Theatre http://peoriapublicradio.org en Character interactions and two strong debuts anchor "Guys and Dolls" http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/character-interactions-and-two-strong-debuts-anchor-guys-and-dolls <p>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.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Summer is in full swing, and that can only mean theatre is thriving at Corn Stock Theatre again.&nbsp; <em>Guys &amp; Dolls</em> opened last night in weather that was just as wonderful as the show.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:00:19 +0000 Nathan Irwin 26501 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Character interactions and two strong debuts anchor "Guys and Dolls" An operatic turn on "Guys and Dolls" http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/operatic-turn-guys-and-dolls <p>Alex Mansoori plays Nicely-Nicely Johnson in <a href="http://cornstocktheatre.com">Corn Stock Theatre's</a> 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.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:01:15 +0000 Nathan Irwin 26271 at http://peoriapublicradio.org An operatic turn on "Guys and Dolls" Corn Stock production "strikes gold" with young performers http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/corn-stock-production-strikes-gold-young-performers <p>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.</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:12:51 +0000 Nathan Irwin 25463 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Corn Stock production "strikes gold" with young performers Corn Stock Theatre presents Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/corn-stock-theatre-presents-neil-simons-lost-yonkers <p>We're talking with <a href="http://cornstocktheatre.com">Corn Stock Theatre</a> 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.</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 25192 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Corn Stock Theatre presents Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" Shakespeare in the park, with The Great Work Begins http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/shakespeare-park-great-work-begins <p>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.</p><p></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:08:17 +0000 Nathan Irwin 24816 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Shakespeare in the park, with The Great Work Begins Corn Stock season opens with "Funny Girl" http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/corn-stock-season-opens-funny-girl <p>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.</p><p></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 24343 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Corn Stock season opens with "Funny Girl" "Smokey Joe's Cafe" offers tour of popular music history http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/smokey-joes-cafe-offers-tour-popular-music-history <p>This week we're talking with Peggy Beaux Hupp. She;s directing "Smokey Joe's Cafe" at <a href="http://www.peoriaplayers.org/">Peoria Players Theatre</a>. 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.</p><p></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 23767 at http://peoriapublicradio.org "Smokey Joe's Cafe" offers tour of popular music history Peoria Players finds a home for "Shrek: The Musical" http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-players-finds-home-shrek-musical <p><a href="http://www.peoriaplayers.org/">Peoria Players Theatre</a> 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 <a href="http://peorialivetheatre.com/">Live Theatre League</a> of Peoria.</p><p>Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.</p><p></p> Tue, 06 May 2014 23:20:35 +0000 Nathan Irwin 22917 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria Players finds a home for "Shrek: The Musical" "Humpty Dumpty" provides intense theatre experience http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/humpty-dumpty-provides-intense-theatre-experience <p>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.</p><p></p><p>“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,</p><p>Humpty Dumpty had a great fall”</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:58:08 +0000 Nathan Irwin 22260 at http://peoriapublicradio.org "Humpty Dumpty" provides intense theatre experience Players production strikes "dramatic gold" http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/players-production-strikes-dramatic-gold <p>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.</p><p>Peoria Players Theatre dusts off William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker” this spring, directed by Charles Killen.&nbsp; Good news: The play retains all of its charm and emotional power.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 20446 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Players production strikes "dramatic gold"