'Peter and the starcatcher' is coming to central Illinois this fall, and i am stoked

'Peter and the starcatcher' is coming to central Illinois this fall, and i am stoked

For a night of creative and intelligent theatre, this is the show for you.

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If you love Peter Pan, then you should absolutely jump into the imaginative world of "Peter and the Starcatcher" this fall at Community Players Theatre in Bloomington. This September, I get an incredible opportunity to play Molly Aster in the play "Peter and the Starcatcher"! I am beyond excited to be a part of the production, and if you have a chance you should definitely check it out!

Based on the novel "Peter and the Starcatchers" by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and adapted for the stage by Rick Elice, the play follows the story of a young orphan and how he comes to be Peter Pan. Without giving too much away, the story begins with a group of orphan friends meets Molly Aster on a ship on their way from England to the island of Rundoon. They work together to prevent a magical substance called starstuff from falling into the wrong hands. Black Stache is the villain in the story and attempts to take control of the substance. The play is a comical and creative story for those who love adventurous fairy tales. You may even find out how all of the characters from "Peter Pan" come to exist!

Our production is stacked with a stellar cast of 11 men and one woman (me). I can't wait to dive deep into the rehearsal process. Led by fearless director Brian Artman, this group of people is sure to create a special experience and see Artman's vision through! There will be fantastic stunts and intricate movement on stage. It's very much an ensemble show, so everyone has a hand in helping create the story.

Attending this production would be the perfect night out for a family. The humor is clever and the story has a lot of heart. It is my first opportunity to get involved with Community Players Theatre, and I already see that it's an important space where people in the community can come together to create beautiful theatre. It is one of the oldest community theatres in the nation completely staffed by volunteers. The first production through Community Players was produced in 1923. The first show that took place in its current location was "Death of a Salesman" in 1962. Community Players produces several productions a year, so there are plenty of opportunities to see local live theatre.

People should always support local live theatre. Local theatre is a crown jewel in the central Illinois area. It gives people an opportunity to express themselves, find a home, find family, and share art. There is nothing I want to be a part of more.

"Peter and the Starcatcher" runs from September 7 through 9 and 14 through 16 at Community Players Theatre in Bloomington, Illinois. Community Players is located at 201 N. Robinhood Lane. Tickets are $7.00 for children, $13 for seniors, and $15.00 for adults. Tickets can be purchased here. Can't wait to have you join us for this thrilling tale.

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23 Hamilton Lyrics That Prove This Musical Is The Best

I may relate a little too much to Alexander Hamilton.
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If you have known me for at least 5 minutes, it's likely that you know that I am obsessed with the play Hamilton. The writer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, created a phenomenon, and the play deserves all the hype it gets.

The lyrics are beautiful, inspirational, sad and funny. It was hard to narrow my favorite lyrics down. These are in no particular order but here are some of the lyrics that make Hamilton so great:

1. "Alexander Hamilton. My name is Alexander Hamilton."

The iconic name! Lin-Manuel Miranda even said in an interview that Hamilton's name works really well with music.

2. "I'm just like my country, I'm young, scrappy and hungry."

These lyrics highlight the idea of the massive amount of opportunity we face in life, and I find them oddly inspiring.

3. "When you're living on your knees you rise up."

This call to action always motivates me to go and make a difference.

4. "Immigrants, we get the job done."

Hamilton immigrated to New York to get an education and accomplished a lot in his life.

5. "I am the one thing in life I can control. I am inimitable, I am an original."

A good reminder of how we should view our place in life.

6. "We put a stop to the bleeding as the British take Brooklyn."

This one is mostly for the massive history nerds like myself and is on this list to show some of the history that is included in the musical. The song "Right Hand Man" is full of historical references.

7. "History has its eyes on you."

If I had to choose, this would be one of the lyrics that tops my list. I find it both intimidating and inspiring that I might one day be remembered by history.

8. "I'll write under a pseudonym, you'll see what I can do to him."

I get really excited about how well some of the phrases in this musical rhyme.

9. "Death (love/ life) doesn't discriminate between the sinners and the saints, It takes and it takes and it takes."

This whole song is way too quotable and shows up a few times on this list.

10. "Everyone give it up for America's favorite fighting Frenchman!"

Lafayette! Best. Intro. Ever.

11. "Are you Aaron Burr, sir? (Blur, sir/ bursar)"

If it rhymes with Burr, it will probably be associated with his name.

12. "What is a legacy? It's planting scenes in a garden you never get to see."

There are so many lyrics that are poetic and beautiful. This one sticks out as one of the greatest lyrics. Hillary Clinton even quoted it in one of her campaign speeches.

13. "You built me palaces out of paragraphs, you built cathedrals."

Another instance of beautiful lyricism.

14. "Why do you write like it's going out of style (like you like you need it to survive / every second you're alive)."

"Non-Stop" seriously inspires me to get to work. Hamilton wrote 51 essays, you can write one.

15. "Look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now."

This is another song that you can just dance to.

16. "When I meet Thomas Jefferson, I'm'a compel him to include women in the sequel!"

This iconic Angelica line is just so good!

17. "Dying is easy, young man, living is harder."

George Washington is a source of wisdom throughout the whole play.

18. "I'm willing to wait for it."

Burr's patience in this song is beautiful.

19. "I'm past patiently waiting"

But then again, Hamilton's decision to make the most of his life is important too.

20. "There's nobody else in their 'country'..."

His Royal Sassiness, King George III, is in denial.

21. "Welcome to the present, we're running a real nation."


There are so many sassy lines in this play.

22. "Have I done enough, will they tell your story?"

Eliza Hamilton made so many sacrifices to make sure that her husband's story was told. Lin-Manuel Miranda said in one interview that his lyrics leave the audience wondering whether the name of the play, Hamilton, refers, not only to Alexander, but also to Eliza.

23. "I will send a fully-armed battalion to remind you of my love."

I couldn't resist ending on another King George quote because they are all too good.

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There's A Whole World Of Theatre You Haven't Even Discovered

And it's all FREE!

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There is a whole channel of theatre on YouTube many have not even heard of. Lately, the art of parody theatre has become more popular, especially with the Off-Broadway production of Puffs!, a musical about Hufflepuffs from Harry Potter, since they do not get as much love as the other houses often.

Believe it or not, this is not the first Harry Potter parody to become popular. Team Starkid, a YouTube channel that has been around for years, started A Very Potter Musical 9 years ago, and since, there have been two more Harry Potter parodies, a version of Aladdin from Jafar's perspective, a Batman parody, a musical about cavemen, and a whole lot of other really cool concepts. Each musical is approximately 2 hours long, and with almost a decade of content, there is plenty to watch! As well, it is all original content, so you'll have a whole new set of show tunes to get obsessed with.

Here's the link to their channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/StarKidPotter/videos

As well, if you have not heard of Todrick Hall, you're in for a delight.

I've been obsessed with Todrick for a while now, mostly for his covers and parodies, from a 90s medley to a Beauty and the Beast with only Britney Spears songs. He has so much content that you'll be busy for a while, especially if you go into his full-length visual albums, Straight Outta Oz and Forbidden. The first is more of Hall's personal story with Wizard of Oz themed songs and a super pretty album with awesome costumes and even some special guests!

Forbidden is much more of a social commentary piece, and it flips social stereotypes between races and gender. For instance, a White boy is shot in a Black neighborhood for looking suspicious and gay couples are the norm for the town. I am not as big of a fan of this album, but it does have much less of a musical theatre vibe than Straight Outta Oz.

If nothing else, you can see Todrick's vlogs about being over in London in the West End production of Chicago. He is best friends with Taylor Swift, and it is adorable.

Additionally, there are so many full-length musical movies and full length bootlegged shows. I have watched many a thing at 2am when I am bored, and YouTube is fantastic for people getting creative with the titles of their videos.

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