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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.