Whether you prefer your summer theater al fresco or with the air conditioner running inside, there's no shortage of choices this season as Central Illinois' troupes get ready to entertain both the vacationing hordes and regular working stiffs.
Here's a preview of what's in store on area boards between now and Labor Day weekend:
Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company
- Urinetown, musical, June 13-23.
- Les Miserables, musical, Aug. 1-11.
For tickets, call 217-344-3884; indoor performances in the Parkland College Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley, Champaign.
Conklin's Barn II, Goodfield
- Life Could Be a Dream, musical, June 6-July 14.
- The Odd Couple (Female Version), comedy, July 18-Aug. 25.
- Greater Tuna, comedy, Aug. 29-Sept. 29.
For tickets, call 309-965-2545; the indoor theater is located a mile northeast of Goodfield.
Community Players, Bloomington
Aida, musical, July 11-14, 18-21 and 25-28.
For tickets, call 309-663-2121; the indoor Players theater is located at 201 Robinhood Lane.
Corn Stock Theater, Peoria
- The Music Man, musical, May 31-June 8.
- The Foreigner, comedy, June 21-29.
- Anything Goes, musical, July 12-20.
- The Wiz, musical, Aug. 2-10.
- Company, musical, Aug. 23-31.
For tickets, call 309-676-2196; the open-air theater is located in Upper Bradley Park.
Country Workshop Theatre, Cissna Park
- Come Blow Your Horn, comedy, June 6-19 and 13-16.
- Fiddler on the Roof, musical, July 5-7 and 10-14.
- Stealing Home, comedy, Aug. 1-4 and 8-11.
- G.I. Holiday Jukebox, musical, Sept. 5-8 and 12-15.
For tickets, call 815-457-2626; the indoor theater is located two miles northwest of Cissna Park, off Ill. 49.
Heartland Theatre Company, Normal
- 10-Minute Play Festival: The Package, eight short plays, June 6- 9, 13-15, 20-23 and 27-30.
For tickets, call 309-452-8709; the indoor theater is located at One Normal Plaza.
High School Summer Theater, Normal
- The Secret Garden, musical June 13-16 and 20-23.
- Xanadu, musical, July 18-21 and 25-28.
Tickets sold at the door only; shows are performed outdoors at the Connie Link Amphitheatre in Normal.
Illinois Shakespeare Festival Mainstage, Bloomington
- The Comedy of Errors, comedy, July 5, 12, 16, 20, 23, 26, 28, 31, and Aug. 4, 6, 8.
- Macbeth, drama, July 6, 13, 18, 20, 21, 24, 27, 30, and Aug. 1, 3, 9.
- Failure: A Love Story, drama, July 11, 14, 17, 19, 21, 25, 27, 28, and Aug. 2, 7, 10.
For tickets, call 309-438-2535; evenings at Ewing Manor, Towanda Avenue and Emerson Street; matinees in ISU Center for the Performing Arts.
Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan
- Fiddler on the Roof, musical, June 5-16.
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, musical, June 19-30.
- Anything Goes, musical, July 3-14.
- Will Rogers Follies, musical, July 17-28.
- Monty Python's Spamalot, July 31-Aug. 11.
For tickets, call 217-728-7375; the indoor theater is located on Sullivan's downtown square.
Miller Park SummerTheater, Bloomington
- The Secret Garden, musical, July 26-27.
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, musical, Aug. 2-3.
The outdoor theater is located on the Miller Park Bandstand. Admission is free. Call 309-434-2260 for information.
The Muni, Springfield
- Les Miserables, musical, June 21-23 and 26-30.
- Dreamgirls, musical, July 12-14 and 17-21.
- Peter Pan, musical, Aug. 2-4 and 7-11.
- Rent, musical, Sept. 6-7, 12-14 and 19-21.
For tickets, call 217-793-6864; the outdoor theater is located on East Lake Drive at Lake Springfield.
New Route Theatre, Bloomington
- The Gimmick, drama, June 7-9 and 14-16.
For tickets, call 309-827-7330; performances are at YWCA McLean County, 1201 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington.
New Salem Theatre in the Park, Petersburg
- South Pacific, musical, June 7-9 and July 4-6.
- The Crucible, drama, June 28-30 and 18-21.
- Leaving Iowa, comedy, July 19-21 and 25-27.
- Little Women The Musical, musical, Aug. 9-11 and 15-17.
- Our Town, drama, Aug. 23-25 and 29-31.
- Healin' Home, historical drama, Aug. 19-21 and 1-27.
For tickets, call 800-710-9290; the outdoor Theatre in the Park is located at New Salem State Historic Site near Petersburg.
Penguin Project, Bloomington
- Peter Pan, musical, June 7-9.
For tickets, call 309-434-2260; performances are in University High School's Stroud Auditorium.
Prairie Fire Theatre, Bloomington
- A Little Night Music, musical, Aug. 2-4 and 9-11.
For tickets, call 309-824-3047; indoor performance venue is Illinois Wesleyan University's Memorial Hall.
Station Theatre, Urbana
- Superior Donuts, comedy-drama, June 6-15.
- Evil Dead The Musical, musical, June 27-July 13.
- Freud's Last Session, comedy, July 25-Aug. 3.
For tickets, call 217-384-4000; the indoor theater in downtown Urbana is at 223 N. Broadway Ave.
Streator Community Players, Streator
- Leading Ladies, comedy, June 16-22.
- Legally Blonde The Musical, musical, July 14-20.
- Aladdin Jr., kids' musical, Aug. 11-17.
For tickets, call 815-672-4066; the indoor Engle Lane Theater is located south of Ill. 18 at Streator's west edge.
Vermillion Players, Pontiac
- South Pacific, musical, June 13-16.
- Disney's Little Mermaid, children's musical, July 11-14.
- The Odd Couple, comedy, Aug. 8-11.
For tickets, call 815-844-3221; performances are indoors at the Chautauqua Park Pavilion.
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