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New Route

BLOOMINGTON -- The May offering of New Route Theatre and the Eaton Gallery is "The Ladies: A Musical Love Letter," performed one night only at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the gallery at 411 N. Center St., Bloomington.

The show is an original musical revue featuring the songs of Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald and Roberta Flack, with direction by Phil Shaw and featuring vocalist Jennifer Rusk and instrumental accompaniment by Dave Shields and Myles Singleton.

Admission is by donation at the door. For more information, call 309-828-1575.

Pontiac farce

PONTIAC -- Pontiac's Vermillion Players kicks off its 2011 season with the farce "See How They Run" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in the Chautauqua Park Pavilion in Pontiac.

Tickets are $6 to $8, with further information available at 815-844-3221.

Short 'Titanic'

BLOOMINGTON -- Bloomington's Community Players has added a special free abridged performance of its current production, "Titanic: The Musical," at 1:30 p.m. May 21.

The 75-minute shortened edition is "for those people, and their families, who may have difficulties sitting through a full-length show," according to a Players statement.

In addition, an interpreter will be provided for the hearing-impaired. For more information, call 309-663-2121. The theater is located at 201 Robinhood Lane.


Choir concert

BLOOMINGTON -- Habitat for Humanity of McLean County will present its 15th annual "Love Thy Neighbor Choir Concert" at 3 p.m. Sunday in Second Presbyterian Church, 313 N. East St., Bloomington.

The fundraising event features more than 100 choir members from local churches and civic organizations, as well as individual vocalists, all under the direction of Mike Claver.

Tickets are $5, with proceeds going toward helping a local family of six realize their dream of homeownership. They can be purchased in advance at the church or the Habitat office, as well as The Garlic Press, Carl's Ice Cream, Growing Grounds and Millworks.


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