theatre

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 2:00pm
{ theatre, kids }

Experience one of the greatest escapes of the Underground Railroad. Actress Jennifer Goran will portray Ellen Craft, who escaped slavery in 1848 by posing as a white man, on Sunday, February 1 at The Urbana Free Library. The program also features Doug Peterson, author of the book "The Vanishing Woman", on which this production is based. For adults and children in grades 4 and up. FREE. urbanafreelibrary.org

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is located at 500 South Goodwin Avenue in Urbana, IL

The public is cordially invited to attend the Orpheum Wine Gala presented by Art Mart to be held on Friday, January 30th at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, IL from 5pm-8pm. Cozy up with the warmth of good friends, spectacular surroundings, and samplings from a variety of vendors representing select vineyards from around the world. $20 for general admission gets you access to all samplings and a commemorative wine glass.

The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is located at 500 South Goodwin Avenue in Urbana, IL. More information is available online at www.orpheumkids.com, or by calling (217) 352-5895. You can purchase your tickets at the Orpheum, Art Mart, by calling (217) 352-5895, or online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/orpheum-wine-gala-tickets-15162088214. All proceeds including a percentage of wine sales directly benefit our community through funding programs at the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum. Must be 21 years or older to enter.

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 4:30pm
The Urbana Free Library

Join the Class Act Showstoppers for Sing & Swing: An Irving Berlin Revue at The Urbana Free Library. These talented young performers will delight audiences of all ages as they celebrate one of America's greatest composers.

Prairie Breezes concerts are free concerts for children and their families and take place on the second Friday of most months. The series is generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 7:00pm
Centennial High School

Friday, January 23rd—7:00 pm
Saturday, January 24th—10:30 am & 2:00 pm
Sunday, January 25th—2:00 pm

Centennial High School
Aldridge Auditorium
913 S. Crescent Drive, Champaign

Pre-Sale Tickets will be on sale
December 2, 2014 through January 21, 2015 at:
America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses
located next to Target in Champaign

Schnucks Supermarket locations in
Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy
Groups of 10 or more may reserve seating/tickets by completing a Group
Reservation form, available only on our website: www.cujwc.org
The deadline for receipt of these forms is Jan 21, 2015.

C-U Junior Woman’s Club is a not-for-profit organization. Proceeds from this event will support various community agencies & projects in Champaign County. For information, call 217-353-5005.

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 7:30pm
The Virginia Theatre

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 - 7:30pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Seating: Reserved Seating

Tickets: $18 - $45 (VIP)

The world’s #1 name in comedy is coming to C/U! Central Illinois gets in on the laughter as The Second City takes on all the news that’s fits to twist. The biggest headlines! The hot-button issues! And it’s all served up with a side of that famous Chicago-style improv. Don’t miss your chance to see the superstars of tomorrow live on stage now — when The Second City Hits Home!

When The Second City opened its doors on a snowy Chicago night in December of 1959, no one could have guessed that this small cabaret theatre would become the most influential and prolific comedy theatre in the world. The Broadway success of Mike Nichols and Elaine May – members of The Second City's predecessor, The Compass Players – put attention on the fledgling company. Soon, alumni of The Second City – such as Alan Arkin, Robert Klein, David Steinberg and Fred Willard – began to cement the theatre's reputation for developing the finest comedic voices of each and every generation. With the debut of NBC's Saturday Night Live, populated by Second City Alums John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radner, the theatre became internationally known for its ever increasing roster of comedy superstars. Since then, The Second City (and its Canadian sister-theatre) has launched the careers of Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Rick Moranis, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Bill Murray and many, many more.

For more, and to purchase tickets: http://www.thevirginia.org/shows/comedy/128-the-second-city-hits-home

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 7:30pm
The Virginia Theatre

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 - 7:30pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Seating: Reserved Seating

Tickets: $18 - $45 (VIP)

The world’s #1 name in comedy is coming to C/U! Central Illinois gets in on the laughter as The Second City takes on all the news that’s fits to twist. The biggest headlines! The hot-button issues! And it’s all served up with a side of that famous Chicago-style improv. Don’t miss your chance to see the superstars of tomorrow live on stage now — when The Second City Hits Home!

When The Second City opened its doors on a snowy Chicago night in December of 1959, no one could have guessed that this small cabaret theatre would become the most influential and prolific comedy theatre in the world. The Broadway success of Mike Nichols and Elaine May – members of The Second City's predecessor, The Compass Players – put attention on the fledgling company. Soon, alumni of The Second City – such as Alan Arkin, Robert Klein, David Steinberg and Fred Willard – began to cement the theatre's reputation for developing the finest comedic voices of each and every generation. With the debut of NBC's Saturday Night Live, populated by Second City Alums John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radner, the theatre became internationally known for its ever increasing roster of comedy superstars. Since then, The Second City (and its Canadian sister-theatre) has launched the careers of Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Rick Moranis, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Bill Murray and many, many more.

For more, and to purchase tickets: http://www.thevirginia.org/shows/comedy/128-the-second-city-hits-home

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 2:00pm
{ theatre }

From Here to Eternity: The Musical (146 minutes)
Three-time Tony Award-winning and Academy Award-winning author and lyricist Sir Tim Rice will introduce, via Skype, a special screening of a filmed performance of his new stage play, From Here to Eternity: The Musical, at the historic Virginia Theatre on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Members of Urbana VFW Post #630 and Marine Corps League #1231 will be present to observe the day of remembrance and to present a color guard, and a panel discussion about the musical will immediately follow the screening. An exhibit on the military history of the time will be on display in the theatre’s eastern lobby. General Admission tickets are $10 each ($5 each for all veterans and active duty military service personnel) and may be purchased at the Virginia Theatre box office, 203 West Park Avenue, Champaign, by phone at 217-356-9063, or charge online here at thevirginia.org. Presented by the Champaign Park District, with support from Forced Perspective Entertainment, Inc.

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 7:00pm
Armory Free Theatre, 505 East Armory Drive in Room 160

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students of nationally renown artist Deke Weaver are pleased to present Funny, Messy, Sad, an evening of performance art. Comprised of performances developed throughout the semester, Funny, Messy, Sad will have a limited run of two shows at the Armory Free Theatre on December 5th: one at 7pm and the other at midnight. Each show will run 90 minutes.

Funny, Messy, Sad takes audience members on a ride through musical theatre, church, foodie mysticism, workout routines, performative sculpture, and more. You can expect fireworks inside, full frontal nudity, misinformation, dances with seven veils, secrets and lies, and a guest appearance by Edward Snowden. Also, choreographed hamster dancing, live popcorn popping, wish fulfillment, and the meaning of life illuminated.

Audience members are encouraged to arrive early because seating is limited.

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 6:30pm
Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin, Urbana

Champaign Urbana Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

A Holiday tradition, The Nutcracker is the magical story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince who are led through an enchanted dream by Clara’s godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer.

From the exciting battle of mice and soldiers to the magnificent scenes of snow and sweets, the talented dancers of Champaign Urbana Ballet perform this timeless piece under the direction of Deanna Doty.

Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin, Urbana

Thursday December 4 at 7:30 pm

Friday December 5 at 7:30 pm

Saturday December 6 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Sunday December 7 at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm

Tickets:

$20 - $42

On-line at www.krannertcenter.com

By phone at 217/333-6280 or 800/KCPATIX

In person at the Ticket Office (10am-6pm every day)

For more information about CU Ballet, visit CuBallet.com

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 2:00pm, Monday, December 8, 2014 - 2:00pm
Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin, Urbana

Champaign Urbana Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

A Holiday tradition, The Nutcracker is the magical story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince who are led through an enchanted dream by Clara’s godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer.

From the exciting battle of mice and soldiers to the magnificent scenes of snow and sweets, the talented dancers of Champaign Urbana Ballet perform this timeless piece under the direction of Deanna Doty.

Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin, Urbana

Thursday December 4 at 7:30 pm

Friday December 5 at 7:30 pm

Saturday December 6 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Sunday December 7 at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm

Tickets:

$20 - $42

On-line at www.krannertcenter.com

By phone at 217/333-6280 or 800/KCPATIX

In person at the Ticket Office (10am-6pm every day)

For more information about CU Ballet, visit CuBallet.com

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