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Arts in brief for May 12, 2011.


Players season

BLOOMINGTON -- Community Players has announced its 2011-12 season, featuring five regular season shows, two Laboratory Theatre productions and one Theatre for Young People show.

The latter, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," kicks off the season July 8 through 17," followed by "And Then There Were None," Sept. 2-17; "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?," Nov. 4-20; "Murder at the Howard Johnson's," Dec. 1-4; "Hauptmann," Jan. 6-21; "Blithe Spirit," March 2-17; "You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running," March 22-25; and "Hairspray," May 11-27.

Season tickets are available through May 23 at the discounted rate of $56 for adults and $46 for seniors and students; after that date, they are $60 and $50, respectively. The box office number is 309-556-3232.

Lab Theatre

BLOOMINGTON -- Illinois Wesleyan University's School of Theatre Arts will stage the musical "The Spitfire Grill" May 20 through 22 in the E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre.

All performances are at 8 p.m., with admission $2 and $3 at the McPherson Theatre box office. The number is 309-556-3232.

Based on the non-musical film, "The Spitfire Grill" chronicles the life of a young woman who is recently released from prison and starting over in a rural Wisconsin town. The score is by James Valcq and Fred Alley.


MTHS concert

METAMORA -- Metamora High School's Metamora Wind Ensemble will present a free "Concert on the Square" at 3 p.m. Sunday on the downtown Metamora square.

Also performing will be MTHS alum and Chicago-based soprano Linda Christ, as well as local singing duo Curt and Anita Rowden.

The performance bill includes Christ's performance of Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday," from his "Black, Brown and Beige." Also presented will be marches, standard band literature and more.


Open mic

BLOOMINGTON -- "Re:Verse," an open microphone poetry and creative writing reading, will be hosted by TheatresCool at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the theater, 403 N. Main St., Bloomington.

Featured guest is local author Ben Slotky, who will present "An Evening of Romantic Lovemaking."

Other poets and writers are invited to present their work at the event. Admission is by $5 donation at the door. For more information, call 309-454-5892.


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