PRINCETON - Comedy will be king in 2020 during another season of community theater sponsored by the Prairie Arts Council in Princeton. This year will feature three comedies in addition to their annual children’s musical.
The PAC’s 2020 season will start off with a return to Tuna, Texas. “Tuna Does Vegas” by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard is a sequel to last season’s “Greater Tuna.” The fun begins when radio host Arles Struvie announces on air that he and his wife Bertha are renewing their wedding vows in Vegas. The two-man cast portrays all of the inhabitants of Tuna - men, women, as well as Vegas showgirls, Elvis impersonators and more. “Tuna Does Vegas” will be performed Feb. 21-23 directed by Dixie Schroeder.
The spring offering will be “Leaving Iowa” by Tim Clue and Spike Manton. This family-friendly comedy is a tribute to the great-American family road trip. The play tells the story of Don Browning, a middle-aged writer, who goes back home to fulfill his father’s dying wish: that Don take his father’s ashes to his childhood home. His adventures along the way will resonate with anyone who has ever taken a road trip and revisited memories of their youth. Director Dave Roden will be looking for three men and three women to cast in the April 24–26 show.
Next up is “Delval Divas” by Barbara Pease Weber. The play will be presented Aug. 21-23 directed by Ellen Marincic. Featuring a cast of six women, “Delval Divas” tells the story of four educated, successful, professional women who share the same address – the Delaware Valley Federal Correctional Facility, a low-level security prison for white- and “pink”-collar criminals.
The season will conclude with the annual children’s holiday musical. The title of the children’s show and performance dates will be announced at a later date.
Individuals interested in participating in the theater program are encouraged to watch the PAC website, prairiearts.org, for audition dates and information on each show. Volunteers are always welcome for all parts of the productions. Prairie Arts Council programming is funded in part by grants from the Illinois Arts Council and Church Women United.