Eastlight Theatre was created by an Intergovernmental Agreement between three local entities: the City of East Peoria, the Fon du Lac Park District, and the East Peoria Community High School. These three governmental bodies recognized the need to cooperate to assist each other in the achievement of a number of benefits for the community. The City views Eastlight as a means of furthering its goals and quality of life for the individuals of the area by the offering of excellent family entertainment. The Park District views Eastlight as a means of furthering its goals and objectives of providing additional and new means of artistic programming to individuals of the area by the offering of entertainment and the establishment of workshops, seminars, and drama camps. The School District views Eastlight as a means of furthering its goals and objectives of providing further recognition and enhancement to its drama department as well as providing further drama opportunities for its students. These shared goals and objectives inspired these governmental bodies to pool their resources and strengths for the creation of one of the most unique community theatres in the nation.

   The purpose of Eastlight Theatre is to provide and promote the dramatic arts by delivering performances of the highest theatrical quality; to provide a forum for the performance of new plays and musicals; to contract with "outside" professionals to improve the quality of selected performances; and to initiate an educational program to help develop the artistic and dramatic talents of the tri-county area youth and adults. With the continued support of the City of East Peoria, the Fon du Lac Park District, and East Peoria Community High School, Eastlight Theatre will be around for many years to come.



OUR PAST SHOWS


1992 Big River; Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?; Grease
1993 Lucky Stiff; Pump Boys and Dinettes; Metropolis (National Premiere)
1994 The Goodbye Girl; Once On This Island; The Secret Garden
1995 Annie Warbucks; Honky Tonk Highway; Chess
1996 Tafettas; Ruthless; Johnny Pye and the Foolkillers
1997 They're Playing Our Song; Oliver; Guys and Dolls
1998 Godspell; Big River; The Pirates of Penzance
1999 A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline; Jesus Christ Superstar; State Fair
2000 Red Rock Diner; Pippin; Tommy
2001 Honky Tonk Angels; Jekyll & Hyde; Treasure Island
2002 Leader of the Pack; Chicago; Footloose
2003 Pump Boys and Dinettes; Copacabana; Little Shop of Horrors
2004 Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?; A Chorus Line; Metropolis
2005 My Way; Cats; Beauty and the Beast
2006 I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; Miss Saigon; The Wiz
2007 Baby; West Side Story; Into the Woods
2008 Grease; The Producers; Aida
2009 The Buddy Holly Story; Wedding Singer; Rent
2010 Altar Boyz; All Shook Up; Putnam County Spelling Bee
2011 Xanadu (Regional Premier); Avenue Q (Regional Premier); Hairspray (Regional Premier)
2012 Children of Eden; Les MisÚrables; Legally Blonde
2013 Dream Girls; Jekyll and Hyde; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Regional Premiere)