Wednesday, January 5, 2011

News, Updates & Changes

January is barely wet behind the ears and I'm already making changes!

I mentioned that a filmed version of the Globe Theatre's "Love's Labours Lost" will be playing January 8th at Champaign's Art Theater. So far, so good. The Art has now put up its calendar for the week, and the show is at NOON, not 7:30 (my previous guess) and January 8 is a Saturday, not a Friday, which makes a noon show that much more reasonable. (Thanks to Steve Keen for pointing that out. Whew. I would've been trucking over to C-U Friday night. And I would've been very disappointed.)

The special production of Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along" that was supposed to be directed by Gary Griffin for ISU isn't happening. (Insert sad face here.) ISU's School of Theatre is replacing that show with "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," playing February 10-19. I saw the musical talent they have to choose from on display in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" and I have high hopes they'll do a great "H2$" as well.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival has announced its summer season. They'll offer "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Winter's Tale" from Mr. Shakespeare himself, and reprise "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," the madcap summary of the entire canon created by the Reduced Shakespeare Company, as the third show. That makes for a curious season, since "The Complete Works" was just done in 2008, and when it comes to real Shakespeare, they're doing a tragedy and a "problem play," but not a comedy. I'd rather see another "Much Ado" or "As You Like It," but I guess they have their reasons. And "The Complete Works" really was hilarious the last time in the hands of Thomas Anthony Quinn and David Kortemeier. We'll see how it all works out.

TheatresCool in downtown Bloomington has two announcements. First, the TheatresCool Teen and Adult Music Theatre Classes have completed their session, meaning they're ready to perform "Waiting for the Light to Shine," directed by Cristen Susong (who was one of the people who was so good in ISU's "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," mentioned above.) The performance is this Saturday, January 8th at 1 pm, and admission is free. TheatresCool Artistic Director Kymberly Harris has also opened registration for her winter Method Acting Classes. Ms. Harris offers classes for several different age groups and performance levels. You can check out all of that and see registration information here.


  1. If I'd been paying better attention at your first announcement (hangs head in shame), I'd have wondered how that "Merrily" was going to work. Gary Griffin is directing "Lost in the Stars" for Encores! in NYC February 3-6 (rehearsing the 2 weeks before that), which would make him unavailable during the necessary period at ISU. Too bad.

  2. I think I was told the reason it fell apart was that he had another obligation. I didn't put up anything about it till now because ISU hadn't officially replaced it on the schedule on their website. It just said TBA till now (or recently. Not sure how long How to Succeed has been up there.) Anyway, the "Merrily" with Gary Griffin thing was probably announced last summer and then had been taken off the schedule by, oh, September or October. Or whenever he committed to Encores. :-)

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