HOMER — 2020 was a rough year for everyone. Maybe even more so for the Creative Dramatics Workshop group that owns the Homer Opera House.
'Someone carrying a COVID-19 vaccination card not counting against our capacity, I don’t know how the heck we’re going to do that or how (authorities) are going to enforce it, either'
This month, four exciting artists — Danzel Thompson-Stout, Roxane D’Orleans Juste, Rachel Rizzuto and Jaylen De’Angelo Clay — will present works engaging ideas and social phenomena.
For the third-year master’s candidates in dance at the University of Illinois, this year’s spring performances have a new wrinkle.
Director: 'We’ll be as ready as we possibly can to restart in-person events in our theaters in the fall possibly. That may or may not be possible. It depends on a whole lot of things.'
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FISHER — Organizers of the Fisher High School play “Dorothy Meets Alice: The Wizard of Wonderland,” are going the extra mile to make sure all COVID-19 precautions are observed this weekend.
TUSCOLA — It was one of those moments that have become rare for high-schoolers over the last year: a yearly event that sparks anticipation and joy.
URBANA — When former Urbana High School theater Director Tim Broeker left the school in the spring, co-director Alyssa Pavlakis and students from Broeker’s time at the school put together a variety show for him over Zoom, recording their favorite songs and monologues to perform for the outgo…
This week's lineup: Allison Semmes on Ollie Watts Davis; Carol Marin on Joe Wenzel; Michael Kelly on Heywood ‘Woody’ Sanders; Roxanne Decyk on Emily Watts; Carol Ross Barney on Jack Baker; Grace Hou-Ovnik on Louis Liebovich; Amber McReynolds on Brian Gaines; Scott Atlas on Gilbert Haight; Susan Avery on Marvin Geller; and Arielle Gross Samuels on Paul Braun.
URBANA — As Illinois Theatre Professor Tom Mitchell dug through files of Tennessee Williams’ archives at the University of Texas six years ago, he found 75 disorganized pages of a story that surprised him.
Created by 'We Make Events,' which describes itself as 'a coalition of trade bodies, businesses, unions and live-events workers,' the event included over 1,500 buildings across the country to raise awareness for unemployed workers.
The Champaign Park District said Friday it has suspended public and private events at the Virginia Theatre through April 2021 due to coronavirus concerns.
Mike Ross: 'As far as I can tell, unless criteria change, it’s hard to be able to imagine going into larger gatherings until that vaccine is out there and showing effective results.'
With the state set to enter Phase 4 of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan, staff writer Anthony Zilis examines what various of University of Illinois venues are anticipating will change once students and visitors return.
'We were in the process of becoming a temporary drive-thru restaurant if we were not allowed to open as a theater for the time being, so we could survive until the restrictions were lifted.'
Who out there could use a good laugh right about now? We reached out to 100 stars of stand-up comedy and others in the funny business and asked them to make us laugh.
CHAMPAIGN — Playing at Parkland College’s Second Stage Theatre over the next four days: “Steel Magnolias,” a production of the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company.
For the last four years, Schlarman grad Daniel Hampel has worked to bring the show to State Farm Center. His efforts will become reality at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
The reality of the situation is clear to Jaclyn Loewenstein, who is involved with several local groups: The value of space in downtown Champaign is on the rise, while local nonprofit troupes can’t pay steep prices and are hurting for space.
The stories are connected by the theme laid out in the title, love that slipped away. The play also includes original music by Scott Knier, who plays the guitar and sings between readings.
This production, skillfully directed by Latrelle Bright, features impressive performances by Corey Barlow as the Emcee, Connor Kamradt as Cliff, Erica Cruz-Hernandez as Frau Schneider, and Anna Benoit as Sally Bowles.