2017 Season

YOUTH ACTING WORKSHOP

To register for this workshop, download the registration form HERE from Hollis Park District.  You can mail in the form + payment or drop it by the Rec Center in Mapleton.


2017 AUDITIONS

“KNOCK ‘EM DEAD”

  • Sunday, April 2nd @ 6pm, Illini Bluffs High School
  • Auditions open to: Adults 17 and up (show is Rated PG-13)
  • No preparation necessary; materials will be provided on site
  • If unable to attend auditions, please contact us prior to April 2 to schedule an alternate audition time.

 

“PRINCESS WHO?” / “PHANTOM OF THE CAMPFIRE”

  • Sunday, April 2nd @ 6-8:30pm & Monday, April 3rd – 6-8:30pm, Illini Bluffs High School
  • Auditions open to: Kids up to age 16
  • No preparation necessary; materials will be provided on site

 

“JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH”

  • Friday, May 12 – 6-9pm & Saturday, May 13 – 1-4pm, Illini Bluffs High School
  • Auditions open to: Age 16 and Up.  Younger kids interested in the role of James are encouraged to audition as well.
  • Those interested should prepare a one minute excerpt of a musical theater song and bring music for a provided accompanist; other materials will be provided on site
  • If unable to attend auditions, please contact us prior to May 12 to schedule an alternate audition time.

OUR 2017 SEASON LINE-UP

An audience interactive dinner theater

KNOCK 'EM DEAD

directed by Russell Semelroth

May 19 & 20 at Coyote Creek Golf Club

Tickets on Sale in April

Rated PG-13

This unique comedy/murder mystery has six different endings! All hell breaks loose and the laughs fly when five outrageous contestants show up at Vinnie's Belly Laugh Club for the final talent competition. A ventriloquist with moving lips, a foul mouthed stand up comedian, a baton twirling bimbo, the flamboyant owner of a lip synching poodle, a chanteuse with a questionable accent and a hypnotist with a twitch all fight to win the grand prize. When Vinnie turns up dead, they're all suspects and the audience has the time of its life grilling them and fingering the murderer.
Young actors approach the stage

PRINCESS WHO?

directed by Michele Knott
assisted by Zach Daly and Caitlin Lewellyn


June 20, 10:30am
June 23-24, 6:00pm


It’s a fun-filled, fairy-tale mystery adventure and everyone’s favorite fairy-tale characters are involved!  When a girl wakes up in the forest, she has no memory of her past.  She can’t remember where’s she’s from or how she got there.  She can’t even remember her own name!  As she makes her way through the Misty Forest, hoping to somehow find her way home, she meets several fairy-tale characters — Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Cinderella and Rapunzel to name a few.  Some are helpful and some dangerous, yet all have information that helps our fair maiden recall her own story, eventually revealing her true identity as a princess.  With plenty of roles to go around and fun new takes on the classic stories everyone loves, the Princess’s quest to remember her true identity will keep everyone guessing to the happily ever after ending.
A Full-Length Youth Play

PHANTOM OF THE CAMPFIRE

directed by Cheri Semelroth, Katie Haage, and Cindy Brackett


June 20, 12:30pm
June 23-24, 7:30pm


We know about that mysterious phantom lurking in the opera house, but now there seems to be one at Camp Geronimo!  One of the campers, Abigail, reads mystery novels passionately, but even she has gotten more than she bargained for when the camp’s weird handyman, Angus McGangus, suddenly disappears.  Abigail and her friends Mattie and Gillian are convinced they saw the phantom nab him, but others aren’t so believing, including the strange and stern Grim sisters who run the camp.  One of the boys, the computer whiz Monroe who treats his laptop like a precious child, discovers the handyman is using a false name.  But why?  Adding to the mystery, Buttercup Newton, a strange woman with a phony Brooklyn accent, appears, begging for a place to hide from "Big Louie."  Nick, another of the "Burly Brave" campers, asks Abigail to meet him later, then he too disappears!  Has the phantom found himself — or herself! — another victim?  As the mystery unwinds, the campers discover life is more fun than just mystery novels, music and computers, and they beg their reluctant parents to let them stay the rest of the summer at Camp Geronimo.
The Regional Premiere of A Brand New Musical Adaptation

Presented by GLASFORD BANK

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

directed by Jeff Driscoll
choreography by Bethany Freese


July 21-22, 7:30pm
July 23, 2:30pm


When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach... and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James' quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building.