Pec Playhouse preps for 2012 season, Oct. 28 deadline for positions

Staff Report

PECATONICA, Ill. — Pec Playhouse Theatre in Pecatonica is in search of four artistic directors, one musical director and two theater camp directors for its 2012 season. Each position includes a small stipend.

Those interested in applying for these positions are asked to e-mail their information to by Friday, Oct. 28. Interviews will be conducted in November and decisions will be made by the end of that month.

When e-mailing, include show(s) interested in, theatrical résumé and three references.

2012 shows include the following:

Waste Mismanagement, Feb. 10-26, 2012, directed by Jamie Button — Pec Playhouse presents and produces the world premiere of a play written by retired Winnebago County judge Dan Doyle. The comedy/drama is a who-dun-it murder with lots of laughs, twists and turns along the way. The director for this production was selected last spring to begin the script workshopping process.

Annual High School Production: Murder’s in the Heir, April 20-29, 2012 (rights pending) — Turn the game Clue into a play, and you have the masterfully entertaining Murder’s in the Heir! Almost every character in this hilarious mystery has the weapon, opportunity and motive to commit the unseen murder. And it’s up to your audience to decide who actually did it! The play’s unique ending, utilizing secret ballots gathered at intermission from the audience, determines the killer in this Billy St. John maze of murder.

To Kill a Mockingbird, June 15-July 1, 2012 (rights pending) — “Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Such was a lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of this theatrical adaptation — a black man charged with taking advantage of a white girl. Told through the memories of Jean Louise Finch, a grown-up Scout, the play explores the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s.

Almost Heaven, Sept. 14-30, 2012 — This show pays tribute to the life and music of John Denver. The production uses 25 iconic John Denver songs that are a cross-section of our nation capturing the turbulent times in which he wrote them. The wildly-popular songs are juxtaposed with interviews, fan letters, and passages from his autobiography to weave the spellbinding story of his life.

Greetings, Nov. 16-Dec. 2, 2012 — Tom Dudzick’s five-character comedy is about a young man who brings home his Jewish atheist fiancée to meet his very Catholic parents on Christmas Eve. With the inevitable family explosion comes an out-of-left-field miracle that propels the family into a wild exploration of love, religion, personal truth and the nature of earthly reality.

Artistic directors are also sought for Pec Playhouse’s two Children’s Theatre Camps in summer of 2012. These week-long positions are available for anyone with theatrical experience.

For more about the application process, directors’ stipends, perusal scripts, or touring the theater, contact Angela Kay Larson at (815) 262-1196.

From the Oct. 19-25, 2011, issue

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