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SPEAK Cafe sets 'Thanks for Giving Us' theme this week

CHAMPAIGN – The next SPEAK Cafe will be from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Palette Cafe in Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

The theme, set by emcee Aaron Ammons, is "Thanks for Giving Us: Kindred Spirits."


Dancer/choreographer to open photo exhibit on career

URBANA – Artistic director, dancer and choreographer Robert Wood will present selected photographs from his repertory works in an exhibition that opens Tuesday at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities building, 805 W. Pennsylvania Ave., U.

Wood has 25 years of professional stage experience as a soloist and featured artist in several New York dance companies, including his own, Robert Wood Dance New York Inc. Wood also is a George A. Miller visiting professor at Illinois through the Center for Advanced Study.


'Pajama Game': A romantic musical about a labor dispute

CHAMPAIGN – The touring production of "The Pajama Game," the Tony Award-winning best musical revival of 2006, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the University of IIlinois Assembly Hall Star Theatre in Champaign.

In addition to receiving the Tony for best revival, "The Pajama Game" received another one for best choreography.

It also received seven Drama Desk Award nominations and eight Outer Critics Circle Award nominations.

The original 1954 production won three 1955 Tony awards, among them best musical and choreography.


'Romeo et Juliette' tells timeless story with singing in French

Nearly everyone knows the story of William Shakespeare's doomed lovers, Romeo and Juliet.

With that in mind, the University of Illinois Opera Program production of Charles Gounod's opera, "Romeo et Juliette," opening next Thursday at Krannert Center, won't have any cast member who takes any audience member out of that story, says stage director Henson Keys.


'Zombie Prom' to haunt Central stage starting Friday

CHAMPAIGN – From the drama program that brought "Chicago" and "Rent" to their high school stage comes a show that just might make you rupture in laughter.

Champaign Central High School first took "Zombie Prom" to Scotland in the place of "Little Shop of Horrors." When first notified of the cancellation of their rights to "Little Shop," the cast had a total of three weeks to scrape together a comparable show.


Celebration Company's 'Speech and Debate' a real hoot

URBANA – As Karen Vaccaro first read the script of Stephen Karam's play, "Speech and Debate," she laughed so much her husband felt compelled to check on her.

"It grabbed me, and I love that," she said. "It's so political and accessible at the same time."

Vaccaro will direct the relatively new play, which opened just last year off-Broadway in New York and played later in Chicago, at the Station Theatre in Urbana. It opens Thursday.


Dancers from 8 universities to vie Saturday at UI

Nearly 200 dancers from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Iowa are expected at the 20th annual Dancing Illini Intercollegiate Dance Competition on Saturday at the Illini Union in Urbana.

Students from Indiana University, Iowa State University, Knox College, Notre Dame University, Purdue University, the University of Missouri, Valparaiso University and the University of Illinois will face off in the all-day ballroom, Latin and nightclub dance competition.


Westville High School to present 'Cinderella' musical

WESTVILLE – The Westville High School arts department will present the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Cinderella" at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 and 3 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Old Gym at the high school, 918 N. State St.

Tickets are available at the high school office or by calling Teresa Ross at 267-2183, ext. 471.


Illini Union Board's production of 'Jekyll & Hyde' opens Friday

URBANA – The Illini Union Board will present three performances of the musical "Jekyll & Hyde," at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, at Foellinger Auditorium on the south end of the University of Illinois Quadrangle.

A costume contest will take place at the performance Friday evening, which is Halloween. Anyone arriving in costume will receive $1 off his or her ticket purchased at the door, as well as be entered in a costume contest with the chance to win a prize at intermission.


'Dracula' rises again in ISU production of vampire story

"Dracula" comes alive on the Illinois State University campus this week.

A theatrical adaptation of the classic Gothic novel about Count Dracula and his bloodthirsty quest for power is being presented at the ISU Center for the Performing Arts in Normal.