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Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" Musical at Parkland Theatre

Enjoy this hilarious musical adaptation of the beloved Mel Brooks movie, April 4–21

"The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein," written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, comes to the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre at Parkland College April 4–21. 

Welcome to Transylvania! With music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, this hilarious musical adaptation of the beloved Mel Brooks movie, "Young Frankenstein," is the story of Frederick Frankenstein, grandson of the infamous mad scientist. When Frederick inherits his grandfather’s castle—complete with mysterious passages and secret labs—he decides to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps by bringing the dead back to life.

Chelsea Collier Zych directs a cast that includes Bradyn Wambach, Krystal Moya, Mallory Sellers, James Castree, Jenny Lamberson, Autumn Ellis, David Heckman, and Evan Seggebruch.

The Parkland Theatre will be holding a talkback immediately following the Thursday, April 4, show. Zych, as well as members of the cast and crew, will be on hand to discuss the show and answer audience questions. 

Performances take place in the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre April 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20 at 7:30 p.m. and April 14 and 21 at 3 p.m. 

Ticket prices are: Adult $16, Student/Senior $14, Youth $10, and Group (20 or more) $12. Opening night is half-price night.

This show is recommended for mature audiences due to graphic language and sexual content.

To make reservations, visit or call the show hotline at 217/351-2528. 

Fine and Applied Arts Open House: Tours, Demos, More

Find out why Parkland College is tops for art, graphic design, theatre, communication, music, photography

The Parkland College Fine and Applied Arts department will host an Open House Thursday, April 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., beginning in Room C148 (C wing vending lounge).

The open house offers an ideal way to learn why Parkland College is an exceptional school for art and design, communication, graphic design, music, and theatre arts. Prospective students can tour the campus, talk with faculty, and view the 51st annual Student Art and Design Exhibition, on display in the Giertz Gallery through May 4.

This special opportunity includes demonstrations in music recording, radio and television production, ceramics, metalsmithing/jewelry, drawing, photography, graphic design, theatre, and more. Prospective students can also tour backstage at the set of "The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankstein" during the open house.

Preregistration is suggested but not required for this free event, at Parking is available in the C1 lot. 

For more information, contact

Parkland College Student Artists Chosen for Statewide Exhibit

ICCJE celebrates the creative work of young artists

Several Parkland College Art students were accepted into the 2019 Illinois Community College Juried Exhibition. 

The works were on display in the Visual Arts Gallery at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois, Feb. 13–March 2. Participating students were:

Kayla McEvoy, Sadorus (2 Honorable Mentions)
Catherine White, Champaign
Logan Ingold, Champaign
Kenneth Levi Neff, Paxton
Stephen Kaufman, Urbana
Ray Irani, Champaign
Chris Johns, Champaign
Najma Motan, Champaign

This annual juried exhibition celebrates the creative work of young artists. Works selected for this year's exhibit were completed between Dec. 1, 2018 and Jan. 30, 2019. More than $1,000 in awards, including a $400 Best in Show Award, were presented during a closing reception at the gallery March 2.

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[Top image: Pictured, from l. to r., at Visual Arts Gallery's ICCJE are Parkland student participants Kayla McEvoy, Catherine White, Logan Ingold, Kenneth Levi Neff, Stephen Kaufman, and Ray Irani. Bottom images: Parkland student artists' work at ICCJE.]

51st Annual Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition

Enjoy student work in photography, painting, drawing, metals, sculpture, more

Exhibition: Monday, April 8–Saturday, May 4
Reception: Thursday, April 11, 5:30–7:30 p.m., with awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. and music by Parkland Guitar Ensemble
(Extended Gallery Hours: noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in participation with Boneyard Arts Festival)
Parkland College's Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition for 2019 will be held April 8 through May 4 in the Giertz Gallery.
Audiences will enjoy an impressive body of student work in photography, painting, drawing, metals, sculpture, three-dimensional design, two-dimensional design, color theory, and ceramics. Parkland Art and Design faculty will select approximately 180 works from among 350+ entries for this year's exhibit. Students taking art classes in the current academic year, beginning with summer 2018, were eligible to submit artwork.
Many of these works earn artistic awards, which will be announced during the exhibit's opening reception Thursday, April 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the gallery lounge. The Parkland Guitar Ensemblewill provide music.
Denise Seif, art faculty and program manager of the Art and Design program, is among many Parkland College art and design faculty who look forward to this event each spring, along with students.
"I am always so impressed when I see all the student work in the gallery," Seif said. "It is such a celebration of all the hard work and talent of the students, and it is important for our students to be a part of a gallery exhibit like this! It is different than experiencing the work in a hallway or during class critiques. It puts the work on another level and allows the student to take a step back and recognize what they have accomplished. It is also important for gallery visitors and community members to see what has been going on in the art department classrooms. We are fortunate to have the Giertz Gallery as venue to highlight the great work that is being done."
As students who plan on a profession in the arts begin their career path at Parkland College, this exhibition allows them to showcase their extensive talent as well as the exploration processes they have experienced throughout their studies in art and design, according to Giertz Gallery Director Lisa Costello.
"It introduces them to professional practices they will encounter in their field as well, such as working with a gallery, preparing their work for exhibition, and engaging in the jurying process that is essential for an emerging artist," Costello said. "This is a necessary component for resume building and establishing themselves as practicing artists once they graduate or transfer to a four-year college."
During the April 11 reception, an awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. will recognize students whose artwork shows remarkable distinction. Student artists will receive monetary awards including the Parkland President Award, the David M. and Shirley A. Jones Student Art Award, the Metals Award for Jewelry/Metalsmithing, the Fine and Applied Arts Chair Award, the Parkland Art and Design Faculty Award, and the Blair Kling Memorial Art Award, and the Louis Ballard Memorial Award. In addition, an Art Coop Award for Sustained Studio Excellence, which allows students to purchase art supplies, will be presented.
Parkland Art and Design students are eligible to earn scholarships, which are also announced during the reception; these include the Don Lake Art Scholarship, the Underwood-Alger Scholarship, and the Robert Ralph Ford Memorial Art Scholarship.
Merit awardees, scholarship recipients, and certificate winners retain possession of their work, while purchase awards become part of the Parkland College Student Art Collection.
Arts-Related Events. Along with the reception and award festivities, the college will hold two other arts-related events. First, the gallery will offer extended hours during the Boneyard Arts Festival. In participation with the festival that holds events from April 4 through April 7, The Giertz Gallery will have a sneak preview and hours on Saturday, April 6, of noon to 4 p.m.
"It is great to be a part of the county-wide celebration that 40 North, the Champaign County Arts Council, organizes each year," Costello said. "Many of our alumni participate in the Boneyard Arts Festival, and it's nice that the Giertz Gallery can be a part of it also by highlighting our student work at Parkland."
The second event, the Parkland College Fine and Applied Arts Open House, will include demonstrations, performances, classroom visits, and tours of the Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition at Giertz Gallery. Seif explained the timing of this event.
"We are participating in the Fine and Applied Arts Open House while the student exhibit is in the gallery," Seif said. "This makes it convenient for potential students to see the facilities, meet the faculty, and view the work that our students make while taking classes at Parkland College." The open house will be held Thursday, April 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information about the open house, please visit
To find the gallery we suggest using the M6 parking lot on the north corner of campus. Walk past the gym and the fountain area, enter through Door X7, turn left, and follow the ramps up to the highest point of the first floor, where the gallery is located. The gallery windows overlook the outdoor fountain area.
Programs at the gallery are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. All events in the accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Parkland College is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/353-2337 or email
For more information on the invitational, please call the gallery office at 217/351-2485 or visit

New Parkland Theatre Show Season Announced

Fantasy, comedy, drama part of next season's lineup of performances

Parkland College Theatre announced its 2019-2020 performance calendar.
Elephant Graveyard
The Sparks World Famous Circus had finally arrived! It rolled into the muddy humdrum town of Erwin in East Tennessee via the railroad, carrying all the trappings of the spectacular—a Ring Master, a Ballet Girl, a Strongman, an Elephant on parade—and the town was filled with fervent enthusiasm. But, by turns horrific, the fervor turns in on itself when a tragic death leads to a staggering resolution in 1916 Americana. Directed by Latrelle Bright.
Performances Oct. 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13. Audience, cast and crew talkback on Oct. 3.
Peter and the Starcatcher
"Peter and the Starcatcher," adapted by Rick Elice from the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, introduces us to the young orphan who would become Peter Pan, as well as some dastardly pirates, some lost boys, and a very brave girl named Molly. A dozen actors will portray a hundred characters in sea battles, jungle adventures, and other exciting escapades. It's a wildly theatrical journey into the imagination for kids, grownups, and those who will never grow up. Directed by Mathew Green.
Performances Nov. 14, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24. Audience, cast and crew talkback on Nov. 14.
How I Learned to Drive
Our 29th Annual Student Production will feature a student director and all-student staff. Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize, "How I Learned to Drive" explores the surprising, sometimes comedic, and devastating tale of survival seen through the eyes of a troubling relationship between a young girl and her uncle. Lil' Bit's story shows the strength it takes to steer through the chaos, no matter how challenging it may be, and how to drive through life in spite of the pain and damage encountered along the way. Directed by J'Lyn Hope. All ticket sales directly fund the Parkland College Theatre Scholarship Program.
Performances Feb 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16. Audience, cast and crew talkback on Feb 6.
Accused murderess Roxie Hart has convinced her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap, that is, until he finds out he has been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie uses her charm and the ego of esteemed lawyer Billy Flynn to try and prove her "innocence." Set in the roaring 1920s, "Chicago" is the winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Get ready for jazz, prohibition, sequins, feathers, and a show full of songs you know and love! Directed by Abby Gailey.
Performances April 9, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26. Audience, cast and crew talkback on April 9.
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