Warren Garver had wanted a role in the musical "Chess" well before he even knew he wanted to do community theater.
He loved the music when he first heard the recording of "Chess" — a so-called concept album released in 1984, when he was 5 or 6 years old.
The album was released two years before the musical premiered on London's West End, and later on Broadway.
NEW YORK — Maria, former would-be nun, is about to get married.
Starring as Maria in NBC's new version of "The Sound of Music," Carrie Underwood is clad in her own T-shirt and leggings plus a wedding veil as she reverently steps through the bare-bones Manhattan rehearsal space while three dozen castmates, on their feet as if in church, sing "How do you solve a problem like Maria?"
URBANA — The Champaign Urbana Theatre Company has planned a 23rd annual season starting in March that promises to be "naughty and nice."
"We think each show has a little bit of nice and a little bit of naughty and a whole lot of family friendly entertainment," reads a news release from the community theater group.
DANVILLE — The Danville Light Opera will have auditions from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 and 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Danville Light Opera Center Stage rehearsal hall at the Village Mall.
The auditions will be for the group's dinner theater production of "9 to 5: The Musical" on Feb. 14-16. The local jazz combo, Doc Ashton and the Root Canals, will be the orchestra for the show.
CHAMPAIGN — The Parkland Theatre will have open auditions for Frederick Knott's thriller "Wait Until Dark" from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at the theater. Callbacks, if needed, will be at 5 p.m. the same day.
It's the day before Thanksgiving as I write this. So the obligatory list of things for which I am grateful might be in order.
No. 1: Both of my parents, Don and Eleanor, are alive and living at my childhood home. I can go home again, and I often do.
CHAMPAIGN — The Virginia Theater is getting a new projector.
And, yes, Virginia, that means a holiday classic will have to be delayed.
But when next you see Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, they'll be in sharper digital shadows on the screen.
Brian Moline talks with Connie Hosier from C-U Ballet about the upcoming production of "The Nutcracker" at Krannert Center starting on December 5.
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