Allerton hosting several activities
The Allerton Park and Retreat Center Mansion will once again host a variety of "home for the holiday" events in December.
Zoo Improv will present its seventh annual C-U Improv Festival at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at SoDo Theatre, 111 S. Walnut St., C.
The shows will start at 7 both evenings; admission is $15 each night. The sets will last 25 to 30 minutes each, with exceptions as needed. All the sets will run back to back, with refreshment breaks in between.
By Chad Beckett
Shakespeare's Hamlet would be a bit confused by the purpose of "Noises Off," Parkland Theatre's current production that is directed by Christine Sevec-Johnson.
In this case, the play is not the thing; instead, the audience sees a farcical company of actors trying to perform a farce.
URBANA — With its debut performance tonight, the Urbana High School theater department's production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" promises audiences three things: quirky characters, witty humor and even some audience participation.
CHAMPAIGN — As Parkland College Theatre's Artistic Director Joi Hoffsommer was deciding who could guest-direct "Noises Off," she thought: "Crazy. Running around. Lots of laughter. I know who can do this."
Fall open house
URBANA — The Japan House Fall Open House will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with Ami Hirata, a Japanese-born ceramicist, presenting at 11 a.m. her body of work.
Who would you like to see come to town to perform? Tell Tom Kacich here
CHAMPAIGN — It's a busy weekend for Mitch Marlow, with three nights of entertainment at the Virginia Theatre and a different setup for each day.