Theatre

This week, we're tslking with Steve Bortolotti, He's directing Peoria Players Theatre's 10th anniversary production of "Ragtime." He also directed the earlier production. He talks about what drew him to the show, which is based on a historical novel by E. L. Doctorow, and about why he was so eager to stage it again. "Ragtime" runs September 5th through 14th at Peoria Players Theatre.

Corn Stock Theatre closes its summer season with a production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

School is back in session, but summer is still going strong at Corn Stock Theatre, where Monty Python’s Spamalot, the summer season’s last show opened last Friday.

This week, we're talking with Lee Wenger, organizer and MC of the third annual "Peoria Public Radio in the Park" concert, a fund-raising event for this very station. The concert features selections from two upcoming community theatre productions and one past show, along with a couple of choirs and instrumentalists. We talk about some of the acts on the program, about the food that will available on site, and about the venue. Doors open tonight at 6:00 at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre; the concert gets underway at 7:00.

Corn Stock Theatre

A series of children’s books forms the basis of the musical “A Year with Frog and Toad,”which opened last weekend at Corn Stock Theatre. Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

Corn Stock Theatre

Nate Downs is directing Corn Stock Theatre's production of "A Year with Frog and Toad." he talks about how he first discovered the musical, which is based on a series of children's books. He also talks about his own affection for the show (this is the second time he's directed it), why he thinks it works for audiences of all ages, and how he hopes patrons will respond to the production. "A Year with Frog and Toad" opens tonight, and continues through August 9th at the Corn Stock tent.

This week, we're talking with Jim Wilhelm. The host of "Illinois Adventures" on WTVP will portray Wyatt Earp in a new one-man show, “Wyatt Earp: The Other Side.” Earp was raised in Monmouth, and spent an eventful year in Peoria in his twenties, long before the fateful shootout at the OK Corral. Wilhelm talks about what inspired the production, and what to expect from the show. Performances are Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at the Apollo Theatre in Peoria.

Corn Stock Theatre

Corn Stock Theatre continues its summer season with a production of “Guys and Dolls.” Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

Summer is in full swing, and that can only mean theatre is thriving at Corn Stock Theatre again.  Guys & Dolls opened last night in weather that was just as wonderful as the show.

Corn Stock Theatre

Alex Mansoori plays Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Corn Stock Theatre's production of "Guys and Dolls." Trained as an opera singer, he talks about the opportunity the production offered to perform with his wife. He also talks about the sometimes itinerant lifestyle of an opera performer, and about some of his favorite moments in the show. "Guys and Dolls" opens tonight, and continues through Saturday, July 19th.

Corn Stock Theatre

Neil Simon’s play, “Lost in Yonkers” uses the playwright’s sharp humor to underscore a turbulent moment in the life of one American family. Douglas Okey has this review of a production at Corn Stock Theatre, for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

Corn Stock Theatre

We're talking with Corn Stock Theatre Manager Cindy Hoey, about their production of "Lost in Yonkers." Hoey says it's her favorite among Simon's works; it has multiple strong roles for actors, and tells a story that pulls on the heartstrings. She also talks about the two young actors anchoring the production, and what she hopes the audience will take away from the show. "Lost in Yonkers" runs June 20th through 28th.

This week, we're talking with Andrew Rhodenbaugh. He's playing Hamlet in a production by The Great Work Begins Theatre Troupe. The group has been presenting Shakespeare at Camp Wokanda in Chillicothe since the summer of 2012, and has staged other productions at venues in and around Peoria. He talks about the genesis of the company, about the challenges of taking on an iconic role Shakespeare, and about taking theatre to unconventional locations. The Great Work begins performs "Hamlet," Saturday at 11:30 a.m., and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., at Camp Wokanda.

Corn Stock Theatre opens its summer season with the musical “Funny Girl.” Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

Peoria Players Theatre

This week we're talking with Peggy Beaux Hupp. She;s directing "Smokey Joe's Cafe" at Peoria Players Theatre. The show is a "jukebox" musical, built around the music of Mike Stoller and Jerry Lieber. We talk about some of the numbers featured in the show, about finding the right voices to make up the cast, and about the challenge of directing a musical with no story line and no recurring characaters. "Smokey Joe's Cafe" runs June 5th through 9th at Peoria Players.

Peoria Players Theatre

Peoria Players Theatre is staging the first Central Illinois production of “Shrek: The Musical,” based on the animated films Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria.

Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

Illinois Central College

Illinois Central College closes its current theatre season with Humpty Dumpty,” which uses the children’s nursery rhyme as a metaphor for contemporary life. Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall”

Peoria Players Theatre

The play, “The Miracle Worker” re-tells the story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan. Douglas Oakey has this review of a production at Peoria Players Theatre, for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

Peoria Players Theatre dusts off William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker” this spring, directed by Charles Killen.  Good news: The play retains all of its charm and emotional power. 

Peoria Players Theatre

This week, we're talking with Charles Killen, director of Peoria Players Theatre's upcoming production of "The Miracle Worker." He talks about his own history with the play, about casting the two principal roles, and about the subject matter of the show remains relevant in 2014. "The Miracle Worker" runs March 14th through 23rd at Peoria Players.

Illinois Central College

The musical “Working” presents a multi-faceted look at work and its role in American life. A production of the musical is now on stage at Illinois Central College. Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

Bradley University Theatre

This week, we're talking with Egla Birmingham, director of Bradley University Theatre's production of "Clybourne Park." Set in the same house as "A Raisin in the Sun," the play offers a perspective on how race and family have changed over the past fifty years. Birmingham talks about what she finds appealing in the script, and about working with young actors to bring the text to life. "Clybourne Park" continues through Sunday, March 9th.

This week, we're talking with Cindy Hoey, Corn Stock Theatre Manager, about their production of "Art." The play tells the story of three friends, whose friendships are upended when one of them acquires a piece of modern art. She talks about the three actors who make up the cast, and about what the show has to say about both art and relationships. She also talks about an art exhibit Corn Stock is hosting in conjunction with the production.

The purchase of a piece of modern art escalates into a conflict among three friends, in the play “Art.” A production is now on stage on Corn Stock Theatre. Douglas Oakey  has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

Peoria Players Theatre

This week, we're talking with Chip Joyce, who plays Fagin in Peoria Players' upcoming production of the musical "Oliver!" Joyce says it's one of a handful of roles on his "bucket list." The role requires a fair amount of stage makeup, and adopting a specific voice and gait. "Oliver!" opens tonight, and runs through February 16th at Peoria Players Theatre.

Corn Stock Theatre

The play, “A Piece of My Heart” presents a different perspective on the Vietnam War, telling the stories of six women who served. Douglas Oakey has this review of a production at Corn Stock Theatre, for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

Corn Stock Theatre

This week, we're talking with Cindy Hoey, manager of Corn Stock Theatre.  Their latest production, "A Piece of My Heart," recounts the stories of six women during the Vietnam War. Hoey talks about the cast director Amy Williams has assembled for the production, about the play's resonance at a time when more women are involved in and affected by wartime service, and about the theatre's desire to stage a production with multiple strong roles for women. "A Piece of My Heart" opens Friday night, and continues through January 26th.

This week, we're talking with Blake Stubbs, from Corn Stock Theatre. He's one of three directors in their upcoming production, "Relatively Speaking," a set of three one-act plays. He talks about the "act" he's directing, about collaborating with the other two directors and about what he's learned as a first-time director. "Relatively Speaking" runs next weekend, with performances Thursday through Sunday at the Winter Playhouse.

The 1940s film “Meet Me in St. Louis” is best known for introducing the song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Peoria Players Theatre is currently presenting the stage adaptation of the film. Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

The 1967 film “The Graduate” introduced the world to “Mrs. Robinson” and launched the career of actor Dustin Hoffman. A stage adaptation of the film is now playing at Corn Stock

Theatre. Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

This week, we're talking with Chip Joyce. He's directing "The Graduate," which opens tonight at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse. He talks about directing his first non-musical, why he likes this particular script, and why he thinks the story will resonate with multiple generations.

Just in time for Halloween, a musical at Corn Stock Theatre parodies the standard tropes of horror movies, with its production of “Evil Dead: The Musical.” Marty Lynch has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

This week, we're talking with Jim Babrowski, from Peoria Players Theatre's production of Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park." The play depicts a pair of mismatched newlyweds and their different expectations for married life. He also talks about other productions coming up in Players' 2013-14 season. "Barefoot in the Park" opens tonight and continues through October 13th at Peoria Players Theatre.

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