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"Fruitcakes" Holiday comedy

Date(s): 11/7/2014, 11/8/2014, 11/9/2014, 11/14/2014, 11/15/2014, 11/16/2014, 11/21/2014, 11/22/2014, 11/23/2014, 11/28/2014, 11/29/2014, 11/30/2014, 12/5/2014, 12/6/2014, 12/7/2014

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:00 pm; Saturdays & Sundays @ 2:00 pm

The Pecatonica Playhouse 314 N. Main St. Pecatonica Illinois
Christmas comedy at Pec Playhouse Theatre. Mix together a batch of fruitcakes, three dozen Christmas trees, 10,000 outdoor Christmas lights, a chicken pox epidemic, two southern spinsters, an estranged old man, a lost cat named Tutti Frutti and a Christmas hog named Buster and you've got the recipe for a fun-filled and touching evening of holiday cheer. Into this world comes Jamie, a kid who has run away from home and come as far as his money will take him. At first he thinks this town's inhabitants are "nuttier than fruitcakes," but soon he comes to admire, appreciate and adore this nutty little town. A moving story of alienation, understanding and reconciliation, FrUiTCaKeS provides audiences with a heaping helping of holiday warmth and Christmas cheer. For tickets call 815-239-1210 or buy online at www.pecplayhouse.org

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The Verdict

Date(s): 3/18/2015, 3/19/2015, 3/20/2015, 3/21/2015, 3/22/2015, 3/23/2015, 3/24/2015, 3/25/2015, 3/26/2015, 3/27/2015, 3/28/2015

Eacxh night @ 8:00 pm; 3/21, 3/22 & 3/28 @ 2:00 pm

Rock Valley College Studio Theatre
Karl Hendryk, a brilliant professor, flees persecution in his home country to safely care for his invalid wife, Anya, in England. Her suffering continues as the disease progresses, and she despises their new life. Karl, however, has made a name for himself at the local university, where he is respected and admired by faculty and students alike. Tensions between Karl and Anya continue to build, especially when Karl's cousin Lisa moves in to assist in caring for Anya. The situation is intensified when one of Karl’s young rich students, Helen Rollander, begins to take private lessons from the professor. Feelings are quick to develop. It wouldn’t be “a Christie” without a murder, and the Dame does not disappoint! The "Season of Love" closes with a fantastic “whydoneit” of a thriller, built around a dangerous love triangle.
Mike Webb, 815-921-2160

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A Little Night Music

Date(s): 2/4/2015, 2/5/2015, 2/6/2015, 2/7/2015, 2/8/2015, 2/9/2015, 2/10/2015, 2/11/2015, 2/12/2015, 2/13/2015, 2/14/2015

Each night, 8:00 pm; 2/7, 2/8 & 2/14 - 2:00 pm

Rock Valley College Studio Theatre
Sondheim creates a stunning tour de force when he takes Ingmar Bergman's comedy of manners, Smiles of a Summer Night, and turns it into a musical of masterful execution and elegance. Winner of four Tony Awards, this is a musical work that has forever entranced the world of theatre. Set in 1900 Sweden, A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs centered around actress Desirée Armfeldt and the men who love her: a lawyer by the name of Fredrik Egerman and the Count Carl-Magnus Malcom. When the traveling actress performs in Fredrik's town, the estranged lovers' passion rekindles. This strikes a flurry of jealousy and suspicion between Desirée, Fredrik, Fredrick's wife, Anne, Desirée's current lover, the Count, and the Count's wife, Charlotte. Both men – as well as their jealous wives – agree to join Desirée and her family for a weekend in the country at Desirée's mother's estate. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises. The story is full of hilariously witty and heartbreakingly moving moments of adoration, regret and desire. The music more than equals the plot in its complexity, exhibiting what may very well be Sondheim's most beautiful score, complete with masterful orchestrations and his most popular song, the haunting "Send in the Clowns." It’s a celebration of love that comes to Studio Theatre just in time to give your Valentine’s Day A Little Night Music.
Mike Webb, 815-921-2160

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A Christmas Carol

Date(s): 12/3/2014, 12/4/2014, 12/5/2014, 12/6/2014, 12/7/2014, 12/8/2014, 12/9/2014, 12/10/2014, 12/11/2014, 12/12/2014, 12/13/2014

8:00 pm, 12/6, 12/7 & 12/13 - 2:00 pm

Rock Valley College Studio Theatre
Charles Dickens’ family classic comes to life in this adaptation by Mike Webb. Ebenezer Scrooge, the greedy London businessman whose coldness is matched only by winter itself, is taken on a journey across time and possibility by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim and all the rest of Dickens’ unforgettable characters come alive –as if from the very pages of the author’s book– to tell this memorable story of light, joy, warmth, and transformation. Studio Theatre’s A Christmas Carol is certain to bring your family a feeling of love this holiday season!
Mike Webb, 815-921-2160

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Love's Labor's Lost

Date(s): 4/30/2015, 5/1/2015, 5/2/2015, 5/3/2015

Thursday-Saturday, April 30-May 2, 2015; 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 3, 2015; 2:00 p.m.

Rockford University, Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center, 5050 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108
The King of Navarre and his three academic-minded friends, for the sake of their studies, vow to abstain from food, sleep and, of course, women for three years. No sooner have they finalized their agreement than the kingdom is visited by the beautiful princess of France and her three tempting ladies. Hormones may be stronger than their wills. The king, also smitten, finds himself reigning over, but not successfully reining in, the court’s amorous men who take to writing love letters that of course are misdelivered. After disguising themselves as men from Moscow and making complete fools of themselves, the King and his friends realize that they truly love the ladies. Surrounding this plot is another one of a wandering Spaniard in search of love; a country maid pursued by a silly clown and confused academics. However, this merry comedy ends with a twist making it one of Shakespeare’s most memorable romantic comedies.

Single ticket admission is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors age 55 and up and for students. Group rates are available. For tickets or information, please call the Box Office at 815-226-4100 or visit rockford.edu. Dates and locations are subject to change.
RU Box Office, boxoffice@rockford.edu, 815-226-4100

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Date(s): 2/26/2015, 2/27/2015, 2/28/2015, 3/1/2015

Thursday-Saturday, February 26-February 28, 2015; 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 1, 2015; 2:00 p.m.

Rockford University, Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center, 5050 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108
On the eve of their deployment, November, 1963, to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying, and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion. DOGFIGHT is a musical adaptation of the 1991 film of the same name.

Single ticket admission is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors age 55 and up and for students. Group rates are available. For tickets or information, please call the Box Office at 815-226-4100 or visit rockford.edu. Dates and locations are subject to change.
RU Box Office, Boxoffice@rockford.edu, 815-226-4100

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