Glittering Nutcracker performances glide onto Central Illinois stages

Glittering Nutcracker performances gracefully glide onto Central Illinois stages
It’s that time of year where magical and royal mice, a princely Nutcracker and gorgeous costumes and backdrops dazzle both young and old. The Nutcracker is one of those productions that never gets old, even as Tchaikovsky’s score turns 127 this year. And before the season escapes us, there are multiple productions...

Teens take to the stage to tell their stories in Champaign this weekend

Teens take to the stage to tell their stories in Champaign this weekend
An offshoot from the popular That’s What She Said stage production, That’s What Teens Say will welcome 15 young ladies from Champaign-Urbana area schools to tell their stories on stage. Their final performance of the year is on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. at the Douglass Community Center in Champaign. Tickets are...

'The Nature of Forgetting' an artful look at dementia at the Krannert

The Nature of Forgetting to take an artful look at dementia at the Krannert
Noted British ensemble Theatre Re collaborated with neuroscientist Kate Jeffery of University College London to create a theatrical articulation of the different dimensions of memory and amnesia, connecting science with real life experiences. The Nature of Forgetting is mostly non-verbal, using live music and movement of vigorous physicality to...

Champaign-Urbana’s latest export: #womensupportingwomen

Champaign-Urbana's latest export - #womensupportingwomen
What do a real estate agent, a bank branch manager and a retired clinical psychologist all have in common? In the case of That’s What She Said, not only are they all women who live in Central Illinois, they are individuals with a story to tell that is worth hearing. These stories of...

Murder mystery, holiday mayhem on tap for Decatur’s Theatre 7 this season

Two big productions are in the works for Theatre 7, a Decatur-based non-profit community theater group that welcomes everyone interesting in putting on a show. Auditions just finished up for Lucky Stiff, a bizarre murder mystery plot that centers on an unassuming show salesman who is forced to take the body of his...

Ignite Peoria is almost here – check out the schedule

Ignite Peoria
Arts Partners of Central Illinois is pulling out all stops for their main annual event, with 100 artist and maker booths, 28 performance groups and six workshops, all under one (huge) roof — plus, a hackathon presented by River City Labs. By the way, it's all free! Performances - Main Stage

Teen cast to breathe new life into 'Our Town' at Hoogland

Our Town
Thornton Wilder's three-act play Our Town broke new ground with its use of metatheatrical devices. The play is set in the actual theater where it is being performed; the main character is the theater's stage manager, who tells the story of the fictional small town of Grover's Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives -...

The Bard abides in Bloomington – and on the farm

The Bard abides in Bloomington - and on the farm
The Illinois Shakespeare Festival, now in its 42nd year, has partnered with Epiphany Farms to offer dinner and show packages. Theatergoers can choose from three different options that include a meal for two at an Epiphany Farms restaurant (Epiphany Farms, Bakery & Pickle and Anju Above that are all in Bloomington or Old...

Decatur community theater holding auditions

Decatur community theater holding auditions
Theater 7 on 131 N. Water St. in Decatur announced auditions for an upcoming murder mystery/comedy Murder Inn on Feb. 12 and 13.