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Spotlight on Bloomington-Normal Theatre: Upcoming Spectacular Performances

As the curtains rise on Bloomington-Normal’s theatre scene, audiences can anticipate an extraordinary season filled with laughter, tears, and unforgettable performances.

The upcoming theatre scene in Bloomington-Normal is gearing up for an unforgettable series of performances that promise to captivate audiences of all ages and tastes. From classic Shakespearean comedies to contemporary tales of love and adventure, the stage is set for an exciting lineup of shows in the coming months.

Illinois State University’s Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts Presents:

IN PIECES March 1-3, 5-7, 2024


The Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts at Illinois State University kicks off the theatrical extravaganza with “SPACE GIRL” which takes audiences on a cosmic journey exploring themes of friendship, self-discovery, and the wonders of the universe. Meanwhile, “IN PIECES” Six people face a turning point. Before they can take the next step, they must retrace the journey, the stories, and the relationships that got them there.

And for lovers of Shakespeare, the timeless classic “A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM” brings magic, mischief, and romance to the stage.

For tickets and more information, contact or call (309) 438-2535.

Illinois Wesleyan University Presents:

The Scarlet Pimpernel April 10-14, 2024

The Effect March 22-24, 2024

Illinois Wesleyan University invites audiences to experience the daring escapades of “The Scarlet Pimpernel.” Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, this adventure follows the mysterious hero and the battle for Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. This tale promises an evening of entertainment that will leave spectators on the edge of their seats. Don’t miss this exhilarating production at the Jerome Mirza Theatre.

Hearts racing. Minds reeling. Knees buckling. Connie and Tristan have palpable chemistry—or is it a side effect of a new antidepressant? They are volunteers in a clinical trial, but their sudden and illicit romance forces the supervising doctors to face off over the ethical consequences of their work. The Effect, presented by Dramatists Play Service Inc., takes on our pill-popping culture with humor and scintillating drama. For tickets, call (309) 556-3232.

Heartland Theatre Company Presents:

Clyde’s April 4,5,6 / 11,12,13,14 / 18,19,20, 2024

Annual 10-Minute Play Festival: Ghosts! May 30, 31 & June 1,2 / 6,7,8,9 / 13,14,15, 2024 

Heartland Theatre Company invites theatergoers to delve into the complexities of human relationships with “Clyde’s.” This highly entertaining comedy including four ex-cons aspire to lead a better life—and make the “perfect sandwich”—as they flip burgers at Clyde’s, a truck stop diner owned and managed by the sassy, devilish Clyde herself. Led by the angelic Montrellous, the ragtag bunch of short order cooks put their differences aside and rally together for a brighter future. [Mature Audiences. Adult language and themes)

Additionally, the Annual 10-Minute Play Festival: Ghosts! offers a thrilling showcase of short plays that delve into the supernatural and the unexplained. With performances spanning April and May, audiences have multiple opportunities to experience the magic of live theatre. For tickets and information, contact or call 309-452-8709.

Community Players Theatre Presents:

Young Frankenstein March 8-10, 15-17 & 22-24, 2024

I Hate Hamlet May 10-12 & 17-19, 2024

Community Players Theatre brings laughter and chills to the stage with two must-see productions. “Young Frankenstein” brings Mel Brooks’ comedic genius to life as it reimagines the classic tale with uproarious humor and unforgettable characters.

Meanwhile, “I Hate Hamlet” offers a hilarious glimpse into the world of show business as a young actor grapples with the ghost of a legendary Shakespearean performer. With performances in March and May, these productions promise laughter, thrills, and unforgettable moments. For tickets, call (309) 663-2121.

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts 

Annie March 11 & 12

Holding onto hope when times are tough can take an awful lot of determination, and sometimes, an awful lot of determination comes in a surprisingly small package. Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theatergoers that sunshine is always right around the corner, and now the best-loved musical of all time is set to return in a new production – just as you remember it and just when we need it most. Annie, directed by Jenn Thompson, features the iconic book and score, written by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. This celebration of family, optimism and the American spirit remains the ultimate cure for all the hard knocks life throws your way. For tickets, call (309) 434-2777.

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