Drama, Drama, Drama!


Rachel Mangiapane, Guest Writer


Fun fact, the following acclaimed actors—Richard Pryor, David Ogden Stiers and Cynthia Stone—began their careers in the Greater Peoria Area! To this day, Greater Peoria has a thriving theatrical community. Here are some great places to sit back, relax, laugh, cry, or sing along. 

Artistic Community Theatre  {Pekin}  //  For an intimate experience,  head over to this 50-seat theatre for a cabaret style performance.  In true midwestern fashion, you can select a ticket that comes with a meat and cheese plate. 

Corn Stock Theatre  {Peoria}    //    Outdoor performing has a long history in Peoria. Be part of that history by enjoying a show under the tent in Bradley Park. This casual theatre has a “come as you are” dress code that encourages you to dress comfortably for the open air. 

Eastlight Theatre  {East Peoria}    //    Catch the shows you’ve always wanted to see as Eastlight performs “Broadway, Our Way.” With past performances such as Annie, Cats and Grease, you’ll want to find out what show they will tackle next.

Local Universities  {GPA}    //    You might catch a rising star by checking out a performance at one of these three regional universities: Bradley UniversityEureka College, and Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center.

Peoria Civic Center  {Peoria}    //    This 2,196-seat theater hosts remarkable world-renowned performers, local artists, hysterical comedians, and treasured musicians. Check out the performance lineup, you won’t be disappointed.

Peoria Players Theatre  {Peoria}    //    Another historic theatre, Peoria Players is the longest continuously-running community theatre in Illinois. Depending on the time of year, you might find a play, musical review or holiday performance. 

The Barn III Dinner Theatre  {Goodfield}    //    Enhance the show within this beautiful barn by enjoying a themed cocktail or hearty midwestern meal. Afterall, it’s not dinner theatre without dinner. You can also celebrate holidays at the barn by watching a themed light show.

Rachel Mangiapane, Guest Writer

Rachel Mangiapane moved to Peoria to attend Bradley University and never left thanks to her Caterpillar career. Growing up in a very small town, the Peoria area feels like a metropolis to her! With a home in Mapleton, work in Peoria, family in Washington and property in Cuba, she’s regularly exploring the region. You’re most likely to find her at a local coffee shop, antique store or yoga studio.

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