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Freaky Friday takes over the tent at Corn Stock

Peoria, IL – August 1, 2022 – In 1972 Mary Rodgers wrote a book called Freaky Friday. Since then, four movies have been adapted from the original book: the first in 1976 featuring Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster, in 1995 featuring Shelley Long and Gaby Hoffmann, the most famous version was released in 2003 with…

Peoria Players Presents Remembering Janis Joplin

This weekend, Peoria Players Theatre will present Remembering Janis Joplin, directed by Howard Gorman. This fundraiser for Peoria Players will touch upon just a portion of this artist’s amazing career. The show, written and conceived by Howard Gorman and Shannon Johnson, will highlight Janis’s life, starting in Port Arthur, Texas to her death in 1970…

Corn Stock Theatre Sets Sail to Treasure Island mid-July

Peoria, IL – July 11, 2022 – One of the greatest journeys ever taken or told is coming to Corn Stock Theatre July 15-23. Ken Ludwig’s Treasure Island is based off the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel of the same name.   Jim Hawkins, played by Tobin Robertson, gets more than he bargained for when…

Arc Light Productions & Better Banks Present “Cabaret”

Arc Light Productions & Better Banks Present  “Cabaret” Bartonville, IL – Join Arc Light Productions at Coyote Creek Golf Club for the Kander & Ebb musical “Cabaret” July 15th & 16th at 6:30pm. Dinner includes a garden salad, roast sirloin of beef with a demi mushroom sauce, green beans with bacon and onions, scalloped potatoes,…

Corn Stock Theatre Presents “All Shook Up”

Peoria, IL – June 20, 2022 – Get ready to be knocked out of your blue suede shoes with this Elvis jukebox musical “All Shook Up” opening June 24th at Corn Stock Theatre. The second show appearing at the tent this summer tells the story, loosely based on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”, about romance, mistaken identity,…

Corn Stock for Kids – Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook

Finders keepers, losers weepers, right? Someone has stolen Junie B. Jones’s new furry mittens! So when she finds a wonderful pen of many colors, should she keep it? Corn Stock for Kids invites you to laugh yourself silly with “Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook” directed by Chris Peterlin. Show dates are April 20-…

THE REVOLUTIONISTS from Bradley University Theatre

Bradley University Theatre continues its Spring 2022 season with The Revolutionists, Lauren Gunderson’s surreal feminist comedy set in 1793 Paris during the tumult of the Reign of Terror. The raucous play creates a counterfactual quartet of formidable women: the playwright Olympe de Gouges (author of the provocative Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the…

Peoria Players Presents “Sweet Charity”

Peoria Players presents Sweet Charity March 25, 26, 30, 31, April 1 and 2 at 7:30 pm, and March 27 and April 3 at 2:00 pm. Inspired by the Federico Fellini film Nights of Cabiria, Sweet Charity explores the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, a hopelessly romantic but comically unfortunate dance hall hostess…

Corn Stock Theatre Presents “When We Were Young and Unafraid”

Corn Stock Theatre proudly invites you to attend the live performances of When We Were Young and Unafraid, directed by Rebekah Dentino. Shows are March 18th, 19th, 25th, and 26th at 7:30pm, and March 20th & 27th at 2:30pm. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for students (College ID and under). This production is…

ANTIGONE from Bradley University Theatre

Bradley University Theatre opens its Spring 2022 season with a bracing, contemporary version of one of the world’s oldest dramas: Sophocles’ ANTIGONE, adapted by David Rush. Directed by Bradley senior Maggie Sullivan, the play is the final work of the storied Theban plays , preceded by OEDIPUS THE KING and OEDIPUS AT COLONUS. It is…

“The SpongeBob Musical” Plays at Peoria Players

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea and is currently residing in Peoria Players Theatre? SpongeBob SquarePants, that’s who. Peoria Players Theatre will present The SpongeBob Musical this February. This new production was nominated for twelve Tony Awards back in 2018. From its first iterations, this musical was a fan favorite among the musical theater community, picking up numerous…

Corn Stock Theatre Presents “These Shining Lives” Based on the Harrowing True Story of the Radium Girls

Corn Stock Theatre proudly invites you to attend the live performances of These Shining Lives, directed by Paul Gordon January 14, 15, 21, & 22nd at 7:30pm, and January 16 & 23rd at 2:30pm. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for students (College ID and under). This riveting drama takes place in the post-war…

Ring in 2022 at Peoria Players Theatre

Peoria Players is proud to bring back to a New Year’s Eve tradition this year.  In 2010, the theatre began producing musical revues each December 31. Themes ranged from Frank Sinatra and Rat Pack tunes to a local performers showcase. This year, Peoria Players is offering a different production – Rock Around the Clock. The…

PEORIA PLAYERS AND PAPAS BRING BACK “HOLIDAY SPECIAL”

As soon as the curtain went down on the 2019 Peoria Players and PAPAS Holiday Special, audiences were asking, “Are you doing this show next year?” With that said, by popular demand, both PAPAS and Players hoped to produce the show again in 2020, but plans were halted due the pandemic. Thankfully this year the show must go on. The Holiday Special will…

Corn Stock Theatre presents The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

Director, Kerrie Rae Ryan, is excited to bring Shakespeare’s shortest play and one of his most farcical comedies to the stage – set in New Orleans during the 1920s! This play will have you laughing out loud as you witness a tale of mistaken identities.  A young man and his servant arrive in town, unaware…

Peoria Players presents the Broadway classic, Guys and Dolls

The classic musical comedy of the 1950’s, Guys and Dolls, opens on Friday, November 12 at Peoria Players Theatre.  According to director, Mary Ellen Ulrich, “This production is welcoming people back to theatre with a show that you simply sit back and enjoy. These songs people are very familiar with, and laugh at the antics…

Corn Stock Brings Toxic Waste with “The Toxic Avenger”

Based on Lloyd Kaufman’s cult film and winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, The Toxic Avenger is a charming love story and laugh-out-loud musical that has it all: an unlikely hero, his beautiful girlfriend, a corrupt New Jersey mayor and two guys who play… well, everyone else… bullies, mobsters, old ladies and stiletto-wearing…

The Shawshank Redemption at Peoria Players

The Shawshank Redemption is a dramatic play based on the 1983 novella by Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption and adapted by Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns to bring the story of resilience made famous by the acclaimed film to the stage. When Andy Dufresne is convicted of murder and sentenced to life…

Corn Stock for Kids: Peter Pan The Musical

Corn Stock for Kids Invites You to Journey with Us to Neverland with Peter Pan The Musical Corn Stock for Kids invites you to journey with us to Neverland with Wendy Darling and Tinker Bell through our fall production of Peter Pan The Musical, being presented on September 24, 25, 30 and October 1 at…

Peoria Players Presents “Little Women”

Little Women is a musical with a book by Allan Knee, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and music by Jason Howland. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s 1868–69 semi-autobiographical two-volume novel, it focuses on the four March sisters. This story follows the traditional Meg, wild, aspiring writer Jo, timid Beth and romantic Amy and their beloved Marmee at home…

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) closes CST Summer Showcase

Corn Stock Theatre Presents the Funny, Charming and Refreshing The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) as the Final Show in Its 2021 Summer Showcase Corn Stock Theatre proudly invites you to attend the live performances of The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) every Thursday through Sunday, opening on August 19th and closing on September 5th…

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]

Corn Stock Theatre continues its Summer Showcase series with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]. The upbeat comedy plays in Upper Bradley Park July 29 through August 15. A longtime London favorite, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] comes to Peoria as a comedy in full force. Written by Adam Long,…

Under the Tent – My Way: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra

Corn Stock Theatre is excited to announce that theatre will once again be held under the tent in Upper Bradley Park this summer and will be kicked off by My Way: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra playing July 8th through July 25th. Created by David Grapes and Todd Olson, My Way: A Tribute to Frank…

BACK TO YOUR BEST: A VOCAL & MONOLOGUE AUDITION WORKSHOP

Corn Stock for Kids is excited to present Back to Your Best: A Vocal and Monologue Audition Workshop, which will take place Saturday, June 5th from 10:00am to 12:30pm at the Theatre Center for students ages 7 – 18. Tickets are $10.00 per student and a student can sign up to audition with both a…

Corn Stock Theatre Presents: “Talk Radio”

Corn Stock is thrilled to announce our next digital production, Talk Radio, written by Eric Bogosian and directed by Chris Peterlin. Corn Stock invites you to join us from the safety and comfort of your homes for this digital production that is streaming for one day only – Saturday, May 29th. Directed by: Chris Peterlin…

Flo-ing Through the Decades with Peoria Players

Peoria Players and the Broadway Lounge are teaming up to bring audiences a one-night only event!  Join us for Flo-ing Through the Decades, The Broadway Musical Revue on Friday evening, April 30.  Miss Flo will take the audience on a journey through the decades, as she and her friends sing songs from every decade from…

The Fizz-Easy Speakeasy: Corn Stock

Corn Stock Theatre’s Digital Play Series is excited to present another original work, The Fizz-Easy Speakeasy, written by Patrick Bell, which will stream on-demand through OnTheStage in two parts. Part One will stream Friday, April 23rd through Sunday, April 25th and Part Two will stream Friday, April 30th through Sunday, May 2nd. Tickets are $10.00…

Corn Stock for Kids presents “Anne of Green Gables”

Corn Stock for Kids are excited to finally present their spring production, Anne of Green Gables, which will be streamed on-demand through OnTheStage starting on Thursday, April 7th through Sunday, April 11th. Tickets are $12.00 for an Individual Ticket and $17.00 for a Family Ticket. To purchase your tickets today, click here. Anne of Green…

“Good Kids” – Bradley University

Bradley University Theatre returns to season production March 24, 2021, with GOOD KIDS, Naomi Iizuka’s incendiary play based on the true story of a sexual assault involving high school students in an Ohio town. The play, an online production, will be livestreamed for four performances March 24-27, and be available for on-demand viewings from March…

Corn Stock’s “A Deathly Development”

Corn Stock Theatre and Willow Bend Theatrics are partnering together to present the world premiere of a virtual murder mystery event, A Deathly Development, which will be streamed on-demand through OnTheStage for one weekend only starting on Friday, March 19th through Sunday, March 21st. Tickets are $20 for an Individual Ticket and $25 for a…

Players Present: Ladies Who Lunch

Peoria Players Theatre is proud to present “Ladies Who Lunch,” directed by Jimmy Ulrich. Featuring some of musical theatre’s greatest show tunes and Peoria’s most talented women, Ladies Who Lunch is a performance in honor of International Women’s Day. This program is full of laughing and tender-hearted moments. Peoria Players is excited to bring this…

Industry Training Ground

Brandon Hudson and Peoria Players Theatre are proud to present INDUSTRY TRAINING GROUND, a four-month virtual training program devoted to bringing entertainment industry professionals to the central Illinois region. The program is designed to not only provide well-rounded performance training, but to also instill a deeper sense of confidence that will translate into all aspects of life.…

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Corn Stock Theatre proudly invites you to virtually attend a one night only performance of  It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play which will be streamed through Broadway on Demand one night only on Saturday, December 19th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are  $18.95 ($15.00 plus a $3.95 service fee). It’s a Wonderful Life:  A…

Curtain Call: A Showcase Celebration

Corn Stock Theatre proudly invites you to virtually attend Curtain Call: A Showcase Celebration of our Corn Stock Community which airs Saturday, December 12th at 7:30 pm CST. Tickets run $20 for an individual streaming ticket or $25 for a family streaming ticket.  Theater Manager, Nyk Sutter-Downs explained, “We have heard from our patrons how…

From Artist to Admin: Managing a Theatre with John Stuff

Corn Stock Theatre to Present Digital Q&A Workshop “From Artist to Admin: Managing a Theatre with John Stuff” Corn Stock Theatre continues their Q&A Master Class Workshops with From Artist to Admin: Managing a Theatre with John Stuff. This digital Q&A will be through Course Storm on Monday, December 7 at 6:00pm CST. Below is…

A Christmas Carol

BREAKING: CHRISTMAS IS NOT CANCELLED! “GOD BLESS US EVERYONE!” EXCLAIMS LOCAL BOY TONY AWARD® WINNER JEFFERSON MAYS REPRISES HIS ACCLAIMED PERFORMANCE IN CHARLES DICKENS’ BELOVED HOLIDAY CLASSIC “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” TO BENEFIT PEORIA PLAYERS THEATRE DIRECTED BY TWO-TIME TONY AWARD NOMINEE MICHAEL ARDEN ADAPTATION WRITTEN BY JEFFERSON MAYS, SUSAN LYONS, & MICHAEL ARDEN PRODUCTION CONCEIVED…

School Girls; Or the African Mean Girls Play

Corn Stock Theatre To Present School Girls; Or the African Mean Girls Play on November 28 as part of their Digital Play Series Corn Stock Theatre continues its Digital Play Series with School Girls; Or the African Mean Girls Play written by Jocelyn Bioh.  The show will be performed in a reader’s theatre style, where…

Corn Stock’s Digital Play Series

CORN STOCK THEATRE LAUNCHES ONLINE DIGITAL PLAY SERIES & DIGITAL WORKSHOPS, BRINGING THEATRE TO PATRONS FROM THE COMFORT & SAFETY OF THEIR HOMES Corn Stock Theatre is proud to be presenting Corn Stock Theatre Digital Play Series and Corn Stock Theatre: Outside the Tent Digital Workshops to bring engaging content to our patrons from the…

A Raisin in the Sun at Peoria Players Theatre

A Raisin in the Sun at Peoria Players Theatre Directed by Garry Moore Peoria Players is proud to present A Raisin in the Sun as part of the 101st season lineup. The play is a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award-winning play written by Lorraine Hansberry. Director Garry Moore says, “I am sooo honored and…

Bradley Theatre Presents ‘The Wolves’

Girls just want to score goals. This acclaimed play, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, brings Astroturf to the Hartmann stage as a girl’s indoor soccer team warms up, cools down, stretches, lunges, dribbles, and tries to navigate life as women warriors. An exhilarating ensemble play filled with outrageous dialogue, razor-sharp characterizations, and a lot of wisdom.…

Corn Stock Brings One of the Greatest Love Stories – Romeo & Juliet

  Corn Stock Theatre Center Warms Up with Romance and Revenge, Passion and Tragedy and Love and Loss, with the Greatest Love Story Ever Told, Romeo & Juliet. You are invited to performances of Corn Stock Winter Season’s next production, Romeo and Juliet. Show dates are February 7, 8, and 14, 15 at 7:30 pm,…

Peoria Players Puts On Their ‘Kinky Boots’

Ladies and gentleman, gender non conformers, and those who have yet to make up their minds, we invite you to experience the regional premiere of Kinky Boots! Highlighting the 101st season at Peoria Players Theatre, the show dates are January 31 and February, 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m., as well as…

Corn Stock Serves Comedy with 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche

You are invited to performances of Corn Stock Winter Season’s next production, 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche. Show dates are January 10, 11, 17, 18 at 7:30 pm, and January 12 and 19 at 2:30 PM. All performances are at the Corn Stock Theatre Center, located at 1700 N Park Rd, Peoria, IL 61604. As…

Ring-A-Ding-Ding New Year Returns to Players

A New Year’s Eve tradition returns to Peoria Players Theatre! A Ring-A-Ding-Ding New Year is back to delight audiences with the music of Frank Sinatra and other classics made famous by “Old Blue Eyes.” This musical revue features exceptional vocalists who will perform over twenty numbers that will captivate audiences. A Ring-A-Ding-Ding New Year –…

Players & PAPAS Partner for a Holiday Special

Peoria Players and The Peoria Area Performing Arts Studio team up for a Holiday Special. As Peoria Players celebrated its 100th Birthday last year, you probably recognize the name of the beloved Peoria landmark. However,  you may not be aware there is a youth organization called the Peoria Area Performing Arts Studio. PAPAS is an…

‘Matilda’ is Working Magic at Peoria Players Theatre

On November 8th, a magical story will unfold at Peoria Players Theatre when Matilda the Musical hits the stage for its regional premiere! Throughout 9 performances, spanning November 8th through November 17th, Roald Dahl’s colorful cast of characters will enchant and enthrall audiences as they enter the whimsical world of Matilda Wormwood. Matilda is a…

[title of show] Comes to Corn Stock Theatre

“(Title of Show)”, a one act musical comedy about writing a one-act musical comedy, will be presented at Corn Stock Theatre November 15-16, November 22-23 at 7:30 pm and November 17 and November 24 at 2:30 pm at the Theatre Center in Bradley Park. The production continues the tradition of the Corn Stock winter season…