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Penguin Project presents
Seussical Jr.

January 23 and 24, 2015 at 7:30pm
January 25, 2015 at 2:00pm

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from TONY winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once On This Island and Ragtime). Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat, our narrator, tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton’s challenge is twofold – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

Jesus Christ Superstar

April 24, 25, 29, 30, May 1 & 2 at 7:30pm
April 26 at 2:00pm

The first ever “Rock Opera”, Jesus Christ Superstar traces the final days of the life of Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. As Jesus’ radical teachings are evermore embraced, Judas increasingly questions the enlightened motives of this new prophet, resulting in betrayal. Don’t miss this Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice long-running Broadway performance that is sure to illuminate the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart.

Les Misérables

June 19, 20, 24, 25, 26 & 27 at 7:30pm
June 21 at 2:00pm

In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter.

Peter Pan

September 18, 19, 23, 24, 25 & 26 at 7:30pm
September 20 at 2:00pm

Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and with a sprinkle of pixie dust begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates, and of course the villainous Captain Hook. Featuring the iconic songs "I'm Flying," "I've Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up," and "Never Never Land," and a rousing book full of magic, warmth, and adventure, Peter Pan is the perfect show for the child in all of us who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up.

Youthlight 2015 presents

July 31, August 1, 5, 6, 7 & 8 at 7:30pm
August 2 at 2:00pm

Stay tuned for info on the 2015 Youthlight production.

December 4, 5, 9, 10, 11 & 12 7:30pm
December 6 & 13 at 2:00pm

December show TBA.

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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