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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Arc Light Productions presents “Songs for a New World”; ICC teacher in performance

  • Peoria, Ill. – On Feb. 15 and 16 with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the show at 7:30 p.m., Arc Light Productions presents Jason Robert Brown’s “Songs for a New World,” at the Waterhouse on the Riverfront in dinner theater style for Valentine’s weekend.
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  • Peoria, Ill. – On Feb. 15 and 16 with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the show at 7:30 p.m., Arc Light Productions presents Jason Robert Brown’s “Songs for a New World,” at the Waterhouse on the Riverfront in dinner theater style for Valentine’s weekend. The cast consists of local artists giving incredible theatrical song cycle style performances filled with messages of hope, passion, and wonder for life, spanning across ages. “Songs for a New World” is a musical comprised of 17 independent scene-songs. The theme is the moment of decision, the point at which you transition from old to new. The show takes the audience from a ship deck in 1492 to a penthouse ledge in New York and meets a vast array of characters from a young man who has determined that basketball is his trip out of the ghetto to a son struggling to reconcile his father's failure in a risky business to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams and a soulless marriage. The show is high energy from the opening song to the end, and there's something in every number that knocks at your heart. This cast is comprised of some of central Illinios’ most talented artists who have channeled their experiences from across the world to capture the unique voices in “Songs for a New World.” The show features Julie Peters, who holds an MFA in Media and Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga., and a BA in Theatre Arts from Eureka College and currently teaches at ICC. Other cast members include: Sarah Seymour recently spent a summer as Nella in Gianni Schicchi for the Asia Opera Project in Kunming, China. Tommy Rosecrans of ICC captured the Scarecrow in Arc Light’s summer production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Gregory Schamberger of Bradley University spent six weeks at Manhattan School of Music for their Summer Voice Festival. Door prizes from area businesses including The Jukebox Comedy Club and Presley’s will be distributed throughout the evenings. Tickets are $35 per person. The reservation deadline is Feb. 7. Call 455-4095 to reserve your tickets today. Visit www.arclightpro.com for more information.
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