theatre

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
SoDo Theater, 111 S Walnut, Champaign, IL 61820

Ever wanted to try out improv? How about with some awesome coaches from the Chicago improv scene? How about pizza? You like pizza? Then come and find your inner improviser at Zoo Improv's 8th Annual Improv Festival Workshops. We will provide lunch from 12-1pm and then from 1-4pm you will learn improv skills you can immediately put into practice.

A kids and youth workshop will be held from 4-5:45pm with a showcase for those participating at 6pm.

See http://zooimprov.com or email contact@zooimprov.com for more details.

Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
The Urbana Free Library - The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

Clothespin Puppets is an unusual organization dedicated to promoting the arts, along with art education and literature, all via storytelling brought to life with puppets. They offer one-of-a-kind shows that are custom adaptations of popular children’s literature, providing an entertaining and educational enrichment program every time they perform. For families.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, October 2, 2016 (All day), Thursday, September 15, 2016 (All day) to Monday, October 3, 2016 (All day), Friday, September 16, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, October 4, 2016 (All day), Saturday, September 17, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, October 5, 2016 (All day), Sunday, September 25, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, October 13, 2016 (All day), Tuesday, September 27, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, October 15, 2016 (All day), Wednesday, September 28, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, October 16, 2016 (All day), Thursday, September 29, 2016 (All day) to Monday, October 17, 2016 (All day), Friday, September 30, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, October 18, 2016 (All day), Saturday, October 1, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, October 19, 2016 (All day), Sunday, October 9, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, October 27, 2016 (All day), Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, October 29, 2016 (All day), Wednesday, October 12, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, October 30, 2016 (All day), Thursday, October 13, 2016 (All day) to Monday, October 31, 2016 (All day), Friday, October 14, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, November 1, 2016 (All day), Saturday, October 15, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, November 2, 2016 (All day), Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 12:00am to Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 11:00pm, Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 12:00am to Friday, November 11, 2016 - 11:00pm
Sylvia's Irish Inn. 312 W Green St, Urbana Ill 61801

Come & join us for a night of Greek food and music.
MENU
Appetizers
Spanakopita
Greek Salad
Tzatziki, Hummus, Eggplant Dip & Grilled Pita Bread.

Main Course
Roast Lamb
Roast Potatoes
Stewed Green Beans

Dessert
Spiro's Home made Secret
$40.00/person
Saturday October 1st, 2016 @7Pm
Please call for reservation @ 217 384 4800
312 West Green St
Urbana, Il 61801

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 8:00pm
The Virginia Theatre
{ theatre, music }

GRACE POTTER

Friday, September 30, 2016 – 8:00pm (doors open at 7:00pm)

Seating: Reserved Seating

Tickets: $44.50/$35.50/$29.50
Add’l per ticket processing fees apply: $4 (online only)

Tickets now on-sale.

Presented by the Champaign Park District with Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment.

Described by Spin as ‘one of the greatest living voices in rock,’ Grace Potter continues to impress critics and audiences alike with her captivating shows.

Heralded as one of today’s best live performers, Potter has played every major music festival from Lollapalooza to Bonnaroo and has had the honor of sharing the stage with Dave Matthews Band, The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Robert Plant, and Neil Young, to name a few.

For an artist who has built a devoted fan base through electrifying live shows, Grace Potter refuses to be defined by a single genre. Over the last three years, she’s transitioned from songwriting to producing soundtracks for film and TV and recording multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated country duets with friend Kenny Chesney.

In 2015, Grace performed (at the invitation of Michelle Obama) for the troops in Qatar.

Last fall, Ms. Potter was honored with the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in her home state of Vermont.

Her epic musical journey has included four studio records, countless collaborations, plus a new milestone with the August 2015 arrival of her solo CD debut, ‘Midnight’.

For more, visit http://gracepotter.com/.

Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 7:30pm, Friday, August 5, 2016 - 7:30pm, Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 7:30pm
The Virginia Theater
{ theatre }

Date/Time(s):
Thur-Sat, August 4-6, 2016 – 7:30pm (doors open at 6:45pm)
Sun, August 7, 2016 – 2pm (doors open at 1:15pm)

Seating: Reserved Seating

Tickets: $30 Premium / $18 Adult / $14 Student & Senior (55 & over) / $10 Children (12 & under)
Add’l per ticket processing fees apply: $2.50 (online only)

On-Sale Date: Friday, May 27, 2016 – 10am

The Champaign Urbana Theatre Company is returning to the Virginia Theatre August 4 through 7 to produce and perform the award-winning Broadway musical OKLAHOMA! — with live musical accompaniment — in their first theatrical engagement at the historic downtown venue since 2009!

OKLAHOMA! is being directed by Stephen Fiol. Conducted by Dave Ivy. Musical Director Liz Martin. Produced by Todd Salen. Presented by the Champaign Park District.

Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 8:15pm
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

PechaKucha Night Champaign-Urbana is back! Join us for Volume 21, where you’ll hear eleven inspiring community members discussing an array of topics in concise talks illustrated by 20 slides displaying for 20 seconds each. It’s sure to be an informative, fast-paced, and captivating evening.

THE DETAILS:
Saturday, July 30th, 2016
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Doors open at 7:45 pm, show at 8:20 pm
Admission: free
Possible Mature Content, 18+ recommended
Featuring a special PKN photo booth and music by DJ Mertz

Our Volume 21 Presenters:
Anthony Burkert | Love Should Be Benevolent
Lisa Cerezo | Random Acts of Kindness and Creativity
Austin Cyphersmith | Making New Friends
Jared Fritz | Driver’s Re-Education
Darrell Hoemann | Creative Logistics
Tom Layman | 4th of July Lamb Cakes: A Mother’s Folk Art Legacy
Cara Maurizi | Fine Arts Is So Much More Than The Fun Class
Molly M. McLay | Karaoke Saved My Life
Benjamin Moy | One Company’s Community Kindling
Erin Tarr | Girls…Choose Your Thoughts
Deke Weaver | BEAR
With emcee Kelly White, Executive Director of 40 North

Let us know you’re coming by RSVPing on Facebook!

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WHAT, EXACTLY, IS PECHA KUCHA NIGHT?
First devised by a pair of Tokyo architects in 2003, PechaKucha Nights have become international phenomena that use a simple concept to create big community exchanges. Presenters have 20 images and 20 seconds per image to share their ideas, works, and passions for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds flat. PechaKucha Nights are held in over 900 cities worldwide.

NEAT! WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?
For additional info, or if interested in presenting at a future PechaKucha Night Champaign-Urbana, email at pechakuchaCU@thecudo.org.

Check out the www.pechakucha.org global website to get a sense of the magnitude of the event as well as our city page, www.pechakucha.org/night/champaign-urbana.

Follow us on Twitter: @pechakuchaCU
Become a fan on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pechakuchaCU
For more information about CUDO visit thecudo.org

Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 2:30pm
Champaign Central High School
{ theatre, music }

Champaign Central's Acting Class Presents Little Shop of Horrors the Musical!
May 18-20 at 7:00 pm and the 22nd at 2:30pm, with an invited dress rehearsal on the 17th. Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for adults.
(There is no show on Saturday, May 21st)

Seymour Krelbourn lives life as a poor, previously orphaned young-adult working in a florist shop to raise his strange plants and make ends meet. Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists, owned by Mr. Mushnik, has not been doing well, and Mr. Mushnik is ready to close up shop. In an act of desperation and dedication, Seymour, encouraged by Audrey, shows Mushnik one of his strange and interesting plants. Seymour has always had a crush on Audrey, however she leans toward not-so-nice men and her relationship has turned abusive. But, since Audrey is still working with him at the shop, he does not want the shop to close. Once Seymour places the plant in the window, business starts to pour in, but the plant won’t grow. Seymour discovers that the only thing that the plant will eat is blood… fresh blood.. And as he begins to run out of blood from his fingers, Seymour must decide whether to continue feeding the plant by taking lives, or to let it die and lose the love of his life, Audrey...

Cast List:
Seymour: Quinton Ohlsson
Audrey: Shireen Hassan
Mushnik: Josh Harris (Tues/Thurs/Sun) Mitchell Flanagin (Wed/Fri)
Orin: Will Kanter (Tues/Thurs/Sun) Nick Henson (Wed, Fri)
Ronnette: Zoë Dunn
Crystal: Lauran Miller
Chiffon: Symone Howell
Bebop Understudy: Diana Golmeeva
Audrey II (The Plant): LaDonna Wilson
Audrey II Puppeteer: Rajheem Haymon
Customer: Jack Wierschem
Arthur Denton: Seth Lerner
Ensemble: Seth Lerner, Joe Stevens, Arnold Brown, Ben Wendt, Jack Wierschem, Rajheem Haymon, Offnight Mushink, Offnight Orin

Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 2:30pm
Champaign Central High School
{ theatre }

Come support Champaign Central Drama as they perform Rumors, a farce by Neil Simon
April 21st-23rd at 7:00 and the 24th at 2:30
Tickets are $5 for students (free with activity card) and $10 for adults

Charley and Myra Brock are having a party for their tenth anniversary, and have invited their closest friends over to celebrate. However, when the guests arrive, things do not go as previously planned. Myra is gone, the help is gone, and Charley has shot himself through the earlobe! It doesn't make any sense, and it is up to the four couples to determine how to handle the situation. People are going deaf, getting in car accidents, walking like giraffes, and getting blood conditions all because of one superficial head wound. The guests come to the conclusion that someone is going to have to pretend to be Charley when the police arrive... but who?

CAST
Ken Gorman: Nick Henson
Chris Gorman: Shireen Hassan
Leonard Ganz: Will Kanter
Claire Ganz: Georgia Atkinson
Ernie Cusack: Seth Lerner
Cookie Cusack: Allyson Boyd
Glenn Cooper: Mitchell Flanagin (Thurs/Sat) / Josh Harris (Fri/Sun)
Cassie Cooper: Omer Barkan (Thurs/Sat) / Grace Brown (Fri/Sun)
Officer Welch: Jack Wierschem
Officer Pudney: Nico Chiligiris
Male Understudy: Ben Wendt
Female Understudy/Myra: Anja Schrag

Sunday, March 27, 2016 - 7:00pm
Virginia Theatre
{ theatre, music }

The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will perform a free concert at the historic Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, at 7:00 P.M. The originally scheduled show time of 3:00 P.M. was changed to 7:00 P.M. to better allow performers to attend church services that day. Free reserved seating tickets for the concert are available at the Virginia Theatre box office, www.thevirginia.org, or by phone at 217-356-9063. Presented by the Champaign Park District.

The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus is the oldest and largest of The U.S. Army Field Band’s performing components. Founded in 1946 and 1957 respectively, these two ensembles combine to present joint concerts on their national tours. They have performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries for audiences totaling hundreds of millions.

The 65-member Concert Band and 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus perform regularly in some of the most famous concert halls in the world, and just as often in the humblest auditoriums in the smallest of communities. The joining of these two ensembles allows them to offer unparalleled versatility of programming, ranging from orchestral masterworks and operatic arias to Sousa marches, jazz classics, and Broadway musicals.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 4:00pm
Virginia Theatre, 203 W Park Ave, Champaign, IL 61820
{ theatre, dance }

Champaign Urbana Ballet presents

Coppélia

Friday, May 6th at 7pm

Saturday, May 7th at 11am and 4pm

Virginia Theatre, Downtown Champaign

Tickets at the Virginia Theatre Box Office at 217.356.9053 or www.theVirginia.org

General

$24 adult, $12 student and youth

Girl Scout Exclusive Promotion (Saturday matinees)

$12 adult, $8 Girl Scout, Free Troop Leader ticket for every 7 Girl Scout tickets purchased

Also brought to you by: Bill Bass Foundation, Car-X Tire and Auto, Champaign Ballet

Academy, Champaign Telephone Company, Chifan Cheng, DDS and Vickie Hemann, DDS, Christie Clinic Department of Foot & Ankle Surgery, Iroquois Federal, Merrill Lynch, Midland States Bank, Stone Ridge Dairy and Two Men and a Truck.

DESCRIPTION

Coppélia is a charming story about a magical toymaker, Dr. Coppelius, who brings to life his beautiful doll. This heartwarming and funny tale of love and the power of imagination is a must-see for any age. Bright costumes, picturesque scenery and classical choreography are set to the memorable melodies of Delibes by artistic director Deanna Doty. If you love the doll in The Nutcracker, you’re going to love Coppélia.
Media, please contact: Cheryl Silver, media coordinator cesilver@gmail.com

Kay Greene, executive director Champaign Urbana Ballet cuballet@gmail.com or 217-355-7317 www.cuballet.com

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