Welcome to the 25th Season at Eastlight Theatre!

We are pleased to announce the 2016 season line up at Eastlight! A huge thank you to all our patrons who have made the past 25 years possible! Download a 25th Season ticket order form here.

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Hands on a Hardbody

April 22, 23 & 27-30 7:30pm
April 24 at 2:00pm

For 10 hard-luck Texans, a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they'll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In the hilarious, hard-fought contest that is Hands on a Hardbody only one winner can drive away with the American Dream. Inspired by the true events of the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name by S.R. Bindler, produced by Kevin Morris and Bindler.



Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
June 24, 25, 29, 30 & July 1, 2 at 7:30pm
June 26 at 2:00pm

Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty And The Beast. Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.



Youthlight 2016 presents:
School of Rock!
~ Regional Premiere! ~

July 29, 30 & August 3-6 at 7:30pm
July 31 at 2:00pm

SCHOOL OF ROCK is a brand new musical based on the famous Paramount film written by Mike White, which starred Jack Black. The musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. Completely disinterested in academic work, Dewey decides to create his own curriculum, turning his class into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind- blowing rock band. Music by The stage musical on Broadway is produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who has composed 14 new songs to create a score, which also features all of the original songs from the movie. SCHOOL OF ROCK, with its sensational live kids’ rock band, is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music. May the spirit of rock be with you!



Saturday Night Fever
September 9, 10 & 14-17 at 7:30pm
September 11 at 2:00pm

Grab your bell-bottoms and take a trip back in time with "Saturday Night Fever." Based on the 1977 hit film, Saturday Night Fever follows Brooklyn teen, Tony Manero, in his attempt to escape his tribulations by spending weekends at the local disco. Watch as Tony tries to win the admiration of the crowd as well as his heartthrob, Stephanie Mangano, with his electric moves. Featuring your favorite Bee Gees songs from the movie such as "Stayin' Alive" and "More Than a Woman," Saturday Night Fever is a nostalgic classic that will bring you dancing in the aisle.


Joseph 2016!
December 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 & 10 7:30pm
December 4 & 11 at 2:00pm

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat returns for its 26th year on Eastlight's stage! This Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical tells the story of Joseph and his eleven brothers. It was created as a soft rock fantasy that is fit for the entire family. Thousands of people have enjoyed the magic that is Joseph, so be sure to join us for this Central Illinois holiday favorite!


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All performances at:
Byron Moore Auditorium
East Peoria High School
1401 E Washington St
East Peoria, IL 61611


This program is partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council