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Prairie State Players are back! We will be holding auditions on Tuesday and Wednesday at 2:30 this week for The Tin Woman! Auditions will be in the auditorium. There are parts for all ages. The play is a drama about a woman who receives a heart transplant and then connects with the family of the man who's heart she has. Auditions will be cold reads from scenes we will have prepared for you. We're looking forward to seeing you!


As we near Fall 2020 the Praire State Players are sad to announce that we will not be putting on a production due to Covid-19.
We would like to thank our Players’ friends, family, and fans for their continued support. We hope to see everyone in Spring 2021, if it is safe to do so.
Stay Safe, and Healthy! We hope to see you all next year.


Hear ye hear yee,

The Prairie State Players will be holding auditions for the DND adventure She Kills Monsters! Auditions will be held in the Barnes and Nobel Auditorium at Prairie State College February 4th and 5th at 2:30 with call backs on February 6th at the same time. Hope to see you there!

Miss Holmes!  (and Dr. Watson!) Coming November 18th!

Miss Holmes! (and Dr. Watson!) Coming November 18th!


The Prairie State Foundation, that gives scholarships for students, is holding a black tie (tuxedo) optional Gala to celebrate its anniversary on the main campus. They have asked if any Prairie State Player would volunteer to work the spotlight for them for the show. Whoever did it would get a free meal (likely to be good I think since this is for leaders of the community) and there's music and a party afterwards you are invited to. It is on October 20th at 6:00 pm. Let Dr. V know if you are interested in doing it!


AUDITIONS are September 10th at 2:30 and September 11th at 2:30 (choose one) with callbacks on September 12th at the auditorium. For MISS HOLMES! This play debuted at Chicago's Lifeline Theater in 2016 to rave reviews. The Chicago Tribune called it "Cunning and Brilliant." It's an adventure mystery in which we ask the question... what if Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson had both been women? Could they have still managed to solve all those mysteries?! This is a big cast play needing between 9 and 15 really great actors of all ages, races, and genders, so get all your friends together ... BECAUSE THE GAME'S AFOOT!


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Don't forget, AUDITIONS are Monday and Tuesday this week at 4:00 in the Barnes and Noble Auditorium (or in a room near it) for the comedy BLITHE SPIRIT written by Noel Coward and directed by Sammi Patti.... about a couple that accidentally summons the ghost of the man's dead wife. See you at auditions!!


The Pioneer raves: "Intense, exciting, and passionate. ... The Prairie State Players have once again put on a riveting performance."


We are just a few days away from the opening of The Gravedigger: A Frankenstein Story on Monday November 19th @2:30 FOR FREE & 7:00 for $5. We hope to see you there!


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Character Descriptions for The Gravedigger: A Frankenstein Story

The author has granted us permission to cast all roles as either male or female. Nadya will probably be female because she was once a mother and gave birth, but who knows once auditions start, what will happen.

Dr. Victor(ia) Frankenstein: Driven, ambitious, brilliant. He created life from dead bodies. But now the creature he created has murdered his brother, best friend, and wife. He is obsessed with revenge.

Anton -- The creature created by Frankenstein. After a life of loneliness and vengeance, he/she has come to the cemetery where his/her body parts were first buried to die. He/she has a good heart, but his/her emotions are out of control like a child. His/her appearance is terrifying, and this actor will need to find movements and vocals that are strange and like co**ses sewn together. But the audience also must grow to like Anton as he/she learns how to be a decent human.

Kurt -- The Gravedigger. He/she is gruff and lives alone tending to the cemetery. He/she has secrets in his/her past that have caused him/her to hide from the world. He/she was once a priest, but has lost his/her faith in God.

Nadya -- A Roma (popular though offensive word for this is gypsy) who was abandoned by her people because she fell in love with someone not from her tribe. The father of her son, who was abusive, also abandoned her with her son. The son died because she was alone and poor. Now Nadya uses her considerable charm and wit to stay alive. She reads fortunes and sometimes prostitutes herself.


The Prairie State Players will be holding auditions September 11th and 12th (with call backs September 13th) for THE GRAVEDIGGER: A FRANKENSTEIN STORY, written by Joseph Zettelmaier and directed by Dr. Justin Vidovic. All genders considered for all roles, including the monster. Look here for character descriptions coming soon. Dawn Sterning will be producing this production and will be putting together a full production team of lighting designer, props master, costumer, set building team, stage manager. Come to auditions for more information and to apply! Hope to see you there!


The Prairie State Players will have one final fundraiser for the Spring 2018 semester πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ» Come out Monday night & help support local Theatre


Kevin has been performing with the Prairie State Players since 2012, and has even helped write a show that the Players have put on, 2015's spring production Once Upon A Crossover. His big dream is to act in Hollywood and turn down all interviews due to social anxiety. Until then, he's trying to build up his YouTube channel where he talks about nerdy stuff!


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Actor, writer, director, Julian Hall has a true knack for the art of theatre. Debuting in his self-written play, "Sorry Johnny" which he directed himself in 2011, he continued to venture into other community and professional acts such as "Medea" in 2013, "Six Degrees of Separation" and "Play On" in 2015, followed by musical "Man of La Mancha" and Amorous Ambassador in 2016 which were all staged at South Suburban College. He reprises his role as Harry in the Amorous Ambassador at Prairie State College this spring and currently continues his career of both acting and music.


Our season has come to end end & we had a very successful run this school year. We would like to thank everyone who supported the Prairie State Players. We hope to see you all again in the fall. Also, the Prairie State Players would like to give special thanks to Actor Julian Hall & Kevin Hathaway for stepping upπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» We will have some information on them yet to come πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»


We are just one week away from the Amorous Ambassador !! Please, join us for a hilarious night of theater at the Barnes & Nobel Auditorium😁


Brian has been acting for four years. He was on his high school Speech Team for four years as well, earning a state title in 2016. He has four brothers who have acted or worked behind the scenes at some point. He plans to pursue a career in fiction and nonfiction writing, and also is considering working in the field of psychology. You can see him as Perkins in our production of The Amorous Ambassador.


Cayley D'Anna has been acting for 13 years. She started with The Beecher Part Time Players in their production of "A Christmas Carol" where she fell in love with being on stage and has been pursuing theater ever since. She has always taken an interest in the Prairie State Players, but only auditioned for her first show with the group last semester, where she was given the gracious opportunity to play John Merrick in "The Elephant Man". She is looking forward to returning to the Prairie State Players stage this spring semester in the Amorous Ambassador as Marian Murdock and hopes to see you all there.


Semone Lewis is relatively new to acting. She made her debut in The Prairie State Players production of Our Town as Mrs. Soames. After that she thought she was done with acting, but she was cast as the Countess in The Elephant Man. Currently, she has the honor of portraying Debbie in our production of The Amorous Ambassador. Outside of acting, she spends her time writing poetry, volunteering, participating in school activities, and taking college classes. Her ultimate goal is to become a Neonatal/ Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She loves children and volunteers at a Children's hospital 5-6 hours a week.

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We are 12 days away from the Prairie State Players first fundraiser of the year. We would love for all of you to come out enjoy your fave Butter Burger & just mention that you know us!! πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»


Dary Vielman has been a part of multiple Prairie State productions. He has not only acted in the shows, he has been an executive producer, a stage hand, and is now our Stage Crew Manager. Fun fact about Dary; he is a Leo but has never seen Titanic. His hobbies include going to concerts and watching bad movies. Dary plans on continuing his family's business while pursuing a career in acting.


Nic Kid has been in productions of The Wiz and The Elephant man as small roles. In The Amorous Ambassador he is playing Joe, and he says β€œIn a way, it is my big break.” Nic is 19 with goals of becoming an actor.


The Amorous Ambassador is cast & here is a description of the characters. Then stay tuned all this week to meet the cast !


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Monday 14:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 14:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 14:00 - 17:00
Thursday 14:00 - 17:00


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Break all the legs (then stitch them onto a reanimated co**se), awesome folks of Prairie State! I raise my glass of schnapps to thee!
Who is the monster here?
The monster is on his way.