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ICC Theatre Program Seeks Designers for 2019-20 Season

       The Illinois Central College Theatre Program is seeking experienced lighting designers and scenic designers for paid positions during the 2019-2020 ICC theatre season.
       Lighting designers must be able to create light plots and program the light board, must be available to the director and technical director to respond to questions and attend weekly production meetings by phone or in person. Lighting designers must attend tech rehearsals and dress rehearsals until agreed designs and changes are complete. This is a paid position.

       Scenic designers must be able to draft necessary plates for the scene shop to build from. Scenic designers must be available for production meetings in person or by phone and must be available to meet with the director or technical director as agreed on. Scenic designers must attend tech rehearsals. This is a paid position.
       The 2019-20 ICC Theatre Program season consists of:

  • George Orwell’s 1984 – six shows over two weekends September 20-29 in the mainstage theatre
  • The Revenants by Scott Barsotti – seven shows over 10 days November 8-17 in the studio theatre
  • A Macbeth by William Shakespeare; adapted by Charles Marowitz – six shows over two weekends February 21-March 1 in the mainstage theatre
  • Eric Coble’s Myth Adventures: Five Greek Classics – seven shows over 10 days April 10-19 in the studio theatre

       The ICC Theatre Program season consists of four productions held in the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria campus. The shows open in September, November, February and April. Two shows each season are produced in the proscenium main stage auditorium/theatre that seats almost 500 patrons. The other two shows are held in the “black box” studio theatre, which typically seats between 60 and 100 patrons depending on the set configuration. All shows are fully supported with budget, designers build and run crew. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with dedicated theatre students and contribute to their education.
       If you have questions or are interested, please contact ICC Theatre Program Teaching Chair Robin Berkley (309) 694-8425 or submit your resumé and contact information to her directly at [email protected].
       The productions are offered through the ICC Theatre Program and the Arts at ICC, which has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.

       The Heart of Illinois Chorus, in residence at Illinois Central College, will host a free open house for three consecutive Tuesdays starting May 21 at 6 p.m. in the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus.

       The event is being offered to area females interested in singing and learning more about the four-part barbershop style of harmony. The other sessions will take place May 28 and June 4. All begin at 6 p.m. and last until 9 p.m. Advance registration is not required. Interested females are encouraged to attend all three sessions but can attend fewer, if only able to do so.

       The Heart of Illinois Chorus was founded in 1982 and is a member of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide non-profit organization dedicated to women’s a cappella four-part harmony arranged in a the barbershop style. The group has won regional championships four times, earning the right to compete internationally those four years.

       For more information about this event or the organization, contact the Heart of Illinois Chorus through its web site, HOIChorus.com or by email at [email protected].

       The Heart of Illinois Chorus is supported as an in-residence ensemble by the Arts at ICC, which has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.

       The U.K.’s top Dolly Parton impersonator will make her American stage debut in East Peoria when Kelly O’Brien presents The Dolly Show on May 18 at 7:30 pm in the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center.

       O’Brien, who is originally from Australia, said that she connected early on with much of the music from Parton.

       “I grew up listening to country music a lot,” O’Brien said. “In Australia, country music’s quite popular. My parents were always playing Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline…that kind of thing. So I started listening from an early age.

       “I think subconsciously, it got into my body and into my head. When I was 14, I started singing in my first band, and country music was a big influence.”

       O’Brien said she feels Parton’s genuine personality connects with audiences and has helped her remain popular over the years.

       “I think she’s so authentic and so down to earth, and she’s just such a beautiful person,” O’Brien said. “And so humble and kind…I think a lot of that has been lost along the way with music somewhere. She sings stories from her heart and tells stories from her heart and her childhood and her life. I think she wants to make people’s lives better; she wants to improve people’s lives.

       “I think in all this hype of music and what’s going on in the world, she’s a constant source of reflection and inspiration. And she’s beautiful to look at; she’s gorgeous inside and out.”

       O’Brien said she does not just pay tribute to Parton, but rather she tries to take on Parton’s persona during the entire event.

       “I’m a complete impersonator,” O’Brien said. “I’m younger than Dolly, but I met her in 2011 and we looked almost the same age. From the minute I’m in costume, I’m just her.

       “At the start, I did sometimes drop the persona, and people didn’t like that. They wanted me to stay in the persona even after the show when they were talking, they don’t want me to speak in my Australian accent; they want to believe that Dolly’s right there in front of them.”

       O’Brien’s performance is the final event in the 2018-2019 ICC Guest Artists Series, a series of performances by professional entertainers held throughout the academic year in the ICC Performing Arts Center Mainstage Theatre.

       The Fondulac District Library is be highlighted as the ICC Guest Artists Series Community Partner for this show. The Community Partner program features a different community or non-profit organization at each ICC Guest Artists Series event. Those attending the show who make a monetary donation to the community partner at the event will be entered in a drawing for tickets to a future ICC Guest Artists Series event.

       Tickets cost $26 for the general public and $16 for students.

       The ICC Guest Artists Series is presented by the Arts at ICC, which has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.

       For more information or to purchase tickets, visit ArtsAtICC.com or call the box office at (309) 694-5136.

       The Illinois Central College Penguin Players program is set to begin rehearsals May 13 to provide performance opportunities to even more students with special needs as well as mentors who wish to help out and participate.

       The Penguin Players was created as a collaboration involving Illinois Central College and the Penguin Project. The program gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to participate as cast members in the performing arts. It is patterned after The Penguin Project, the successful local program which provides such opportunities to individuals 10 to 21 years old, but the Penguin Players program does not have an upper age limit.

       In addition to cast members, the production includes peer mentors who work with participants with special needs and are present with them on stage during productions. Peer mentors are responsible for knowing all lines, songs and blocking for their partners.

       “We support the goals of the Penguin Project and recognize the tremendous impact that participation in a theatre production can have on individuals with special needs,” said Kari Schimmel, dean of the ICC Arts and Behavioral Sciences Department. “We’re happy to help these young adults develop their creativity and teamwork skills and want to meet the needs of those individuals who have either aged out of the Penguin Project or are simply seeking additional creative endeavors.”

       Participants must be at least 16 years of age, and the enrollment fee for all participants is $40. This is a change from the initial year, when the Penguin Players course was offered as a class for college credit and cost was based on the tuition rate for ICC’s academic classes. Participation in the Penguin Players no longer earns college credit; enrollment in the Penguin Players program is now offered through the ICC Corporate and Community Education Office.

       Participants in the ICC Penguin Players must register through the ICC Corporate and Community Education Office either online at icc.edu/penguin or by calling (309) 690-6900. Registrants should be aware there are two listings for the course–for students who participate as an artist or as a mentor–and make sure to register in the appropriate section.

       Rehearsals begin May 13 and take place on Monday through Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00. Most cast members will rehearse two to three times a week; a detailed schedule will be available during the first week. Participants work on the preparation and rehearsing for staging for a musical theatre production.

       This year’s production is Fiddler on the Roof Junior, an adapted version of the play of the same name which tells the story of Tevye the Dairyman who struggles to hold on to tradition as he and his wife raise their daughters in a changing world.

       Performances will take place on July 26, 27 and 28 on the main stage of the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria campus. Tickets are available at ArtsAtICC.com or by calling the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office at (309) 694-5136.

       The Penguin Players program is presented by the Arts at ICC, which has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.

The Illinois Central College Music Program will hold tuition waiver auditions for ICC Vocal Jazz for the fall 2019 semester on May 6 and 7 on the East Peoria Campus. Reservations are required.

A copy of the informational flyer is available at https://icc.edu/arts/files/2019-VJTuitionWaiverFlyer-web.pdf.

ICC Vocal Jazz is one of three vocal performance ensembles at the college, and it offers up to 10 tuition waivers to members. These waivers, available to both incoming and returning students, give participants in ICC Vocal Jazz the opportunity to receive fully paid tuition at ICC as long as they meet and maintain participation, academic requirements eligibility requirements and conduct expectations.

Those auditioning for the waivers must be enrolled or intending to enroll as a full-time student at ICC for the fall 2019 semester. Waiver awards are based on talent and interest rather than financial need, and students do not have to be a resident of the Illinois Central College district to be eligible.

Those interested in auditioning must sign up beforehand for a 10-minute time slot during the dates and times of auditions. Auditions take place May 6 from noon to 4 pm and May 7 from 2 to 6 pm.

Auditions take place in Room 121A, located in the Academic Building on the East Peoria Campus. Those auditioning should have a song to sing. An accompanist will be provided.

The auditions are offered by the ICC Music Program and the Arts at ICC. The Arts at ICC has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.

The ICC Music Program has three vocal ensembles and three instrumental ensembles which present public concerts on campus and at other events in the area. The ICC Music Program offers a variety of academic classes such as applied music, music literature, music theories as well as private lessons. For general or enrollment information about the ICC Music Program, visit icc.edu or contact the ICC Arts & Behavioral Sciences at (309) 694-5113.

To sign up for the auditions, contact ICC Vocal Jazz director Julie Clemens via email at [email protected] or by phone at (309) 694-8969.

       Illinois Central College presents a week of demonstrations, exhibits, concerts and other events as the Arts and Behavioral Sciences Department presents Arts Week 2019 from April 15 through April 19 on the East Peoria Campus.
       The week kicks off with several April 15 activities highlighted by the 7th Annual Jim Maloof’s Legacy of Love for the Arts in Central Illinois event at 6:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center. The family-friendly event showcases performing arts talent from the Central Illinois area while honoring the legacy of former Peoria Mayor Maloof. The event will be followed by a cookie and lemonade reception sponsored by Chick-fil-A of Peoria. Tickets to the event cost $8, with all proceeds benefiting Maloof’s signature accomplishment, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Tickets can be purchased at ArtsAtICC.com or through the Performing Arts Center Box Office at (309) 694-5136.
       The April 15 activities open a weeklong celebration of the arts at ICC with almost 50 events taking place throughout the week. Among the scheduled events:

  • Evening performances by the ICC Theatre Program of Craig Lucas’ Blue Window (rated PG 13 for adult subject matter)
  • ICC Vagabond Art Club’s unique The Art of Ice Cream fundraiser sale in which the ice cream is sold, served in a bowl made by an ICC art student and the purchaser keeps the bowl
  • A recital titled Wanderlust by flutist Abigail Walsh and pianist Pei-I Wang
  • Presentations, demonstrations and activities led by various ICC faculty members and guest artists on a variety of topics such as painting, aluminum casting, gelli printing, drawing, ceramics, raku firing, jewelry making and more
  • The ICC Student Film Festival
  • A performance by the ICC Guitar Ensemble
  • The 51st annual ICC student and faculty art shows

              Arts Week 2019 is presented by the Arts at ICC, which has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.
       All events are open to the public. Since the event schedule sometimes changes due to weather conditions or other emergencies, a full listing of events will be posted and updated as needed at ArtsAtICC.com/artsweek. Other than the Maloof event and the ICC Theatre Program’s performances of Blue Window, all events are free.
       For more information, call the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office at (309) 694-5136.

       The Illinois Central College Theatre Program presents Craig Lucas’ Blue Window, opening April 12 for seven performances in the studio theatre of the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus.
       This dramatic comedy was a long running off-Broadway hit that takes place before, during and after a dinner party, the guests of which are revealed with touching comic irony as a cross-section of modern day humanity. The colorful cast includes a narcissistic actor, a parachute instructor, an aspiring songwriter, a secretary and a lesbian couple.
       The show is rated PG 13 for adult subject matter.
       The show runs for seven performances between April 12 and April 20. There are no performances April 15 or 16. All shows start at 7:30 pm except the April 14 performance, which begins at 2:30 pm.
       Cast members, their hometowns and their roles include: Amilia Dierks of Morton as Alice; Josh Graff, Manito, Griever; Vanessa Hesh, Pekin, Boo; Brionna Johnson, Peoria, Libby; Destiny Jording, Peoria, Emily; Seamus Kelly, Easton, Norbert; and Noah Lane, Trivoli, Tom.
       Stacey Munsell directs the ICC production. The show is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
       Tickets cost $8 for the general public and $6 for students and senior citizens.
       The production is presented by the Arts at ICC, which has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.
       For tickets or more information, visit ArtsAtICC.com or call the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office at (309) 694-5136.

       The Illinois Central College Theatre Program will hold its tuition waiver auditions for the fall 2019 semester on Sat., April 13 at 9 am in the ICC Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria Campus. Successful candidates will receive a waiver for partial or full tuition at ICC. Reservations are required.

       Participants must be enrolled or are intending to enroll as a full-time student for the fall 2019 semester. Waiver awards are based on talent and interest and not financial need. Students do not have to be a resident of the Illinois Central College district to be eligible.
       The auditions are open to all students interested in theatre performance and/or technical theatre, with or without a theatre major.
       Actors must come prepared to read material presented at the audition and interview. The process will consist of an informational meeting, auditions/interviews and a tour of the facility. Technical and costume waivers will be awarded through the interview process.
       The auditions are offered by the ICC Theatre Program and the Arts at ICC. The Arts at ICC has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.
       The ICC Theatre Program produces four shows each academic year, with two productions in the ICC Performing Arts Center Main Stage Theatre and two in the Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre. Students are involved in all aspects of the productions, including acting, props, set building, stage management and technical aspects such as lighting and sound. In addition, the ICC Theatre Program offers an assortment of academic classes, including acting, technical theatre, theatre appreciation, directing and more. For general or enrollment information, visit ArtsAtICC.com or contact the ICC Arts & Behavioral Sciences Department at (309) 694-5113.
       Questions or requests for more information about the theatre tuition waiver auditions should be directed to Robin Berkley, teaching chair for the ICC Theatre Program, by phone at (309) 694-8425 or by email at [email protected]

       Fem Scapes, a mixed media exhibit by Mica Lilith Smith, opens March 20 in Gallery 336B, located in the Academic Building on the East Peoria Campus of Illinois Central College.
       Smith is a visual artist and educator who earned her master of fine arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning in 2012. Her work is comprised of fabric installations, paintings, works on paper, and video. She currently lives and works in Huntsville, Tex. where she teaches fine arts foundations, drawing and painting at Sam Houston State University.
       Smith said her work focuses on the power of femme aesthetics – specifically those connected to trans female self-preservation and survival. “As a maker, I am drawn to visual contradictions: the softness and hardness that is evident in feminine and masculine aesthetics and the effects that this visual information yields upon viewers when such opposites collide in a single space,” she said in an artist statement about the exhibit.
       She said she calls to formalistic cues that imbue soft, haven-like configurations while also using such elements to arrive at compositions that are, at times, foreboding and cacophonous. She aims to create works that evoke intimacy and sensual memory through a trans female lens while touching on the complexities of her own experiences as a trans woman living in and responding to contemporary culture.
       The exhibit runs through April 12.
       Hours of operation for Gallery 336B are Monday through Thursday, from 9 am to 5 pm and Friday from 9 am to noon. Operation of all galleries may vary with ICC’s holidays and breaks; call the Arts & Behavioral Sciences Department at (309) 694-5113 to verify a gallery is open.
       The exhibit is presented by the ICC Art Program and the Arts at ICC. The Arts at ICC has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.
       For more information or to confirm a gallery will be open at a particular time, visit ArtsAtICC.com or contact the ICC Arts and Behavioral Sciences Department at (309) 694-5113.

The ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery serves as one of seven Peoria-area sites for the 37th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition, the second-longest running juried print and drawing competition in the country.

In addition to the exhibit at ICC, the exhibition will take place at six other Peoria area galleries: the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, Prairie Center of the Arts, Studios on Sheridan, Peoria Art Guild, and at Bradley University’s Heuser Art and Hartmann Center Galleries.

The Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition is the second-longest running juried print and drawing competition in the country. Every two years it features the best contemporary graphic artwork from around the globe. The 37th Bradley International will be juried by Janet Ballweg.

Ballweg will present a visual voices lecture March 7 at 5:00 pm in Horowitz Auditorium located in the Caterpillar Global Communications Center on the Bradley University campus.