The highlight of the fall theater season will feature the Penguin Project's newest production, "Hairspray Jr.". The Penguin Project, established in 2004, provides young artists with developmental disabilities including down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, visual impairment, hearing impairment, and other neurological disorders to take the stage joined by...
Indian Valley Theatre is preparing for the 132nd annual Sandwich Fair, with its classic and comedic Melodrama performances. This year, audiences at the Sandwich Fair will be treated to TWO classic melodramas chocked full of puns and jokes galore. “The Perils of Priscilla or…The Schoolmarm’s Dilemma” will be directed...
Get ready for a show that’s unlike any other! The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are returning to the Egyptian Theatre on Friday, March 29 at 8 p.m. Bagpipes with attitude. Drums with a Scottish accent. A blazing rock band and show so hot it carries its own health warning! It’s...
ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Rick Nielsen appeared at the grand opening of a new Hard Rock Casino information center in downtown Rockford on Thursday afternoon. Cheap Trick guitarist Nielsen, along with his wife Karen, are partners with Hard Rock International, which hopes to open...
Stage Coach Players invites you to spend a portion of your holiday when they present the spoof, "A Christmas Chaos," by Michael Wehrli. Chaos is the name of the game in this take on "A Christmas Carol" when a travelling theatre troupe doesn't arrive to perform its rousing version...
A look at what's coming up next in the Northern Illinois University College of Visual and Performing Arts. For the full season of events visit their online calendar. College of Music Nov. 13 - Choral and Opera Series - Opera Theatre, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 - Jazz Series presented by DeKalb Sycamore Cadillac - NIU Jazz Ensemble, 8...
On this date in 1939, The Wizard of Oz became an official American Musical Fantasy featured film produced by MGM (Metro-Golden-Mayer). This cinema gem is widely considered to be one of the greatest films in cinema history, even competing with may successful films in 1939.  It is widely known as the best-known...
We are excited to have these young ladies in the Kishwaukee Fest Parade this Friday, July 26. Miss Heartland 2019 - Annika Strolle Annika's favorite quote is “Dreams don’t work unless you do,” and that is absolutely true. She was honored to have received four incredible awards this past June at...
DeKalb County United will battle the NIU Men's Soccer Team today at 7 p.m. at the NIU Soccer Stadium in the battle for DeKalb County supremacy! This will be the final pre-season game for DeKalb County United and the final game of the spring season for NIU. The largest crowd ever...
Fans at the Drum Corps International (DCI) Championship in Indianapolis last August were entertained by a very unique musical organization. A group of 70+ special challenged individuals brought the spectators to their feet with a special production. The FREE Players Drum & Bugle Corps...
Stage Coach Players announces auditions for its upcoming holiday production of It’s A Wonderful Life, a stage version of the classic story told on the big screen by Frank Capra. Directed by Tim Ball, auditions for this faithful adaptation by Doug Rand will be...

Dancing Queen

In 2006, I was honored to produce the first Heartland International Music Tattoo in DeKalb County at Northern Illinois University. The show included 22 different dance ensembles, brass bands, bagpipe bands and other pageantry units. Featuring over 300 entertainers, this two-hour show was patterned after the world famous Edinburgh...