July Fine Arts

July Fine Arts

“Reunited and it feels so good, reunited ’cause we understood, there’s one perfect fit, and this one is it, we both are so excited ’cause we’re reunited, hey, hey.” sung by Peaches and Herb

During the sultry and humid months of summer, families and school chums come back together to celebrate reunions and to bring back memories of all the fun and antics by reliving them. Ken Bradbury and Playhouse On The Square decided to host a little reunion of their own by bringing back the cast of last summer’s hit GENESIS. The whole cast is back: Carrie, Nathan and Parker Carls, John Love, Alec President, Stephanie Soltermann, Drew Stroud, Erin Washington, Brenda and Jim Yale… and they are giving Jacksonville another chance to see this creative and thrilling story that covers all of the material in the first book of the Bible. True, this musical is based on the Bible, but it isn’t about religion and it isn’t about judgment…Ken Bradbury and Roger Goodman wrote a musical that takes and shows the audience that Genesis is about the creation of love, a love that defines the relationship that God has with humankind. Genesis will perform July 10-12 and 17-19 at Playhouse and they will go to Hoogland Center for the Arts, in Springfield, the 24th through the 26th.

Playhouse is also reuniting Jacksonville with one of the area’s favorites who left Central IL to work as a professional actor and singer. Rick Hall will be screening his movie, A SLICE OF PIE, which he wrote and directed and stars in on July 20th. He and his wife, Laura Hall (known for her work as the pianist on Who’s Line Is It Anyway) and his co-star in the film, Kelly Macleod, will join him after the film to sing a few tunes. The movie is a charming story about two late-in-life folks who stumble their way into a first date in a small town and all the funny and touching moments that accompany the event. After the screening and the music, everyone will go next door to The Soap Co. Coffee House for slices of pie! For more info for all the events at Playhouse On The Square, go to their website: playhouseonthesquare.net or call 217-491-3977.

The Imagine Foundation’s Summer Arts Camp continues in July. The Improv Comedy Camp with Brandon Coniglio is only $5 per session and the remaining date is July 22nd from 4-5pm. The rest of the camps are as follows: Imagine’s Main Camps are held Tues to Thurs from 9am to noon. Each week will have a variety of visual art, music and performance. Young Leaders in the Arts Camps – 12:30 to 2:30, Bring your lunch! Tuesday, July 7, 14, 21 and 28 – Musicals on Film. Participants will watch musicals from past and present. Hair Spray, Into the Woods, West Side Story and Little Shop of Horrors. Optional field trip to the Muni in Springfield to see West Side Story – additional $15 per person. Thursday, July 9, 16, 23, 30 – Artsy Outings – Architecture! Springfield artist Carolyn Owen Sommer will lead visits to beautiful Jacksonville architecture where participants will learn new drawing and painting techniques. Final session field trip to Springfield – additional $10 per person. Preschool Art Camp! Held last week of summer camp, July 28-30. The Imagine Foundation will add a preschool hour to this summer’s summer camps! Held July 28-30 from 9am to 10am – parents welcome! $30 per person per week or series or $10 for preschoolers. Imagine doesn’t observe specific age groups – we plan around the ages that come. No set age guidelines! Different kids enjoy different programs. Call Imagine at 217-473-2726 to see if YOUR child would enjoy these courses. Scholarships available thanks to the Prairieland United Way and local sponsors. All camps held at the Asa Talcott House, 859 Grove Street. For more info, go to their website: imaginearts.org.

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