IllinoisTimes - Performing Art http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-35-1-performing-art.html Mon, 24 Nov 14 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 The Sky’s the Limit for the Mature Mob http://illinoistimes.com/article-14494-the-sky%25E2%2580%2599s-the-limit-for-the-mature-mob.html The Sky’s the Limit for the Mature Mob
 Signs that fall is approaching: cooler weather, the beginning of football season, this year’s Mature Mob show....Okay, that last one may not be an annual rite of the season for you, but in rec...]]>
Jekyll & Hyde grapples with good and evil http://illinoistimes.com/article-14429-jekyll-hyde-grapples-with-good-and-evil.html Jekyll & Hyde grapples with good and evil
 The mercurial weather on what would have been Jekyll & Hyde’s opening night at the Springfield Municipal Opera mirrored well the play itself. A violent, Hyde-like thunderstorm forced a can...]]>
Shrek - The green monster comes to the Muni http://illinoistimes.com/article-14308-shrek.html Shrek - The green monster comes to the Muni
 Looking for a place where you can see a wisecracking gingerbread man, an enormous singing dragon, a talking donkey and a diminutive aristocrat sharing the stage with a couple of green freaks who...]]>
An exciting, eclectic season at Sangamon Auditorium http://illinoistimes.com/article-14278-an-exciting-eclectic-season-at-sangamon-auditorium.html An exciting, eclectic season at Sangamon Auditorium
From singer-songwriters to international cultural ambassadors, from children’s entertainment to the blues, from gritty rock to glitzy musicals to a beloved comedian, the 2014-2015 season at Sangamon...]]>
All Shook Up is fun - The Springfield Muni Opera’s summer season continues with Elvis rock ’n roll http://illinoistimes.com/article-14185-all-shook-up-is-fun.html All Shook Up is fun - The Springfield Muni Opera’s summer season continues with Elvis rock ’n roll
  “I vote for ‘Fat-Bottomed Girls,’” I hear someone say as I walk backstage at the Springfield Muni Opera. I look up and see director Anna Bussing caught in a brief debate with a member o...]]>
The hills are alive - Sound of Music opens the Muni’s summer season http://illinoistimes.com/article-14078-the-hills-are-alive.html The hills are alive - Sound of Music opens the Muni’s summer season
 I guess I just assumed I wouldn’t like the Sound of Music. Until last Friday, I’d never actually seen the play, but I was certain I had enough information to make what seemed like an easy de...]]>
Local playwright brings The Rev to life http://illinoistimes.com/article-13555-local-playwright-brings-the-rev-to-life.html Local playwright brings The Rev to life
 In the theater class he teaches at Robert Morris University, George A.M. Heroux advises students to look for plot details from one’s life. “I’ve done that with the plays I’ve written,”...]]>
Does Inherit the Wind say something today? - Local production continues at the Hoogland Oct. 11-13 http://illinoistimes.com/article-12932-does-inherit-the-wind-say-something-today.html Does Inherit the Wind say something today? - Local production continues at the Hoogland Oct. 11-13
 Is it timeless or just old? Inherit the Wind may be a staple of community theater, but can a fictionalized account written 58 years ago about something that happened 88 years ago resonate with A...]]>
The Mature Mob makes another hit - Through the years with Springfield's talented old-timers http://illinoistimes.com/article-12852-the-mature-mob-makes-another-hit.html The Mature Mob makes another hit - Through the years with Springfield's talented old-timers
If anyone can lay claim to being the “father” of The Mature Mob, it’s Jim Myers. It began in the early ’90s, when Jim, at age 76, began taking tap dance lessons at the Springfi...]]>
Risky business - Muni brings gritty drama Rent to the Springfield stage http://illinoistimes.com/article-12825-risky-business.html Risky business - Muni brings gritty drama Rent to the Springfield stage
When Mac Warren submitted Rent to the Muni’s play reading committee, he knew the edgy show would be a tough sell. The Tony and Pulitzer winning musical, based loosely on La Boheme, depicts New Y...]]>
You Gotta Believe - Springfield's summer theater continues its strong season with Peter Pan http://illinoistimes.com/article-12692-you-gotta-believe.html You Gotta Believe - Springfield's summer theater continues its strong season with Peter Pan
If there’s one thing the cast and crew of the Muni’s latest production want you to know, it’s this: their Peter Pan is more than just a kids’ show. And while the husband-and-wi...]]>
Living the Dream - For many first-timers, life on the Muni stage is an unforgettable experience http://illinoistimes.com/article-12622-living-the-dream.html Living the Dream - For many first-timers, life on the Muni stage is an unforgettable experience
It’s more than you,It’s more than me,No matter what we are,We are a family.This dream is for all of us, This one can be real,And you can’t stop us now,Because of how you feel. &nbs...]]>
Sangamon Auditorium expands its borders - An eclectic 2013-14 season is waiting in the wings http://illinoistimes.com/article-11452-sangamon-auditorium-expands-its-borders.html Sangamon Auditorium expands its borders - An eclectic 2013-14 season is waiting in the wings
Sangamon Auditorium’s upcoming season, starting in September, is a heady mix of surefire crowd-pleasers and boundary pushing one-offs, finding Broadway touring companies rubbing shoulders with c...]]>
Genders bent here - Hedwig is a “transformative” rock musical http://illinoistimes.com/article-10927-genders-bent-here.html Genders bent here - Hedwig is a “transformative” rock musical
“The word of the day is ‘immersion,’” says Legacy Theatre owner Scott Richardson, and truthfully there are few more appropriate terms to describe the Legacy’s production ...]]>
The Civil War’s effects on ordinary folks - Civil War Journeys continues at New Salem's Theatre in the Park July 19-22 http://illinoistimes.com/article-10265-the-civil-warrss-effects-on-ordinary-folks.html The Civil War’s effects on ordinary folks - Civil War Journeys continues at New Salem's Theatre in the Park July 19-22
The stories we tell and the songs we sing help us make sense of the past, understand the present and build the future. Civil War Journeys, which opened last weekend at New Salem’s Theatre in the...]]>
I bought a theater - Scott Richardson's theatrical labor of love brings eclectic culture to Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-9880-i-bought-a-theater.html I bought a theater - Scott Richardson's theatrical labor of love brings eclectic culture to Springfield
“I would say buying real estate is an emotional decision,” says Scott Richardson. “It’s probably not the wisest move, but sometimes you follow the heart. So we bought a theater...]]>
UIS stages a classic, True West - And don't miss Den of Thieves by the Less is More Theatre Company http://illinoistimes.com/article-9698-uis-stages-a-classic-true-west.html UIS stages a classic, True West - And don't miss Den of Thieves by the Less is More Theatre Company
Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, the head of the UIS theatre department these last 10 years, is taking a sabbatical this semester, but he is staying home in Springfield. As head of an academic program, he do...]]>
A winter full of fine Springfield theater http://illinoistimes.com/article-9563-a-winter-full-of-fine-springfield-theater.html A winter full of fine Springfield theater
The new year begins with exciting theater in Springfield, with the now-playing Chess, a musical by Benny Anderssen and Bjorn Ulvaes (of ABBA fame) with lyrics by Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evit...]]>
The 25th annual First Night - On New Year's Eve come downtown for a bargain celebration of the arts http://illinoistimes.com/article-9495-the-25th-annual-first-night.html The 25th annual First Night - On New Year's Eve come downtown for a bargain celebration of the arts
On Dec. 31, 1987, Springfield became the first city in Illinois to host a First Night event celebrating the new year through the arts. Penny Wollan-Kriel, executive director of the Springfield Area Ar...]]>
A family’s clash of values in a time of war - Shenandoah at New Salem July 15-17 and 21-24 http://illinoistimes.com/article-8867-a-familyrss-clash-of-values-in-a-time-of-war.html A family’s clash of values in a time of war - Shenandoah at New Salem July 15-17 and 21-24
Don’t let the music fool you. The stage adaptation of Shenandoah is a drama. Set in the Commonwealth of Virginia during the Civil War, the play explores the impact of the war on a family whose p...]]>
Springfield playwright brings ice cream to comedy http://illinoistimes.com/article-8771-springfield-playwright-brings-ice-cream-to-comedy.html Springfield playwright brings ice cream to comedy
What could possibly be more fun than a Baskin-Robbins ice cream cake? How about two ice cream cakes and one wedding ring? Throw in a rich software developer named Alvin Chandler, a veterinarian named ...]]>
A rich season of summer theater http://illinoistimes.com/article-8702-a-rich-season-of-summer-theater.html A rich season of summer theater
Summer theater is upon us and there’s quite an exciting list of possibilities for area theater-goers over the next three months.Theatre in the Park at New Salem outside Petersburg opens its seas...]]>
Slavery in the shadow of Lincoln - Presidential Museum commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with Flight http://illinoistimes.com/article-8473-slavery-in-the-shadow-of-lincoln.html Slavery in the shadow of Lincoln - Presidential Museum commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with Flight
Playwright Charlayne Woodard has something in common with her characters. Like Oh Beah, Mercy, Ezra, Alma, and Nate – the five slaves in Flight’s ensemble – Woodard is compelled to t...]]>
Spotlight on Ice - This year's show features witches, greasers, and man-eating plants! http://illinoistimes.com/article-8474-spotlight-on-ice.html Spotlight on Ice - This year's show features witches, greasers, and man-eating plants!
What do an Olympic figure skater, your favorite musicals and the greatest family entertainment in the area have in common? If you’re thinking of the Ice Capades then you’re in for a season...]]>
A rich season for local theater http://illinoistimes.com/article-8325-a-rich-season-for-local-theater.html A rich season for local theater
The new year has begun with some new titles on area stages and several more are coming up in the coming weeks.Seeing the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee recently (a Springfield Thea...]]>
Springfield’s Mature Mob is back - Veteran performers host annual show to benefit Senior Services http://illinoistimes.com/article-7921-springfieldrss-mature-mob-is-back.html Springfield’s Mature Mob is back - Veteran performers host annual show to benefit Senior Services
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that members of The Mature Mob – Springfield’s over 50 singing and dancing troupe – are a little more “hip” than average senior citi...]]>
Onstage, a vet tells it like it was - A Long Way Home depicts the struggle of coming back from war http://illinoistimes.com/article-7721-onstage-a-vet-tells-it-like-it-was.html Onstage, a vet tells it like it was - A Long Way Home depicts the struggle of coming back from war
When Springfield resident Tom Jones reads about or meets a young veteran returning from Iraq or Afghanistan, something deep within him stirs. Jones remembers well the difficulties of adjusting to life...]]>
Footeprints - New Salem production brings Foote's last play to life http://illinoistimes.com/article-7650-footeprints.html Footeprints - New Salem production brings Foote's last play to life
When Horton Foote died last year at the age of 92, America lost one of its most prolific and endearing dramatists. Foote, who was still writing until his last days, completed more than 60 plays and sc...]]>
Cat in the Hat takes the cake - Seussical, The Musical, opens the Muni's season, 60 years after it all began http://illinoistimes.com/article-7406-cat-in-the-hat-takes-the-cake.html Cat in the Hat takes the cake - Seussical, The Musical, opens the Muni's season, 60 years after it all began
Only through the lens of the late Theodor Seuss Geisle, better known as Dr. Seuss, can a chaotic menagerie of made-up creatures bring order and wisdom from whimsy and fun. Filled with comedies such as...]]>
Expressions in the Dark goes red - Springfield embraces artists of the spoken word http://illinoistimes.com/article-6929-expressions-in-the-dark-goes-red.html Expressions in the Dark goes red - Springfield embraces artists of the spoken word
In a city largely absent of activities and events related to African American culture, Springfield’s black residents have long suffered from the “there’s-nothing-to-do syndrome.&rdqu...]]>