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"She Kills Monsters" at Parkland Theatre Second Stage Starts Nov. 4

"She Kills Monsters" to run Nov. 4–14 at Parkland Theatre

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Parkland Theatre will be presenting "She Kills Monsters", written by Qui Nguyen and directed by Michael O'Brien, from November 4 to 14 at the Second Stage.

"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.

Michael O’Brien directs a cast that includes Emma Petitt, Jess Schlipf, Douglas Malcolm, Michael Ruby, Zoë Dunn, Kelsey Powell, Ranae Wilson, Mariah Smith, Kiah Johnson, Spencer Hazen, and Solomon Robinson.

Performances will take place in the Parkland Theatre Second Stage November 4, 5, 6, 12, 13 at 7:30 p.m., and November 7 and 14 at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at tickets.parkland.edu. Due to COVID restrictions, seating is limited, and masks are required. This show is rated teen for adult language and content.

Ticket prices:

  •  Adult: $20 
  • Student/Youth/Senior/Veteran: $18
  • Group (10 or more): $16 
  • Opening night is half-price!

Parkland Theatre wants all guests to have an enjoyable experience. Both theatres are wheelchair accessible and have accommodations for patrons with limited mobility and visual or hearing impairments. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, please indicate when purchasing tickets.

"She Kills Monsters" is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

Parkland College Health Professions/General Open House, Oct 22

Explore Health Professions and general academic programs during the Fall Open House, Oct. 22

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Explore Parkland College academic programs, campus life, support services and more during the school's Health Professions/General Open House.

This event will take place Friday, Oct. 22 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Student Union atrium and in the L and H buildings for its Health Professions programs. Please register here.

Designed for high school students, parents of college-bound students, and community members, the open house allows visitors to tour the campus; have their questions answered from admissions, financial aid, and counseling representatives; and explore the college.

The Health Professions portion of the open house will take place in the L wing of the main campus and at the H building located in Parkland on Mattis, 1309 N. Mattis Ave. in Champaign. The Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, Surgical Technology, and Veterinary Technology programs will be featured in the L wing, while the Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Nursing Assistant, Occupational Therapy programs will be featured at the H building.

Please register for the open house here. For more information, contact Admissions and Records at 217/351-2482 or admissions@parkland.edu.

Parkland College Foundation to Host Virtual "Creating Impact" Celebration

Creating Impact Virtual Celebration Scholarship Fundraiser

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The Parkland College Foundation will host its 24th annual community celebration "Creating Impact" virtually this year in the form of a week-long fundraising campaign, beginning October 25 and ending October 28. Proceeds benefit deserving students at Parkland College.

The Creating Impact Virtual Celebration will highlight the Foundation's donors and community sponsors, raise funds for students, and include videos that offer an opportunity to hear how the Parkland College Foundation creates impact throughout the district and in the lives of Parkland students. 

The Creating Impact Celebration is the only scholarship fundraiser of the year for Parkland College. At last year's event, the Foundation raised nearly $52,000 for scholarship and student emergency funds. 

To participate in the Creating Impact Virtual Celebration, please visit parkland.edu/creatingimpact. For more information about how to invest in the Parkland community, call 217/351-2464 or email foundation@parkland.edu.

Longview Capital Corporation is a presenting sponsor. 

Staerkel Planetarium to Offer Fulldome Spanish Shows

Parkland Planetarium to Offer Spanish-Language Shows

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The Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College will be offering public Spanish-language shows in the dome for the first time this fall.

On Saturday, October 16 at 1 p.m., the planetarium will present "Un cielo, un mundo: La aventura de Big Bird", a Sesame Street show that offers an introduction to the night sky and takes a trip to the Moon with Big Bird, Elmo, and Hu Hu Zhu. Funded by a PNC Foundation grant, the show was produced by the Adler Planetarium, Sesame Workshop, the Beijing Planetarium, and Liberty Science Center.

Following a 30-minute break to sanitize and clean the area between shows, "De la tierra al universo" will begin at 2:30 p.m. Produced by the European Southern Observatory, this fulldome video offers a journey of celestial discovery from the theories of ancient astronomers to today's grandest telescopes. Presenter Ricardo Covarrubias Carreno, Ph.D., previously worked at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, and currently teaches astronomy at Parkland College.

Parkland College Ensembles Offer Free Fall Concerts

Parkland Music Ensembles to Offer Free Fall Concerts

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Parkland College's fall concert season opens with October performances by several ensembles. Performances will be livestreamed on Parkland's YouTube channel.

Sunday, October 10 at 3 p.m.
"Home Again!" A Joint Concert by the Parkland Orchestra and Wind Ensembles
. The Parkland Orchestra, directed by Dr. Rodney Mueller, will perform "Finlandia, Op. 26" by Jean Sibelius, "Valdres March" by Johannes Hanssen, "Peer Gynt Suite" by Edvard Grieg, "A Trumpeter's Lullaby" by Leroy Anderson, and "Nabucco Overture" by Giuseppe Verdi.

Parkland's Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Jonathan Beckett, will present a variety of sounds and musical landscapes appropriate for the Halloween season. Selections will include "The Witch and the Saint" by Steven Reineke, "The Golden Years" by Leroy Anderson, and selections from "Raiders of the Lost Ark" by John Williams, among others.

Sunday, October 17 at 3 p.m.
"A Musical Homecoming" A Joint Concert by the Concert Band, Chamber Singers, and Guitar Ensemble.
The Parkland Concert Band, directed by Dr. Matthew Dixon, will perform "Revival March" by John Philip Sousa, "March for the Sultan Abdul Medjid" by Gioacchino Rossini, "First Suite in E Flat" by Gustav Holst, and "Irish Tune from County Derry and Shepherd's Hey" by Percy Aldridge Grainger.

The Parkland Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Franklin Gallo, will perform "The Meditations of My Heart" by Eline Hagenberg, "Fly Away Home" by Pinkzebra, "It Takes a Village" by Joan Szymko, "Hold Me, Rock Me" by Brian Tate, and "African American Folk Song" arranged by Andre Thomas.

Director Dr. Young Kim will lead the Guitar ensemble in performing "Mondinha" and "Marchinha de Carnaval" by Celso Machado, and "The Girl from Impanema" and "Quiet Nights and Quiet Stars" by Antonio Carlos Jobim, among others.

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