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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 creation of local director, Mary Ellen Ulrich, Rock Around the Clock features those memorable and cherished songs from the 50s and 60s. It will take us back to a time when rock’n’roll was born, with a strong influence of blues, r&b and pop.

Steve Hausler is taking on the directing duties of Rock Around the Clock, and he has assembled a group of incredible singers and dancers.  “It has been a wonderful experience being able to recruit some amazing talent from the years throughout my theater endeavors,” states director, Hausler. Audiences will be treated to songs from Elvis, The Supremes, The Ronettes, Fats Domino, Martha and The Vandellas, Aretha Franklin and so many more. “Working with these songs has brought back so many memories of my late parents and what was popular in their youth.  It is an awesome way to connect the generations as we look for the hope of the future in this strange world we currently live,” adds Hausler.

The Players:
Paula Van Kuren, Courtney Moore, Steve Hausler, Ethan Weiland, Aaron Wargo, Mary Irby Moore, Juanita Thornton-Williams, Kyle Bassett, J.T. Welsh, and Bill Murphy

The Crew:
Director: Steve Hausler
Choreographer: Michelle Loeffler
Costumes: Karen Stringer, Sandy Cheeseman, Deb Nuske
Lighting Design: Wayne Carey
Light Execution: Riley Reynolds
Sound Engineer: Brady Varwig
Audio/Visual: Brittany Jackson
Liaison: Nicki Haschke

“Many of the cast and crew have been involved with theatre for quite some time including a few with 30+ years’ experience, while others are just joining our theater community,” states Hausler.

And true to tradition, we are providing the delicious complimentary intermission hors d’oeuvres audiences love.  Keeping in mind the ever-changing pandemic and putting our patrons’ safety as a top priority, our caterer, who is the Head Chef of Country Club BBG, will provide a safe environment, along with servers to keep food items separated.

“The nice thing about our New Year’s Eve show is that it begins at 7:30 pm and ends by 10:00. That gives those in attendance time to get to any other function in time for midnight, or get home early and off the roads,” notes Business Administrator, Nicki Haschke.

Rock Around the Clock tickets are on sale now; call 309-688-4473 or visit peoriaplayers.org.

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