother and dancer, Cynthia Oliver has a lot to manage, among them her own dance projects and now as an ensemble member in Bebe Miller Company's new piece, "Necessary Beauty."
But Oliver, an associate professor of dance at the University of Illinois, said earlier this week from New York City that she's having a blast.
"I've always wanted to do something with Bebe, so this is a great, great opportunity," Oliver said from her cell phone in the city, where "Necessary Beauty" was presented at the Dance Theater Workshop.
DANVILLE – Danville Light Opera is sponsoring a bus trip to see the Tony-award-winning musical "Spamalot."
The trip will leave the Village Mall at 10 a.m. for a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Jan. 24 at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago.
URBANA – When the final bell rings on a typical weekday at Urbana High School, many students pour out of the classrooms, rushing to lockers with eagerness to be away from the building. The school is usually deserted within minutes.
But stick your head into Cobb Auditorium and you will find a group of students still there working hard. They're the cast and crew of "Pride and Prejudice," the UHS fall play, and I am one of them.
CHAMPAIGN – Tickets are on sale now for the "Disney Live! Winnie the Pooh," a new stage production by Feld Entertainment, to be presented Nov. 22 at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall in Champaign.
"The Hundred Acre Wood' comes to life in a 'Tiggerific' family show starring that silly old bear, Pooh, and all of his friends," says a news release from the Assembly Hall.
DANVILLE – The North Ridge Middle School Drama Club will present "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Danville High School auditorium, 202 E. Fairchild St., Danville.
The play, based on the Charles Schulz comic strip, follows an average day in the life of 5-year-old Charlie Brown.