REVIEW: 'Spamalot' is silly, silly, silly

By Tricia Stiller

Silliness reigns supreme thanks to the inexhaustible ensemble brave enough to tackle "Spamalot," the brilliantly chaotic, completely absurd musical comedy which opened this week at Parkland College Theatre.

Entertainment listings, April 17-24, 2014

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A lot of reasons to see 'Spamalot'

CHAMPAIGN — When actor Michael Steen first heard that the Parkland Theatre planned to put on the musical comedy "Spamalot," he jumped and shouted for joy.

He had seen the show a few years ago in Chicago, and on the way home his car ended up in a ditch.

Even with that he loves "Spamalot," a send up of the King Arthur tale as well as Broadway musicals.

3 free tap dance clinics scheduled

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Urbana Theatre Company and Central High School are hosting three free tap dance clinics from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on three consecutive Wednesday evenings, beginning tonight.

Tania Picard, a professional tap choreographer from Impact Tap in Bloomington, will lead all three clinics.

Beef House dinner show tickets go on sale

COVINGTON, Ind. — Tickets will go on sale starting Tuesday for the first three shows of the Beef House Dinner Theatre's 18th season.

The 18th season will offer five shows — three this summer, a fall show and the return of the Christmas Show for a second year.

The season:

Club Krannert - Kathleen Conlin 4-10-14

Club Krannert - Kathleen Conlin 4-10-14: Play now!

Brian Moline talks with Kathleen Conlin from the U of I Department of Theatre about her final production as a member of the U of I faculty, Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing."


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'Much Ado' with Conlin's final show

URBANA — As director of Illinois Theatre's "Much Ado About Nothing," director Kathleen Conlin is challenging her student cast and crew.

She brought in four professional designers to work alongside the students, who range from sophomores to master's of fine arts degree candidates — some of whom had professional theater experience before coming here.

Little Theatre slates children's auditions

SULLIVAN — The Little Theatre On The Square will have children's auditions from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at The Little Theatre Dance Studio, 7 E. Jefferson St., Sullivan.

Auditions in Paxton for Tri-County Players show

PAXTON — Auditions for the Tri-County Players production "Once Upon a Mattress" will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Market Street Theatre, 120 N. Market St., Paxton.

Melissa Merli: Gunns join high-caliber list of donors to Krannert

Opera superstar Nathan Gunn, as most of us know, has sung in the major opera houses of the world.

During his travels, he said, he's seen nothing else on the planet like Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, where he honed his baritone voice over four years as an undergraduate in the University of Illinois School of Music.

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