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Parkland Theatre Wins Awards at C-U at the Show Globes

Parkland wins in five of 15 categories for local theatre in 2019

Parkland Theatre won awards at this year's C-U at the Show Globes, held Jan. 12 at Analog Wine Bar in Urbana. The awards winners are as follows:

  • Outstanding Production of a Play: Elephant's Graveyard

  • Outstanding Set Design: Mike O'Brien for Elephant's Graveyard

  • Outstanding Sound/Mixing: Brian Morgan for Young Frankenstein

  • Outstanding Actress in a Musical: Mallory Sellers for Young Frankenstein

  • Outstanding Comedic performance: Autumn Ellis as Igor in Young Frankenstein

A celebration of C-U community theatre, the Show Globes brought the theatre community together to reflect on art and artists on local stages during 2019. Twin City Theatre Company, Parkland College Theatre Productions, The Celebration Company at The Station Theatre and Champaign Urbana Theatre Company were represented during the event. Fifteen categories of awards were presented, a culmination of competition between 140+ actors, directors and others who participated in the 19 productions considered, according to the C-U at the Show Globes Facebook page.


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Parkland Theatre Tickets Now Available Online

Visit now for advance tickets for spring shows

The Parkland College Theatre will sell its show tickets online starting this month.

Theatre patrons will now be able to skip the lines at the campus-based ticket booth and purchase tickets in advance through a secure site available at

Patrons can choose either to download e-tickets (which they can print or show from a mobile device) or to have their tickets mailed to their US addresses. Patrons also will be able to purchase multiple tickets as well as tickets for different shows during the same transaction.

Advance tickets are available online at any time. For more information on online ticket sales and upcoming productions, visit or call 217/351-2528.

NOTE: As of January, all 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 Parkland Theatre ticket purchases are nonrefundable.

Ready for a bachelor's or master's degree? Use your Parkland credits! The following colleges will have representatives on hand this spring in the Student Union (unless otherwise noted) to discuss four-year degrees and transfer options.

Eastern Illinois University
*College Center, X wing lounge

Tuesday, February 11

Monday, March 9

Thursday, April 2

10 am–1 pm

Representative: Ryan Howard






"A Christmas Carol" as Radio Drama Comes to Parkland Theatre

Vintage commercials, live sound effects, music part of one-of-a-kind performance

Audiences will be transported back to the Golden Age of Radio during a one-of-a-kind performance of Charles Dickens’ classic "A Christmas Carol" on Parkland Theatre's Second Stage Dec. 13–15.
A perennial family favorite and holiday tradition, "A Christmas Carol" comes to life as a 1940s live radio broadcast, complete with vintage commercials, the magic of live sound effects, and live music. A handful of actors bring dozens of characters to the stage, as the familiar story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s thrilling journey teaches him the true meaning of Christmas. This charming and unforgettable take on a radio drama will leave no one saying "Bah Humbug!"
Michael O'Brien directs a cast that includes Marcus Aviles, Madelyn Childress, Haylie Denzer, Collin Downen, Parker Evans, Thomas Fitch, Maya Hammond, Maggie O’Brien, and Kaytelin Richey and features Sean Kelly as Scrooge.  
The Parkland Theatre will hold a talkback immediately following the Dec. 13 show. O'Brien and members of the cast and crew will be on hand to discuss the show and answer audience questions.  
Performances take place in the Parkland Theatre Second Stage Dec. 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 14 and 15 at 3 p.m. All tickets for this special fundraising event are $25 and can be pre-purchased by calling 217/351-2528. Proceeds from the show will help fund future Actors’ Studio Series performances.
To request accessibility-related accommodations, please contact Accessibility Services at 217/353-2338 or email accessibilityservices@parkland.eduPlease submit all requests two weeks in advance of your participation or visit. 

Theatre Auditions: "How I Learned to Drive," "Chicago"

Dec. 7; sign up for an audition time at

Parkland Theatre will hold auditions for its spring productions Saturday, Dec. 7 at the theatre.
Auditions for the drama "How I Learned to Drive" by Paula Vogel will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Auditionees should register for an audition slot at
"How I Learned to Drive" director J’Lyn Hope is casting four women and three men ages 16 and over, of any ethnicity. Auditionees will be asked to prepare a provided monologue. Callbacks, if needed, will be Sunday, Dec. 8, time TBD.
Auditions for the musical "Chicago," based on the book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse (music by John Kander) will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. and will only be extended if currently open time slots are filled. Auditionees must register for both an individual audition slot and a group dance audition slot at
"Chicago" director Abby Gailey is casting approximately 20 actors, high school-age and above, of any gender and ethnicity. Actors will be required to prepare a one-minute cut of a song that they feel showcases their range. Along with an individual audition, a group dance audition will be required. Callbacks, if needed, will be Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4:30 p.m.
Performances of "How I Learned to Drive" will run in Parkland Theatre's Second Stage Feb. 6–16. Performances of "Chicago" will be held in the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre April 9–26.  
Please sign up for an audition time at All members of the community as well as Parkland and U of I students are invited to audition; Parkland Theatre encourages diversity. Those with additional questions should email productions assistant Heather Layman at