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"Playing God" at Parkland Theatre Second Stage Starts Sept. 30

"Playing God" by Actors' Studio to run Sept. 30–Oct. 3 at Parkland

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The Actors' Studio Series production of "Playing God," written and directed by Felix Crim, will be coming to the Parkland Theatre Second Stage September 30–October 3.

Life imitates art in this sophisticated drama exploring the premeditated murders of a serial killer. Follow our detectives as they unravel the mystery and the reasoning for these gruesome murders. Will the killer be caught? Take the dive into madness in this new work.

Felix Crim directs a cast that includes Spencer Hazen, Madelyn Henson, Alex Noa, Kiah Johnson, Mariah Smith, Liana Reichlin, and Maya Baker. September 30, October 1, and October 2 performances will begin at 7:30 p.m., and October 3 at 3 p.m., in the Parkland Theatre Second Stage.

Tickets are free, but donations will be accepted at the door. Due to COVID restrictions, seating is limited and reservations are required. To make reservations, please visit parkland.edu/theatretickets.

To request accessibility-related accommodations, please contact Accessibility Services at 217/353-2338, or email accessibilityservices@parkland.edu. Please submit all requests two weeks in advance of your visit.

This show is rated mature for language and graphic depictions of violence.

Fall Parkland Theatre Auditions: "She Kills Monsters" by Qui Nguyen

Auditions for Fall Theatre Show On August 28

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Parkland College Theatre will hold auditions for its fall production of "She Kills Monsters" on Saturday, August 28 at the theatre. Registration will take place in the lobby.

Auditions will take place from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Attendees should dress in comfortable clothes and shoes, and be prepared for some movement and vocal warm-ups/exercises for the auditions.

Callbacks will begin at 2 p.m. with sides and scenes provided.

"She Kills Monsters" director Michael O’Brien is casting 4 males and 6–8 females for the show between the ages of 15 and 30. 

Performances for "She Kills Monsters" will run November 4–14 in Parkland Theatre’s Second Stage.

All members of the community as well as Parkland and University of Illinois students are invited to audition; Parkland Theatre encourages diversity. For more information, please visit parkland.edu/auditions.

Staerkel Planetarium to Reopen for Public Shows

Staerkel Planetarium Returns to In-Person Public Shows for 2021-2022

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The William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College will resume offering public shows this August.
 
Beginning August 6, the planetarium will offer Summer Prairie Skies, a live-narrated tour of the night sky, on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Immediately following at 8 p.m., the new fulldome video Birth of Planet Earth will debut.

Birth of Planet Earth, produced in part by the Advanced Visualization Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, will air on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through October 29.

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure will show on Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. through September 11. A new children's program, Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? will premiere on September 18 at 6:30 p.m. and run through October 29.

Following the Phase 5 guidance of the Illinois Department of Public Health, masks will not be required for people who are fully vaccinated. The planetarium will follow a modified program schedule on Friday and Saturday evenings to allow for cleaning between shows.
 
The planetarium is available for private group shows throughout the week, and can also be booked for birthday parties, weddings, meetings, and other events depending on staff availability.

For updated show schedules, please go to parkland.edu/planetarium. Group shows may be reserved by contacting the planetarium office at 217/351-2568 or planetarium@parkland.edu.

Parkland Theatre Returns for 2021-2022 Season

Parkland Theatre Returns for 2021-2022 Season

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Parkland College Theatre is returning after being placed on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and announced its 2021-2022 performance calendar.

Actors Studio Student Production
Playing God

Written and directed by Felix Crim

A sophisticated drama exploring the pre-meditated murders of a serial killer. Life imitates art in this thriller that blurs the lines of good versus evil. Follow our detectives as they unravel the mystery and the reasoning for these gruesome murders. Will the killer be caught? Take the dive into madness in this new work by Felix Crim.

Rating: Mature
Performances: September 30 and October 1, 2, 3
Parkland College Second Stage
Tickets: free; donations accepted at the door


She Kills Monsters
By Qui Nguyen
Directed by Michael O’Brien

Revised 2016 edition. She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook, however, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ‘90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

Rating: Teen
Performances: November 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14
Parkland College Second Stage
Tickets: Adult $20, Student/Youth/Senior/Veteran $18, Group (10 or more) $16. Opening night is half-price!


10 out of 12
By Anne Washburn
Directed by BJ Gailey

Anne Washburn's 10 out of 12 is a frighteningly accurate and deeply funny record of the hardest day any theatre artist can endure- the all-day technical rehearsal, also known as the "10 out of 12." Distilled from years of production notes, the play focuses on a hopelessly-behind-schedule production during one of its last rehearsals before opening to the public. The tech crew is distracted, the actors are fighting (when they aren't missing their cues), and the director and stage manager are just trying to get through the night without anyone dying or killing anyone. 10 out of 12 shows in hilarious and horrifying detail how theatre can inspire, frustrate, and madden its makers.

Rating: Mature
Performances: February 17, 18, 19, 20, and 25, 26, 27
Parkland College Second Stage
Tickets: Adult $20, Student/Youth/Senior/Veteran $18, Group (10 or more) $16. Opening night is half-price!


The SpongeBob Musical
By Kyle Jarrow and Tina Landau
Directed by Chelsea Collier

The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world!

The SpongeBob Musical is based on the beloved animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg and features a book by Kyle Jarrow, with original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, the Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, and more.

Rating: Family
Performances: April 14,15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, and May 1.
Harold and Jean Miner Theatre
Tickets: Adult $25, Student/Youth/Senior/Veteran $22, Group (10 or more) $20, Children 12 and under $12. Opening night is half-price!
 
Ticket information. Parkland Theatre tickets must be purchased either in advance online or from the ticket booth at the time of the performance; ticket reservations will no longer be accepted. All sales are final, no refunds or exchanges allowed. Visit parkland.edu/theatretickets for more information.

Become a Friend of Parkland Theatre. Your donations help us to continue to provide high quality productions. For more information, visit parkland.edu/theatre-HowToGive.

For more information on show ratings, visit parkland.edu/theatre.

Parkland College Art Students Awarded in NIU Art Exhibition

Parkland students chosen for NIU Community College Art Exhibition

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Several Parkland College Art and Design students were accepted into the 2021 NIU Community College Student Juried Virtual Exhibition.

The works are on display in a virtual gallery hosted by Northern Illinois University from April 2–May 7. Participating Parkland students are:

  • Jane Liao, Champaign

  • Alexa Harmon, Champaign

  • Kathryn Lahr, Urbana

  • Lauren Babcock, Urbana

  • Jori Basset, Bradley

  • Katy Geurts, Loda

  • Grant Siegmund, St. Joseph

Six students received awards at the virtual awards ceremony and reception held on April 17. Two placed and five earned honorable mentions:

  • Alexa Harmon, 1st place and Honorable Mention in Ceramics

  • Lauren Babcock, 2nd place and Honorable Mention in Ceramics

  • Jori Basset, Honorable Mention in Digital Art

  • Katy Geurts, Honorable Mention in Ceramics

  • Grant Siegmund, Honorable Mention in Ceramics

This annual juried exhibiton celebrates the creative work of young artists in community colleges within Illinois. Only artwork completed after January 1, 2019 was eligible.

[image from left, top row: Basset, Harmon; bottom row: Babcock, Geurts, Siegmund]

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