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is made possible and partially funded through grants from the New Salem Lincoln League, Illinois Arts Council, and the Springfield Area Arts Council.
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To My Dear Wife by David Rush
April 21, 22, 23, 2017 Indoor Theatre
A Civil War exchange of letters between husband, Ethan Foster, and wife, Susan Foster. Ethan has joined the Union Army and Susan is left behind to manage the farm and family. This story is based on real letters written by real poeple from Southern Illinois.
The Fabric of Friendship by Ken Bradbury
Performed by Pam Brown as Mrs. Lincoln and Kathryn Harris as Mrs. Keckley, the lifelong friendship between one of the most influential women during the Civil War and her dressmaker.
The Three Musketeers ( in collaboration with Lincoln Land Community College)
directed by Mark Hardiman
May 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 2017
This Swashbuckling adaptation by noted playwright, Ludwig, highlights both humor and heroism as the young D'Artagnan and his sister Sabine as they face challenges that help them become the noble mature hero/heroines that their parentage and destiny compel them to be.
Play Adapted by Ken Ludwig
From the novel by Alexandre Dumas
directed by Adam Power
June 2, 3, 4, 9 & 10, 2017
Filled with the songs from the Disney movie, Aladdin is a children’s show that takes place inside the Royal Palace gates in the faraway city of Agrabah, Princess Jasmine prepares to choose a husband Wandering among the crowd, a poor street urchin, Aladdin, suddenly finds himself holding the stolen bread and pursued by royal guards. Aladdin escapes to the caves and finds an old lamp and rubs it, releasing the Genie, who grants three wishes. Aladdin then uses his last wish to free Genie and promises to give all his love to Princess Jasmine, if she will have him. The initially reluctant Sultan now grants his consent, and everyone lives happily, and freely, ever after.
directed by Bill Bauser, Jr.
June 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, July 1, 2017
The Frakes - father Abel Frake, mother Melissa Frake, and young adult children Wayne Frake and Margy Frake - are an Iowa farm family getting ready to go to the multi-day Iowa State Fair. Songs include "It Might As Well Be Spring", "It's A Grand Night For Singing". "That's For Me".
High School Musical
directed by Karla Wilhelm an Ginny Racette
July 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 2017
In this contemporary musical comedy, a popular high school basketball star and a shy, academically gifted newcomer discover they share a secret passion for singing. When they sign up together to audition for the lead roles in the school musical, it threatens East High's rigid social order and sends their peers into an uproar.
Arsenic & Old Lace
directed by Kristin and Mark Wheeler
August 3, 4, 5, 6, 2017
Comedy ensues as we meet the charming and innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously "acceptable" roomers; the antics of their nephew who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt; and the activities of the other nephew—these require no further description or amplification here.
Loose Lips Sink Ships
directed by John Woodruff
August 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 2017
Set in Wisconsin's Sturgeon Bay shipyard during World War II, the musical follows a group of young men who enlist in the armed forces following the attack on Pearl Harbor and their friends, sisters and fiancees. Two of the main characters, Roxie and Ann, give up their normal lives to help the war efforts by working in the shipyard. At first, the women are reluctant to leave their homes, but by the end when the men return home from the war, the women do not want to give up their jobs. Loose Lips Sinks Ships is a story about the sacrifices that women made during the war and how much those sacrifices changed them.
LLSS is a musical with book and lyrics by Jacinda Duffin and Laurie Flanigan and music by James Kaplan.